Classical Performing Arts Platform In New York City – Navatman


Navatman is a performing arts organization in NYC that empowers the individual to nurture his or her personal evolution through interactions with the Indian classical arts.

Navatman is best known for our Manhattan-based classes, critically acclaimed productions, dynamic dance company, stellar music ensemble, and Drive East – a week-long collaborative festival celebrating their mission.


Navatman classes are meant to be quality teaching programs for dancers and musicians interested in pursuing the best education they can receive. Classes at Navatman include a wide array of styles from North & South India are kept small, averaging around 5-10 students, and take place in Manhattan.

Dance Company

Navatman Dance Company, led by artistic director Sahasra Sambamoorthi, is an Indian classical dance company based in New York City whose mission is to bring extraordinary, boundary-pushing productions to the stage, making Indian classical dance more accessible to understand and experience without removing the beauties of tradition and history that the style has developed from.


Music Collective

Navatman Music Collective (NMC) is a one-of-a-kind choir that explores the depth and beauty of Carnatic (South Indian classical) music while imbuing it with diverse, contemporary influences. Known for their “lavish, paradigm-shifting choral sounds” (New York Music Daily), the choir finds joy in the pure act of singing.

Based in the cosmopolitan New York City, NMC brings to Carnatic music new presentation formats, cross-genre collaborations, original compositions, and a sense of diverse, judgement-free community.

NMC has performed in several venues such as Symphony Space, Roulette, and Museum of the Moving Image, as well as festivals including the American Folk Festival, Make Music New York, Ragas Live/Brooklyn Raga Massive, and Drive East.

Navatman was honoured to be one of the choirs featured in the Mile-Long Opera, the ambitious public installation project staged on the High Line in 2018. Navatman released its album An Untimely Joy in the fall of 2016.






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