Sutradhar pursues a vision of educational
advancement, community engagement and artistic excellence in
the field of Indian classical dance. It is a connecting link between
ancient mythologies and modern questions of gendered self-
esteem, identity and cultural equity. The institute envisions
transformative theater. By taking a fearless, forthright look at urgent
issues, and bringing the ideas of ancient traditions, rich with
wisdom, to bear, Sutradhar has worked at the point of activist
theater with peace as a primary principle. The goal, transcends the
performance moment with its magic, however; the institute seeks to
make a lasting impact on people’s perception.Sutradhar pursues a vision of educational advancement, community engagement and artistic excellence in the field of Indian classical dance. It is a connecting link between ancient mythologies and modern questions of gendered self-esteem, identity and cultural equity. The institute envisions transformative theater. By taking a fearless, forthright look at urgent issues, and bringing the ideas of ancient traditions, rich with wisdom, to bear, Sutradhar has worked at the point of activist theater with peace as a primary principle. The goal, transcends the performance moment with its magic, however; the institute seeks to make a lasting impact on people’s perception


"Sutradhar pursues a vision of educational 
advancement, community engagement and artistic excellence in the field of Indian classical dance. It is a connecting link between ancient mythologies and modern questions of gendered self-esteem, identity and cultural equity. The institute envisions transformative theater. By taking a fearless, forthright look at urgent issues, and bringing the ideas of ancient traditions, rich with wisdom, to bear, Sutradhar has worked at the point of activist theater with peace as a primary principle. The goal, transcends the performance moment with its magic, however; the institute seeks to make a lasting impact on people’s perception." - Associate Director Anila Kumari


"The most innovative and accessible... staccato movements, graceful gestures, direct gazes and prayerful moments" - Washington Post Lisa Traiger.

Update regarding the COVID-19 pandemic:

Due to the COVID-19 in Maryland and the larger DMV area, Sutradhar Institute is currently offering all of its regular classes online through the software Zoom. These are unprecedented times, and joyful activities like dance are vital to keep us moving, learning, and connected. Our hearts are with all of you in the SIDRA community and beyond, and we are so glad that technology can keep us in touch. Our online classes offer continuing instruction, repertoire, workouts, and fun— as always. To join any of our regularly scheduled classes, please email us dancesidra@gmail.com and we will get back to you promptly.