Performing art exhibitions are a great way to view the work of a specific artiste and get to know their artistic style, other than what one sees or hears on stage during a performance. Such exhibitions that have on view the private collections of artistes - their instruments, rare photographs, notations, correspondence, awards, costumes and other memorabilia, give the audience a rare opportunity to engage with the persona behind the artiste. They also help develop new audiences and raise awareness amongst the general public. Till such time that MOPA moves into its own premises, all its exhibitions are planned as moving exhibitions that will be archived permanently on the MOPA archives after the duration of the exhibitions.

Due to the pandemic and its restrictions, MOPA did not conduct any live exhibitions or other events between March 2020 - October 2022.

Drawn largely from the vast treasure house of archives carefully preserved by Balasaraswati's family over the decades, this exhibition was MOPA's maiden curatorial venture, a collaborative effort with Balasaraswati Institute of Performing Arts. It was on view at various venues in Chennai and other cities in India, spanning Balasaraswati's birth centenary year, 2018-19. It showcased the life and art of an artiste who has left her imprint on dance for all time, with an engaging selection of photographs, articles, press clippings and vintage audio-visual excerpts. Also on display were rare personal effects belonging to Balasaraswati.
Balasaraswati Institute of Performing Arts is a branch of Bala Music and Dance, USA. Its main goal is to preserve and propagate Padma Vibhushan awardee, Tanjavur Balasaraswati's style of music and dance, a style that has encompassed 9 generations of hereditary practitioners of the art and one that is alive and active to date.
All photographs of T Balasaraswati shown on this website have been provided by Balasaraswati Institute of Performing Arts.


Music Academy, Chennai

The Folly, Amethyst, Chennai

Dance India Asia Pacific, Goodman centre, Singapore

Dakshinachitra, Chennai

Indian Music Experience, Bangalore


Technical Management
B Charles, Goutham Ganesan
Chennai Art Theatre

Promotional and Publicity Design
Varsha Venkatesh
Shutter Blinks, Karthik Gowrishankar

Digitisation and Exhibition Design
Jackin Skims,
S Prashanth Balaji,
Nivedha Sekar


Venue Partners