Aparna Raghavan – Program Director – AEKA

Aparna’s artistic pursuits began with dance and music. As the daughter of the versatile genius in Indian music Padma Bhushan Sri.T.V. Gopalakrishnan, she was initiated into dance with the study of Bharatanatyam when she was 7 years old and inherited the classical tradition from the world famous Gurus Padma Bhushan Smt.Shanta & Sri.V.P.Dhananjayan at Bharata Kalanjali.

Gifted with a natural sense of Raga, Tala and Rasa bhava from hoary ancestry, Aparna has a special interest and ambience towards interpretative and contemplative aspects of dance vis a vis music,  Aparna’s approach to this particular art form bound with strict traditions, classicism and near rigid adherence to Puritanism has been basically supported by emphasis on elegance, controlled treatment of nritta aspect and most of all a aesthetic and spiritual aspect on stage. She is modeled in the Kalakshetra bani (style) and enriched by her own family traditions of over 200 years, her abhinaya is impeccable.

She continues her rigorous practice of the art, performing and teaching in Switzerland. As a Bharatanatyam soloist, Aparna has danced in several dance events, Aparna has participated in many national and international festivals in India and abroad for which she has received rave reviews, to mention are:

  • Bharati Vidya Bhavan
  • Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai, India
  • Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai, India
  • Kalarasana, Chennai, India
  • Rasika Ranjani Sabha, Chennai, India
  • Sri Varasiddhi Vinayakar Temple, Chennai, India
  • Sri Mookambika Temple, Karnataka, India
  • Sri Guruvayurappan Temple, Kerala, India
  • Renowned Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, India
  • Natyanjali Festival, Chidambaram, India
  • Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bangalore, India

She has performed in France, Germany, UK and Switzerland, a few to mention are:

  • India in Switzerland Festival, Switzerland
  • Musee Reitberg, Zurich, Switzerland
  • International Festival of Arts, Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • South Asian Festival in Strassbourg, France
  • India-Switzerland Friendship Treaty Festival in Ticino, Switzerland
  • Fete des Couleurs, Leysin, Switzerland
  • Danses du Monde, Geneva, Switzerland

As a dance teacher and therapist, Aparna has been teaching in the Spastic School for Children in Bangalore from 1997 – 1999.

Apart from being a dancer, teacher and organizer, Aparna has been in the corporate sector for the past 15 years, working with the Multinational Company – Procter & Gamble in Geneva, Switzerland. She has worked in most of the domains such as Cosmetics, Fine Fragrances, Feminine care and Feminine beauty departments, which has given Aparna a vast experience in the corporate field. She is highly appreciated for her strengths of Organization, Power of People and Power of Agility, where she gives the credit to her discipline acquired due to this art form.

Aparna has also recently integrated into the Community Relations Board within Procter & Gamble in Geneva and provides her time and skills to support our key partners for the program – Live, Learn and Thrive.

She’s working on the project in favor of one of the key charities in Geneva. The goal of the project is to keep the ongoing relationship with the charitable organization, but more specifically with the teenagers with difficulties by welcoming them and providing them tools to go back to the society. With her knowledge she’s helping to make a difference and serving the children in need.

In the year 2009, Aparna joined her friend, renowned dancer and choreographer, Dr. Anita Vallabh, by openin g a branch of Aeka Academy, Institution of Fine arts  in Geneva, Switzerland to promote Indian and International art forms.  Aeka Academy organizes regular events to promote art and culture with not only International artists visiting Geneva but also with local talented artists from Switzerland and neighbouring countries.

What sets Aparna apart, is not only her dedication to delve deep but also her aim in perfection.  Her devoted and relentless pursuit illustrates her commitment to this artform.

Appreciation from her Gurus…


Aparna Raghavan also known as Yamini, is the daughter of the well known musician Sri. T.V. Gopalakrishnan, is our senior disciple having studied under us for more than 15 years.

Aparna is an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer who has given number of programs in India and abroad. She has also participated in our dance productions and travelled with us.

We consider her as one of our proud products from Bharatakalanjali and wish her all the best in the future…

The Dhananjayans