A leading exponent of Bharata Natyam, studied dance under illustrious Gurus, Dandayuthpani Pillai, Kittappa Pillai and Jayalaxmi Alva. SHe has performed extensively in the United States and India to great critical acclaim, and she produced and choreographed two full-length ballets, Shakuntala & Kumar Sambhavarn. Described by The New York Times as "the dancer's dancer", Maya has performed at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, The Cubiculo, The Open Eye, The United Nations Human Rights Celebrations, and the Danny Kaye Theater in New York City. IN addition to mastery over the vast traditional repertoire of her gurus, Maya frequently choreographs her own dance items. The four Bharata Natyam pieces in this evening's presentation are Maya's own creation.