Meet the RMTU 2022 Artists

Sakhyam Dance (Texas)


Sakhyam, a collaborative of classical dancers, celebrates the artistic diversity of its founding artists, Arathi Remesh, Divya Shanker, Sarita Warrier and Suja Pillai. Together, they perform works from the vast repertoire of Mohiniyattam under the guidance of their Guru, Dr. Sunanda Nair, a highly acclaimed performer, choreographer, teacher and senior most disciple of the Mohiniyattam exponent Padmabhushan Dr. Kanak Rele. Sakhyam displays its unique artistic capabilities by bringing alive the dynamic choreography of their Guru’s style.

Decades of dance training, performing, teaching and choreography experience are shared between them, in a diverse range of dance forms including, Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, folk and semi-classical fusion, which they continue to perform and teach. Together, Sakhyam is deeply committed to presenting the distinctive art form of Mohiniyattam. By performing on the world’s stages, presenting dance in public spaces, serving in the field of dance and teaching all ages, Sakhyam aims to raise Mohiniyattam’s platform to audiences worldwide.

They have been praised by rasikas across the world for consistently bringing dedication, beauty and grace to their performances. Sakhyam believes the language of dance to be a unique method for promoting the happiness and beauty of South Indian culture. It is an outlet for cultural and spiritual pride of the highest order.