Kalakshetra, as the name suggests, is a centre for artistic endeavour. Founded in 1936 by the vibrant visionary Rukmini Devi Arundale, the Institution stands testimony to her dream of creating a space where the essence of Indian thought would find expression through artistic education. An institution she established with the vision “of imparting to the young the true spirit of Art, devoid of vulgarity and commercialism.”

Spread over almost 100 acres by the seashore in Chennai, the Kalakshetra Foundation, as it is known today, is a vital centre for the study and performance of fine arts, envisioned and designed with the style and proportion of Indian aesthetics.

It was recognised by the Government of India as an Institute of National Importance by an act of Indian Parliament in the year 1993 and is now an autonomous body under Ministry of Culture, Government of India.


Of all the performing arts, dance held a special fascination for Swagata and having done a four year course in Kathak, she then joined Kalakshetra in Chennai, upon completion of her B.Com (Hon.) degree from Delhi University in 1984.

Her six years post diploma at Kalakshetra shaped her destiny– turning her into a dancer of accomplishment and extreme sensitivity.