karma dance is a classical and contemporary Indian dance company with a track-record of sell-out performances and festival appearances internationally, as well as a teaching academy with a popular educational program for Australian schools.


Govind Pillai  Director

Govind Pillai

Govind Pillai is one of a few Australian male practitioners of Bharatanatyam. With a track-record of sell-out productions and festival appearances internationally, he has appeared at prestigious venues and events including the Sydney Opera House, Princess Theatre (Melbourne), Bangarra Theatre (Sydney), Woodford Festival (Queensland), Melaka Arts & Performance Festival (Malaysia) and the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne) and toured shows including to Sydney, Auckland, Melbourne, Hobart and Byron Bay. Govind is a performer and dance maker with an active practice in performance, choreography, direction and teaching whilst also actively contributing to the Australian arts scene through his past and present roles which include: Director of Karma Dance Inc., Board Member of the National Theatre (St Kilda); Lead Male Dancer of Samskriti Dance (Sydney); Vice President of Flare Dance Co. (Melbourne), and Dance Advisor to the Federation of Indian Music and Dance Inc. (Victoria).

Raina Peterson  Director

Raina Peterson

Raina Peterson is one of Australia’s very few practitioners of Mohiniyattam, classical Indian dance of Kerala. They are passionate about promoting this relatively rare dance form and hope to see it flourish on the global stage. Raina is also trained in Kerala’s classical dance-drama, Kathakali. In addition to classical work, Raina also performs Belly dance and Bollywood. Raina was in the original cast of Hot Brown Honey Burlesque, and is one-third of feminist cabaret troupe the Ladies of Colour Agency, which toured sell-out productions across Australia. Raina is Artistic Director of Karma Dance, and Raina's appearances as a performer, choreographer, director, and writer include the Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, Woodford Folk Festival, and Melaka Arts & Performance Festival (Malaysia).

Divya Shreejit Kumar  Teacher

Divya Shreejit Kumar

Divya Shreejit Kumar is a Bharatanatyam performer and teacher who is extremely passionate and nurtures a deep sense of love for the Indian classical art form. She started learning Bharatanatyam at the tender age of five and has practised and performed the art form for well over 25 years. She completed her Arangetram under Shri Govind Pillai in 2017 that received outstanding reviews from the audience, media and classical Indian arts community of Melbourne. A notable feature of Divya’s performances is her delivery of expressive work that captivates the audience and makes them feel connected as if they were not merely watching a dance but actually perceiving life unfold before them. Divya looks to inspire and spread this love for her art by making it more accessible and enjoyable to the young and grownups alike.


Adrian van Raay  Production Manager

Adrian van Raay
Production Manager

Adrian van Raay is a qualified sound engineer and graduate of the SAE (Sound and Audio Engineering) Institute in Melbourne. He is an experienced production manager and has overseen aspects as broad as technical specification and management, stage management, front-of-house and the administration of production finances and budgets.


Sandhya Pillai  Director (New Zealand)

Sandhya Pillai
Director (New Zealand)

Sandhya Pillai is a passionate performer and practioner in the ancient classical Indian styles of Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam and Bharatanatyam and has choreographed and performed several solo and group works in all three dance forms internationally. She has both stage and television performances to her credit. Her passion for dance started at the tender age of five when she learnt her first dance steps from her mother.