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Sri Parshuram Das,

Guest Lecturer, Utkal University of culture, Bhubaneswar, India

BHUBANESWAR, INDIA | HINDUSTANI FLUTE

15 DECEMBER 2020

7:00 PM

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16 DECEMBER 2020

8:30 AM

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Shri Parshuram Das, an eminent falutist from Bhubaneshwar India is also a graded artists in All Indra radio and Doordardhan.  The Artist has accompanied Odissi Dance andClassical Music Festival across various countries. to name a few, Italy, Turkey Iraq, USA, Holland, South Africa, Zambia, and all the Captital cities of India. 

Shri Parshuram Das has also worked with eminent artists list Illina Sitarist of Italy, Guru Gangadhar Pradhan, Guru Durga Charan Ranbeer, etc., and great singers like Bhajan Samrat, Bhikaricharan Bal, Anuradha Padhwal, etc. Shri Parshuram Das, also works as a Guest Lecturer at the Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar, India. 

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Sri. V. Balagurunathan, Kum. B. Mayura and Kum. B. Hamsa

Directors, Krishnanjali school of Dance

CHENNAI, INDIA | BHARATHANATYAM

15 DECEMBER 2020

7:30 PM

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16 DECEMBER 2020

9:00 AM

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

V. BALAGURUNATHAN

Karaikkal Sri.V.Balagurunathan hails from the family of Sivachariyars. He is a Post graduate from the world renowned  institution Kalakshetra. He is holding a Master Degree from the University of Madras and is currently pursuing his  Ph.D. at Tamil Nadu music and Fine Arts University. He served as Senior Tutor at the Singapore Indian Fine Arts  Society (Singapore) for about nine years. He is a regular adjudicator at the Singapore Youth festival. Guru  Si.V.Balagurunthan being a performing artist and teacher also performs frequently in and around famous sabhas  during Margazhi Season. He is an ‘A’ grade artist of Doordharshan Kendra, Chennai. He has won several awards and  titles like Obul Reddy Senior Dancer award, Abhyasa Nrithya Vardhini, Nrithya Chinthamani, Acharya Kala  Vipanchee, Sathya Nartaka Sundaram, Kalaikomamani to name a few. He has travelled far and wide to many  countries like the US, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Mauritius, South Africa, Nepal, Indonesia, etc. conducting  workshops and teaching various students of different disciplines.

B. MAYURA AND B. HAMSA

Kum.Mayura and Kum.Hamsa are the third generation of dancers carrying on the legacy of their grandmother and great legend Nrithya Choodamani Smt.Krishnaveni Lakshmanan of Kalakshetra. They are the twin daughters of the renowned dancer/Teacher Sri.V.Balagurunathan following his footsteps and actively taking part in various productions of Krishnanjali Academy.

Kum.Mayura and Kum.Hamsa since their birth have nurtured the art form and have watched their parents perform in various events. It was at a tender age they started their training and since, they have shown keen interest and have been performing along with their parents. They have toured many places and actively took part at Chidambaram, Thanjavur Natyanjali and other auspicious temples. They have given their duet performances at Kala Pradharshini in the year 2015, Vipanchee Arts Festival in (2016- 17), Dasyam Festival, Brahma Gana Sabha’s Nalli Aadi Natya Vizha, Karaikkal Mangani Festival, All India Sai Samaj (2017), Sai Nrityothsav (2018)-Bangalore , Singapore Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple (Madhuram)and Sri Velmurugan Temple ( 2018), KJ Sarasa Festival - Sarasa Natya Mala(2020) . They were conferred with the prestigious title “Taruni Kala Vipanchee” by the Vipanchee Arts Festival in December 2016, Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai Endowment Prize- Prestigious Krishna Gana Sabha (Chennai), YuvaSri Kala Barathi Award(Madurai).

They competed and got selected for the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Mandram’s promotional series and gave their performance at four cities namely; Chennai, Madurai, Trichy and Pollachi in 2019, they also participated in the Guiness World Record of ‘World’s Largest Dance Lesson Bharatanatyam’ in 2020.

They both have travelled across the nation and overseas to places like Penang (Malaysia), Singapore, Australia, New Zealand etc.

Currently both of them are in the final year of their undergraduation. They are both academically strong and have keen interest in music and KalariPayattu (Martial artform from Kerala). They have started performing with their father as a trio in successful productions like Param, VizhiChudare, Dasavatharam, Madhava Keshava and Aygiri Nandhini.

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Smt. Anupama Srivastava and Kum. Reva Srivastava,

Founder | Director, Insync Kathak

CALIFORNIA, USA | KATHAK

24 DECEMBER 2020

7:00 PM

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25 DECEMBER 2020

8:30 AM

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

 ANUPAMA SRIVASTAVA

Anupama Srivastava is an exponent of the North Indian Classical Kathak dance and the Founder and Artistic Director of InSyncKathak Dance School based in Fremont, California. She trained and performed extensively in India for 15 years under the tutelage of the world renowned Kathak Maestro, Padmashri and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee Guru Shovana Narayan, disciple of Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj ji. An energetic and enthusiastic Guru, Anupama provides Kathak education and training to about 80 students. In eight short years since its inception, InSyncKathak has over 150 performances and 40 awards to its credit.

 

Anupama’s choreographic works have been presented at dance festivals and concerts in the US and Canada, including San Francisco Movement Arts Festival, PUSHfest, Oakland Dance Festival, Toronto International Youth Dance Festival, Asia Society Houston, Philadelphia Ganesh Festival, SOHARA Dallas, Republic Day and Pravasi Diwas celebrations by SF Indian Consulate, Yuva Bharati, Kala Sangha, Livermore Temple, among several others. Anupama has also produced collaborative work with musicians and dancers of different genres.

A keen educator of this classical Indian dance form, Anupama holds lecture-demonstrations and workshops regularly for InSyncKathak students and also at UC Santa Cruz. In 2015, she organized a nine-city “Guru Shovana Narayan USA Tour” across Texas, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and California, and won critical acclaim for this effort.


Anupama holds a BS in E&C Engineering from BIT Sindri, India and MS in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University. After a seventeen year career in the Silicon Valley, she made her passion for dancing her full time career, and splits her time between family, dance, and yoga.

REVA SRIVASTAVA

Reva Srivastava is a junior at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont CA. She started learning Kathak from her Mother and Guru, Mrs Anupama Srivastava, at age 7. In fact, her zeal for learning this dance form inspired her mother to start InSyncKathak Dance School in 2013.

Reva has performed in solos, duets, and groups across the Bay Area as well as various cities in the USA and Canada. She has won several awards at competitions like OSAAT, BATA, Maithry, Vibha, and FIA, to name a few. She earned critical acclaim for her performance in “Bachpann,” a duet with her guru Anupama Srivastava and her solo presentation at Anuranan 2019.

Some highlights of her dancing career have been attending training workshops with world renowned Kathak Maestro Padmashri and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee, Guru Shovana Narayan, and sharing the stage with her in Houston, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Fremont, a few of the performances in her USA Dance Tour in 2015, and was widely appreciated for being able to dance with excellent maturity for her age. She is also fortunate to undergo regular intensive, one-on-one training sessions with Guru Shovana Narayan.

At age 16, she has almost 80 stage performances to her credit. She participated with her group at the Toronto International Youth Dance Festival in 2017, where they finished as the top 7 dances at the festival, bagging a Gold Honors Award. She also got a Gold Award for her Solo at the festival. Reva presented a duet at the FUSD's Got Talent Show in 2016 and won the first place trophy for her School in 7th Grade. She has danced at several celebrations by the Indian Consulate San Francisco, including Republic Day Celebration in 2017 and Pravasi Divas in 2020. Reva has also performed at prestigious venues and dance festivals such as PUSHFest at the ODC Theater, the San Francisco Movement Arts Festival at the Grace Cathedral, the EDF Auditions at the Palace of Fine Arts, the Oakland Dance Festival at Jack London Square, Kalpana by Yuva Bharati, Yuva Kala Utsav, Nayika Series Solo performances and the Naipunya Festival, to name a few. She was also a co-presenter at a Kathak lecture-demonstration at UC Santa Cruz in 2019 and 2020.
 

Reva is also a teacher and teaching assistant at inSyncKathak. During quarantine, Reva has been teaching a kathak technique class to students at inSyncKathak as a fundraiser for Family Giving Tree and has raised $1000.

In addition to Kathak, Reva has trained and competed in contemporary, lyrical, jazz, and ballet for 8 years. She also loves gymnastics, reading, and music. 

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Sri. Prakash Rao, Smt. Bhavani Prakash - The Von Trapp Family of New Jersey

Founder | Director, Anandha Bhairavi School of Music

CHENNAI, INDIA | KATHAK

1 JANUARY 2021

7:00 PM

PACIFIC STANDARD TIME

2 JANUARY 2021

8:30 AM

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

SHRI  PRAKASH RAO, 
Prakash Rao began his mridangam training in 1977 under Late Sri K. Sudarshanaacharyulu of Hyderabad and vocal training simultaneously under Sri D. Seshachary of the Hyderabad Brothers fame. Sri Sudarshanaacharyulu was a senior disciple of Sri Kolanka Venkatarajulu, a famous mridangam exponent in Andhra Pradesh. Since 1982, Prakash has had the honor and privilege to train under one of the greatest exponents of mridangam, Late Sangeetha Kalanidhi Kalai Maamani Sri Vellore G. Ramabhadran.

 

Prakash has also received advanced training in improving the clarity and precision of his technique on the mridangam from Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman, Late Sri Kanjira V. Nagarajan and Sri Palghat T. R. Rajamani, son of the legendary Sri Palghat T. S. Mani Iyer. Prakash first ascended the stage in 1980, and has since performed in over 2500 concerts, dance programs and lecture/demonstrations in India and the US. Prakash has been in the US since 1987 and in NJ since 1990 is the most senior mridangist in NJ. He lives in New Jersey with his physician wife, Dr. Bhavani Prakash, an accomplished musician herself, and two sons, both performing musicians in their own right. Together with his wife, Prakash conducts concerts and lecture/demonstrations under the banner of Anandabhairavi. Bhavani teaches vocal music, veena and flute, and Prakash teaches mridangam and vocal music at their home in Scotch Plains, NJ.

Dr. BHAVANI PRAKASH

‘SakalakalaValli’ as she is affectionately called by many, Dr Bhavani Prakash Is a multi-talented Carnatic musician by passion, equally adept at Carnatic vocal, veena and the flute. She practices as a physician.

Dr. Bhavani Prakash is an A-grade artist of Chennai All India Radio and Doordarshan. She has several accolades to her credit including awards from All India radio, the Music Academy and Krishna Gana Sabha in Chennai, and the Life Achievement Award from Tamil Sangam in New Jersey .  Giving public concerts since the age of 12, Dr. Bhavani has given over 1700 concerts of vocal, veena or flute solos, and  has also accompanied on veena, for example, with Chitravina Ravikiran for two concerts in 1994, with Dr. Nanditha Ravi, and she gave a 12-hour Music Marathon in 2013 in Vani Mahal, Chennai, apart from being part of orchestras, dance Arangetrams and lecture-demonstrations.

Her training in music is from Sangeeta Kalacharya Smt. Suguna Varadacharya, Sangeeta Kalanidhi Dr. N. Ramani, Kalasri Sri A.V. Prakash (violin H.N. Bhaskar’s maternal uncle) and from her mother Smt. Vasantha Subramaniam, disciple of Sri B.V. Raman and Sri Delhi Gopalakrishnan.

VID. ANANTH RAO

Ananth was blessed to be born into a very musical family. He began learning vocal at the age of 2 from his mother Dr, Bhavani Prakash, a disciple of Sangitaachaarya Smt. Suguna Varadachari, and mridangam from his father Sri Prakash Rao, a disciple of Sangeetha Kalaanidhi Vellore Sri Ramabhadran, at age 6. Ananth has received advanced training from Padma Bhushan Sri P. S. Narayanaswamy and is currently training further under Sri A. S. Murali, Sangeetha Kalaanidhi Dr. S. Sowmya, and Smt. Suguna Varadachari.

To date, Ananth has given over 500 vocal concerts with accompaniment from many esteemed artists and has won many awards and accolades from prestigious organizations such as the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana and Carnatic Music Idol USA. He also frequently accompanies concerts on mridangam.

Ananth currently resides in New Jersey where he works in cybersecurity and teaches vocal, veena and mridangam at his teacher-parents’ music school Anandabhairavi.

VID. SKANDAPRASAD RAO,

Skanda for short, is a vocalist and flautist. He has been exposed to music since he was born, much like his elder brother Ananth Rayar, a performing vocalist and mridangist. Formally trained in Carnatic vocal music from the age of 3, he got trained on flute since the age of 8, both from his mother, Dr. Bhavani Prakash, a talented and versatile A-grade All India Radio artist.

 

Skanda gave his first vocal concert of 1.5 hours before the age of nine, and has since given many other solo vocal as well as flute concerts. Over the years, Skanda has won numerous prizes in CMANA and Cleveland music competitions in both vocal and flute. He was one of the finalists in the Carnatic Idol USA vocal music competition in 2012.He has participated in many of the musical productions directed by his mother and other prominent musicians in New Jersey and the Tristate area. Skanda has also played flute at several Bharatanatyam Arangetrams and Kuchipudi Rangapraveshams. With exposure to Western classical music as well, Skanda has a very deep understanding of ragams, graha-bhedam and music overall across genres; he composes some musical pieces. He  teaches vocal and flute in Anandabhairavi School of Music, run by his parents.

 

Skanda is an Honors college student at Rutgers University, with Physics major & Western music minor.

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Smt. Snigdha Venkataramani,

Founder | Director, Layadhwani Academy of Performing Arts.

CALIFORNIA, USA | CARNATIC VOCAL

7 JANUARY 2021

7:00 PM

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8 JANUARY 2021

8:30 AM

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Snigdha Venkataramani, a rare bundle of talent, is an established Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer, guru and Carnatic Vocalist, nattuvanar and music composer. She started her lessons in dance and music when she was a toddler. She has conducted various Lecture Demonstrations, workshops, and contact programs, nationally and internationally. 

Snigdha has performed vocal and dance together for Abhinaya pieces, a rare feature these days which reflected the traditions of the devadasis. Snigdha is highly sought after by dancers and dance groups for nattuvangam, choreography, music composition and vocal support. Snigdha has composed music for many successful dance productions including Bhakta Balas, Life Of Pi, The Caged Bird Sings, The Earth Speaks and many more.

Snigdha has established a school of performing arts in Fremont, California named “Laya Dhwani Academy” and imparts training to various enthusiastic disciples. The school has successfully several arangetrams for dance and music. Her disciples are high achievers just like her and have won several prizes in prestigious dance and music competitions all over California and even at the National level.

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Smt. Seibi Lee,

Dean | Instructor, Chhandam School of Kathak | Artistic Director, Chhandam School of Kathak

CALIFORNIA, USA | KATHAK

8 JANUARY 2021

7:00 PM

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9 JANUARY 2021

8:30 AM

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Seibi Lee is a dynamic Kathak artist known for the exceptional range and depth of her mastery, sophisticated musicality, and dramatic brilliance in character portrayal. Seibi is a leading disciple of the iconic Kathak legend Pandit Chitresh Das. She is a Co-Founder of the Leela Dance Collective and Dean of the Chhandam School of Kathak.

 

Seibi has toured worldwide earning accolades and deep respect for her artistry. She received an Isadora Duncan Dance Special Award for Pandit Chitresh Das as part of the performing ensemble for East As Center and received two subsequent nominations for performances in Das' Pancha Jati and Shabd. Seibi has gone on to evolve her own distinct voice through the development of virtuosic character roles in Das’ critically acclaimed works: the scheming maidservant Mantara in Ramayana, the dual roles of the tormented demon Marich and beloved tribal prince Hanuman in Sita Haran, the belligerent General in Darbar and in Das' final work - the electrifying Guru in Shiva. Her outstanding portrayal of Hanuman became the inspiration for the central character and creation of Leela Dance Collective's Son of the Wind - the full length dance drama bringing to life Hanuman’s rarely told heroic and valorous adventures from the epic Ramayana. Son of the Wind premiered at the Green Center in Sonoma in 2017 and premiered internationally at the prestigious Royal Opera House in Mumbai, India January 2019.

 

Seibi has a deep and abiding passion for the art of Kathak and for continuing the legacy of Pandit Das. As Senior teacher at Chhandam, she has mentored many generations of dancers and in 2016, she was recognized by The Alliance of California Traditional Arts as a Master Artist. She has produced several featured shows including Pacific Pathways, Aarambh and Harvest Moon Festival. Seibi continues to forge her own unique path within the artistic tradition and has created, with the support of the Haas foundation and a 2-year Artist in Residence with the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, the mesmerizing solo choreography for Houyi and Chang’e, a heart-rending tale of great heroism and of tragically star crossed lovers.

 

 “Seibi Lee in the double roles of Marich, the retired roué, and as Hanuman, minister to Sugreeva, the wronged prince of the Monkeys, was magnificent”

Rita Feliciano, Dance View

 

“As the Indian general, Seibi Lee drew a clear character arc from subject to betrayer to fool,

a remarkable achievement.”

Claudia Bauer, SFGate

""Son of the Wind",  a spectacular retelling of Ramyana episodes centered on Hanuman...I was struck both by the production's sophisticated conception and by the professionalism of its execution by an all-female cast of seventeen dancers. With its technical brilliance, emotional power, and reverent yet creative reinterpretation of sacred epic, 'Son of the Wind', staged by american women of a variety of ethnic backgrounds, was a world-class transnational dance theater that celebrated Indian performance traditions even as it innovated within them and challenged cultural stereotypes."

Philip Lutgendorf, Ph.D, author "Hanuman's Tale"

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Smt. Snigdha Venkataramani,

Founder | Director, Layadhwani Academy of Performing Arts.

CALIFORNIA, USA | BHARATHANATYAM

13 JANUARY 2021

7:00 PM

PACIFIC STANDARD TIME

14 JANUARY 2021

8:30 AM

INDIAN STANDARD TIME

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Snigdha Venkataramani, a rare bundle of talent, is an established Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer, guru and Carnatic Vocalist, nattuvanar and music composer. She started her lessons in dance and music when she was a toddler. She has received training in this art form for over twenty-five years under the tutelage of the world-renowned dance Guru PADMABHUSHAN GURU SAROJA VAIDYANATHAN. She has conducted various Lecture Demonstrations, workshops, and contact programs, nationally and internationally.

 

Snigdha is also an active choreographer having choreographed several solo and group dances. She is proficient in Nattuvangam and Vocal and therefore is a well-rounded consummate performer. Snigdha has performed vocal and dance together for Abhinaya pieces, a rare feature these days which reflected the traditions of the devadasis.

Snigdha has established a school of performing arts in Fremont, California named “Laya Dhwani Academy” and imparts training to various enthusiastic disciples. The school has successfully several arangetrams for dance and music. Her disciples are high achievers just like her and have won several prizes in prestigious dance and music competitions all over California and even at the National level.

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Smt. Akila rao,

Founder | Artistic Director, Sri Vidya Dance School

CALIFORNIA, USA| BHARATHANATYAM

1 JANUARY 2021

7:00 PM

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2 JANUARY 2021

9:00 AM

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Akila Rao on the Nattuvangam, started learning Bharatanatyam at the age of 7 under Sri Pasumarthy Ramalinga Sastry who hails from the town of Kuchipudi and also learnt Bharatanatyam from Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale, a renowned Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer and founder of the Kalakshetra Foundation in Chennai.  Over the last 30 years, Smt. Akila has performed in numerous ballets and performed in notable sabhas in Chennai and other cities across the world. Smt. Akila was fortunate to continue learning a variety of dance compositions from renowned Gurus including The Dhananjayans, The Charis and other experienced teachers from the Kalakshetra bani. In addition to learning dance, she also learnt Indian classical music from D. Seshachari, one of the famed Hyderabad Brothers. 

As Smt. Akila pursued her education in Architecture, she continued to demonstrate her passion for art and architecture, the essence in the journey of her life. During her brief stay in Malaysia, she was fortunate to perform at various programs with renowned dancer/choreographer Ajith Bhaskaran Das and his troupe. She has collaborated with numerous charitable organizations in the US and performed for cultural events for fundraising and to spread the value of this great ancient art. Along with her dance career, Smt. Akila Rao is a senior project manager at Stanford Hospitals and Clinics and has had the opportunity to perform with her students at Stanford’s multicultural activities.

Smt. Akila lives in Cupertino, CA and continues to train and teach students of all ages.  The path to teaching is also learning, Smt. Akila Rao continues to learn the art form under experienced teachers from the Kalakshetra Bani. The goal of her school is to impart the traditional way of the Guru-shishya parampara teaching where the students learn the traditional theory and practice of Bharatanatyam dance form along with life values of self-respect, discipline and traditions, and most importantly, carry the passion for dance throughout their lifetime.