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Chitra Shankar, the Founder Artistic Director of Chitrakala Arts is the Principal Teacher and Faculty. In keeping with the fast expansion of the student community, as well as a need to provide small and intimate classroom environment for learning, Chitra has empanelled her Senior Students to join her as Faculty members, teaching their own independent classes, oversighting them for pedagogy, technique, class management and student growth and development. Therefore, besides Chitra herself, here are the key teaching faculty who are actively teaching at different centers and levels.

Kayalvizhi Mathivanan (Kayal), a graduate in psychology and counselling from the Singapore Institute of Management, has been learning Bharatanatyam from the age of 5, and considers it one of her greatest passions. After completing her Arangetram under Ms. Chitra Shankar, she continues her journey in Dance through actively learning, teaching and performing with Chitrakala Arts. She has been performing actively across Singapore and the ASEAN region, since 2013. As part of her learning process, she is also actively involved in facilitating event organization, mentoring the younger students, as well as taking classes to help the students learn the basic techniques and movements of Bharatanatyam.

Kayal has been performing actively on various community, local and regional stages- independently as well as in group choreographies. Her sensitive portrayal of the various characters, in abhinaya and clean postures and an excellent sense of taalam have helped her achieve success and recognition for quality performances. Among her notable recent performances are a special dance for Vasantham, the Indian channel on MediaCorp, at cultural events around Deepavali, Navaratri and Krishnashtami celebrations.

As an active student of Dance, she is able to identify with the needs and particular requirements of each student and provides them with a helping hand to learn some of the more difficult steps and dances associated.

Kayal looks forward to igniting the same passion for budding artists, and to develop Singapore as a hub for Indian culture and arts.