Viraja Mandhre & Shyamjith Kiran are Indian classical dancers trained in the form of bharatanatyam at the Kalakshetra Foundation – Chennai. Previously a part of the Kalakshetra Repertory company, they are currently exploring their paths through independent pursuits.
Both Viraja and Shyam have had the good fortune of training under and working with eminent gurus like Smt. Leela Samson, the Dhananjayans, prof. C V Chandrashekhar and Sadanam Balakrishnan (Kathakali) who have been an immense source of inspiration in our art form. Involvement with these gurus, Kalakshetra and our independent pursuits has enabled us to perform at various prestigious venues world over. Training in Yoga and Kalaripayattu has been an important factor in our understanding of not just the physicality of the human form but also the intellect.