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Bharatanatyam Lecture Demonstration by Radhika Kathal & Madhura Bhrushundi
For: B. J Homes for Children
Telecast live on NCPA YouTube Page
RADHIKA KATHAL – BHARATANATYAM DANCER | HINDUSTANI VOCALIST
Ms. Radhika Kathal has been pursuing dance and music since the age of 7, and is a disciple of Guru (Padmashri & SNA Awardee) Geeta Chandran under whom she presented her Arangetram in 2012. She also learns the finer nuances of the Gwalior Gharani Gayaki in the Hindustani Music Tradition from Dr. Soma Singh.
Both an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer and a musician, she is a graded artist by Doordarshan and a recipient of the Junior Diploma from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad in both Bharatanatyam and Hindustani Vocal Music. In 2013, Radhika was awarded the prestigious national scholarship, “Scholarship to Young Artists” for Bharatanatyam from The Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. She has been a recipient of titles such as “Nritya Vilasini” “Rajat Jayanti Samman” “Nrityanand Lahiri” to name a few.
Over the years, Radhika has performed to diverse audiences across India and abroad (United Kingdom, Chile and Thailand)-both, as a soloist and as a senior dancer in-group choreography as part of Natya Vriksha Dance Company. Some of the acclaimed group choreographies she has been part of are: Swara Raaga Sudha, Sivam, Seasons (Bharatantyam performed on Western Classical Music of Tchaikovsky), Pankh, Sankriti, Ganga to Kaveri and Anekanta.
As part of Natya Vriksha, Radhika had the opportunity to be a part of multi-city tours in abroad – 60 years of Indian Republic (a six-city tour in the United Kingdom) organized by ICCR, India in Chile (celebrating 70 years of Indian Independence) organized by Festival of India, Govt. of India and International Festival of Music and Dance organized by ICCR. In January 2015, she had the privilege of performing for Former US President Barack Obama and US Delegations in a cultural evening hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee on the eve of Republic Day at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, organized by SEHER. In February 2016, she represented India at the International Music and Dance Festival in Thailand and also performed for the Prime Minister of Thailand, Hon’ble Prayut Chan-o-Cha, organized by ICCR.
Besides Dance and Music, she is also trained in the art of Nattuvangam by her Guru. She has been part of Spic Macay Lec-Dems and Workshop Demonstrations, across India (Uttar Pradesh, Jammu, Chittorgarh, Gujrat, Orissa, and New Delhi to name a few).
Radhika is also the founder of KALADHWANI, where she imparts training in Bharatanatyam and Hindustani Music. Apart from teaching and engaging with students at Kaladhwani, she is also the Primary Arts Anchor at Shiv Nadar School, Noida where she looks after Art integration into the formal education curriculum.
MADHURA BHRUSHUNDI – BHARATANATYAM DANCER
Madhura Bhrushundi, a dancer based in New Delhi, has been training in Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam under the tutelage of (Padmashri) Guru Geeta Chandran for the last 13 years. She presented her formal solo debut performance, the Arangetram, in the year 2014.
A recipient of the scholarship to Young Artistes, awarded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and a Grade B artist of the Doordarshan, Madhura is a senior dancer with her Guru Smt. Geeta Chandran’s Natya Vriksha Dance Company.
As part of the company, Madhura has performed in group choreographies for diverse audiences across the country. She has been a part of major productions at numerous festivals such as the Khajurajo Dance Festival, Sahitya Kala Parishad’s Youth Festival, Ganga Mahotsav, Uday Shankar Choreography Festival, Kalidas Samaroh, Naadaneeranjam Festival, National Festival of Creative Arts, Hampi Utsav, among several others. She has also had the opportunity to be part of dance productions that were presented at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in the august presence of the President, Vice-President and the Prime Minister of India.
As a solo performer, Madhura has presented performances at various platforms such as the Amritanjali Mahotsav, 3 rd Bangla Film Festival, Karur Natyanjali, Sai Nrityotsav, Delhi International Film Festival, FACE India International Women Leadership Awards etc. Madhura has also travelled with and assisted her Guru for Spic Macay lecture demonstrations to spread cultural awareness among the youth of the country, in schools and institutes across many cities of India. Madhura is currently assisting with teaching at Smt. Geeta Chandran’s dance institute- Natya Vriksha, based in New Delhi.
Apart from passionately pursuing dance, Madhura has also had an excellent academic record. She completed her bachelor’s in Economics from Hindu College, University of Delhi and went on to do her M. Sc. in Economics from the University of Warwick, U. K.
Please note: The video will be available for a week post the live lecture/demonstration.