Natya Mandala performs one of the oldest forms of traditional Indian classical dance, known as Bharatanatyam. Its features intricate footwork, complex rhythms, and depictions of mythological stories and emotions that can transport the dancer and the viewer to temples and spiritual places far beyond their surroundings.
Natya Mandala is an Indian classical dance awareness group that promotes traditional Indian dance forms through performance, shows, workshops and other events. Based on one of the oldest forms of Indian classical dance, known as Bharatanatyam, its pieces range from purely abstract and rhythmic to devotional to dramatic to modern, with depictions of the divine in various forms. The troupe, led by dancer Smita Krishnaswami, is largely drawn from students, faculty, lab technicians and others at the Yale School of Medicine.