Nirmala Madhava the chief choreographer at PAMPA, is proficient in both Bharathanatyam and Kathak dance forms. She graduated from Banglore University, Karnataka, with a dance major. Nirmala's foundation in dance started at the age of eight from her guru late Lalitha Dorai and continued with guru late Narmada. At a very young age, Nirmala started developing a real flair for Bharathanatyam with the encouragement and support from Vidwan Sri Gopinatha Das, a doyen in the field of music and dance. She also had her advanced training in Bharathanatyam under the able guidance of Guru Sri. Lakshmi Narayanachar Udupi.

In parallel, Nirmala also learned and mastered the Lucknow Gharana style of Kathak dance from Dr. Maya Rao of Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography in Bangalore, India, who hails from the legendary Kathak school of Pandit Shambu Maharaj. All her training, knowledge, flair and her own exploration into the traditional dance forms of Bharathanatyam and Kathak, makes Nirmala a very innovative choreographer. Nirmala is also trained in Western Tap dancing. She used this training in Tap dance blended with her indepth knowledge of Kathak to present an upbeat rhythmic presentation which claimed her popularity.

Nirmala has choreographed several traditional and unique Bharathanatyam and Kathak compositions. She has trained innumerable dancers all over the world and has been recognized as a master solo-performer. Most recently, Nirmala was one of the panelist in the San Francisco Ethnic dance festival, which is acclaimed as one of the most significant festivals of its type in North America. Nirmala is a visiting faculty of the Creative arts department at De Anza College in Cupertino, California.

Dance Classes are conducted in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara.

PAMPA Dance Studio
520 Lawrence Expressway, Suite 311, Sunnyvale, CA 94085.
Phone: (408) 243 - 2623 or 24-Dance

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