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© 2020 by the Calm with Kalaa Initiative. | All Rights Reserved  | Dancer in photos: Shruti Parthasarathy, Photos taken by: Sarah Monson

Besides performing Bharatanatyam classical Indian dance around the world, a Wisconsin teen also teaches it to adults and young people as a form of stress relief.

Wisconsin Teen Uses Classical Indian Dance To Help Others Manage Stress

Shruti founded the “Calm with Kalaa” initiative, where she teaches Bharatanatyam techniques to both children and adults in schools around the Madison area.

Middleton Teen Using Indian Classical Dance to Help Others

Starting November, 2019, Calm with Kalaa is a feature in the National Academy of Medicine’s art gallery, which seeks to showcase ways art can help shape the social determinants of health in diverse communities.

Dancing Your Worries Away

Indian dance does double duty in this Middleton program. Rising senior Shruti Parthasarathy is the driving force behind it.