In 1990 Dmitry Zmeyev had enrolled in the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya University of Indian Classical Dance in New Delhi (www.gandharvamahavidyalayanewdelhi.org)
He majored in Bharatnatyam style of the South Indian classical dance tradition. Dmitry has studied there for 18 months under the guidance of the famous Guru Nana Casar from whom he learned the Pandanalur style of Bharatnatyam.
Starting in May of 1992 Dmitry had continued his Bharatnatyam training under the tutelage of Smt. Lila Samson (http://www.artindia.net/leela.html),
one of the brightest exponents of the Kalakshetra Style (www.kalakshetra.net)
During his student years Dmitry had been actively involved in various cultural programs of the Russian Embassy in India, as well as of the Russian Cultural Centre for Science and Arts and in various programs of I.C.C.R.(www.iccrindia.net), Sahitya Kala Parishad http://artandculture.delhigovt.nic.in/sahitya/index.htm, Sangit-Natak Academy (www.sangeetnatak.org), Bahach Society, Radio F.M. and many others. There have been several documentary films made about Dmitry both by Russian and Indian Television.
In April of 1996 Dmitry had transferred to the Triveni Kala Sangam Institute and Theatre (http://www.trivenikalasangam.com)
while still continuing getting his credits at the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya University where he had continued his studies under the guidance of a well known Bharatnatyam performer and exponent of the Kalakshetra Style, Smt. Jaya Lakshmi Ishwar. Under her tutelage, besides his dance training, Dmitry also learned the art of playing Talam, a percussion instrument used in Bharatnatyam as accompaniment (Nattuvangam).
On March 10th of 1995 Dmitry had performed his first public performance, which is traditionally called Arangetram, under the guidance of his Guru, Smt. Lila Samson.
In October of 1998 Dmitry had graduated with honors from the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya University with Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Upon his return to Moscow Dmitry has been continuously and successfully performing and giving master-classes both in Russia and abroad. He has performed in Moscow, Voronezh, Tver, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Barnaul, Kazan, Minsk, Kiev, Riga, London as well as many other places. He is often invited as jury member, special guest or presenter for various dance festivals.
In 1999 Dmitry has founded a school of Indian classical dance -- "Natya Rekha", which became a member of the Nritya Sabha Foundation in 2003.
Dmitry gives special attention to the technique of the dance. "Technique is the brain of the dance" he likes to say. His school, "Natya Rekha", can be rightfully called an international collective since it involves many people from different countries. The classes are held in Russian, Hindi and English.