Our Team

Shobha Subramanian
Dance Director
Shobha Subramanian is an award winning dancer-teacher-singer-choreographer who has studied dance under senior gurus of India (Mrs. Sundari Seshadri, Dhananjayans, Professor CV Chandrashekhar, & Kalamandalam Usna Banu) and has toured and performed widely in India, Europe, U.S.A., and Africa. She is the three-time winner of Individual Artist Award from the state of Maryland. As Dance Director of the Jayamangala School of Dance, Shobha has presented more than 30 student Arangetrams, several dance dramas, and two mega dance conferences in Maryland. She holds a graduate degree MFA in Theatre from Towson University and her choreography brings out "innovation within tradition". She has collaborated with the National Ballet in Maryland and Barefeet Theater dancers in Africa to produce multi-cultural performances. She organized Jayamangala's first international performance tour to Zambia in March 2013 and an India performance tour in January 2017. For the past three years, she has been teaching an undergraduate course titled Introduction to Indian Dance at University of Maryland Baltimore County. Shobha is the recipient of several titles and awards in India, such as Nritya Shivali, Natya Saradhi, and Nrithya Ratna.
Jaya Bala
Vocal Music Director
Jaya Bala obtained her initial vocal training from her mother, Mrs. Rajalakshmi Krishnan, who is a direct disciple of Chembai Sri Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar. Her musical training was enhanced by her studies in Delhi University, where she obtained the title of Sangeetha Siromani. She is an eminent representative of India in international festivals and has performed for numerous programs in India, Malaysia, Bulgaria, France and the USA. For over 25 years, she has been a solo concert singer and an accompanying vocalist for Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dance performances. She has sung for dance stalwarts, such as Sonal Mansingh, Raja Radha Reddy, Dhananjayans, and many more. Having received grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, she has conducted several workshops and lecture demonstrations nationwide. In 2006, she curated Jayamangala's first interdisciplinary music symphony "Music Transcends", featuring Indian classical and Western classical musicians. Jaya has been teaching for the last 23yrs and has many students who are teaching as well as performing. She has conducted many Workshop training sessions under late Shri. T.R. Subramanian. Jaya currently teaches Carnatic Vocal Music to students in San Jose, CA.
Srinath Bala
Mridangam Director
Srinath Bala is a versatile percussionist with varied styles blended rhythmically into one. Having been initiated by Late Sri. Krishnan (Palghat Sri Mani Iyer style), he received intensive guidance under Sri. R. Ramesh (Karaikudi Mani Style) in Chennai, and later, under Maestro Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman. To his credit, he has uniquely combined the kanaku and nadam aspects from various gurus. He has accompanied the topmost senior artists performing in India, Canada and the US, and also played in Jugalbandis and TalaVadya Concerts to showcase the solo percussion aspects. He has various recordings and has given lecture- demonstrations on 'LAYAM'. In 2006, he presented a TalaVadya concert titled “Music Through Membranes”. Being a recipient of the PG Arts award and MSAC Artist Awards, he is a very well sought after artist for Music and Dance Concerts. He has been teaching students for the past 23 years and successfully trained many students, who currently play Mridangam, Ghatam, and Khanjheera actively in various music circles. His passion in music led him to create esishya.com, an online portal to impart music classes. 
Sandhya Srinath
Violin Director
Sandhya Srinath is an innately talented artist who showcases her true talent in every bow. A gold medalist in her masters program in music and an early A-grade awardee for the All India Radio, Sandhya has firmly established the school of Late Shri V. Janakiraman of AIR, Delhi. She learnt, and skillfully absorbed the styles of maestros, late Shri. Lalgudi G Jayaraman and Prof. T.N. Krishnan within her. Along with top solo performances worldwide, she has also accompanied many senior musicians and dancers. Some of her coveted awards include the Best Young Violinist, Chennai, India; Individual Artist Award from PG Arts Council, MD, USA and the MD State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. She has been awarded the titles, 'Nada Brahma Kalanidhi', 'Nadha Brahma Kalaimani' and 'Vaadhya Kala Bharati.'  Known for her precise technique and sensitive renditions, she is a very highly sought after artist. She has numerous recordings to her credit and her versatility has led her to take on instrumental ensembles, jugalbandis with Hindustani artists, and fusion concerts with western musicians. She actively teaches Violin to students worldwide.
Aishwarya Subramanian
Artistic Director
Aishwarya Subramanian hails from the artistic family of Jayamangala School of Music and Dance. She has been learning Bharatanatyam and Carnatic Music from a very young age from her mother-guru Shobha Subramanian and grandmother Jaya Bala, respectively. She completed her Bharatanatyam Arangetram in June 2010 and has performed at various events and festivals in the US, UK, Mexico, India, and Africa. She has enhanced her talents during workshops with visiting gurus from India, such as Maneesha Sathe, Narendra & Anusha Kumar, Dhananjayans, Priyadarshini Govind, The Kirans, M. Venkata Krishnan, and N. Srikanth. Having been a member of the award-winning Indian Classical Dance Team at University of Maryland called Moksha, she has enhanced her talents in performance, teaching, and choreography through Jayamangala School of Dance. Aishwarya is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
Lakshmi Santhanam
Vocal Music Teacher
Lakshmi Santhanam has been learning Carnatic Music from the age of 8. For the past 12 years, she has been learning under the tutelage of Smt. Jaya Bala and has performed with Jayamangala at several venues and festivals in and around the MD-DC-VA area, including Nadatarangini Thyagaraja Aradhana, PG County's World Music Showcase, Swati Tirunal Festival, and others. She currently teaches Carnatic Music to beginner students in Maryland.
Dakshayini Vivek
Yoga Instructor
Dakshayini Vivek is a certified yoga instructor from Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (SVYASA) in Bangalore, India. She has been practicing and teaching yoga since 2013 in various settings, including schools, universities, and private lessons. With a strong emphasis on healthy alignment and attuning to body wisdom, her aim is to guide students into a deeper awareness of intelligent movement as a meditative art.