4 days of programming spread over two weekends.
Featuring 11 South Asian Forms such as Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi, Odissi and more1
Unique tête-à-tête with veteran dancers and dance practitioners3
Presenting more than 100 dancers from all over the world - our biggest event to date.2
For the first time, our dance festival is completely online.4
Sep 19th 10:00 AM MDT / 9:30 PM IST
1.Sri Shinjaaravali (Kuchipudi)
2.Carrie McCune (Kathak)
3.Punya Ramesh (Bharatanatyam)
4.Bhagyasri Manohar (Kuchipudi)
5.Shrushti Manikandan (Bharatanatyam)
7.Vani Topkar (Bharatanatyam)
8.Madhavi Rao (Odissi)
9.Niveda Cheralathan (Bharatanatyam)
Saturday, Sep 19th 5:00 PM MDT
Rebroadcast: Sunday, Sep 20th, 6:30 PM IST
Interview with Kalaimamani Priyadarshini Govind – part 1
1. Kalaimamani Dr. Anita R Ratnam – Motherland
2.Neha Mondal Chakravarty (Bharatanatyam)
3.Dr. Anwesa Mahanta (Sattriya)
4.Swathi Ashok (Bharatanatyam)
5.Prathyusha Aparassu (Kuchipudi)
6.Medha Hari (Bharatanatyam)
7.Dr. Sarah Morelli (Kathak)
8.Swagata Banerjee (Odissi)
9.Prateeksha Kashi (Kuchipudi)
10.Kalamandalam Prabhakaran (Seethangan Thullal)
Sunday, Sep 20th, 10:00 AM MDT/9:30 PM IST
1.Anika Nair (Bharatanatyam)
2.Meghana Athelli (Kuchipudi)
3.Suchitra Marti (Bharatanatyam)
4.Laasya Panthangi (Kuchipudi)
5.Shefali Joshi (Bharatanatyam)
6.Laya Palutla (Kuchipudi)
7.Keerthana Krishnan (Bharatanatyam)
8.Sireesha Athelli (Kuchipudi)
9.Abirami Jayakumar (Mohiniyattam)
10.Sannidhi Udayagiri (Bharatanatyam)
Sunday, Sep 20th, 5:00 PM MDT
Rebroadcast: Monday, Sep 21st, 6:30 PM IST
Interview with Kalaimamani Priyadarshini Govind – part 2
1. Vidhya Subramanian (Bharatanatyam)
2.Amrita Lahiri (Kuchipudi)
3.Rujuta Soman (Kathak)
4.Rakesh Sai Babu (Chhau)
5.Vinod Kevin Bachan (Odissi)
7.Maya Kulshreastha (Kathak)
8.Thavarajah Mohanapriyan (Bharatanatyam)
9.Kalanidhi Dance – Mast Qalandar (Kuchipudi)
10.Dr. Janaki Rangarajan (Bharatanatyam)
Saturday, Sep 26th, 10:00 AM MDT/9:30 PM IST
1.Dr Saraswathi Rajathesh (Kuchipudi Yakshagana)
2.Sangeetha Tadimalla (Bharatanatyam)
4.Adwita, Mathangi, Hreem (Bharatanatyam)
5.Nandinii Chaudhry Mohanty (Odissi)
6.Akshayaa Karthy (Bharatanatyam)
7.Haarika Donepudi (Kuchipudi)
8.Akshita, Ananya, Sagun (Bharatanatyam)
9.Lasya Gudur (Kuchipudi)
Saturday, Sep 26th, 5:00 PM MDT
Rebroadcast: Sunday, Sep 27th, 6:30 PM IST
Interview with Padmabhushan Alarmel Valli – part 1
1. Padmashri Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant (Bharatanatyam)
2.Nrityagram Dance Ensemble (Odissi)
3.Vinitha Nedungadi (Mohiniyattam)
4.Sreelakshmy Govardhanan (Kuchipudi)
5.Shweta Prachande (Bharatanatyam)
6.Guru Janme Joy & Rajesh Sai Babu (Chhau)
7.Shinjini Kulkarni (Kathak)
8.Kalanidhi – Red Earth and Pouring Rain (Kuchipudi)
Sunday, Sep 27th, 10:00 AM MDT/9:30 PM IST
1.Priyanka Ramurthy (Bharatanatyam)
2.Abhignya Kuppa (Kuchipudi)
3.Diya Nair (Bharatanatyam)
4.Sravani Katamaneni (Kuchipudi)
5.Arundhati Nair (Bharatanatyam)
6.Gaandharva Kshethram (Kuchipudi)
7.Nadanalaya Naatya Mandram (Bharatanatyam)
8.Shreenija Vadayar (Bharatanatyam)
9.Pallavi Salvi & Shilpi Nikhil (Kathak)
10.Neha Venkatesh (Bharatanatyam)
11.Ashvini Sundaram (Bharatanatyam)
Sunday, Sep 27th, 5:00 PM MDT
Rebroadcast: Monday, Sep 28th, 6:30 PM IST
Interview with Padmabhushan Alarmel Valli – part 2
1.Kalaimamani Bala Devi Chandrashekar (Bharatanatyam)
2.Dr. Pranamya Suri (Kuchipudi)
3.Renjith Babu & Vijna Vasudevan (Bharatanatyam)
4.Arushi Mudgal (Odissi)
5.Dr. Neena Prasad (Mohiniyattam)
6.Dr. Rajashree Warrier (Bharatanatyam)
7.Shijith Nambiar & Parvathy Menon (Bharatanatyam)
8.Sujata Mohapatra (Odissi)
9.Divyaa Unni (Bharatanatyam)
10.Shantala Shivalingappa (Kuchipudi)
Neo Bharat Natyam - Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Anita Ratnam (born 21 May 1954) is an Indian classical and contemporary dancer and choreographer. Classically trained in Bharatanatyam, she has also received formal training in Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, T’ai Chi, and Kalaripayattu, thus creating a dance style she has coined “Neo Bharatanatyam".
She is the founder-director of Arangham Trust, set up in 1992 in Chennai. She also founded Arangham Dance Theatre, a performance company in 1993 and in 2000 she created Narthaki.com, an Indian dance portal. Over the years, she has received numerous awards and recognition for her work in the performing arts in India and abroad as a choreographer, scholar and cultural activist.
Narthaki.com is a dance web portal founded by Dr. Anita R. Ratnam. In 1992 (with a second printed edition in 1997), it started as a phone book with 2000 addresses, when no such data base existed, not even the government had one. It was launched on the internet in April 2000. It has been described as India's first dance portal, and also its largest, and a forum for performing artists and connoisseurs of the arts. The portal publishes Reviews, Previews, Interviews, Profiles, Articles, research articles, special columns by noted scholars, health column, snippets of dance information that is used by researchers, details of programmes, contacts of performers, dance institutions, dance musicians, dance festivals, dance spaces etc, quotes, flash news, obits and a much awaited monthly newsletter.
Bharatanatyam - Hyderabad, Telengana, India
Ananda Shankar, started learning classical dance at the age of 4 under Sharada Keshava Rao and, later, K. N. Pakkiriswamy Pillai, and in 1972 at the age of 11, she joined Kalakshetra of Rukmini Devi Arundale where she trained in Bharatanatyam under teachers such as Padma Balagopal, Sharada Hoffman and Krishnaveni Laxman. After six years of study, she secured her diploma and post graduate diploma from the institution in disciplines of Bharatanatyam, Carnatic music, veena, dance theory and philosophy. She returned to Hyderabad at the age of 17 and founded Shankarananda Kalakshetra, a dance school with eight students, which has since grown into a dance academy, associating such artists as Partha Ghose, Mrunalini Chunduri, Sathiraju Venumadhav and Dolan Banerjee among others. In Hyderabad, she also learned Kuchipudi under Pasumarthy Ramalinga Shastry. Concurrently, she pursued her academic studies and after completing her master's degree in Indian History and Culture from Osmania University, she passed the civil services examination to join the Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS), thus becoming the first woman officer of the service on South Central Railway . While serving IRTS, she continued her studies to secure an MPhil in Art History on a UGC research scholarship and a doctoral degree (PhD) in tourism; her thesis being Promotion of Tourism in India - Role of Railways.
Under the aegis of her dance academy, she composed many dance ensembles like What About Me? (1999) and the subsequent Dancing Tales - Panchatantra, based on the ancient Indian fables of the same name and performed on many stages including in Cambodia. Buddham Saranam Gachchami, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Sri Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum, Buddham Saranam Gachchami, Expressions of Truth (on Gandhian ideals), An Easel Called Life, Navarasa - Expressions of Life, Darshanam - An Ode to the Eye, Kavyanjali and Tales from the Bull and the Tiger (2019) are some of the dance productions choreographed by her. She also continued her motivational talks and was one of the speakers of the Inspire series at the India Conference at Harvard held at Harvard Business School in February 2016 as well as at Columbia College Chicago and at Oberlin College, Ohio.She guest-edited the 16th edition of Attendance-The Dance Annual Magazine of India, and has released a desktop app for practicing dance.
Bharatanatyam - Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Guru Kalaimamani Bala Devi Chandrashekar is a Bharatanatyam exponent, research scholar, and a passionate, committed teacher of Bharatanatyam. Bala is known for her distinct scholarly style and takes on subjects based on ancient texts, backed by intense research and collaborates with renowned scholars in the respective fields, thus carving messages from scriptures relevant to the contemporary world and actively presenting them across the world. Bala, through her classical dance, strives to interpret ancient philosophical and spiritual concepts and presents in a distinct classical style that is always contemporary in interpretation and communicates across cultures. Over the last 30 years, Bala has given over 300 performances across 30 countries. Bala consistently performs at several prestigious venues across India, USA, Europe, Middle East, South America and Far east.
Bala constantly strives to create awareness of Indian classical dance in the USA through her work with universities such as Princeton, Rutgers, Columbia, Mount Holyoke, Vassar, Yeshiva, Drew, and McCarter theater, etc.. Bala has served as an Artist in Residence, Carl A. Fields Center, Princeton University. Bala is currently is an affiliated scholar of the South Asia Center scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.
Bharatanatyam - Cupertino, CA, USA
An eternal devotee of Bharatanatyam, Vidhya Subramanian is known for her refined elegance and "the total internalization of emotive energy". Her choreography combines great discipline, knowledge of space and time, exquisite control and total immersion in her subject.
Favored by "an entrancing stage presence", she recognizes the immensity of a stage, the worldview it offers her and the power of transformation that she could effect. Lauded thus, "Her dance was a powerful and sustained love-pact between the dancer and her material", Vidhya is able to delve deep and introspect to perform breathtaking representations of conceptual themes.
Bharatanatyam - Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Rajashree Warrier is a Bharatanatyam dancer, educator, and media person. She is also a vocalist and a Malayalam writer. She holds a PhD in Music for her research in Varnas in Dual Forms (Tana Varnas and Pada Varnas) She is the founder director of 'UTTARIKA, Centre for Performing Arts', focusing on research and training in Bharatanatyam, carnatic music and experimental theatre. She is the Executive Member for Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Academy since April 2016.
Bharatanatyam - Houston, TX, USA
Divyaa started her Bharatanatyam training at the age of three, and later trained in Kuchipudi and Mohiniyattam.
Subsequently, Divyaa Unni was crowned, in 1990 and 1991, ''Kalathilakom'' in Kerala School Kalolsavam statewide competitions. On India's premier Television Channel Doordarshan, she has presented a variety of Indian dance art-forms to such as Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam, and Indian folk dance. She continues to perform at various Indian dance festivals in India and international stages throughout North America, Europe and Persian Gulf countries.
She has received many awards including the Aravindaksha Memorial Award – the Abhinaya Tilaka Puraskaram for the best state dance performance.
In the pursuit of promoting Indian culture in the West, Divyaa is developing the artistic talents of young children in the United States, where she currently resides. With this goal, she is currently the Director of Sreepadam School of Arts in Houston, Texas, United States.
Bharatanatyam - Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Shijith Nambiar and Parvathy Menon are young ambassadors of 'Bharatanatyam'. Through their demonstrations at dance venues in both India and overseas, they continue to successfully awe viewers with the spiritual power of Bharatanatyam. Their selfless love and dedication towards their art inspires them to be unique and exemplary in their discipline. They are the recipients of The Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar awarded by the Sangeet Natak Akademy, India.
Bharatanatyam - Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
One of the most sought after young Bharatanatyam duos, Renjith and Vijna have been performing, choreographing, and teaching for the last two decades. Trained under eminent gurus in the Kalakshetra style, their mission as practitioners of Bharatanatyam is to extend the boundaries of Indian traditional dance and create a new benchmark in the aesthetics of presentation by using innovative dance techniques.
They strive to inculcate a higher quality in their performances that inspires, entertains and educates a diverse audience. They have travelled extensively and have performed in India, Europe, USA, Canada, Middle East and South-East Asia. Some of their notable performances have been at Madras Music Academy’s Annual Dance Festival, The Darbar Dance Festival in London, Soorya Dance Festival, Kerala Sangeeta NatakaAkademi, Nishagandhi Festival.
Bharatanatyam - Virginia, USA
At the forefront of the new generation of Bharatanatyam dancers, "Nadanamamani" Dr. Janaki Rangarajan represents the future of the ancient art form. Since the age of 4, Janaki has been passionate about communicating through dance. Her unique dance style is a sincere result of her undying passion, self-motivation and dedication towards Bharatanatyam. Her refreshing approach to Bharatanatyam has won her many accolades and praise from dance lovers around the world. Being a firm believer in maintaining the integrity of tradition, Janaki explores her creativity without compromising on the classicism of the dance form.
Janaki's immaculate and graceful movements and her subtle yet communicative expressions have won the admiration of laymen and connoisseurs alike. Critics around the world have given her rave reviews and described Janaki as an "absolutely brilliant performer", "one of the best today," "stunning" and "exemplary". The New York Times hailed her performance as a "spellbinder."
Bharatanatyam - Singapore
Mohanapriyan Thavarajah is recognized as one of the world’s young male Bharatanatyam dancers.
Deeply rooted in tradition yet innovative in his approach, Mohanapriyan revitalizes the dance form to create an exceptional style that is distinct to his personality, earning acclaim as a very refreshing artiste by audiences across the world. He is a principal dancer and resident choreographer at Apsaras Arts dance Company.
Originally from Batticaloa, Srilanka, he has completed his Bachelors & Masters in Fine Arts (2005-2012) at Kalai Kaviri College of Fine Arts, affiliate of Bharathidasan University, India under the tutelage of Ogeswari Shanmuganathan (Alumni of Kalakshetra Foundation, and has earned his MPhil (2014-2016) from Tanjavur Tamil University, India. His MPhil dissertation researched Cambodia’s Angkor Wat from a dancer’s perspective. A book on this is currently in the midst of being published. He is currently pursuing his PhD on the study of the influence of the roots of Indian culture and religion in Indonesian & Thai dance forms. Besides being a Bharatanatyam practitioner and researcher, he has also been trained in Kuchipudi under the tutelage of Kishore Mosalikanti.
Bharatanatyam - Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Shweta started learning bharatanatyam at the young age of 5 and has been training under Guru Smt. Priyadarsini Govind in Chennai for over 15 years. She also had the blessed opportunity to watch, learn and assimilate from Abhinaya classes under Guru Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan.
Shweta’s unabated passion for dance has driven her to do a Diploma in Dance Studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, UK. She completed a Diploma as well as Masters in Fine Arts in Bharatanatyam from Bharathidasan University and holds a Masters in Commerce from the Pune University.
She has an all-round understanding of the arts including training in Nattuvangam , Music and Tamil texts related to dance. Shweta is also trained in the martial art form of Kalaripayattu. She is a recipient of many awards including the National Balashree honour by H.E. President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in 2004, Maharashtra Sanman 2006, Singar Mani by the Sur Singar Samsad Mumbai 2008, ‘Sri. T.S. Parthsarathy Award’ by The Music Academy Madras (2008), to name a few. She is the recipient of the Junior Fellowship 2018 awarded by Kalavaahini headed by Malavika Sarukkai.
She has been an Indian delegate representing the nation for the Commonwealth Day celebrations at Male, Maldives in 2008 and at International Classical & Folk Music and Dance Festival’ Kyrgyzstan in 2004. She is an empanelled artiste by the ICCR and is also an A graded artiste by the Mumbai Doordarshan.
Bharatanatyam - Singapore
Neha received her first media review at the tender age of 13, so her initiation into Bharatanatyam came in quite early for her. The strength has always been present in her family, however the journey that led to Kalakshetra was a tumultuous one that shaped her to be a sensitive artist and in due course also inspired her to secure a first class in her post graduation
Her experience with kalakshetra’s repertory company, under the guidance of Leela Samson transformed her into a subtle and thinking dancer.
In 2007, She worked as an empaneled “A” grade artist with the Ministry Of Information and Broadcasting, New Delhi. Her love for sharing and passing the artform to the next generation got her into teaching full time dance in reputed International Schools in New Delhi from 2008 to 2013. During this time, her inclination towards body awareness, also led her to train rigorously in jazz and contemporary dance. So an awareness of core, breathing techniques and its utilities, found a place in her teaching pedagogy. Junior and senior scholarships in Bharatanatyam from NCERT and Ministry Of Culture was bestowed upon her.
Bharatanatyam- Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Medha is one of the senior disciples of Acharya Choodamani Srimathi.Anitha Guha, one of the leading gurus in Chennai. Medha completed her arangetram in 2001, and has since matured into an elegant dancer giving solo performances.
She has performed in various venues across the country and abroad.
Her solo performances abroad include that for Rocky Mountain Thyagaraja Utsav, Denver (Apr 2013); Kalashraya Festival, Washington D.C (May 2014); GEEVA Heritage Festival, Louisville (May 2014); Shri Krupa Dance Company, Sunnyvale (April 2015); Bhaskar Arts Academy, Sacramento (April 2015), InConcert Music Autumn Festival, Melbourne (March 2019).
She has also participated in a major role in all the group productions of her Guru numbering more than 10. She had the good fortune of working with her guru in creating her mammoth production – ‘Vana Virata Vijayam’, right from conceptualization to its final presentation.
She was invited by Natyarangam, Dance wing of Narada Gana Sabha to choreograph and present a production titled ‘Veda Bharati’ on compositions of the Legendary poet Subramanya Bharathi in December 2014. She was again invited to choreograph another production on compositions of Sri. Oothukadu Venkatakavi to present as part of their Krishna Bharatham series in august 2016.
She has taken part in the productions of other senior artistes viz. as Satyabama in Guru.
Sri. Vempati Chinnasathyam’s ‘Sri Krishna Parijatham’ along with Sri.M.V.N Murthy, with Ms.Lakshmi Vishwanathan on the life history of Banglore Nagarathinammal and with Ms. Madhuvanthi Arun in “A tribute to Swathi Thirunal” and “Agni”.
She has performed in the Cleveland Thyagaraja festival for three consecutive years - In 2013 as Menaka in Smt. Radhika Shurajith’s ‘Premayil Shakunthalai’; In 2014, key roles in the Mahabharatham series with choreographers like Narthaki Natraj, Prof. C.V. Chandrasekhar, Smt. Jayanthi Subramanium, Pandit Briju Maharaj and Sri. Kishore Mosalikanti; In 2015 she was part of the troupe that presented ‘A Tribute to Guru. Adyar Lakshmanan’ in the Kalakshetra tradition. In August 2015 she was part of her Guru’s troupe that toured 19 cities in North America as part of AIM For Seva to raise funds for education of underprivileged children in India.
She is an empanelled artiste with the ICCR, a B Graded artiste with Doordarshan and was also chosen by the Govt of India to be a part of a 20 member youth delegation to South Korea in August 2014. She is also a faculty member in her Guru’s school and assists in
training junior and senior students for competitions, performances and arangetrams.
Being extremely passionate about dancing, she chose it as her profession despite being a qualified Chartered Accountant. She is also currently pursuing advanced lessons in Abhinaya with Smt. Bragha Bessell.
• Received the ‘Natana Bhava Padhmam’ Endowment award for promising young dancer from Brahma Gana Sabha in January 2019
• Received the ‘Natya Ratna’ award at the Trinity Arts Festival in December 2017
• Received the ‘Narasimhachari and Vasanthalakshmi Narasimhachari Endowment
Award’ from Natyarangam, Dance wing of Narada Gana Sabha in August 2016.
• Adjudged as the ‘Best Individual Performer’ in the HCL Concert Series held by The Music Academy for the year 2014.
• Awarded the title of ‘Natya Chudar’ from Kartik Fine Arts in December 2014.
• Conferrred the ‘Nrithya Pradarshanam’ by Bhairavi Fine Arts at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival in April 2014.
• Conferred the ‘Gutti Vasi Memorial Prize’ from The Music Academy, Chennai for the Spirit of Youth Series held In August 2013.
• Received the ‘Lakshmi Vishwanathan Endowment’ from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha for Abhinaya in January 2014.
• Conferred the ‘Award of Excellence’ from Bharathanjali Trust in November
• Awarded the ‘Maha Nrithya Nakshathra’ by the Maham Parampara in October 2013.
• Empanelled Artiste with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and India World Cultural Forum (IWCF)
• Awarded the ‘Kalaa Jeeva Puraskar’ by the Raja Charitable Trust & School of Theatre Arts in August 2013.
• Adjudged the Best Dancer among 50 dancers from all over India in various forms of classical dance by the Sur Singar Samsad in the Kal Ke Kalakar festival held at Mumbai in May 2009. She was awarded the title “Singar Mani”.
• Awarded the ‘Nrithya Mani’ at the International Dance Festival held at Cuttack, Orissa in January 2011.
• Adjudged the ‘Best Dancer’ by the Parthasarathy Swami Sabha for the season 2010-2011.
• Adjudged the Best Dancer in the Young Talent promotion Dance Competition conducted by The Indian Fine Arts Society in January 2008. She thus had the
honour of performing at their season inaugural in December 2008.
• Conferred the title “Natya Yuva Brahmam” by Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan memorial Foundation in January 2006.
• Award for artistic Excellence from Auroville Cultural Exchange in 2006.
• Recipient of Scholarships from The Centre for Cultural Resources and Training, Government of India; also from Bharath Kalachar
• Padma Bharathi Award in 2004.
• Talented Dancer under the talent promotion programme of VDS Arts Academy in September 2004.
• Miss Elegance award in Carnatica’s Creative 2003.
Bharatanatyam - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Swathi Ashok, is an Indian dancer and choreographer specializing in Bharathanatyam, a classical dance form originating in Southern India. She initiated her training from the age of 4 years under the expert guidance of her illustrious guru Kalaimamani Smt. Urmila Sathyanarayanan at ‘Natya Sankalpaa’. She had her first stage performance at the age of 6 at Narada Gana Sabha and ever since she has evolved her skills and devotion for the art form. As an active life member of ABHAI (Association of Bharathanatyam Artists of India), has taken part in over 100 shows, workshops, and dance festivals across the globe including the prestigious Konark Dance Festival.
As an avid dancer in the dance fraternity, she has won multiple awards and recognitions, including first place in the Talent Promotion Program, Bharathnatyam 2008 conducted by The Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai. She was awarded the title ‘Pravasi Kala Thilakam’ in UTSAV 2010 conducted by CTMA with an unbeaten record of winning first prize in all the four individual & two group events. She has concurrently learned Carnatic music under Sri Swamimalai Kalidas Suresh and trained in yoga by Sri Kannan.
Along with dance, Swathi finished her graduation from MOP Vaishnav College for Women in Chennai and her Masters in Human Resources Management & Industrial Relations from Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK. Currently, she is settled in Dubai, U.A.E, with her husband where she continues to practice and perform the art form and also works full time as a Senior Associate at Paramount Computers.
While she maintains a balance with work, family and dance, she also makes it point to perform every year during the Margazhi festival in Chennai, where classical music artists around the world get a chance to showcase their skills. This lets her continue her journey learning from her guru and perform with the same zest to achieve perfection.
Bharatanatyam - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Ashvini Sundaram is a bharatanatyam artiste and disciple of Guru Smt. Rama Vaidyanathan, based out of Vancouver, BC, Canada. She was initiated into the study of Bharatanatyam in Singapore and Vancouver.Over the past two years, Ashvini has performed widely across the province of British Columbia, Canada, sharing both original work and learned choreographies of her guru Smt. Rama Vaidyanathan. Recently, Ashvini received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to further her training in bharatanatyam.She is also recognized by various local arts organizations for her achievements in dance and continues to embody other styles of dance, such as ballet and contemporary dance.
Kuchipudi - Paris, France
Born in Chennai, India and brought up in Paris, France, Shantala is a child of the east and the west. She grew up in a world filled with dance and music, initiated at a tender age by her mother, dancer Savitry Nair.
Deeply moved and inspired by Master Vempati Chinna Satyam’s pure and graceful style, Shantala dedicated herself to Kuchipudi, and received an intense and rigorous training from her master. Driven by a deep desire to bring Kuchipudi to the western audience, she has performed in important festivals and theatres (such as: Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, Sadler’s Wells–London, Mercat de les Flors-Barcelona, Jacob’s Pillow Festival-USA, New York City Center, Herbst Theatre-San Francisco), earning praise and admiration from all.
Acclaimed as a rare dancer by artists and connoisseurs in India and Europe, Shantala combines a perfect technique with flowing grace and a very fine sensitivity. Since the age of 13, she also had the privilege of working with some of the greatest artists of our times: Maurice Béjart (“1789…et nous”), Peter Brook (for whom she played Miranda in “The Tempest” and Ophelia in “Hamlet”), Bartabas (“Chimère”), Pina Bausch (“O Dido”, “Néfès”, and “Bamboo Blues), Amagatsu (“Ibuki”). Such experiences make her artistic journey a truly unique one.
Kuchipudi - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Known for her eloquent grace and uncompromising precision, Pranamya’s delightful style is the result of a perpetual love for the ancient art form. She is the student of her mother, guru Smt. Srilatha Suri, who is the director of Natyanjali Kuchipudi Dance School, one of the most prominent Kuchipudi training centers in the United Stated. Pranamya underwent advanced training under Padma Shree Dr. Sobha Naidu and Sri Jai Kishore Mosalikanti, both stalwarts of the art. She has performed at some of the most prestigious platforms, such as in Natyanjali Dance Festival (Chidambaram), Devadasi National dance festival(Bhubhaneshwar,) Kajuraho Festival, Konark Dance Festival, Sur Singar Samsad & Haridas Sammelan (Mumbai), various ICCR programs (Delhi, Cuttack, Vizag, Manglore, Hyderabad), Kuchipudi Nrithyotsav, Naada Neerajanam (Tirumala), Drive East Festival (New York) etc. Pranamya has been awarded several prestigious titles such as Natya Visharada, Sringara Mani, Nalanda Nritya Nipuna, Natya Saaradhi, Yuva Ratna,. Her incredible devotion to the art won the hearts of many, including stalwarts such as Padma Shree Dr. Sobha Naidu, Padma Bhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam, Padma Shree Vedantam Satyanarayana Sharma, Padma Bhushan Dhanunjayan, and Padma Shree Asha Joglelar.
Pranamya is also a doctor and completed a surgical year at Harbor-UCLA. With an interest to connect medicine with dance, she is currently pursuing her medical residency in PM&R at the University of California, Irvine. She was also founder and former president of Echoes of India, a non-profit organization. She combined her love for dance and service by raising funds through dance. She installed 16 water purification plants in India and established the first medical clinic in Kuchipudi Village, as well as in Nalgonda. The water plants provide clean drinking water to more than 70,000 people and the medical clinics serve more than 50 patients per day.
“Ms. Suri, ravishingly dressed in cream and gold, at once made the rapid footwork and gestures of Kuchipudi absorbing and, in statuesque positions, she has piercing beauty of line, too. Overall, she combines vitality with sweetness; the fluency with which she strings her sharply pattering steps into prolonged phrases is a particular part of her spell” —The New York Times
Kuchipudi - Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Prateeksha Kashi is an Indian Kuchipudi dancer, a classical dance form of Andhra Pradesh, India. She is from the family of Dr. Gubbi Veeranna and was initiated to dance at the age of five. Ever since she has been trained in Kuchipudi, under the guidance of her mother and Guru Smt. Vyjayanthi Kashi, who is a noted kuchipudi dancer, a celebrated performer and choreographer, and artistic director of the Shambhavi School of Dance.
Kuchipudi - New Delhi, Delhi, India
Amrita began dancing at age 7 and has never stopped since! Growing up in Washington D.C., she first started learning Kuchipudi under Anuradha Nehru, under whose guidance she did her arangetrum at age 15. She later trained under stalwarts in New Delhi and Chennai, most prominently, guru Leela Samson. She has studied intensively under Jaikishore Mosalikanti in Chennai.
From this firm foundation of training, Amrita has innovated with choreographies of her own, inspired primarily by poetry. Her recent choreographies are ‘Prakriti’ (2018), ‘Samudra- Mother Ocean’ (2016), ‘Sharanam’ (2015), ‘Murchhana’ (2014), and ‘Chitra’ (2012). She recently performed to critical acclaim in Singapore, New York, Mumbai, Manila, Chennai, and New Delhi.
Amrita has worked in arts management for several years, and is currently curating for a new performing arts centre opening soon in Mumbai. Previously she worked with the NCPA, Kalakshetra, and Museum Rietberg Zurich. Through her teaching, performing, choreography, and curation work, Amrita strives to expand and share the specific joys of dance.
Kuchipudi - Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Under the direction of award-winning artist and educator Anuradha Nehru, Kalanidhi Dance captivates audiences with exquisitely conceptualized performances that push Kuchipudi in new and exciting directions. The New York Times has called Kalanidhi a “combination of bright energy, full-bodied sweetness and rapid precision” and “a rare amalgam of prime dance virtues.”
Kuchipudi, Kerala - India
Sreelakshmy Govardhanan is a noted Kuchipudi artiste from India.
She is widely known for her grace, exquisite footwork and abhinaya (acting technique), which comes alive during her dance performances.
Sreelakshmy has been the recipient of many titles and honours such as ‘Kalashree’ from Kerala Sangeetha Nataka akademi- Kerala state award , Adithya Vikram Birla Kalakiran Puraskar, Silver conch from Keli to name a few.
Sreelakshmy is a graded artiste of Doordarshan and empanelled artiste in ‘established’ category of ICCR.
She headed the Kuchipudi team at the ‘Make In India’ program at Hannoer Messe, 2015 in Germany and subsequently was also invited to choreograph a confluence of Indian dance for the inaugural event of ‘Marhaba NaMo in Dubai’ .
Sreelakshmy is the founder and artistic director of the Avantika Space for Dance, a centre for learning, performance and research. Sreelakshmy as a trained professional Psychologist utilises her proficiency in dance and psychological counselling to bring a difference in her Art and also for young minds in every way.
Yakshagana - Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Dr Saraswathi Rajathesh, Kuchipudi exponent is the founder Director of Natyasaraswathi Bangalore. She is pursuing PhD in Kuchipudi from Sri Potti Sriramulu Telugu University Hyderabad.
Panelled as A grade artist of Indian television, Senior fellow of research and foreign affairs under Ministry of Culture. She toured worldwide and promoted Indian dance past 3 decades
Kuchipudi - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Bhagyasri Manohar, Kuchipudi dancer, teacher, practitioner, co-founder of Natyasaraswathi Cultural Arts in Los Angeles.
Trained under Guru Sri Chinta Adinarayana Sharma garu of Kuchipudi Fraternity and sister/Guru Dr Saraswathi Rajathesh. Pursued her Masters in Kuchipudi dance from University of SiliconAndhra, California. Training students in Los Angeles since 15 yrs.
Kuchipudi - Denver, CO, USA
A talented performer, a brilliant choreographer and an inspiring teacher Mrs. Prathyusha Apparasu began dancing from a very early age, over a period of time she received training from famous teachers; Shri Chinta Adi narayana sarma Garu in Guntur and renowned Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam Garu founder of Kuchipudi Art Acadmey Chennai and mastered in this dance form. She has received numerous honors, awards and titles from various institutions in India . With Great dedication and love towards the art form, she has evolved over the years an excellent command over the technique. Dignified empathy animates her grand style and makes her performances especially meaningful. She has regaled audience in almost all major cities all over India and in Colorado USA through solo concerts and dance dramas.
Odissi - Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India
Sujata Mohapatra started dancing Odissi classical and folk dance with Sahu's dance troupe in programs across Odisha. Under the tutelage of Kelucharan Mohapatra, her dance style evolved, and she was groomed to become one of the foremost Odissi dancers of her generation. Sujata Mohapatra performs in India, and other countries, as a soloist and a leading member of the Srjan Dance Troupe, founded by her father-in-law.
Sujata Mohapatra is actively involved in teaching Odissi. She is the Principal of 'Srjan' (Odissi Nrityabasa), a prime Odissi Dance Institution founded by MGuru Kelucharan Mohapatra She holds a master's degree in Oriya Literature from Utkal University, and has done research work at the Odissi Research Centre, Bhubaneshwar.
Odissi - New Delhi, Delhi, India
Arushi Mudgal is one of the foremost young talents in the field of Odissi, known for her technical virtuosity and creative approach to tradition.
She has trained under her aunt and guru, Vidushi Madhavi Mudgal, at the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi, a premier music and dance institution founded by her grandfather, Pandit Vinaya Chandra Maudgalya, and currently headed by her father, Pandit Madhup Mudgal. She has also had the opportunity of seeking guidance from great maestros and dancers like Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and Vidushi Leela Samson.
Odissi, Bangalore - India
Nrityagram is India's first modern Gurukul (residential school) for Indian classical dances and an intentional community in the form of a dance village, set up by Odissi dancer Protima Gauri in 1990. The residential school offers training in Indian classical dance forms, Odissi, Mohiniattam, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Manipuri, eight hours a day, six days a week for seven years, following the ancient Guru-shishya tradition. Designed by famous Indian architect Gerard da Cunha, the community is situated near Hesaraghatta Lake 30 km from Bengaluru. Today the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble has performed across India and in many countries abroad.
The 1996 New York debut of the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, with Surupa Sen, Bijayini Satpathy, Anitha Nair, Pavithra Reddy and Jaya Mukherjee was called, "one of the most luminous dance events of the year" by Jennifer Dunning, the dance critic of the New York Times. After its New York debut, the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble has performed to sold-out shows in Hawai and Bozeman, USA, Middle East, Far East and Europe, and in time created a niche for itself in the world of dance. Today, apart from lead dancer-choreographers, Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy, Pavitra Reddy, Rasmi Raj and Manasi Tripathy are the other permanent dancers of the Ensemble, and are accompanied by musicians like Swain playing the percussion instrument, Mardala, Srinibas Satapathy’s on Bamboo flute (Bansuri) and Sanjib Kumar Kunda on the violin. Its first full-length production "Sri - In Search of the Goddess", was premiered in Delhi in 2001 and in the United States in 2002-2003, to critical acclaim. Since then it created several productions including, "Ansh", "Sacred Space" (2005), and "Separation and the Duality of the human spirit" (2008)
Odissi - Trinidad & Tobago
Vinod Kevin Bachan is a senior disciple of Odissi Exponent Padmashree Guru Ranjana Gauhar . Vinod stepped into the world of Odissi under the tutelage of Guru Mandira Balkaransingh of Nrityanjali theatre in Trinidad and Tobago West Indies.
Vinod then made his journey to Odisha to study this timeless art form under the Deba Prasad Das style of Odissi in Bhubaneswar and then moved New Delhi to continue his training under his present Guru. Vinod is also extensively trained in the south Indian art form of Kuchipudi as well as various regional folk of Odisha.
As a young budding artiste, Kevin has performed in various platforms in India and abroad such as Konark Festival Odisha, Kalakshetra Foundation Chennai, NCPA Mumbai to name a few and has received various awards such as the Natya Mayaurm award Bhilai 2013, Tarana Yuva Puruskar 2015 Delhi, Kala Shriumoni Award 2017 Gholagat dist, Assam and Bharata Shastra Nritya Praveena award, October 2019 Bhilai and many more. He positive reviews for his performances by art critics, senior Gurus and audiences and Vinod has been prominently featured in the leading news papers of India such as The Hindu, The Statesman, Dainak Bhaskar, Hindustan Times, Times of India and New Indian Express to name a few.
Odissi - Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Swagata Banerjee is the founder and artistic director of Moksha Academy of Odissi Dance. As a firm believer in traditions, she understands the importance of imbibing cultural context and its importance, into the next generation of dancers. Located in the foothills of Rockies, Moksha Academy is the cradle that trains and mentors a cohort of dancers, across different age groups, and cultural backgrounds, and brings them together into a singular community. Her dedication to the dance form, and strive for perfection is evident in each and every aspect of the school and its rigor.
Swagata has been awarded the title “Singarmani” by Sur Singar Samsad Mumbai for her outstanding performance in Odissi. She has also represented India as a part of Smt. Kakali Bose's group to showcase Odissi dance in Mexico and Belize.
Swagata is an educator by profession. Her graduate studies on Early Childhood Education focused on the role of dance in fine motor and gross motor development in children. She lives in Colorado, and holds workshops around the United States to expose people from all backgrounds to the beauty and grace of one of India’s ancient dance forms- Odissi.
Odissi - Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Nandinii’s passion towards Indian Classical Dance, led her to pursuing the field of Art even after being an MCA with Teaching Experiences across the Globe as well as an Advocate in the Calcutta High Court.
An artiste par excellence, she is one of the very few Exponents who’ve been simultaneously staging performances in two of the beautiful Classical Dance forms - Odissi, that hails from beautiful temple carvings of the world-renowned Odisha Temples and Jaipur Gharana style of Kathak, famous for its entertaining yet soothing presentations hailing from Rajsthan’s artistic temples. Besides, Nandinii has also been trained in Bharatnatyam,from Kalamandalam, Kolkata, another major Indian Classical dance that originated in the South.
With knowledge in three Indian Classical Dance Forms, besides being a promising performer & mentor, Nandinii has been invited by many Well-known organizations on the Panel of Judges.
She has been a part of the Judgement Panel in Naveen Kalakar, Cuttack Mahotsav, India Theatre Olympiad, Swabhumi Utkala Festival, Nava Unmesha, Naad-Brahma Festival, Dipti Dev Memorial Utsav, and so on. Apart from judging National level Competions, she has also been on the panel of judges for the Exam Board ‘Nikhil Bharat Sangeet Samiti and so on’.
Awards & Accolades :
With years of perseverance, incessant zeal and immense dedication, Nandinii has marked her excellence in the domain of Indian Classical Dance. Her treasured charisma,elegant movements combined with delightful expressions especially with her gifted hazel eyes, compels the spectators to adore her presentation. Nandinii’s dynamic performances has bestowed upon her a number of awards and accolades from Prestigious Festivals all across the country.
Mohiniyattam - Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Neena Prasad is an Indian dancer. She is an exponent in the field of Mohiniyattam.She is the founder and principal of Bharthanjali Academy of Indian Dances in Thiruvanthapuram and Sougandika Centre for Mohinyattam in Chennai.
She was born at Trivandrum in Kerala. She pursued dance education, achieving proficiency in Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam and Kathakali. After her MA in English Literature, she was awarded a PhD from Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta, for her thesis on "The concepts of Lasya and Tandava in the classical dances of South India-A detailed Study". She was also awarded a post doctoral Research Fellowship from the AHRB Research Centre for Cross Cultural Music and Dance Performance, University of Surrey.
Mohiniyattam - Palakkad, Kerala, India
VINITHA NEDUNGADI hails from a family of art and literature. Daughter of late P. Narendranath, the famous children’s writer in Malayalam, Vinitha attracted to the rich heritage of Indian Classical art forms, right from her childhood.
She has a Post Graduate Degree in Mohiniyattam from Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University, and has undergone extensive traditional system of training in this art form under Guru Padmashri Kalamandalam Kshemavathy. Vinitha has performed in several parts of India and abroad. The graceful movements and powerful expressions make her concerts exceptional. She has also given several lecture demonstrations on various subjects in classical dances.
Her choreographic works are well appreciated by viewers and critics alike. Apart from traditional items like Cholkettu, Jathiswaram, Varnam, etc., her innovative choreographic skills are highlighted in Edassery’s Poothappattu, Anthithiri, Kekiyattam, Tagore’s Gitanjali, Varshamohini (Navarasas of Rain), Poothanamoksham, Thirusseva, Pimgala etc. Vinitha is a TOP Graded artiste in Doodarshan and a panel artiste for Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). She was honored with Jr. Fellowship from Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi Kerala Kalamandalam endowment, “Naatya Ratnam” and “Yuva Kalaaratnam”, “Natanachandrika” titles, Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Award and the first Guru Kalamandalam Leelamma Puraskaram (Abu Dhabi, UAE) For Vinitha Nedungadi, Mohiniyattam is more than a form of dance. She is engrossed in studying this art form, particularly its literature and choreography. According to her every art form has the capacity to evolve without rupturing its pristine structure and any innovation in the art form should be expanding its possibilities to include new areas of creativity and such innovations should be in tune with its inherent style and structure.
Kathak- Denver, CO, USA
Sarah Morelli (Ph. D. Harvard, 2007) is an ethnomusicologist specializing in classical music and dance of North India. Her areas of scholarly interest include music and dance practices in South Asia and diaspora communities, kathak dance, the body, gender, music and religion, and popular music.
Professor Morelli trained in North Indian classical performing arts with two legends in their fields: kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das and sarod maestro Ali Akbar Khan, as well as their senior disciples Pt. Rajeev Taranath, Dr. George Ruckert, Gretchen Hayden and Steve Oda. She performs kathak nationally and internationally as a solo artist and member of the Leela Dance Collective, most recently playing the role of Sri Ramachandra in the production Son of the Wind.
Seethangan Thullal - Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Kalamandalam Prabhakaran hails from the family of late Malabar Raman Nair, who made priceless contributions towards the aesthetic enhancement of Thullal as a performing art. Born in 1945 to Makkamma and Kunjambu Nair, Prabhakaran was inspired by his paternal uncle Malabar Raman Nair and left his Conventional academic studies. In 1964, he completed the diploma course in Thullal, at the Kerala Kalamandalam, under the Kalamandalam Divakaran Nair and Vadakkan Kannan Nair. Later he mastered all the basic lessons in Baratanatyam under the tutelage of Natanam Sivapal and in Parayan Thullall, under Vechur Thakamani Pillai.
Thullal Thrayam an innovative experiment combining three traditional art forms is a unique and fruitful attempt from Kalamandalam Prabhakan. Thullal Thrayam' combined three classical thullal art forms - Ottam Thullal, Seethankan Thullal and Parayan Thullal.
Koodiyattam - Irinjalakuda, Kerala, India
Sooraj was initiated into Koodiyattam at the age of 10 by Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar and had his debut performance in 1991 at Natanakairali, Irinjalakuda.
He has completed 15 years of training under Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar (Padmabhooshan Awardee). His other gurus are G.Venu, Ammannur Parameswara Chakyar and Ammannur Kuttan Chakyar
He was one of the 2 actors who represented India at the workshops of World Theatre Project conducted in Kerala, Sweden (1999) and Mozambiqe (2000). He has also worked as an assistant to G.Venu in Theatre workshops organised by the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi in Thrissur (Kerala).
He was the recipient of Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar of Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi in the year 2009 and D Appukuttan Nair award of Nepathya in 2010. He is an ICCR empanelled artiste.
Kathak - New Delhi, Delhi, India
From the ninth generation of the Kalka Bindadin lineage, Shinjini Kulkarni is the grand daughter of Kathak Maestro Pt. Birju Maharaj.
She began her training in kathak dance at the tender age of five under the tutelage of her grandfather. Starting to perform at the tender age of eight, she has ever since been exploring her passion for dance while perfecting her art.
With each of her performances, she continues to mesmerize and capture hearts while winning herself accolades.
Kathak - Pune, Maharashtra, India
Rujuta Soman is one of the international leading Kathak dancers of India and founder of the Rujuta Soman Cultural Academy.
Rujuta was honed and polished under the tutelage of late Guru Pandita Dr. Rohini Bhate for over 20 years. She has completed her Master’s Degree in Kathak from Pune University.
Born with an artistic flair, Rujuta has also explored the nuances of Taal and Laya under the guidance of Taalyogi Pt. Suresh Talwalkar. Recently, she has been learning the intricacies of Jaipur Gharana of Kathak under the able guidance of Pt Rajendra Gangani
Kathak - New Delhi, Delhi, India
Maya Kulshreastha is a Kathak performer from Gwalior under the initial guidance of Dr. Monica Srivastava. She has an MA in Psychology and an MA in Kathak from Raja Man Singh University and from Khairagarh University respectively.
In addition to those, she has a diploma in theatre too. She has been learning Kathak for the past 25 years and has been performing onstage for more than 12 yeats. She is currently learning under Guru Geetanjali Lal from Jaipur, Haryana.
Maya is a social activist and works on social issues, spreading awareness through her dance by composing pieces on topics such as woman empowerment, importance of education, and much more. Maya has received the Muradabad Kala Rattan Award, the Leading lady of Mathura 2018, the National Nritya Shiromani Award 2016, the Nritya pratibha Puruskar 2016, and the Nritya Jyoti Puruskar 2017 among several accolades in her career
Kathak - Denver, CO, USA
Carrie McCune is a dancer at the Sureela Dance Academy in Denver
Kathak - Denver, CO, USA
Shilpi Nikhil is a dancer at the Sureela Dance Academy in Denver
Kalbeliya - Barmer, Rajasthan, India
The Manganiar and related Langha are Muslim communities in the desert of Rajasthan, India in the districts of Barmer and Jaisalmer, along the border in Sindh province of Pakistan. Significant numbers are also found in the districts of Tharparkar and Sanghar in the province of Sindh in Pakistan. They are known for their folk music. They are the groups of hereditary professional musicians, whose music has been supported by wealthy landlords and aristocrats for generations.
Sattriya - Guwahati, Assam, India
A dedicated young exponent of Sattriya Dance, Dr. Anwesa Mahanta is a disciple of eminent masestro Bayanacharya Ghanakanta Bora, Padmashri. She has received accolades from the art connoisseurs and scholars for the grace and liveliness of her dance and the expressiveness of her abhinaya. She has been honored with the national award Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from Sangeet Natak Akademi for the year 2013-14 for her contributions in the field. She has also received the coveted "Charles Wallace Fellowship" from Charles Wallace India Trust and British Council to conduct research in Queen's University Belfast.
Belonging to the Vaisnava monastery of Assam, Anwesha has been learning, researching and interpreting Sattriya dance, music and theatre for the last 25 years under the guidance of her Adhyapak. She has been an active performer since 2001, presenting Sattriya in its solo form and has also worked on many choreographic presentations of her own. She has performed extensively across India and also abroad (Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, England, Japan, Northern Ireland, Canada, USA, Sri Lanka, France, New Zealand etc.) appearing at many prestigious dance festivals. She has also been conducting workshops and also presented scholarly research papers in various prestigious symposiums and conferences of the country and outside sharing the aesthetics and poetics of Sattriya Dance, Music Theatre and Allied traditions and has several research publications to her credit.
Mayurbhanj Chhau - Bhubaneswar, Orissa , India
Mayurbhanj Chau - New Delhi, India
Rajesh Sai Babu born to a Royal Ancestory of Renowned Mayurbhanj Chhau performers, the grandson of “SANGEET NATAK AWARDED GURU ANANT CHARAN SAIBABU” and son of MAYURBHANJ CHHAU GURU JANME JOY SAIBABU I SANGEET NATAK AWARDED, had very successfully carried forward the legacy of this traditional dance form throughout the years.
Now his mission is to expand Chhau Dance of Mayurbhanj, UNESCO’s heritage, with elements of folk, tribal, martial, and traditional classical art, this beautiful and virile dance form from East India renowned for its stormy and dynamic style on all over the world.
World dancer, choreographer versed in various disciplines, including Chhau dance Bollywood, Modern, Contemporary dance, Indian folk dance (Garba, Dandia, Kalbelia) to name a few. Teacher and performer, giving workshops to dancers locally and internationally, regardless of their experience- a desire to make the dance and cultures accessible, understandable, safe, and fun!
Mayurbhanj Chau - New Delhi, Delhi, India
Rakesh Sai Babu is a Mayurbhanj Chhau dancer based in New Delhi. Rakesh is a recipient of the prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar in the field of chhau dance given by Sangeet Natak Academy in the year (2018-2019)
Born to a royal ancestry of renowned Mayurbhanj Chhau performers, He got the privilege to learn the art from his father, a renowned Sangeet Natak awardee, Guru Janmejoy Sai Babu. He's been carrying forward the legacy of this traditional dance form through the years. Rakesh Sai Babu has performed extensively in various dance festivals and shows all over India and abroad as well and has conducted several workshops in chhau all over the world.
He is an impaneled artist with ICCR.
TGT Dance teacher in Amity international school 12 years experience and continuing
He teaches chhau at his own dance Institute in Vasant Kunj.
He is the founder-director of the Trikayaa dance company.
Bharatanatyam - Lafayette, CO, SA
Vani Topkar is a senior disciple of Guru Smt Puja Allepalli
Bharatanatyam - Denver, CO, USA
Shrushti Manikandan is a student of Guru Smt Puja Allepalli
Bharatanatyam - Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Bharatanatyam - Denver, CO,USA
Keerthana Krishnan is a student of Guru Smt Usha Muralidharan
Bharatanatyam, Denver, CO, USA
Priyanka Ramurthy was a student of Guru Sulakshana Jayaram and Guru Puja Allepalli
Bharatanatyam - Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
Anika Nair is a student of Guru Smt. Anjana Gopakumar
Kuchipudi - Denver, CO, USA
Sravani Katameneni is a senior student of Guru Smt Dr Sarita Rao
Bharatanatyam - Foxfield, CO, USA
Shreenija Vadayar is a student of Bharatanatyam under the seasoned guidance of Smt. Usha Muralidharan. She began immersing herself in dance at the age of three as a Kuchipudi student and later transitioned to Bharatanatyam.
Shreenija is pursuing her Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Business and Biomedical Engineering.
Kuchipudi - Secundarabad , Telengana, India
Sri Shinjaaravali Natyalaya is a dance school established to train young aspiring talents in the field of Kuchipudi dance.
Bharatanatyam - Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Suchitra Marti is a student of Guru Shri Shijith Nambiar
Mohiniyattam - Edison, New Jersey, USA
Abirami Jayakumar Menon is in 10th grade at JP Stevens High School. She has been learning Mohiniyattam for 3 years under Guru Unnimaya Menon and Bharatanatyam for 7 years under Guru Nirupamaa Chandrasekaran and she resides in Edison, NJ. She loves to express herself through dance and has a passion for performing.
Kuchipudi - Denver, CO, USA
Haarika Donepudi is a 15-year-old Kuchipudi dancer. She has been mastering this art for 10 years under the tutelage of Dr.Sarita Ramayanam, the founder of Indian Fine Arts Academy. She completed her rangapravesam in the summer of 2019.
She gave her first kuchipudi performance at the age of seven. As she grew older, Haarika's interest in dance continued to increase significantly. Haarika really enjoys performing. She has performed at several cultural events hosted by Colorado Telugu Association, Colorado Fine Arts Association, Indian Association of Colorado, and may others. She won several local and national dance competitions. She recently won first place in Saptami's national's competition in Advanced Kuchipudi category for her tarangam 'Alokaye Sakhi'
She will be performing Shankarabaranam, a sanskrit composition by D. Sreevatsa set to Raagamalika and Taalamalika, collectively explaining the adornments of Siva. This dance item portrays Sati’s story, in which she is humiliated by her father, King Daksha, at the Daksha Yagna. Hurt by her father’s insulting words, Sati jumps into the Yagna fire. Siva is enraged at the death of his beloved Sati, and he uses a strand of his matted locks to create Veerabhadra who destroys the Yagna. This dance item also portrays the story of how Siva graciously saves all the snakes from Garuda the eagle by allowing them to live on his body and vowing to protect that at all costs. Finally, Siva’s ultimate form Ardhanareeswara is portrayed in which the left side of his body is Parvati herself. This represents the embodiment of completeness by showing the unison of feminine and masculine energies. Shankarabaranam is a beautiful Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi fusion originally choreographed by Rukmini Vijaykumar. Dr. Sarita Ramayanam used her knowledge of both dance forms to bring about this piece.
Kuchipudi - Denver, CO, USA
Student of Guru Smt Prathyusha Aparassu
Kuchipudi - Denver, CO, USA
Laya has been learning Kuchipudi for 8 years under the tutelage of her guru Dr.Sarita Ramayanam, founder of Indian Fine Arts Academy.
Laya was inspired by her "akka" Sravani Katamaneni's performance at the age of seven and has pursued this art form ever since.
Laya enjoys performing. She has performed at several cultural events hosted by Colorado Telugu Association, Colorado Fine Arts Association, Indian Association of Colorado, and many others. Laya won first prize at Denver Saptami competition held in 2018.
Bharatanatyam - Austin, TX, USA
Student of Guru Smt Puja Allepalli
Bharatanatyam - Denver, CO, USA
Student of Guru Smt Puja Allepalli
Bharatanatyam - Denver , CO, USA
Nadanalaya Natya Mandram is a dance school by Smt Srimohana Balasubramanyam. Dancing from the school are:
Srilekha Siddartha, Priyanka Balasubramanyam & Bhavana Chivakula
Kuchipudi, Denver, USA
Abhignya Kuppa is a freshman at CU Boulder. She is a student of Keerthanna Jothiraman, Artistic Director of Gaandharva Kshethram Performing Arts. She has been learning kuchipudi for the past 14 years.
Kuchipudi, Denver, CO - USA
Manognya Kuppa, Charitha Kunapuli and Namitha Kastury are students of Keerthanna Jothiraman, Artistic director of Gaandharva Kshethram Performing Arts
Bharatanatyam - Carrollton, TX, USA
Sannidhi Udayagiri is currently a senior at Hebron High School in Carrollton,TX. She been passionate about both the fine arts and performing arts since she was a child and now they have become a part of who she is.
She is a member of Elora Center for Performing Arts and is a student of Smt. Vani Iswara.