Harikishan S Nair is an internationally recognized dance artist, teacher, choreographer and artist scholar trained in three different styles of Indian classical dance – Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi and Mohiniyattom. Trained under Guru Girija Chandran, who taught him Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattom, be began his Kuchipudi training, at the age of seven, with Guru Geetha Krishnakumar and continued under Guru Bijula , both of whom who are disciples of stalwart Guru Padmabhooshan Dr. Vempatti Chinna Sathyam.
Harikishan's performances have taken him across the globe. He tours new choreographic works and conducts teaching workshops and master classes extensively in North America. He has gone onto perform and present his work at numerous dance festivals and dance productions in India, UK, Canada and the USA.
Notable performances include works with Dr. Padma Subramanyam, Dr. Madurai R Muralidharan, Dr. Menaka Thakkar, Uma Murali, Janak Khendry, Lata Pada, Brandy Leary and Harikrishnan which was prestented in numerous festivals such as Inspiration 2013, Kalanidhi dance festival 2013, Next Step Festival 2013 and 2015, CAN ASIAN festival 2015, Horizon series 2014, Dance Ontario-Dance weekend 2016, 2017,2018, Fall for Dance North Festival at Union 2018, Body brake 9.0 2018, Vilya 2019( Pittsburgh), Myseum Intersection 2019, Nuit Blanche 2019 and so on to name a few.
Harikishan's immaculate and graceful movements and his subtle yet communicative expressions have won the admiration of dance connoisseurs and new audiences alike.
A judge on many Indian dance competitions, Harikishan is the Artistic Director of Regatta Kala Kendra – a dance company and training institute based in Toronto.
He was supported by Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts for the research and creation of his work.