“A space for artists”
“A place where artists and connoisseurs, meet, ponder, train and experiment”
VISION: Create an exceptional community of artists whose cultural ripples influence and change the world of art.
MISSION: Provide high quality multi disciplinary education in the arts, and enable creative expression and collaboration.
LshVa is a space that fosters the growth of Art, through collaboration, education, residencies and performance. The purpose of artistic collaboration is to influence society, initiate dialogue between artists of varying backgrounds and to provide quality training to community and aspiring art professionals.
The LshVa activities will center around Classical Indian dance, Contemporary Dance, Kalaripayattu, Theater, Yoga and other performing and visual arts. It will foster creativity and dialogue by inviting guest artists of all forms and thought processes. LshVa attempts to design an atmosphere of collaboration between performing artists and artists of varying genre including Visual art, Film and other art media.
LshVa houses the Raadha Kalpa Dance Company. It also provides space and support to many visiting artists on a rotation basis to create work, teach, choreograph or experiment with ideas. The LshVa Trust supports some of the work under the“Programs for Artists”.
Rukmini Vijayakumar established Raadha Kalpa in 2009. She creates the training curriculum, teaches, choreographs and performs as a part of Raadha Kalpa dance Company. Rukmini began her formal training in dance at the age of six, and has been dancing for over 20 years. She had an initial exposure to ballet, but her primary training and rigorous practice through her early dancing years was in Bharatanatyam.
Trained under imminent gurus, Narmada Rao and Sundari Santhanam, Rukmini has carved a niche for herself in the performing arts world. After her initial years of Ballet under Yana Lewis, she graduated with honors from the Boston Conservatory receiving a BFA degree in ballet and modern dance. Her training in Karanas under Sundari, in the tradition of Guru Padma Subrahmanyam, and her education in choreography at the conservatory, has given Rukmini a unique choreographic perspective that retains tradition while drawing from the ancient to create something that relates to the contemporary.
Rukmini is a certified power pilates instructor, and yoga practitioner. She has studied Anatomy and Physiology at BU, and courses of Fitness instruction at UCLA. Her extensive knowledge in Human anatomy and dance pedagogy is incorporated in her teaching curriculum at Raadha Kalpa.
Rukmini performs extensively as a soloist and has been appreciated by audiences for her unique style and dynamism. She recently received the Title of Arsha Kala Bhushan from Swami Dayananda Saraswati, and the Big Fm award for dancer of the year from Jaya Tv. She is an empaneled artist with the ICCR.
Also an actor, Rukmini studied at the NYFA, in Los Angeles, the Ivana Chubbuck Studios, Los angeles, and is mentored by Prakash Belawadi, Bangalore. She has acted in various Tamil films and many theater performances. Her newest release will feature her in “Kochadaiyaan”, a movie with Rajanikanth. She also has a special appearance in the movie “Bajarangi”, a kannada movie.
Romi Revola is an artist and art consultant based in Bangalore. Her career as a sculptor started in 2004 with a series of outdoor Bronzes. In 2005 she began working in Stainless Steel, which is now her primary medium. Romi often references universal themes rendering energetic expressions in a contemporary style with emphasis on symmetry & balance.
Since 2004, Romi has installed sculptures in Bronze and Stainless Steel at public and private spaces including Embassy Golf Links Business Park, Manyata Embassy Business Park, Hilton Residences, Brigade Metropolis and Biocon India Ltd.
As an art consultant Romi has led various artist teams to work on specific art projects in coordination with architects and interior designers. She has curated art shows in various genres including new media, painting and sculpture where emerging talent was highlighted. She recently managed a public sculpture project where she coordinated three different teams of artists to execute large scale public installations in Bangalore city.
Diya Naidu is a dancer, facilitator and choreographer. Her movement training includes ISTD Jazz Ballet, Matt Mattox Jazz Technique, Martial Art training, Yoga, Body Conditioning and Contemporary Dance techniques . She has also trained in Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Contact work, Improvisation and Basic ballet. Her contemporary expression is influenced by all of the above. She is interested in both intensely physical and challenging approaches to learning and practicing dance, as well as in engaging with movement and the body from a somatic and organic point of exploration and self-discovery. She interned with The Danceworx , New Delhi for three years, after which she was a repertory member and teacher with Rythmosaic ( a Kolkata based Kathak and Jazz company). In 2006 she became a student at The Attakkalari Centre For Movement Arts, Bangalore and received her Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media. She was a member of Attakkalari’s repertory company form 2007 to 2014, dancing in several full length productions that were performed all over India as well as Internationally. She was an active member of the educational outreach project, teaching both community and schools. In 2009, she began to make independent choreography and has presented in festivals in India and abroad. She holds a degree in English Literature from Delhi University.