As an ancient and classical art form, Odissi dance is deeply connected with traditional Indian culture. As part of the dance training, students will learn about Indian culture, spirituality and traditions. These traditions are practiced within Jyoti Kala Mandir and provide depth and integrity to the dance training. Students approach the training with an attitude of humility, service and respect towards the dance form, their teachers and their fellow students. Jyoti Kala Mandir brings worlds closer with two centers in India and the USA, encouraging a cross-cultural experience where Indian dancers and American dancers can mingle.

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Odissi instruction - Jyoti & Keshini 


Jyoti Kala Mandir, established in 1993, founded by Guru Jyoti Rout is a non-profit organization, which serves the international community. JKM represents the future for Indian Music, Dance and Mardala in USA and India. The organization is dedicated towards preserving and promoting India’s vibrant classical music and dance. The institution not only trains the students in music and dance, it also conducts mega events like dance and music festivals, workshops, seminars, dance recitals by eminent artists, exponents in various fields in India and USA.


Jyoti Kala Mandir has annual examinations each year in India and USA. During the examinations, all students have a chance to demonstrate their knowledge of theory and practical in their subject and receive a certificate of their achievement.

Performance Opportunities

Each year we present a professional performance of the Jyoti Kala Mandir Performing Company in California, USA and in Bhubaneshwar, India. In addition, Jyoti Kala Mandir presents a professional-quality kids’ performance called "Rangoli" in USA and India. For beginning students, performance opportunities are available at school open houses and some outside performances in both countries. Jyoti Kala Mandir is committed to giving performance opportunities to JKM students who are dedicated in their practice in both USA and India.


Guru Jyoti Rout Abhinaya in Black Sari 

Distance Learning

We are now adapting our ancient and traditional art and teaching style to the 21st century by offering Odissi dance classes with Guru Jyoti Rout via Skype. This enables students who do not live near the San Francisco Bay Area or Bhubaneswar, Orissa, to have direct instruction and guidance from an established Odissi Guru. For more information, please contact us.

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