The performer and the persona – a brief bio


A versatile Indian classical dancer, 'Natya Mayura' awardee, Parshwanath 

Upadhye has carved out a niche for himself today as one of the most sought-after 

male dancers in the country. 

Winner of eight national awards, an empanelled artist of the ICCR (Indian Council 

for Cultural Relations) and an 'A grade' artist of the Bangalore Doordarshan Kendra, 

Parshwanath's prowess in the field of dance is manifold and extensive.

Currently along with his dancer wife Shruti Upadhye, Parshwanath choreographs, 

directs, produces and presents his work at national and international venues. He 

also conducts dance workshops and regular as well as advanced training classes in 

Bharatnatyam under the banner of his dance school ‘ Upadhye School of Dance, 

Bangalore’ and ‘Punyah Dance Company’, Bangalore, India, besides working 

alongside many reputed dance companies in India and abroad. 



The making of a performer :

After undergoing 15 years of rigorous training and practice in the traditional Mysore 

style of Bharathanatyam under the able guidance and tutelage of Guru Shri Ravindra 

Sharma of Belgaum, Parshwanath completed his Arangetram in the year 1996 and 

continued his sadhana with the Guru at Ravind Natya Niketan , Belgaum till the 

year 2002. 

He completed his Visharad in Bharatnatyam from Gandharva University, Mumbai 

in 1993-94 followed by Alankaara in Bharatnatyam from the same University 

in the year 2000-2003. Parshwanath came out in flying colours in the Vidwath 

Examination in Bharatnatyam conducted by Karnataka Secondary Education Board, 

Bangalore.

Parshwanath Upadhye continues his learning and exploring of the art form under 

internationally acclaimed dancer duo, Shri Kiran Subramanyam and Smt.Sandhya 

Kiran since 2002 at ‘Rasika Academy of performing Arts,’ Bangalore. 

He participated in the ‘Karanas’ Workshop conducted by the eminent dancer Guru 

Dr.Padma Subramanyam in 1996 at Mangalore. He also had the opportunity to 

explore Folk music and Dance in the festivals conducted by Bailhongal Janapada 

Sangha , Karnataka in 1994 -96.



Donning the mantle of Teacher :

Parshwanath Upadhye horned his own skills as an artist by taking up teaching the 

art form since 1996 when he established the Sharada Sangeetha Nrithya Academy, 

Belgaum, of which he was the Director also till the year 2000. He also taught and 

choreographed at Indradhanush – an organization of Children at Belgaum during 

the period. He taught Bharatnatyam at Shantala Nrithyala, Bangalore of Guru 

Smt.Rekha Hegde from 2001 to 2002. He established the Upadhye School of Dance 

at Bangalore in the year 2010 of which he is the Director, Chief Choreographer and 

Performer . 



Performances and Presentations :

Apart from numerous festivals and stages in India and abroad over the years, 

following are the recent major performances given by Parshwanath Upadhye :

• Toured China as part of India-China Youth Exchange Program 2011 

• Collaborated with international dance companies like Rangoli Dance 

company, LA, U SA, Shobhana Jeysingh Dance Company, UK, Sutra Dance 

Company, Malaysia, as well as Abhinava Dance Company, India, Radhakalpa 

Dance Company, India 

• Rendered solo performances in theme festivals like “Purush”, Chennai, 

“Nartaka”, Malaysia, “Alva's Vishwa Nudisiri”, Moodubidri, “Nartaka”, 

Chennai

• Produced a DVD titled “Shambho” for the conossiuers as well as aspiring 

performers of Indian Classical Dance and Music 

• Played the lead role in dance based short film directed Kunal Amrish



Awards & Accolades :

Following are the major awards and recognitions that came in search of this artist :

* ‘Natya Mayura’ Award by Gangubai Hangal Trust, Karnataka

* 'Natya Keerthi' Award by Aru Sri at theatre Colombo, Srilanka

* ‘Arsha Kala Choodamani’ by Swami Dayananda Saraswati, New Jersey, USA

* ‘Uttam Kalakaar’ by Mahamastakaabhisheka Committee, Shravanabelgola

* ‘Nritya Nipuna’ by Belli Gajje, Bangalore

* ‘Arihant Puraskar’ by Jain Parishat, Kolkata

* ‘Jain Rashtragaurav’ by Jain Parishat, Karnataka

* CCRT Scholarships for pursuing studies in Bharatnatyam by Ministry of 

Human Resources Development, Govt. of India







BHARATANATYAM EDUCATION

2003-04

Vidwat in Bharatanatyam

Karnataka Secondary Education Board

2000- 03

Alankara in Bharatanatyam

Gandharva Mahavidyalay Mumbai

1996- 98

Visharada in Bharatanatyam

Gandharva University Mumbai

2002-

Bharatanatyam Training

(Rasika Academy for performing arts)

Guru.Shri Kiran Subramanyam & Smt.Sandhya Kiran 

1992-2002

1996

Bharatanatyam training 

"Rangapravesha"

Ravindra Nritya Niketan,

Guru.Shri Ravindra Sharma,Belgaum    

2000- 02

Bharatanatyam Training

Shantala Natyalaya, Smt.Rekha Hegde,Bangalore

ACADEMIC EDUCATION

2004 – 07

M.A. in Kannada literature.

Karnataka University, Dharwad

2002- 04

Training for Civil Service Exams

JICE , Bangalore

1999- 2002

BA in Social Sciences

KLE’s Lingraj College, Belgaum

1997-1999

PUC in Hist, Geo, Socio, Eco

KLE’s Lingraj College, Belgaum

  

PERFORMING ARTS 

1990-

Carnatic Vocal

MG Rao,Shanta Acharya,Belgaum ,Rekha Hegde,

Sri Tirumalai Srinivas Iyangar,Bangalore                                                                

1996

Karanas Workshop

Dr Padma Subramanyam, Mangalore

1988- 2000

Martial Art training- Karate black Belt

Indian Karate School, Belgaum

2002- 

Kalaripayattu 

Sri Ranjan Mullrat, Bangalore

1994- 96

Folk Dance and Music

Bailhongal Janapada Sangha



TEACHING 

2010

Artistic Director, choreographer and performer 

Upadhye school of dance

Bangalore

2001- 02

Bharatanatyam Teacher

Shantala Nrityalaya, Bangalore(smt.Rekha hegade)

1996- 2000

Director and Bharatanatyam teacher

Sharada Sangeetha Nritya Academy, Belgaum

1996- 2000

Teaching and Choreography

Indradhanush organization for children, Belgaum


AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

“Natya Mayura”

Gangubhai Hangal trust

HRD and CCRT scholarship

Government of India

"Arsha Kala Choodamani"

Swami Dayananda Saraswati , at NJ USA

“Uttama Kalakar”

Mahamastakabhiskaka committee, Shrvanabelagola

“Nritta Nipuna”

Belli Gejje, Bangalore

“Arihant Puraskar”, “Jain Rashtragourav”

Jain Parishath, Kolkata, and Karnataka