Ashwini Kaarthikeyan
Bharatanatyam Dancer, Pondicherry, India

Ashwini Kaarthikeyan, also known as Ashwini Pawar, is an Indian Classical Dancer, Poet and Painter.

She began to learn Bharatanatyam at the age of 9, in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Her journey through the arts, took her to Sir. J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai. In 1996, she ranked first, as a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and received the Gold Medal from the Mumbai University, in painting.

From 1999 to 2007, Ashwini lived and worked in the United States of America. She received her Masters, in the Science of Waldorf Education, in 2005.

Ashwini returned to India in 2008, and is now settled near Pondicherry, in the South of India. She continues to give performances, to a wide range of audiences, while also deepening her studies in Bharatanatyam, under teacher, choreographer and performer, Shri P.T. Narendran, of the Kalakshetra bani.

Shows & Major Performances

On 11th November, 2012, Ashwini performed to a Marathi audience, in Baramati, presenting compositions of “Raje Sarfoji Maharaj Bhosale” of Tanjavore, under the able guidance of Dr. Sucheta Bhide Chapekar, of the Tanjavore bani. It is an evening worth special mention, as her dance recital was followed, by the soul stirring concert of Smt. Kishori Amonkar, one of India's most celebrated, classical singers.

The sculpturesque temples of Tamil Nadu are an inspiration for the painter and poet in Ashwini. Her recent art takes you back in time, as the grey palette of stone sculptures, spring out in radiant colours under her intuitive eye. She contributes regularly, with her poetry and works of art, to the website,




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