“Dance is the how my body speaks to others minds.”


A passionate cricket player, a huge Hrithik Roshan and Prabhu Deva fan, the classical trained Karthik joined Nritarutya as a youth wing member, in 2009. Today he is one of the main company dancers.

An ardent fan of the sport, Karthik never misses an evening of participating in a game of cricket. He has led the college Cricket team on numerous occasions, which has given him the experience of being a true team player and, an exposure towards keeping the chill flowing despite having heated situations.

Inspite of being the funny bones of the team, our man has also agreed very shyly to the fact that he wishes to be a villain in the south Indian movie industry.



Karthik’s training with Bharatanatyam started at a young age of 10. He trained in the Thanjavur style, with Rukhmini Devi, for three years, carried on to learn the Mysore style under Swaroopa Lakshmi, for seven years. Soaking in everything that comes his way, training with the company has made him see all forms of classical, folk and contemporary movement in its true light.


He also is a fan of the Jabbawockeez Hip Hop Dance Crew, the American dance group that won a million hearts with their energy and style. Karthik has an eye for antique craft and vintage cars. He dutifully co-heads the property department and also assists in cataloging choreography layouts for the company.


Training and Workshops

  • Modern Dance workshop- Nathaniel Parchment
  • Contemporary release technique workshop- Swathi Mohan
  • Flying Low workshop- Narendra Patil
  • Hip Hop workshop- Shane Mendes
  • Modern & Ballet training- Cheryl Lynn Obal
  • Aerial Silk workshop- Luz Zoni
  • Theatre workshop- Md Pallavi
  • Contact Improvisation workshop- Abhilash Ningappa
  • Bharatanatyam training- Guru Smt Minal Prabhu, Guru Smt Radhika Ramanujan, Guru Sri Praveen Kumar
  • Pilates training- The Zone studio, Anjali Sareen
  • Yoga training- Amrutha Bindu Yoga
  • Silambam workshop
  • Ranga Kunitha workshop
  • Contemporary Dance training- Nakula Somana
  • Body Conditioning & Technique training at Nritarutya studio


Projects of Note

  • Make in India opening ceremony, Mumbai.
  • Closing ceremony of Pro Kabaddi League 2016 and Opening ceremony of Pro Kabbadi League 2017.
  • Dancer in Nritarutya’s artistic production, Prayog 4.
  • “Mirzya” a Bollywood movie directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.
  • Serendipity Arts Festival at Goa.
  • Adiyogi Festival at Isha Foundation.
  • 70th birthday celebrations of Mr Amitabh Bachchan in the mega-production titled “Madhushala”.
  • “Madhur Milan” a musical, for the 80th birthday celebrations of Smt. Kokilaben Ambani.
  • Indian Musical- Shakuntala, commissioned by the Vedanta Group.
  • Indian Musical- Navadurga.
  • RDP Nritarutya Colaboration- The great Indian Oct Fest, NH7- Bangalore, Pune, Delhi.
  • 53rd Bangalore Ganesh Utsav.



Credits: Photographer- Rishi Raj | Costume Styling- Mayuri Upadhya and Ashwin Kumar | Makeup- Artistry by Vydurya Lokesh Team, Dhedeepya Prithvi