Shastram is an initiative which originated in Australia and was developed in London. Its ethnic roots can be traced back to India. Shastram’s vision is to share the knowledge of this Indian art form as far and wide as possible. This especially includes the promotion of classical Indian dance to a mainstream Western and Modernised audience. Shastram also intends to share these arts with other parts of the world which may never have heard of these classical arts, or worse, forgotten or ignored their existence in their day to day lives.
The classical dances of India carry with them culture, heritage, and knowledge from the time of their creation until now. To some, these arts instil identity. To others, they are a deep ocean in which one can lose and find themselves; and yet to others they are a form of entertainment or merely a part of their exercise routine. Regardless, these arts enhance the lifestyle of every person who truly experiences them. They prepare an individual mentally and physically while also leading some people to a spiritual path once they become intertwined with yoga, meditation, literature, philosophy, music, painting, sculpting and many other forms of art. Knowledge in Indian classical dance can lead to knowledge in many worldly subjects, especially knowledge in life.
In order to achieve Shastram’s vision we have established three primary missions:
Marketing the art form in a new light to the masses
Promoting the artists practicing this art form on the world stage
Documenting and sharing knowledge of this art form to as many as possible
Founder & Creative Director