Guru Atira Venugopal
Room No 03-09
Guru Atira Venugopalan is a Bharatanatyam and Kuchpudi dancer, and a graded artiste of Doordarshan, India. She had her Bharatanatyam arangetram at the age of 12 under the tutelage of Kalamandalam Vinodini. Guru Atira holds a Bachelor’s degree in Malayalam from the University of Calicut and a Masters’ degree in Performing Arts (Kuchipudi) from the University of Hyderabad. She is a Kuchipudi disciple of Dr. Anuradha Jonnalagadda. Guru Atira was a recipient of a scholarship for young artistes for Kuchipudi, awarded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in 2002. She was earlier an instructor at the Natyadarpana School of Arts in Kerala, teaching both styles of dance, and training students at the advanced stage of Arangetram preparation.
In Singapore, Guru Atira has taught, performed and choreographed for a number of organizations, including Global Indian Cultural Centre, Nrityalaya Aesthetics Society, and Jurong Jewels. She was a judge at the prestigious Singapore Youth Festival competition in 2005. She is currently a full time dance teacher at GIG International School.
Guru Atira joined SIFAS part-time June 2019.