Madhavi performing at the Marundeeshwara Temple in Chennai
  Welcome! Sadhana Dance Theater offers performances, lecture demonstrations, and workshops in the Bharatanatyam style of classical dramatic dance theater that originated in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Sadhana Studio, the teaching arm of Sadhana Dance Theater, offers private and group classes to students of all ages, backgrounds, and levels.

Founder and Artistic Director Madhavi Mai trained at Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts, in Chennai, India. She has performed, taught, and lectured on classical Bharatanatyam for over 30 years, and has choreographed and performed new works, often to her original music, for the past 20 years.


"Sadhana"—pronounced sahd na—is the Sanskrit word for spiritual practice. Sadhana Dance Theater is named to reflect the aspiring nature of the dancers' quest for grace, an ongoing process of transformation.

Madhavi is also pleased to offer Moving Melodies and Kirtan Dance workshops, to bring the positive power of dance movement to a wide circle of people. Please look around to learn about current offerings and recent events.