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About us

Our vision, mission and values.

The Institute

M.S.Natyalaya was founded in 2012 to provide Bharatanatyam training to the younger generation and to develop the traditional art. Due to the exceptional quality of training and support, it has seen a tremendous growth since then. We are currently training over 120 students.
Our vision is to offer world-class training to our students, emphasize them to learn Bharatanatyam with interest, dedication and regular practice, express it creatively through various stage performances and thereby grow not only their skills in the art but also contribute significantly to spread the art and pass the knowledge on to the upcoming generation.
We follow our own curriculum to provide certifications to students upon completing each level and we also coach students for various grade and diploma programs based on Annamalai University, Chidambaram.

Get to know us

The Management

Kouslaya Nivas

Guru & Managing Director.

Mrs. Kousalya Nivas is an engineering postgraduate - completed her B.Tech in Information Technology in Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College, Coimbatore in 2008 and M.Tech in Computer Networks & Engineering in CMRIT, Bangalore with University topper award in July 2014. She started her career as a Software engineer at Wipro and to pursue her passion - teaching, she switched to working as a Lecturer in CMRIT, Bangalore.

Her vision is to spread this beautiful art and pass on the varied culture and its glorious heritage to the young and upcoming generations. She has dedicated herself to this vision and had started her own dance institute M.S.Natyalaya in Marathahalli, Bangalore in 2012 wherein she currently trains more than 120 students. Mrs. Kousalya Nivas hopes that as she strives towards greater excellence in dancing, her passion for Bharata Natyam and other forms of art will endow her with courage to break boundaries and widen her horizons in all avenues of life.

Kousalya acknowledges her sincere thanks to her Gurus for their expert guidance, her parents & in-laws who have identified and greatly encouraged her in making her dreams a reality. Most of all, she greatly appreciates her husband and kids, without whose cooperation and support, pursuing her passion & running this institute would have been impossible.

Nivas Venkataramanan

Chairman & Managing Trustee.

Mr. Nivas Venkataramanan is an engineering graduate and works for an MNC and also manages the institute. He founded M.S.Natyalaya with an intent to promote Bharatanatyam and preserve the art's heritage. His focus is on quality, discipline and excellence and he ensures the institute and students always manifest them. His dream is to develop the institute into one of the top Arts Academy for Classical Dance and Music.

To do his part for the great art-form, he established M.S.Natyalaya effectively utilizing his wife's Bharathanatyam talents, which in-turn helps spread the core values and principles to the younger generations who can nurture it further. He is also good in performing yoga asanas and practices it during his free time.

He admires the inspirational quote by Swami Vivekananda Each work has to pass through these stages - ridicule, opposition and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood.

The Team

Dhatchayani Ilangovan

Administrator & Trainer.

Dhatchayani started her career after her B.Com graduation in 1986 as Secretary in Corporate Training & Planning Department, Central Institute of Plastic Engineering Technology, Guindy, Chennai.

Since the age of 14, she had learnt violin under Guru Srinivasan Iyer, Chennai and is now a proven Violinist. She has also been trained in Nattuvangam for 2 years. Since January, 2014, with further training from M.S.Natyalaya Guru Kousalya Nivas, she is now a teacher for Bharathanatyam theory and also our incharge of Institute Administration. She is also the point of contact for any information, issues or concerns related the day to day activities in the Institute.

Shilpa Rajeev Nair


Shilpa, has a P.G. in Commerce and combined with training from Guru 'Kalamandalam' Padmini, Kerala since the age of 8 in Bharathanatyam and Mohiniyattam, joined M.S.Natyalaya in June 2013. Due to her excellent knowledge she was directly enrolled as an Intermediate Level student and is now an Advanced Level student within a short span of 1 year.

Now she is capable of training Beginner Level students and as per an MOU (Memorandum Of Understanding) made with M.S.Natyalaya, she conducts classes to 12 students in Alpine Eco Apartment, Doddanekkundi, Bangalore based on the training format prescribed by our institution. Due to her passion towards teaching, she choreographs semi-classical dances to school students in her spare-time.


Junior Assistant.

Young & energetic trainer having an interest in coaching Bharatanatyam dance has been given enough knowledge and coaching to train the beginner level students by the Guru of the institution.