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Foundation of indian cultural Heritage Studies
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Irina Iskorostenskaya

Irina Iskorostenskaia is the head of ''Nritya Sabha'' Foundation, professional Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer, teacher and accompanist.

She started learning dance at the age of 6 at the Ballet School near Moscow.

From 1983 to 1985 she has been learning Indian dance in Moscow dance school “Beliy Lotos”  from G. Dasgupta.

From 1986 she joined private tuition of well-known Bharatanatyam dancer Smt. Nirmala Ramachandran, who was staying in Moscow at the time. Irina has been learning the basic Bharatanatyam under her guidance for two years.

Eager to become a professional Bharatanatyam dancer on the advise of Smt. Nirmala Ramachandran Irina has joint “Kalakshetra” – Collage of Fine Arts ( (Chennai, India) in 1993 and graduated with  ‘First Class’ diploma in 1997.  

After graduation she has done an additional intensive dance course for one and a half  years under the guidance of the leading Kalakshetra teacher – Smt. Jyolsana Menon and had her Arangetram (Debut Performance) at T.T.K. Auditorium, The Music Academy, Chennai in January 19, 1998.

At the same time Irina attended a six months’ nattuvangam course at Kala Peetham Institution guided by Shri Bhagavathulu Sitaramasharma.

Upon her return to Moscow and until 2001 Irina worked as a Bharatanatyam instructor, lecturer and performer in cooperation with “Jankhar” Foundation. She also gave private lessons and participated in various cultural events related to Indian classical dance.

Irina than founded “Natyashrama" Bharatanatyam dance school and from March 2001 until present she teaches Bharatanatyam dance under the auspices of The Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre -JNCC , Embassy of India in Moscow (

In October 2003 Irina became one of the founders and the Director of “Nritya Sabha” – the Foundation of Indian Cultural Heritage Studies. Most professional dancers of Moscow who have completed their studies in the best dance institutions of India joined the foundation.

Irina has become one of the main organizers and participants of different cultural projects of the Foundation such as concerts, productions, and programs with profound dancers from India.

Apart from teaching dance, Irina widely performs along with her students and colleagues, gives lectures demonstrations and workshops. Some of her students are continuing their dance education in “Kalakshetra”, others teach dance in different cultural centers of Moscow, Russia and other countries.

In 2005 she released the aducational video supply for Bharatanatyam – «Learning Bharatanatyam Dance'', which is now very popular among the beginning dance students.

To further improve her Bharatanatyam dance and theory knowlage Irina often visits India for short advanced dance courses. She has studied in Chennai in December 2002, December 2005. In December 2008, on the basis of ICCR Grant (, she had one month advanced dance course under the guidance of Smt. Jyolsana Menon and Shree P.T. Narendran – the leading teachers and dancers of “Kalakshetra”. 






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