The Natyarpana School of Dance & Music was founded by Ramya Kapadia to add to the rich cultural environment of Durham, NC. Classes are offered in Carnatic vocal & Bharatanatyam to children and adults. The performing troupe tours within the USA & abroad. In addition, the school provides a holistic learning environment, where the students are encouraged to actively delve into Bharatanatyam’s troubled history, their own privilege and find ways to connect with their lives here in the United States. They are encouraged to pursue other art forms as well and seek ways to connect them to Bharatanatyam or Carnatic music and eventually to their lifestyles.