Surya School of Performing Arts

Surya School of Performing Arts was founded in Coimbatore by Poornima in the year 2003 where more than 30 students were trained. The school later moved base to Bengaluru in 2009. The school expanded through the years and has trained over 120 students. Currently there are 40 students undergoing training, starting with the smallest little dancers at age 6, to working women and men finding time for the passion of dance.

Students of the school have done many mainstream performances in cultural hubs like the Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai, International Arts & Cultural Foundation, Bengaluru, Bookalatta festival at Coimbatore, Bengaluru Poetry festival and the Bengaluru Literature festival.

Apart from this, they have performed at many stages including community events such as Independence Day, Republic day and Ganesh Chaturthi. The school also trains students from USA and other parts of India through online classes.

Poornima strongly believes in the spirit of teamwork. Towards this, the school has come up with a few dance productions. "Shanmatham: An Obeisance to the Almighty and His 6 Forms" in the form of a margam,“Ranga”- in praise of the presiding deity of Srirangam and “Nritya Samarapanam”, an amalgamation of Vintage pieces.

The main emphasis of the School has been in training students in becoming solo performers, which in turn helps them in not only learning the art but also in dealing with life’s decisions with good clarity. Some students have completed their Salangai Poojai (Maiden solo full-length performance) and many of them are on their way to complete their Arangetram (Ranga Pravesha). Surya School of Performing Arts has also collaborated with other performers for a dance workshop to expose dancers experienced in one form to other dance forms, such as Kathak and Odissi.

Another ongoing collaboration is the ever-entertaining Dancing Tales. A combination of dance, music and storytelling, audiences enjoy a renewed interpretation of mythological classics.

Surya School of Performing Arts continues to grow, aspiring greater heights and providing its students holistic dance education to become multi-faceted and talented young people who can handle all of life's hurdles with the same ease that they execute difficult adavus.


Salangai Poojai or Gejje Pooja is the first maiden solo performance of a dance student with the “Salangai” or the traditional anklets. The performance allows the student to face an audience before a full-fledged public performance. Some of our students have completed their Salangai Poojai.

Bangalore Poetry Festival

The students of Surya School and Poornima performed at the first edition of the Bangalore Poetry Festival. The specially choreographed dance performance was in praise of the 8th century mystic Tamil poetess Andal. This was a collaborative effort with poet Priya Sarrukai Chabbria, with her book of poems on Andal.

International Arts and Cultural Foundation

The students of Surya School presented a thematic production called ‘Ranga’, This performance was in praise of Lord Vishnu at the Childrens Dance Festival celebrating Children’s Day and conducted by International Arts and Cultural Foundation, Bengaluru.

Narada Gana Sabha

The students of Surya School performed at the summer festival conducted by Salangai Oli Trust, Chennai at Narada Gana Sabha, where they performed pieces from the traditional margam.

Nritya Samarapanam

An evening of dance to a vintage repertoire as a tribute to great composers and as an honour to the gurus of Bharathanatyam.