Views: Indian Dance and Culture

Indian Dance and the Diaspora, DNA, Ahmedabad

When a Danseuse Talked About Her Art, Ahmedabad Mirror

Interview with Pallabi Chakravorty

Pallabi talks to the Times of India

Pallabi, Bells of Change, Telegraph

Pallabi Talks to Times of India

Pallabi Talks to Hindustan Times


Previews / Reviews

Article by Nancy Heller in the Philadelphia Inquirer  Read More Here

Pallabi Chakravorty has a strong sense of the visual and dramatic. —Narthaki  Read More Here

Indian dance has much to teach the west about expressive use of hands. The most stunning movements involved complex rapid fire hand gestures. —Philadelphia Inquirer

Replaced Rituals is a beautiful and multilayered dance performance. —

Courtyard Dancers Bridging Cultural Boundaries. —Philadelphia Metro  Read More Here.





Sept 18, 19 2015

Facing East, at Painted Bride Art Center



June 27, 28 2014

Asunder by CourtyardDANCERS, at Painted Bride Art Center



May 4, 2014

CourtyardDANCERS featured in "Bridging Cultural Boundaries" by Saaz, at Painted Bride Art Center



March 13, 2013

Parampara by Courtyard Dancers and Swarthmore Students

Choreographed by Kumudini Lakhia, Location: Lang Performing Arts Center, Swarthmore College.



June 22 and 23, 2013

CourtyardDANCERS presented one of their most well received pieces UNSUNG ARRIVALS



April 28, 2012

CourtyardDANCERS presented their new choreography as part of a fundraiser for Profugo (, a non-profit organization involved in development projects

Location: Villanova



April 8-9, 2011

Courtyard Dancers performed as a guest artist of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company.

Location: Painted Bride Art Center

230 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

(215) 925-9914



March 20, 2011

A Lecture-Demonstration will be given as a part of the Mainline School Night South Asia series.

Location: Bryn Mawr College, Dalton Building, Room 300

Corner of New Gulph Rd & Merion Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010


February 26, 2011

Courtyard Dancers will perform at the Fourth Wall Arts Salon.


February 5, 2011

Courtyard Dancers will perform in the Swarthmore College Faculty Dance Concert

Location: Swarthmore College, Lang Performing Arts Center.

Swarthmore, PA 19081


October 8-9, 2010

CELLULOID E-MOTIONS - A celebration of Courtyard Dancers' 10th Anniversary.

Location: Asian Arts Initiative

1219 Vine Street, Chinatown, Philadelphia


May 7, 2010

Courtyard Dancers (led by anthropologist and Kathak Exponent Pallabi Chakravorty) performed a dance theater piece titled "Palette" at Swarthmore College. The performance was part of an evening length celebration of community organized by Swarthmore College in honor of Rebecca Chopp's presidential inauguration.

Location: Swarthmore College, Lang Performing Arts Center.

Swarthmore, PA 19081


April 25, 2010

Courtyard Dancers presented their new Kathak based contemporary dance works at the Mascher Space in North Philadelphia. The performance showcase culminated in a classical Indian dance workshop with the audience members.

Special featured artist: Mohiniattam exponent from India Priyadarshini Ghosh Shome.

Location: Mascher Space Co-op

155 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19122


April 4, 2009

Performance Showcase celebrating the Grand Opening of AAI's new space.

Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St., Philadelphia, 19107

Eleven performances by Philadelphia artists. Open House 3-7pm, performance at 7:30.

Reservations are strongly recommended for the Performance Showcase.


March 14, 2009

Dance Conference

Towson University, Maryland

Organized by Jayamangala in collaboration with IDEA (Indian Dance Educators Association) and Towson’s Theatre department. More Info Here.


Feb 14, 2009

Faculty Concert

Swarthmore College

Pearson Theater, LPAC

The concert features short works by Swarthmore dance faculty representing a wide range of dance genres.


Choreographer and dancer Pallabi Chakravorty has a strong sense of the visual and the dramatic. Kali and Shiva dance a cosmic dance to Baul music and then encircle each other in complete silence except for the sound of the ghungroos on their ankles.
Nandini Sikand,