Evening celebrating choreographies born during lockdown
Bharatanatyam by Keerthana Ravi, Pavitra Bhat & Aparna Shastry & Odissi by Asha Nambiar and group
The national lockdown had taken away a lot of privileges from us but it has also been a good teacher, a catalyst which instigated new knowledge, forced artistes to start thinking out of the box, rethink and create artwork never thought of before. This evening is the first of many such presentations which would feature choreographies that have been born during lockdown.
Keerthana Ravi has been learning Bharatanatyam under the veteran Vuzavor Guru Bharatha Shikara Guru Smt. Padamini Ramachandran, Director – Natyapriya, Bangalore for the past twenty two years. She is also undergoing extensive training under Guru Smt. Rama Vaidyanathan in Delhi for the last three year. She has completed her ‘Arangateram’ in the year 2000. Keerthana stood First in the senior exam for Bharatanatyam conducted by the Govt. of Karnataka in 2005. She has received an ‘A’ grade from The Delhi Doordarshan Kendra. She has participated and won several dance competitions at the state and national level.
Pavitra Bhat and Aparna Shastry Bhat are distinguised and ardent disciples Guru Sri Deepak Mazumdar and Guru Smt. Radha Shridhar respectively. Both have carved their niche in the field of bharathanatyam individually and after marriage have come together and hope to explore,establish and envisage the art form as propogated by their Gurus’. They have found an outstanding balance of grace and energy to explore the artistic excellence and bring in a freshness in the artistic journey. Pavitra and Aparna,the young dancing couple had the privilege to work with eachother in choreographing and experimenting on new projects. They jointly have presented few of their works for many festivals and both being an A grade artists of Doordarshan are recepeints of numerous awards and accolades and have extensively travelled all around to show case their talent.
Asha Nambiar joined the odissi dance centre in 1979, which was pioneered by the Late Ms. Protima Bedi at SNDT university, Mumbai. She pursued the dance form under the fine guidance and vigorous training from Late Guru Shri Natbar Maharana Ji. She is a commerce graduate from Mumbai University and MBA in the field of Human Resources Development. In an effort to popularise Odissi she started teaching this style and eventually in the year 2000 she established Vaishnovi Kalakshetra, a centre for initiating awareness and training of this temple dance. She has participated in the Indian festivals viz., Konark, Udayan, Mumbai festival, Kartik Poornima festival and Natyanjali festival in Coimbatore and Mumbai, Magh festival in Siddhivinayak temple, Mumbai etc. She has also been a recipient of production and seminar grant from the department of Culture, Government of India, New Dehli.
The edition would have a Bharatanatyam solo by Keerthana Ravi , a duet by Pavitra Bhat & Aparna Shastry & Odissi by Asha Nambiar & Group
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