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Kalasadhana Dance Company, founded by Samyuktha Punthambekar in January 2020 and based in Ottawa, aims to create revolutionary, contemporary-inspired Bharatanatyam dance.


The name 'Kalasadhana' combines "Kala," meaning Dance and Arts, with "Sadhana," meaning Dedicated, Devotional Hard Work or Penance.



  • Offering Kalakshetra style Bharatanatyam dance classes.

  • Offering IBPOC mentorships to emerging arts workers in arts administration and artistic explorations.

  • KALASADHANA DANCE COMPANY is looking for a new passionate and engaged board member.  Please       email us your bio + CV if interested.




I hope that, as you train the next generation in the Kalakshetra style of Bharatanatyam dance, you will be able to share this art form not only with the South Asian community of Ottawa but also with the wider Canadian community. May your dance, teaching and arts administration experience serve you well as you embark on this new venture!

- Chandra Arya, Member of Parliament / Député – Nepean




Kalasadhana Dance Company (KDC) acknowledges the location of its activities on the traditional, unceded territories of the Algonquin nation, as the traditional custodians of the land. We respect the land as the territory of the First Peoples. Adawe (colonlially known as Ottawa) is still home of many Indigenous peoples, and we are humbled and honoured to have the opportunity to work in their community, and on their territory.


To learn more about this land claim, please visit here to read a blog post by Lynn Gehl, PHD. Additionally, please visit here to learn more about Land and Territory Acknowledgements by Allison Jones.

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