Profiles

Dance - Bharatanatyam

  • Nishreya
    Nishreya

    14 year old K.S.Nishreya Varalaksmi got her initial training in Bharatanatyam from Kalaimamani Smt. Indra Rajan for more than two years. After that she continued her learning under the guidance of Smt. Deepa Sadasivam Kalpaviraksha. She did her Rangapravesam on 14th of September 2018 with a solo performance at Vani Mahal, Chennai. Simultaneously she learn Mellatur bani with Guru Dr. S. R. Ravichandran. Since June 2019, she has been learning under the guidance of Guru C.V. Kumaresanraj, disciple of Sri C.V Chandreasekar and waiting for her Arangetram in 2020.

    Nishreya has performed at Chidambaram Natyanjali Festival in 2018 with Guru Smt. Deepa Sadasivam. She gave a solo performnce in August 2018 in Malarum Mottum Program with Doordarshan. She also performed in Bridge Academy Monthly Concert in Sep 2018. Nishreya has given solo performances in various temples in Tamilnadu, Delhi Tamilsangam, Natayanjali’s National and International Dance festival in ICCR, Calcutta, 366 days 71st day solo performance, TIFA record events (World Record), NADHAM, dance festival in Kerala to name a few.

    Her unique dance style is a sincere result of her undying passion, self-motivation and dedication towards Bharatanatyam and creating a unique voice and style in Bharatanatyam.

    Nishreya is also a good Badminton Player with State level Certificattion and a Chess Champion. She is learning Nathuvangam too. She is the daughter of Kesavaraja Balakrishnan, Director, Jayakrishna Arts Kodambakkam, Chennai.

    Resident of : Chennai
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  • Chaitra R. Jagdish
    Chaitra R. Jagdish

    Chaitra started her journey of learning dance under the guidance of Guru K. Shivarao and then under under Vidhushi K Brunda. Currently she is mentored by Padmashree awardee Guru Pratibha Prahalad under her Prasiddha Repertory. She has a master's degree in dance from Karnataka State Open University. She is a Vidwath grade holder from Karnataka secondary board and Visharadha grade holder from the Govt of Maharastra in Bharathanatyam. She was graded as a 'B' Grade artist at Dooradarshan. She is also a proud recipient of Karnataka State Scholarship in Bharatnatyam. She has learnt carnatic vocal under Guru. Sumangala and veena under Guru. Vijaya.

    Currently she is spreading the art form by running her own institute – Ninadalaya. She has performed in several prestigious festivals and programs in India as well as Abroad.

    Resident of : Bengaluru
  • Jinal Joshi
    Jinal Joshi

    Jinal Joshi is a passionate Bharatnatyam dancer. She started learning Bharatanatyam at the age of 10. She completed her entire education in Bharatnatyam from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidhyala and passed the exams with flying colors. She did her arangetram atthe age of 16. Jinal runs her dance institute named 'The Krishnakala Dance Academ' in Mumbai.

    Being innovative and creative by nature, she has choreographed many events. She conducts various Bharatnatyam workshop to promote the Indian Classical Dance. Her students have given many performances at different places in india.

    Resident of : Mumbai
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  • Kshithija Kasaravalli
    Kshithija Kasaravalli

    Mrs. Kshitija Kasaravalli - a Bharatanatya and Kuchipudi performer was born in Kasaravalli family having members well - known nationally and internationally in the field of Film, Stage, Music, Literature and photography. She has been into the dance field for more than 2 decades. Initially she started learning Bharatanatya dance under Guru Dr. Geetha Ananthanarayan and later persuaded under Karnataka Kalashree Guru B. Bhanumathi. She has learnt Bharatanritya (Karanas) from Guru (Late) Smt. Sundari Santanam (disciple of Padmabhushan Dr. Padma Subramanyam). She learnt Kuchupudi from Smt. Dharani T Kashyap and at present pursuing under Guru Smt. Sudha Sridhar. She has built name for apt and finesse Abhinaya (facial expression) and neat Nritta.

    She won Pratibha Puraskar in Bengaluru and won awards like Naatya Tarang Award - Vishakapatnam, Kala Jyoti Award - Nanded, Natya Choodamani Award - Hyderabad, Natya Kala Bharathi Award - Chennai and Nritya Bibhushan Award - Cuttack

    She is the artistic Director of Bengaluru based Nritya Kshithi School of Dance.

    Resident of : Bengaluru
  • Nandini Eswer
    Nandini Eswer

    Dance and music know no language, and Nandini Eswer, the Mysorean exponent of diverse dance forms, stands as a testimony to that. Nandini is an authority over dance forms such as Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Navarasa Abhinaya, Manipuri, and other folk dances.

    She was privileged to have undergone training of these dance forms from veterans such as Padmabhushana Dr. Venkatalakshamma, Karnataka Kala Tilaka Smt. Laitha Dorai, Sri.Y.N. Simha, Pt.Teerathram Azad, Sri.Valmiki Banerjee of Delhi Ballet Group, Sri. Vedantam Prahalad Sharma, Pasumarthi Gopala Krishna of Sidhendra kalakshetra, Smt. Nupur Chatterjee of Mumbai, and Sri. Himathsimha Chauhan of Gujarath. She has choreographed and directed several dance programmes which were performed across the country and abroad as well.

    She has been honoured with numerous awards for her exceptional contributions to dance and art. Natya Ratna award conferred by Manipal Academy of Education (1973), State Award 'Karnataka Kala Tilaka' conferred by Sangeetha Nrutya Academy (1994), and honours conferred on her by Karnataka Nrutya Kala parishad (1995), Durga parameshwari Nruthya Niketan, Bangalore (1998), Tyagaraja Sangeetha Sabha (2001), CCI (Critic Circle of India) New Delhi, World of Art, Slovania, Europe and World Art Foundation , Bangalore and several other awards and honours constitute her ever growing tally of recognitions.

    Resident of : Mysuru
  • Poornima Ashok
    Poornima Ashok

    Poornima Ashok is a performing Bharathanatyam danseuse, choreographer and teacher from Bangalore. She is committed to the art as a lifetime pursuit. She has had her training from Guru Smt. Radha Sridhar from Bangalore and has furthered her training under the famous Gurus Sri Dhananjayans of Chennai. She has learnt the intricate aspects of Abhinaya from Guru Smt. Kalanidhi Narayan.

    Even as a young student she represented Karnataka at various youth festivals and consistently won accolades. With a Debut par Excellence in 1986, Poornima has never looked back. She has since performed at all major Sabhas and for premier cultural organizations in the country and abroad.

    Poornima also propagates the art form with her performances and demonstrations for foreign representatives and delegates, sponsored by established corporates, institutions and NGOs. She is an A-grade artist of Doordarshan and has appeared on the National Network and Regional Channels several times. She was a recipient of the Central Govt. Scholarship for Advance Training in Bharathanatyam and also an empanelled artist of ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations).

    She has won several awards and recognitions including Karnataka kalashree by Karnataka Sangeetha Nritya Academy

    Resident of : Bengaluru
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  • Prathibha Prahlad
    Prathibha Prahlad

    Prathibha Prahlad is an acclaimed Bharata Natyam dancer whose multi-faceted personality reflects in the exemplary work she continues to do in the arts field. She is a performer, educator, choreographer, arts administrator, author and a cultural visionary. Her contribution to the arts field goes much beyond her own trail-blazing dance career of over 40 years, which has taken her to prestigious platforms all over the world.

    Prathibha Prahlad is the recipient of numerous awards and titles. The Govt. of India has honored her with the Padmashree (2016) in recognition of her yeoman service to the arts. She is the youngest recipient of the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for dance (2001). She has also received the Karnataka State Government Award (2001), Sangeet Nritya Academy Award of Karnataka (1997). The Delhi International Arts Festival, the most famous and the largest Arts Festival in India, of which she is the Founder Festival Director, is a known Brand internationally because of Prathibha's vision.

    Resident of : Bengaluru
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  • Radhika Shetty
    Radhika Shetty

    Radhika Shetty is a highly endowed and promising artiste who was introduced into the art form of Bharatanatyam by Vidushi Smt. Sharadamani Shekhar of Sanathana Natyalaya, Mangaluru. She completed her Rangapravesha under the guidance and direction of the honored Guru Smt. Padmini Ramachandran of Natyapriya, Bengaluru. She continues to seek guidance from Gurus Smt. Rama Vaidyanathan and Smt. Bragha Bessell and evolves with every performance. She has delivered lectures, conducted workshops and has performed at various prestigious venues of the country, also Hungary and USA.

    Radhika believes that propagating the art form is also very important to nurture the young minds and that gave rise to Nrityaangan, a registered trust founded by Radhika in Mangaluru. She teaches young aspirants of Bharatanatyam at her academy in Mangaluru and also curates Dance Festivals, Workshops and Seminars with the sole objective of propagating this beautiful art form.

    ?She is also a graded artiste of Bengaluru Doordarshan and empanelled with SPICMACAY for workshop demonstrations in schools. She was awarded the BEST DANCER in the senior category by the Parthasarathy Sabha, Chennai.

    Resident of : Mangaluru
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  • Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Rukmini Vijayakumar

    Rukmini Vijayakumar, is the artistic director of Raadha Kalpa Dance Company, and the director of Lshva, a space for artists. She is known for her unique style and approach to the practice of Bharatanatyam. Her strength lies in her dedicated and rigorous practice and layered knowledge of Bharatanatyam. Rukmini has performed as a soloist all over the world, including the Jacobs Pillow, The Drive east festival, LaMama Theater NYC, Korzo Theater, amongst numerous other venues. She was noticed for her role as “the goddess of love” in Pandit Ravi Shankar’s Opera, ‘Sukanya’, produced by The Royal Opera house, London.

    She began her bharatanatyam practice under Guru Padmini Rao, Guru Sundari Santhanam and Guru Narmada. Her style is greatly influenced by Karanas, an ancient movement practice of India. A Graduate of the Boston Conservatory, Rukmini’s process of creation is both traditional and contemporary. She was a recipient of the Kylian grant for choreography and a resident choreographer at Korzo theater, Netherlands in 2018. Rukmini continues to to create extensively in the traditional format of presentation. Her productions, Nayani, Prabhavati, Abhimata, Talattu and The Dark Lord have toured india and the world extensively.

    Also an actor, Rukmini has had the privilege of working with some of the best Filmmakers in the Indian film industry. She has worked with Bharathi Raja, Mani Ratnam, R Balki, Harsha, and Soundarya Rajanikanth. She was nominated for the Filmfare award, best supporting actress for her role in “Bhajarangi”.

    Resident of : Bengaluru
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  • Dr. Seshadri Iyengar
    Dr. Seshadri Iyengar

    Dr. Seshadri Iyengar a freelance, Neo-Classical Bharatnatyam / Contemporary dancer, Homoeopathic Physician and a Yoga instructor is based in Bangalore. Proud to be fan of the Vazhuvoor style, he is a senior disciple of Smt Padmini Ravi. As the Artistic Director of the Iyengar Centre for Fine Arts he hosts monthly chamber concert and workshops at his centre - a space for interaction and creative learning. Body Kinetics a holistic fitness module developed by himself, connects the technique (the dance form) with the medium (the dancer) by addressing the breath, the mind and the self. Last but not the least he strongly believes that dance is beyond form and gender.

    As a dance artist he has established himself as a performer, choreographer and a teacher. He has travelled extensively internationally. Each year he is invited to the USA, Canada, UK and several other countries for workshops and performances.

    He is an empanelled artist with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

    Resident of : Bengaluru
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