Malini Srinivasan | Indian Bharatanatyam Dance

Artist’s Bio:

Malini Srinivasan is a third-generation Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer and teacher, and the disciple of Guru Sri C.V. Chandrasekhar. A critically acclaimed soloist, her creative work bridges the gap between traditional and modern worlds. Malini is dedicated to developing new dance works through commissioning music for dance from composers in world music traditions. Her work has been presented by prestigious venues including The Winter Garden (NYC), The Smithsonian Folklife Festival (DC), LaMama Moves! (NYC), The Music Academy (Chennai), the Wasserkiche (Zurich), and the New York Fringe Festival. She has been awarded the NYC Fringe Award for Excellence, QCA Individual Artist Grants, and a New Music USA grant. Based in New York City, Malini is committed to spreading a deep understanding of Indian classical traditions through teaching. She has been a visiting artist/lecturer at Princeton University, Wellesley College and Colgate University and SUNY Stony Brook. She teaches at the Consulate General of India and is a Teaching Artist with City Lore. Visit

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The Artist at City Lore:


What students and teachers say about Malini:

“Today we prayed to Mother Earth, then we started our rehearsal… whenever I go to the stage I feel really good because when I was small I loved to dance and sing. Now, I am dancing and will soon be singing.  Our teacher, Ms.Malini, never yells and has peace in her heart… isn’t that amazing?  We are so lucky to have this Indian dance class with Ms. Malini because Ms. Malini is so decent.  I wish to always keep Indian dance in my heart.”
– Monika at P.S. 69Q

“Dear Ms.Malini,  We are all excited that we had the opportunity to learn from you.  We really appreciated what you taught us about Indian dancing.  We all hope for another opportunity like the one you gave us, to learn more about Indian dance and cultures.  Thank you for all your hard work and efforts.  Thank you again, Ms.Malini!”
-Students at P.S. 69Q

Sample Residency:




Malini speaks of her connection to her practice, Bharatanatyam dance, at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in September, 2017 as a part of City Lore’s “What We Bring” exhibit

An evening of dance with Malini Srinivasan