1st - UMD Moksha
2nd - UC Berkeley Natya
3rd - JHU Shakti

A Message from the Executive Board

The Executive Board of Dhirana 2016 would like to make a public acknowledgment of a miscommunication that occurred over the SPIFPA award.

We would like to announce that both UC Berkeley Natya and GMU Mahima are recognized as the recipients for SPIFPA’s Most Traditional award this year. Both teams have displayed the beauty of traditional Indian dance on stage, and we would especially like to congratulate GMU Mahima for all their accomplishments.

On behalf of SPIFPA and Dhirana Board, we would like to congratulate both teams on their hard work and dedication to traditions, and Dhirana Executive Board would personally like to apologize for our mistake. We want to treat this as an opportunity for improvement in the hopes of making Dhirana the best it can be.

Thank you.

Our sincerest apologies,
Kamalini, Tyler, Akshara, Ameer, and Vidisha


Dhirana is the University of Pittsburgh's annual Indian classical dance competition. It is a nonprofit organization and all proceeds of the competition go to the Birmingham Free Clinic of Pittsburgh, which provides free medical care for Pittsburgh's underserved population. Pitt began the tradition of hosting a national, intercollegiate competition when Pitt Nrityamala placed first in Laasya 2011. As champions, the team won the honor of hosting Laasya 2012 on their campus. With strong support and attendance from the Pittsburgh community and enthusiastic involvement from Pitt students, Laasya 2012 was a resounding success. Unhappy to see the traveling competition leave its city, Pitt Nrityamala and University of Pittsburgh created Dhirana to foster Indian classical dance interest in their community. This competition provides collegiate classical dance teams with a platform to showcase their talents during an unforgettable weekend experience. Pitt welcomes you to its fourth annual Indian classical dance competition, Dhirana 2016!



Lineup Video

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Promotional Video

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