Rajkumar Krishna Persad
The Trinidad School of Indian Dance was established by the founder, Director and Choreographer, Rajkumar Krishna Persad, N. K.R., HBM, in 1967. He is the first person in Trinidad and Tobago to be awarded a scholarship by the Indian Government, I.C.C. R., to study Indian Dance in India.
He studied the style of Bharat Natyam, in Kalakshetra, Madras, under the guidance of the late Rukmini Devi Arindale. Krishna as he is fondly referred to has been involved in the promotion of Indian Dance for the past fifty years with distinction. He has been teaching after his return from India since 1967 to this present time.
Krishna has traveled, performed and represented Trinidad and Tobago in many parts of the world. For example, England, Canada, United States, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Singapore and South America among other countries. He has performed for Royalties and Head of States.
He is the First Indian Artiste / Performer to be awarded a National Award by the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, the late Eric Eustace Williams in 1969.
According to Krishna, Indian Dance is not merely an art or simply a spontaneous expression of joy and harmony with nature; it is all these and much more. It is an expression of the philosophy of the people, the life and the country. And that is why it is so closely associated with religious beliefs and practices.
The Trinidad School of Indian Dance is situated at 41 Jasmine Avenue, Edinburgh Gardens, Phase 11, and Chaguanas. Telephone number, 868 665- 3505.