Sukhi Shetty Krishnan is blessed to be born into a family of dancers. Her late father,
Master Gopal Shetty was the President of the Temple of Fine Arts Kuala Lumpur.
Under the inspiration of her spiritual teacher, guide and mentor Swami Shantanand,
she has been given the role of one of the International Directors of the Temple of
Fine Arts and the Vice Chancellor of Saraswathi Maha Vidhyalaya – a holistic learning
A dancer, choreographer and teacher, Sukhi Shetty Krishnan learned aspects of
Indian dance under the tutelage of her father, Gopal Shetty and has also been
blessed to be under the guidance of leading dance exponents including Vatsala
Shivadas, Kumari Suryakala, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Saswati Sen and Sanjukta
Panigrahi. She spent her formative years by her fathers side imbibing his masterly
approach to creative choreography and teaching style. She was awarded the
prestigious ” Natya Acharya” in 2003 by Swami Shantanand Saraswati.
Sukhi has had over 25 years experience in choreography and collaborations for more
than 20 major dance productions of the TFA from 1985 to date and has performed
as artiste and choreographer in Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, New York,
Scotland, Italy, France and Cambodia. She is versatile in several forms of Indian
classical dance including Bharata Natyam, Odissi, Kathak, Kathakali and Indian Folk
dance. Sukhi has also studied Asian dance forms particularly traditional Malay and
Chinese dance in Malaysia. While in Perth she was a student at WAAPA and gained
experience in Ballet, Spanish and Contemporary dance.
Sukhi has been teaching classical Indian dance styles at the TFA Perth since 1989.
She has trained and guided her students to their Arangetram Solo Debuts and many
of these students have since gone on to become teachers themselves. She has
also taken part in many community projects, collaborations and school workshops
in Perth and is currently a lecturer in Bharata Natyam at the Western Australian
Academy of Performing Arts.
Sukhi Shetty Krishnan and her team of passionate and dedicated teachers continue
to learn and see their role as facilitators, in bringing the grand vision of their guru
to audiences and students in Australia and around the world.