Kalamandalam Sini Shaiju
, a very popular name in the cultural arena of Qatar, a wonderful, dedicated, sincereand enthusiastic Classical Dance teacher,founded the Abhinaya School of FineArts in Doha with a bright vision of developing Indian cultural activities in Qatar. Passing out in flying colours from the Kerala Kalamandalam, Cheruthuturthy, Kerala, she underwenthigher studies under the able guidance of Kalamandalam Kshemavathy, the Mohiniyattam maestro.

        Her excellence in studiesearned her the Vallathol award and the Balakrishna Kurup awardduring her curriculum. For learning Kuchipudi she was lucky to become a disciple to none other than the Kuchipudi exponent, Smt.Anupama Mohan, who herself was a student of Venpatty Chinna Sathyam, the living authority on this dance form.One of the distinct features of Smt. Sini’s teaching method is the creation of an intensive learning environment where the students can closely interact, meditate, encourage and discipline each other,discovering their individual interpretations and performing styles instead of blindly copying some “standard” dancer’s movements and manners. The Institution provides the opportunity to learn Indian classical dance forms like Bharathanatyam, Mohiniyattam, Kuchipudi, authentic Folk, Cinematic etc, classical and instrumental music with theory and thalam classes, painting drawing etc. Karate class is alsooffered with an eye towards the physical development of children. Started under humble circumstances the school has gathered momentum and is now famous for spotting young talents and nurturing them to become skilled performing artist. The vigorous training the children undergo here has earned them laurels in schools and interschool’s competitions as well as in stage performances many times in Qatar.

Even though the majority of the students are studying dance as a hobby, the school has established a core group of the most talented and dedicated dancers which, as if in a nuclear reaction, has set a critical mass that generates the energy, inspiration and motivation for the junior learners, helps them observe and learn from each other, and makes the learning process an exciting journey of inner self-discovery rather than a boring routine. The students in the regular classes are taught as many technical elements as necessary for a particular item they are going to perform. Unlike the larger institutions, here every student gets the guru’s personal attention. The training process is based on the student’s competency level. In the dance dramas, every student is provided with a part that highlights his capabilities.

  • Objective And Qualification


    To contribute to a high standard of service in the field of performing arts using my expertise


    4 year diploma from “ kerala kalamandalam”, India in performing arts and choreography
    AHSLC - Kerala Kalamandalam - Cheruthuruthi.


    Accomplished dancer and Choreographer with proficiency in Mohiniyattam, Bharath Natyam and kuchippudi
    Proficiancy in folk dances
    Proficency in contemporary dances


    Kuchippudi training under the tutelage of Anupama Mohan.

    Workshop on Mohiniyattam, conducted by Padma Sree Kalamandalam Kshemavathy at Kerala Kala
         Mandiram Trichur.

    Workshop on various facets of classical dances by Kerala Nataka Academy.

    Workshop on performing arts and choreography conducted by Sri Dhananjaya at Bhaskara - Kerala.

    Special training on Bharath Natyam at MARGA, Chennai.

  • Awards & Performances


    Recipient of prestigious Vallathiol scholorship in 1993

    Recipient of prstigious Balakrishna Kurup award for Mohiniyattam


    Bharatham 2011 conducted at Doha Cinema, Qatar
    Performed at Redfort-Delhi on special invitation from Govt. of India
    All india Dance Festival,at Hyderabad - 2006
    Chidambaram dance festival - 2005
    Perur Natyanjali dance festival -2002
    Narada Gana sabha - 2001
    Mamala puram dance festival - 1998
    Apart from prestigious stages as above, have also performed on various stages in India and abroad.

  • Experience

    • 2006-2007

      Self Employed, imparting training to aspirant dancers.
    • 2005-2006

      Natya Niketan - Coimbatore, Teaching Mohiniyattam and choreography
    • 2003-2005

      Skills Development Centre, Doha.
      Dance teacher, Teaching Indain Classical Dances.
    • 1993-2002

      Kerala Kala Mandiram - Trichur
      Dance teacher - Teaching Indian classical and Folk dances.
  • Personal Deatails

    Name : Kalamandalam Sini Shaiju
    Phone : +974 44647550
    Mobile: +974 55345499 / 66982829
    Date of Birth : 11-05-1977
    Marital Status : Married
    Nationality : Indian
    Permanent Address : Post Kattilapovam, Trichur, Kerala.