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Natesha school of Bharatanatyam was founded in 2001 by Guru Mrs. Suman Nayak with the primary objective of propagating the pure Indian classical form of bharatanatyam to children of all ages. The school follows the traditional Guru-Shishya method where the teacher imparts the knowledge of this art form to the disciples through personal attention and proper guidance. Using both traditional and modern methods of teaching, the school strives to instill in all its students the love, respect, endurance, and the discipline required to master this sacred art form. The students are expected to imbibe the nuances of this art with steady focus and a deep sense of commitment. Through the experience of learning Bharatanatyam, the school hopes to inculcate in its students, a deep understanding and an appreciation of India’s cultural and spiritual traditions. Suman Nayak is a graduate of the Nritya Vidya Nilaya, a renowned school of Bharatanatyam started in 1937 by ‘Karnataka Kala Tilaka’ Sri. U. S. Krishna Rao, in Mangalore, India. Suman completed 16 years of intensive training in the Pandanallur tradition under the tutelage of ‘Natya Visharada’ Vidwan Sri. U. K. Praveen, son of Sri U.S. Krishna Rao. She learned Carnatic Music from his wife, Smt. Usha Praveen. Suman also received guidance from Sri U.K. Praveen’s sister Smt. Sandhya Keshav Rao in Bangalore for a short period.