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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  • 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
  • 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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  • Sheela Unnikrishnan
    Sheela Unnikrishnan

    Sheela Unnikrishnan is a renowned exponent of Bharatanatyam. She was trained in Melathur style of Bharathanatyam under Late Guru Sri M. Sundaram (a prime Disciple of Masestro Mangudi Sri Dorairaja Iyer) and she has been able to imprint his legacy with her own dance persona. Sheela is the Founder-Director of Sridevi Nrithyalaya. Students of her academy have participated in various dance festivals and have become stars in popular TV shows like ‘Thaka Dhimi Tha’, ‘Konjum Salangai’ etc. Sheela’s Sridevi Nrithyalaya produced its first Balashree Awardee in 2009. She has choreographed more than 300 solo dance pieces, 8 thematic prestations and 7 dance dramas in Bharatanatyam. Her students have always outshone in their ability to be more creative, smart, sharp and more talented. Many of her disciples have won prestigious awards, scholarships and first prizes in various state level and National level competitions. Sheela has also conducted dance workshops and Lecture-Demonstrations in India and abroad.

    Sheela Unnikrishnan has also endeavored to create new spaces for the classical dancers of today. A first class Post Graduate in Chemistry and a Graduate of Education, Sheela has also completed M.F.A., (Bharatanatyam) in first class and is currently working on completing Doctorate in Bharatanatyam. “Katradhu kai mann alavu; kallaadhadhu ulagalavu” – this is the mantra of Sheela Unnikrishnan. She continues her journey in this divine path of art, by keeping herself receptive for learning, and encourages her students too to be open for learning.

    Resident of : Chennai
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  • T.S. Kanaka
    T.S. Kanaka

    Thiruveezhimizhalai S.Kanaka daughter of a doctor couple hailing from Thiruveezhimizhalai, is a musician, dancer, choreographer, composer, teacher and a vocalist who accompanies dance recitals too. She is a child prodigy who learnt music from ‘Padmashri’ Dakshinamurthy Pillai. After his demise she started learning from Shri Ramesh Kumar of Thiruveezhimizhalai. Now she is under the tutelage of Smt. Bhushany Kalyanaraman who is the wife and prime disciple of Tanjore.S.Kalyanaraman. Her mother ‘Natanamamani’ Dr. Uma Subramaniam who is a disciple of Vazhoor Ramaiah Pillaiis is her dance guru.

    She did her B.A. in music with a gold gold medal from Queen Mary’s College and masters in Bharathanatyam from Madras universiry. Currently she is doing her PhD. She started performing at the age of 8 and won ‘Kalai Ila Mani’ award from Government of Tamilnadu at the age of 11.

    She is the organizer of Veezhimizhalai Natyanjali and manages a dance school Sankara Natyalaya at Adambakkam, Chennai.

    Resident of : Chennai
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