Omkara School of Indian Dance has been a centre for learning Bharata Natyam (South Indian classical dance) and promoting Indian culture since 1987.

Home to students of varied nationalities and walks of life, our aim is to foster a deep understanding and passion for the art-form through a better understanding of Indian culture and the philosophy that is its backbone. We strive to guide and encourage students to develop grace, perfection and perseverance while increasing awareness for traditional and cultural Indian arts in and around Geneva.

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ NEW – DANCE EXAMINATIONS ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

We’re pleased to announce that Omkara now offers Bharata Natyam Examinations and / or Certifications to interested students via ISTD (Imperial Society for Teachers of Dancing) UK and CID (International Council of Dance) France.

ISTD Exams

ISTD (Imperial Society for Teachers of Dancing) is a government recognised dance teaching organisation and examination board, which trains and certifies teachers to deliver its syllabus to students in both private and mainstream dance education.

It is one of the world’s leading dance examination boards with the widest range of dance genres available, and is a registered educational charity, supporting and training members through a wide variety of courses, teaching syllabi and techniques.

Bharata Natyam exams are offered from levels 1 – 6, and more information can be accessed here.

International students can take dance exams provided by ISTD remotely via Zoom with an ISTD appointed examiner.

Interested students should apply through Omkara – please email or call Sujatha to discuss.

Please note that the syllabus is extensive and classes will need to be organised to prepare and learn the material. Extra learning supports can be purchased from ISTD for a fee, and exam costs are per interested candidate.

We’re happy to extend the opportunity for assessment to students learning from other Gurus as well. If you’re a Bharata Natyam student learning elsewhere in Switzerland and wish to take the exam – or if you’re a Bharata Natyam teacher who’d like to offer your students the ISTD exame – please get in touch with Sujatha at sujatha_venk@hotmail.com.

CID Certification

The CID (International Council of Dance) is the official umbrella organisation for all forms of dance in all countries of the world.

It is a non-governmental organisation founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where it is based. Its members are the most prominent federations, associations, Schools, companies and individuals in over 170 countries.

As a member of CID, the school is informed about opportunities such as scholarships, invitations to perform, to teach and new publications by other performers.

The CID offer International Certification of Dance Studies to students of member dance schools.

To find out more about CID certification, please contact Sujatha.

What Students Say

Le Bharata Natyam fût une découverte fortuite qui m’a plu dès les premiers pas de danse. Aujourd’hui encore la danse rythme ma vie, sa musique fait danser mes émotions à travers l’expression, la grâce, l’effort, la concentration.

– Janine

It always feels like the most natural thing to get back into my dance clothes and head to class. This is because Omkara is truly a dance family, we all come from very different backgrounds and are of different ages, yet in class we all are able to relate on a dance level.

– Sarah

L’enseignement de Sujatha est très complet, accompagnant les étudiantes selon leurs besoins évoluant de l’enfance à l’âge adulte. Ma fille y trouve des apports nourrissants sa vie spirituelle comme artistique.

– Sonia

Latest Announcement

Inscriptions for 2023 – 2024 are open! Please get in touch via email at sujatha_venk@hotmail.com to sign up.


Upcoming Events

  • Krishna Jayanti in September 2023 organized by Vaishnavi Manojkumar (ISKCON).
  • Omkara Annual Day in 2024.
  • Sathya’s Sir workshop in April 2024.
  • ISTD Exams for grade 2 will be held in January 2024.