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Sankhya Dance Company, in its form and content, is fired by the quest to find the modernity within classical. Its forte is Bharatanatyam through which it investigates, involves and interrogates various themes and concepts for dance. Founded by Vaibhav Arekar in 2009 Sankhya came as a natural extension of his artistic vision to have a company of dancers who engage and invest purely in dance performance. Today with the added dynamics and vision of its Co-director Sushant Jadhav, Sankhya is recognized as a premier Dance Company based in Mumbai. Needless to say Sankhya's artistes practice dance as a way of life. Sankhya has danced nationally and internationally on prestigious dance venues.

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Sushant Jadhav Director
An impressive command over the strikingly diverse idioms of Creative dance, Indian Folk and Kathak; a keen sensitivity towards light design; an eye for costume design; and an undying love for performance has made Sushant Jadhav a choreographer-dancer-director of credibility. As a Director, with an appreciation for these varied modes of expression, Sushant creates his work of art that is entertaining, meaningful and spectacular.
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Sushant, over the last seven years, is deeply associated with Sankhya Dance Company and functioning as its Co-director. He is deeply involved in all its creative endeavours as well as its administrative functioning. He is the Director of Sankhya’s annual dance Festival called SINDHU-celebrating dance.


Sushant received initial guidance in Kathak from Gurumaa late Sushri Madhurita Sarang. He has been fortunate to receive training in the Uday Shankar style of dance under the legendary dancer-choreographer Sachin Shankar under the Ballet Unit, Mumbai. He has Kathak training under renowned dancer-choreographer-academician Guru Smt. Rajashree Shirke. And later under renowned Kathak choreographer Guru Smt. Kumudini Lakhia at her dance institute ‘Kadamb’ in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Sushant has personally assisted one of the lead choreographers from the Marathi Film Industry Shri Narendra Pandit. He has undergone training for two years at Shaimak Davar Institute of Performing Arts, been as assistant to noted choreographer Smt. Indumati Lele, and has been trained in acting under highly reputed director –actress- producer Nadira Babbar.


Sushant has been choreographing for past 15 years a wide range of folk and creative dances for various Festivals and occasions. Sushant’s choreography has traversed between diverse regions and its forms, not losing its originality, with an artistic ease and creativity. His venture “Namo Gurjari Namostute”- has been applauded for bringing alive the entire art and culture of Gujarat on a stage in India and USA (2012).

For past 6 years several dance sequences in Folk and classical have been choreographed and designed by Sushant for Sankhya’s Poland tour.

“Usha- Aniruddha” his latest successful venture is a stunning dance spectacle that has artistes from across the globe. It has successfully performed over 25 shows in India and Poland.


  • 2016- Performance tour of USA of a thematic work in Kathak- Krishnapriya
  • 2016- Has performed Kathak at the Min’on concerts in Japan
  • 2009,2012-2014, 2015, 2016 Has performed Kathak and directed the mega show ‘Usha-Aniruddha” at the Festival Indii in Poland
  • 2012- Has performed Kathak at the Min’on concerts in Japan
  • 2012 June/July- has extensively toured over 50 days the length and breadth of USA with his own work “Namo Gurjari Namostute”.
  • 2009-At the Indian Embassy in Berlin as performed Kathak.
  • 2009- His role of Krishna in the musical “Sathwaro Shri Radhe Shyamno” brought him high popularity on his tour of USA.
  • In 2007, travelling to over ten cities in Australia has performed in a lead role with the production “Dreamgirls of Bollywood”.
  • In 2004 had travel to France, Kenya, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Canada with the major Folk Dance Production – as an assistant dance choreographer as well as a lead dancer.
  • In 2003 had toured Republic of Croatia for 37th Medunarodna Smotra Folklore festival Zagreb.
  • In 2001 had performed for 3rd International Folklorefestival Denetzare in Erfurt Germany.
  • In 2001-02 had performed for Solaris Dance Theatre as accomplished folk dancer and toured France (Paris), and number of states in USA.
  • 1999 -International Folk Festival Folklore Global in Austria and toured Tallian, and Ottawa Folk Dance Festival Canada.
  • In 1998 had toured international folk Dance Festival Springville World Folkfest 1998 USA, Holland, Czech-Republic.


  • Performed Kathak with the renowned danseuse Parwati Dutta’s troupe and recently performed, apart from other places, at the prestigious Music Academy Festival 2012. Chennai.
  • Has essayed the lead role of Krishna in over 250 performances of the highly popular stage musical “Sathwaro Shri Radhe Shyamno” in India and abroad.
  • Has widely performed with Bombay Company’s Radhika’ including the prestigious Ellora Festival 2007.
  • As a performer in Hema Malini’s dance troupe Natyavihar Kalakendra for 2-3 years has performed in major festivals all over India.
  • As classical dancer with Lasya’s performance wing has performed in some of the prestigious classical festival from Mumbai Festival (2006), Kalaghoda Festival (2007), Yatra Dance Festival (2005-06-07) and Prithvi Festival (Platform performances)-2006.
  • Also worked with well –known actress Jaya Prada in her production ‘Amrapali’which has been showcased in Agra Festival, Ellora Festival 2005 among many other performances in India.
  • Has extensively performed with Sachin Shankar Ballet Unit Mumbai in year 2001-05. Has danced in all there productions like the highly acclaimed- “Gandhi” (it was invited to perform in ther honorable presence of Former President of India Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam), “Cricket”, “Statue”, :Besant Street” and others.
  • Performed for the National Games- 1994, for the opening and closing ceremony at pune organized by Government of Maharashtra, under Smt. Mamata Shankar.
  • Has Played the pivotal role of Rama in Sachin Shankar Ballet Unit’s Marathi dance production “Katha Hi Rama Janakichi”.

POORVA SARASWAT Dancer / Company Manager, India
Poorva, our company manager is a talented artist in making. With her prism like mind she brings about smooth running of Sankhya’s projects. This is alongside her unique technique and maturity in dance which has kept her touring with the company everywhere. “I am forever indebted to my teachers, for I believe that dance brings the happiness in one. Through ups and downs of life, it can miraculously take you flying high and untouched. As part of my dissertation for master’s degree I presented a research paper searching to answer, "What is 'classical' about classical styles with regards to learning, teaching & performing." Since then I can certainly say there is an unknown symphony in dance which has many chords to it. And to strike the right chord shows the success of an artist. To encompass its vastness with subtlety is the challenge that I love.”
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shruti abhishek Dancer / Company Manager, USA
Shruti’s journey with Sankhya started in 2013 and it has been quite a fascinating ride. Her experience at Sankhya has been nothing but an insightful and learning adventure for her. Shruti has grown to become a strong dancer and seamlessly merged into the company with that positive smile and energy that brings joy to her fellow dancers and audience. Her honest approach to Abhinaya has won many hearts and she continues to evolve in creating her own voice and language. Shruti moved to the States in 2014 and has since been managing Sankhya’s US affairs. She travels to India and Europe where she continues to train with Vaibhav Arekar. Currently, she is also freelancing for Nava Dance Theatre in San Francisco (SF). For Nava, she also assumes the role of the Company Manager and Rehearsal Director for their productions. She is a co-collaborator of ‘When Eyes Speak’ in SF which is the first ever Indian choreography festival to be organized in the US. Her recent initiative Kshetram is a platform where she teaches young kids the art of Bharatanatyam. “I am a dreamer and a romantic and I love listening to stories, I simply live all of these in dance, which makes my life exciting and blissful and ongoing discovery of self”
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Deepika Panchamukhi Dancer / Company Manager, Germany
Deepika’s entry to Sankhya was in 2013 after her graduation in Performing Arts and Information Technology. Her involvement in Sankhya’s productions, in both dance and management has been diligent and clean. Her dance brings unsubstantial energy where she actively interacts with the dancers at every moment. Her technique coupled with subtle abhinaya has kept her in the hearts of the audience. Presently, living in Munich, Germany, Deepika works as a soloist and continues to train under Vaibhav Sir. She also manages the company operations in Europe. Deepika has recently also started teaching the art form in her own dance school in Munich.
“A path taken to imbibe the richness of tradition has also become a path of self-discovery. Being a dancer makes you think, imagine, create, move and enchant all at the same time. It is no secret that art mirrors who you are. And each time I dance, I see a different part of me uncovered. I love this newness in dance. Bridging tradition with present times is a fun challenge, and we dancers time travel always! In a world hooked on to augmented realities, I believe classical dance augments a reality on stage for the audience each time”
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EESHA PINGLAY Dancer / Rehearsal Director / Media Manager
The oldest member of Sankhya Family, the highly talented Eesha has been dedicated to us since 2009. She has studied Masters in Performing arts from Pune and bears a natural talent in Photography. Her strong technique and method acting has led her to perform in all the prestigious venues in and around India. She represents Sankhya and Vaibhav Arekar’s technique and style of movement through every inch of her. “Dance for me is the inner urge to LIVE. If I don’t dance for a week, I feel very restless. What interests me the most in dance is the journey from every movement that has its own expression to every expression that has its own movement. For time when words fail me, I dance my heart out.”
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aditi paranjpe Dancer / Account Assistant
Aditi is is not only the core member of Sankhya, but also began her dance lessons at the school. Sankhya’s one of the earliest members, Aditi is also a graduate in Commerce in addition to Dance. She took up the task of accounts management under Poorva and does an articulate job. Her dance speaks the innocence in her. “Seeing around, the best thing I love about my work, is that I love doing my work. Bharatanatyam in its abundance has been a very deep ocean to swim in. The tradition that it holds is dear to me and I want to simply spread this art form to all corners of the world through performance and teaching. Every day I learn how we dancers endure yet enjoy. I am always asked how I will survive in this ever-changing society, and I have a simple answer to them. Only when I keep Bharatanatyam alive, will Indian tradition remain alive. I am just doing my part.”  
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Radhika Karandikar Dancer / Media Manager
A Pune based dancer, Radhika with her melodic voice, merges music and dance to the best of her knowledge. She is professionally trained in Carnatic Music from Pune and after moving to Mumbai, she participates in music recordings of Sankhya. A relatively newer addition to the company, Radhika has spent her days and nights evolving in dance. Her captivating personality on and off stage keeps her rightly the centre of attraction for all eyes!
“Dance is a way of expression of life away from the monotonous life that we are programmed to see. It is our Virtual world if I may say. Being a millennial and learning a very ancient art form, I constantly seek to stretch the boundaries of this tradition and reach out to Gen X. Always borrowing from our classical textbooks is critical at the same time. I believe it is my responsibility to be able to communicate to the world in a universal language but using the vocabulary of Bharatanatyam.”
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