Tanjore Balasaraswati also known as Srimati Balasaraswati (13 May 1918 - 9 February 1984) was a celebrated Indian dancer, musician and lineage holder for the ancient Tanjore tradition of Bharata Natyam. Her arangetram (ceremonial debut performance) took place in Kanchipuram, India in 1925. Balasaraswati was a seventh generation representative of a traditional marilineal family of musicians and dancers who have been described as the greatest single repository of the traditional performing arts of music and dance of the southern region of India [("Balasaraswati" by V.K. Narayana Menon)]. Poet Gary Snyder described seeing her as, "... an exemplar and teacher of the wholeness of dance. In spite of the temporizers of Madras who tried to excise the sensual element from dance, she always insisted on the authenticity and dignity of the erotic component. She was a true yogini of dance. While still in her youth, hampered by ill-health, feeling misunderstood, it became her deep wish to dance before Shiva, or Murugan, in the temple of Tiruttani. Entering the inner chamber, bribing the watchman, breaking the law, she danced in solitude saying
"Lord, I offer to you humbly both myself and my art."

Srimati Shyamala is a master of the Balasaraswati lineage of Devadasi Sadir. She started dancing at the age of seven and at the age of fourteen began her studies with the legendary dance master Srimati T. Balasaraswati. Shyamala received her 'Diploma of Proficiency' and had her Arangetram (ceremonial first performance) in 1978. She has been teaching, performing and lecturing extensively since that time. She has an extraordinary skill for sharing the sublime depth and beauty of the temple arts of South India. She is the director of The Koothambalam School of Devadasi Sadir / Bharata Natyam.

Laurissa Vibhuti currently serves as the director of the Koothambalam School of Traditional Devadasi Sadir / Bharata Natyam located in Boulder, Co. Laurissa began formal ballet training at the age of four and studied at the San Fransisco Ballet and the Peabody Conservatory. At the age of 15 she turned her attention towards Hatha Yoga, Devadasi Sadir and Sanskrit scriptures which she studied both in the U.S. and India. For the last 27 years she has learned traditional Devadasi Sadir with her dance guru, Srimati Shyamala, a master of the Balasaraswati Style. In 2004 Laurissa completed her arangetram (ceremonial debut performance). This momentous and intensive period of study and practice culminates in a formal 2 hour solo dance offering. It is a profound rite of passage that deepens the dancer's devotion and dedication to her guru, to her lineage and the divine, she is the only non-Indian to have completed the formal arangetram margam (sequence or path) in her teacher's lineage. Laurissa has received many awards and grants and regularly teaches at the University of Colorado. She has a depth of devotion and dedication that is reflected in her performances. She offers lecture-demonstrations and classes on sacred arts and traditions of embodied prayer, Hatha Yoga and Devadasi Sadir to students and audiences of all levels and ages.

Sofia Diaz is a gifted teacher of hatha yoga, sacred movement, and feminine spiritual practice, deriving her style of teaching and body philosophy from the South Indian temple arts and their accompanying scriptures. Along with 20 years of intensive study and daily practice of several traditions of yoga, she has apprenticed with dance and music masters of the Balasaraswati lineage of Bharata Natyam since 1982. She holds a bachelor's degree in Dance from Mills College in Oakland, California and a Masters Degree in Religious Studies from The University of Colorado, Boulder. Sofia lectures on religious culture and the principles of sacred movement and teaches in the Department of Somatic Psychology at Naropa University in Boulder; she has published on yoga and sacred movement in both academic and popular journals; and travels frequently, teaching women's yoga intensives throughout the United States.

Sonja Radvila has studied Devadasi Sadir at the Chennai, India and Boulder, Co. Koothambalam Schools for the last seven years and has participated in many performances. She is a long-time, dedicated practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga. Sonja has a deep respect for the wisdom and importance of listening to the body while reaching beyond familiar boundaries. She brings to her dance a deeply committed sincerity and elegance. Sonja teaches the beginning level classes in Denver, Co. and surrounding areas.

Romona Mukherjee has been a student at the Koothambalam School of Devadasi Sadir for 12 years. She completed her Arangetram in 2003 and currently teaches and performs in New York City. Romona found her dharma as a dancer at a very early age, her performances reflect her highly disciplined yet gentle presence. With a cheerful willingness to freely share her deep reverence and gratitude for the Srimati Balasaraswti Tradition, Romona teaches all levels of students.