Indian Classical Dance

4th- 6th October

7 pm

  • Sri Ram Centre
    4th- Bimbavati Devi & Tanushree Das / Manipuri duet
    Urmila Satyanarayan / Bharatanatyam Solo
    Kalashram / Kathak group
  • 5th- Vidha & Abhimanyu Lal / Kathak duet
    Vyjayanthi Kashi / Kuchipudi
    Roja Kanan, Priya Murle & N. Shreekant & Group / Bharathi
    in
    Bhartatham- Bharatnatyam Group)
  • 6th- Mandakini Trivedi & Miti Desai / Mohiniattam duet
    Dr. Malabika Mitra / Kathak
    Orissa Dance Akademi / Odissi Group

 

Segment: Indian Classical Dance

Dates: 5th October

Venue: Sri Ram Centre

Time: 7 p.m.

Name of the artist: N. Srikanth (Group Performance)

Since the age of six, Srikanth has been at home on the stage, first as an actor in the Bhagavata Mela dance drama of Mellattur, Tamilnadu, and then as a dancer in the tradition of Bharatanatyam. Srikanth has trained under several illustrious gurus, including Sri. Shanmugasundaram Pillai, Dr. Saraswati, and Dr.Padma Subrahmanyam. It was at Dr.Padma Subrahmanyam’s institution that he broadened his horizons in the art of Natya. He has also performed with leading dancers like Chitra Visweswaran, Lakshmi Viswanathan, Radha, Krishnaveni Lakshmanan, Malavika Sarukkai, and Anita Ratnam.

 

Srikanth has been a regular performer in the sabhas of Chennai and has performed all over India and abroad. The countries he has performed include Thailand, France, Indonesia, Canada, the U.S.A., U.A.E and Reunion Islands.

 

Srikanth is a graded artist of Doordarshan and an empanelled artist of ICCR. Among other recognitions, he is the recipient of the 1997 Yuva Kala Bharathi Title, 1998 Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nataka Manram Award, 2000 Talent Promotion Award and 2001 Award of Excellence, 2005 Lakshmi Viswanathan Endowment for Abhinaya, 2005 Pandanallur Shanmuga Sundaram Pillai Memorial Award and 2006 Nartana Kishora Sundaram. Srikanth has been awarded with the Junior Fellowship from the Department of Culture, Government of India.

 

Srikanth’s total involvement and exact understanding of Natya, through which he brings alive his art, has been widely commended by rasikas and critics alike. In the all-male Bhagavata Mela, he has specialised in performing female roles, such as that of Sita and Devaki. He successfully balances and makes effective use of the Lasya and Tandava aspects in his dance choreography and innovations. His grace and poise have endowed him with with an impressive stage presence.

 

Srikanth has acted in a number of documentary and feature films including ‘Srinivasa Ramanuja’ for BBC, ‘Charukesi’ for ZDF channel, West Germany, ‘Sculptures that come alive’ for the International Film Festival, ‘Ragam Sangeetham’ and ‘Bharatham’ for Raj TV, Chennai, G.V.Iyer’s film Swami Vivekananda and has also danced in ‘Shishu Sadhana’ – a DVD Produced by Kala Bharathi, Canada.

A dancer, actor, and nattuvanar, Srikanth training in music and inherent love for literature add a greater depth to the artiste in him and make him a true exponent of Natya.

 

He has been a part of the following events:

Annual SIFAS Fest, March 2009

Dance and Music Festival 2008-2009

 

 

 

Segment: Indian Classical Dance

Dates: 5th October

Venue: Sri Ram Centre

Time: 7 p.m.

Name of the artist: Priya Murle (Group performance)

An accomplished Bharatnatyam dancer Priya Murle divides her time between teaching and performing Bharatnatyam at Shree Bharatalaya and doing research.

A multi-faceted personality, Priya began learning dance from the age of five at Shree Bharatalaya from Padma Shri Dr. Sudharani Ragupathy. She has also learnt Carnatic music from Padma Sri Vidvan Madurai N. Krishnan as well as Sanskrit from Pandit Thangaswami Sharma. Priya has been working at Shree Bharatalaya for 10 years, where she teaches dance and is also involved in choreography. She has given several performances all over India as well as in Europe and America, besides giving lecture demonstrations to students in India and overseas.

Priya Murle. has received numerous awards and certificates, including the prestigious title of “Yuva Kala Bharati” from Bharat Kalachar, and the Bharata Kala Bhushana from Shree Bharatalaya. She was the recipient of the Senior Scholarship for Dance instituted by the Department of Culture of the Government of India. She was also a visiting Professor of Dance at the Government of India Music College, Tamil Nadu, in 1994. She has participated in both the television serials on Dance presented by her Guru, Sudharani Raghupathy. She is a graded artiste of the Doordarshan Kendra, India.

Deeply committed to music and dance, Priya Murle has worked at Sruti – where she is the Executive in charge of the Research & Documentation Centre and the Publication & Audio-visual departments.

 

 

Segment: Indian Classical Dance

Dates: 5th October

Venue: Sri Ram Centre

Time: 7 p.m.

Name of the artist: Abhimanyu and Vidha Lal (Kathak duet)

Abhimanyu Lal

Abhimanyu, the son and disciple of renowned Kathak Dance Guru Smt. Geetanjali Lal, is recognized as one of the most accomplished Kathak dancers. The splendour of his brilliant solo performances has earned him applause both in India and other parts of the world. Hailed as a bright star in the firmament of Kathak, Abhimanyu has received acclaim as a dazzling dancer by the media and connoisseurs of art.

He has performed at the highest level in India and abroad in many prestigious dance festivals. He has performed in Croetia, Oslo, Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Nepal, Switzerland, South Africa, Seychelles Island, Reunion Island, Tanzania, Egypt, Fiji Island, Myanmar, Mauritius and Turkey. He has the honour of performing for the prestigious festivals organised by Central Sangeet Natak Akademi, National Institute of Kathak, New Delhi and Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

 

Some of his major performances in India and abroad include:

“Nritya Pratibha”, organized by Kathak Kendra, New Delhi in 1999.

“Maharana Kumbha” Udaipur in 2000.

Horizon”organized by I.C.C.R. New Delhi 1999.

“Swarnotsava”, organized by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi.

“Ganatantra Mahotsava”, Guwahati, Assam, 2001.

“Amnesty International”- Holland in 2001.

“A duet with Flamenco dancer for “Dance Caravan” The Hague, 2000.

Kathak Performance, The VeemTheater, Amsterdam 2002.

Choreography and Performance for International Dance Theater, Amsterdam 2003.

Percussie Festival, Amsterdam 4th June, 2001.

“Hindu Diwas” organized by The Indian Embassy, Holland, Sept. 2002

Lille Carnival – France, June 2003.

Indian Independence Day Celebrations, Fiji, 2005.

Concert tour to Egypt, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania and Reunion Island, ICCR tour – 2004.

Kathak Mahotsava, Nehru Centre, Mumbai, 2007.

World Dance Day Celebrations, “Lasya”, Mumbai, 2007.

Jammu Festival, 2007.

Rain Drops Festival, Mumbai, 2007.

 

About Vidha Lal

Vidha Lal, a multi-facated Kathak exponent is the disciple of renowned Guru Geetanjali Lal of Jaipur Gharana. A recipient of merit scholarship of Kathak Kendra, the National Institute of Kathak, New Delhi, Vidha has emerged as a rising star in the field of Kathak. She is an empanelled artist of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and ‘A1 grade artist of Delhi Doordarshan.

Vidha has earned great acclaim in the media and from connoisseurs for her brilliant solo performances in India and abroad.

 

Some of her memorable performances include

Kathak Mahotsava, Mumbai – 2007

World Dance Day Celebrations, “Lasya” Mumbai-2007.

Jammu Festival-2007.

64th SCAL Congress meet, Chennai.

“SharadVaibhav”, Bangalore.

WorldTourism Day, Old Fort New Delhi.

Yuva Mahotsava, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi.

Kathak solo for Ambassadors’ wives Association at Brazilian Embassy, New Delhi.

Kathak Festival at Pune, Goa and Bhopal

Lachhu Maharaj Samaroh (Kathak Festival ‘2007, Lucknow

Music & Dance Festival organized by Rai Foundation, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa’2007

Dance Festival organized by Kala Nadam at Chowdiah Memorial hall, Bangalore in 2007

Kumbal Garh Dance Festival 2007, Udaipur, Tourism of Rajasthan

Incredible India @ 60 in New York, USA at Lincoln Center in 2007.

2nd Ministerial Conference at Ashoka Hotal, New Delhi, organized by Ministry of Home Affairs.

 

Segment: Indian Classical Dance

Dates: 5th October

Venue: Sri Ram Centre

Time: 7 p.m.

Name of the artist: Abhimanyu and Vidha Lal (Kathak duet)

Abhimanyu Lal

Abhimanyu, the son and disciple of renowned Kathak Dance Guru Smt. Geetanjali Lal, is recognized as one of the most accomplished Kathak dancers. The splendour of his brilliant solo performances has earned him applause both in India and other parts of the world. Hailed as a bright star in the firmament of Kathak, Abhimanyu has received acclaim as a dazzling dancer by the media and connoisseurs of art.

He has performed at the highest level in India and abroad in many prestigious dance festivals. He has performed in Croetia, Oslo, Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Nepal, Switzerland, South Africa, Seychelles Island, Reunion Island, Tanzania, Egypt, Fiji Island, Myanmar, Mauritius and Turkey. He has the honour of performing for the prestigious festivals organised by Central Sangeet Natak Akademi, National Institute of Kathak, New Delhi and Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

 

Some of his major performances in India and abroad include:

“Nritya Pratibha”, organized by Kathak Kendra, New Delhi in 1999.

“Maharana Kumbha” Udaipur in 2000.

Horizon”organized by I.C.C.R. New Delhi 1999.

“Swarnotsava”, organized by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi.

“Ganatantra Mahotsava”, Guwahati, Assam, 2001.

“Amnesty International”- Holland in 2001.

“A duet with Flamenco dancer for “Dance Caravan” The Hague, 2000.

Kathak Performance, The VeemTheater, Amsterdam 2002.

Choreography and Performance for International Dance Theater, Amsterdam 2003.

Percussie Festival, Amsterdam 4th June, 2001.

“Hindu Diwas” organized by The Indian Embassy, Holland, Sept. 2002

Lille Carnival – France, June 2003.

Indian Independence Day Celebrations, Fiji, 2005.

Concert tour to Egypt, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania and Reunion Island, ICCR tour – 2004.

Kathak Mahotsava, Nehru Centre, Mumbai, 2007.

World Dance Day Celebrations, “Lasya”, Mumbai, 2007.

Jammu Festival, 2007.

Rain Drops Festival, Mumbai, 2007.

 

About Vidha Lal

Vidha Lal, a multi-facated Kathak exponent is the disciple of renowned Guru Geetanjali Lal of Jaipur Gharana. A recipient of merit scholarship of Kathak Kendra, the National Institute of Kathak, New Delhi, Vidha has emerged as a rising star in the field of Kathak. She is an empanelled artist of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and ‘A1 grade artist of Delhi Doordarshan.

Vidha has earned great acclaim in the media and from connoisseurs for her brilliant solo performances in India and abroad.

 

Some of her memorable performances include

Kathak Mahotsava, Mumbai – 2007

World Dance Day Celebrations, “Lasya” Mumbai-2007.

Jammu Festival-2007.

64th SCAL Congress meet, Chennai.

“SharadVaibhav”, Bangalore.

WorldTourism Day, Old Fort New Delhi.

Yuva Mahotsava, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi.

Kathak solo for Ambassadors’ wives Association at Brazilian Embassy, New Delhi.

Kathak Festival at Pune, Goa and Bhopal

Lachhu Maharaj Samaroh (Kathak Festival ‘2007, Lucknow

Music & Dance Festival organized by Rai Foundation, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa’2007

Dance Festival organized by Kala Nadam at Chowdiah Memorial hall, Bangalore in 2007

Kumbal Garh Dance Festival 2007, Udaipur, Tourism of Rajasthan

Incredible India @ 60 in New York, USA at Lincoln Center in 2007.

2nd Ministerial Conference at Ashoka Hotal, New Delhi, organized by Ministry of Home Affairs.

 

 

Segment: Indian Classical Dance

Dates: 4h October

Venue: Sri Ram Centre
Time: 7 p.m.

Name of the artist: Bimbavati Devi (Manipuri duet)

 

Bimbavati Devi, being the daughter of renowned classical Manipuri dancers, Guru Bipin Singh and Smt. Kalavati Devi, was initiated into the world of dance and music at a very tender age. Besides dancing, she has also undergone training in Pung (Manipuri mridang) playing and Thang Ta (Manipuri martial art). As a solo artiste and as a performing artiste of Manipuri Nartanalaya, one of the pioneer institutions of Manipuri dance in the country founded by her parents and the well-known Jhaveri sisters, she has performed in various prestigious dance programmes and festivals of India and abroad.

 

She counts amongst her notable performances: the Khajuraho Festival, Konark Festival, Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan, Vrindavan Sharadotsav, Uday Shankar Festival, Nishagandhi Festival, Vishwa Banga Sammelan, Soorya Festival, Kal-Ke-Kalakar, Ghungroo Festival, Temple Festival, Dances of India Festival, programmes organized by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), India International Centre (IIC – New Delhi), India Habitat Centre (New Delhi), Asia Festival in Helsinki (Finland), Nehru Center in London (England), Banga Sammelan in Lowell, Festival of India organized by the Asian Dance and Music Program, University of Massachusetts, workshops and lecture demonstrations at North Dakota State University and University of Massachusetts, Lotus Studio in NY (USA), Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary (Canada), program and workshop organized by the National Aesthetics Society in Singapore and workshop at National University of Singapore.

AWARDS

  • Recipient of Junior and Senior National Scholarship in Manipuri Dance from the Department of Culture, Govt. of India.
  • She has also received the title of Shringar Mani conferred by Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai.
  • Recipient of Nandita Kripalini Award from West Bengal State Academy of Dance, Drama, Music an Visual Arts, Government of West Bengal.
    Empanelled artist with the ICCR.
  • Awarded the Sanskriti Award by Sheila Dikshit, CM Delhi on behalf of Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi 2004 for being one of the upcoming and promising dancers and choreographers.

 

 

Segment: Indian Classical Dance

Dates: 6th October

Venue: Sri Ram Centre

Time: 7 p.m.

Name of the artist: Aruna Mohanty (Group Performance)

Devotion, perseverance and commitment have placed Aruna Mohanty as the finest among Odissi dancers of her generation. Nurtured under the able guidance of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan, Aruna especially excels in the abhinaya aspect of Odissi. She has been a student and Secretary of Orissa Dance Academy. Her unique skill and versatility make her the recipient of many awards and accolades, including the Mahari Award 1997, Sanjukta Panigrahi Memorial National Award 2001, Fellowship by Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India, and an award for her contribution to the field of Odissi Dance, from the Utkal University, Orissa. Apart from dance, Aruna has also established herself as an excellent choreographer. Some of the items in her repertoire include the dance ballet “Shrusti O Pralay”, “Varsha Abhisara”, “Shravan Kumar”, “Samrat Kharavela” & “Kanchi Abhijan” etc.

 

Widely travelled to countries like Canada, USA, South America and some of the European countries, she is the advisor-member of Central Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi.

 

Web: http://www.orissadanceacademy.org

 

 

Segment: Indian Classical Dance

Dates: 6th October

Venue: Sri Ram Centre

Time: 7 p.m

Name of the artist: Malabika Mitra (Solo performance)

Starting from a tender age of three years and a solo Kathak performance at the age of eleven, Malabika has made dance a part of her life. Trained in Jaipur and Lucknow Gharanas under eminent Gurus for over 14 years, she has evolved a strong individual style combining the technical brilliance of Jaipur Gharana and tender grace of Lucknow Gharana.

 

She has performed at several major festivals of India which include Apna ‘Utsav’, ‘Kathak Mahotsav’, Khajuraho Dance Festival’, Konark Dance Festival’ in India and in abroad at ‘Saanskritik Festival’, Edinburgh Festival’, ‘Womad Festivals’, UK, ‘Festival of India in USSR, ‘Grande Festival of Granada, ‘Festival ASIA of Barcelona in Spain, ‘Festival of Cite de la Munique at Paris, ‘Diwali Festival in Poland and other programmes in Germany, Bangladesh.

 

She has choreographed and directed a number of dance ballets for Doordarshan besides being its top grade performer. Her choreographed experimental solo items include ‘Meghdoot’, ‘Jhulan’ and ‘Prem Seema Hote Aseeme’ (based on series of Tagore’s poems and songs) and ‘Uma Tapasya’ – Gatbhav based on Kumarasambhava of Mahakavi Kalidas etc.

 

Malabika has conducted over 250 lecture demonstrations for several Indian schools and colleges organized by SPIC-MACAY. She has been also teaching students in her own institution Sibpur Onkar Dance and Music Centre as associated with the Centre as Principal for the last 50 years.

 

She has been awarded with:

  • SHIROMANI AWARD, Asian Paints
    SINGARMANI AWARD, Sur-Singar-Samsad , Bombay
  • ABHINAVA KALA SAMMAN, Abhinava Kala Parishad, Bhopal
  • MAHAKAL SANGIT RATNA, Madhukali, Ujjain
  • SENIOR FELLOWSHIP in the field of Kathak (1997) Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Culture, GOI, New Delhi

 

 

Segment: Indian Classical Dance

Dates: 4h October

Venue: Sri Ram Centre

Time: 7 p.m

Name of the artist: Urmila Sathyanaraynan (Bharatnatyam – solo)

 

Urmila Sathyanarayanan is perhaps the brightest among the new generation of Bharatnatyam dancers. She is among the most inspired and dedicated Bharatnatyam exponents of her times with dancing experience of over three decades. Nimble movements and the pristine purity of her expressions, helped by her intrinsic charisma and irrepressible cheerfulness, create spellbinding magic, holding the watcher in thrall. Her dedication to dance is total and Bharatnatyam is richer by her experience, expertise and most importantly devotion.

 

She has been trained under the guidance of eminent gurus ‘Padmashri’ K.N. Dandayauthapani Pillai, Kalaimamani Smt. K.J. Sarasa and Padmabhushan Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan.

 

Since her debut in 1976, Urmila has presented dozens of recitals in India and abroad and earned excellent reviews from eminent critics. She has danced in practically every dance festival in India.

 

She has toured Europe and USA extensively and participated in the ‘Festival of India’ at Edinburgh. Titles and awards apart, her dedication to the art is total. Bharatnatyam is richer by her experience, expertise and most importantly devotion. Restless with her achievements in the field Urmila soon founded her own institution, the “Natya Sankalpaa” and is actively engaged in imparting training to aspiring students.

 

She has been an intrinsic part of the following concerts:

National

  • The Festival of Dances, New Delhi
  • Khajuraho Festival of Dance
  • Konark Festival, Orrisa,
  • The Sangeet Natak Festival, Assam
  • Danced at the Ganges Festival, Varanasi
  • Festival of Dance, Goa
  • Malabar Mahotsava, Kerala
  • Nishangandhi Festival, Kerala
  • Citibank Festival of Dance Kalakshetra Foundation etc.
  • Celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Indian Independence, Government of
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Shanmukhananda Sabha, Mumbai
  • Brahmotsavam, Tirumala
  • Inauguration of Ravindra Bharati, Hyderabad
  • The ICCR, New Delhi
  • SPIC Macay – “Yamini Festival”

 

International

  • Festival of India’ Edinburgh – 1999
  • ICCR Egypt, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Norway, England.
  • Toured France for Triveni 1999 and 2004.
  • Sutra Dance Festival, Malaysia 2001.
  • Toured the United States of America and Canada for
  • Kalalaya in 2003, 2005
  • Academy of Tamil Arts and Technology, Canada 2002.
  • Neelam Tiruchelvan Trust, Muthukrishnaswami Mission
  • Sri Lanka (2002).
  • Royal Tropical Institute, Netherlands, 1999-2000, 2006
  • Tamiz Sangam, Dubai 2003
  • Dance India Taste India Festival, Temple of Fine Arts,
  • Australia 2002
  • SIFAS, Esplanade, Singapore April 2005.
  • Sangeetham Festival, Saddlers Wells, London June 2006.
  • Muthukrishna Swamy Mission, Sri Lanka 2002
  • ICCR South Africa, Centenary of Salt Sathyagraha in
  • Johanesburg in the presence of Honble Prime Minister of
  • India and South Africa.

 

Thematic Presentations

 

‘Potana Bagavatham’

‘Panchali Sapatham’ – Musical Score by Lalgudi G Jayraman

Woman – ‘Past, Present, Future’ – highlighting the status of the Indian Woman of the past, present & in the future.

Programs based solely on the compositions of Thyagaraja, Annamacharya, Swati Thirunal etc.

Bhakti Manjari – Facets of Bhakti

Vaishnava Barati – Highlights the Important Vaishanva Shrines across the country

‘Bharati’s Dream of an independent India’

‘Rama Rasanubhavam’ – excerpts from Arunachala Kavi’s ‘Ramanatakam’

 

 

Segment: Indian Classical Dance

Dates: 5th October

Venue: Sri Ram Centre

Time: 7 p.m

Name of the artist: Vyjayanthi Kashi (Solo Kuchipudi)

Vyjayanthi Kashi’s career spans an impressive spectrum of performance, choreography, therapy, teaching and research. Her solo dance recitals have revealed a distinctive style of which has been said that “the expressions of the face of Kashi are so good that is seems they make one wonder. Every single muscle is following her.”…Gesten Verdichtet, Germany.

 

Her works has been featured in several international festivals including the Oriental Dance Festival Germany, Festival of India in Africa, India Film Festival in Malaga, Olympus Festival in Italy, the dance and music festival in US, International Dance & Music Festival in Egypt, Malta, Tunisia, Karmiel Dance Festival in Israel and many more. She serves on the Arts and Cultural Committee of the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural, Government of India. She has been honored with several awards including Kala Shree, Zee Astitva, Araya Bhatta and Vocational Excellence Awards.

 

Vyjayanthi is a frequent presenter at international dance conferences and symposia. Her film and television credits include documentaries and interviews in the broadcasting media. She is a regular motivational speaker and workshop leader, speaking on Arts and life, dance and yoga, therapy and body language, creativity and collaborations in the arts. She serves on the Art & Cultural Committee of the Govt of India, Ministry of Culture.

 

With a vision to promote artistic and professional excellence, she founded Shambhavi School of Dance in 1993 and trained many dance aspirants round the world

 

 

Segment: Indian Classical Dance

Dates: 6th October

Venue: Sri Ram Centre

Time: 7 p.m.

Name of the artist(s): Miti Desai and Mandakini Trivedi (Mohiniattam duet)

Miti Desai trained in graphic design at the Sophia College Mumbai and thereafter completed her training in Design from the Portfolio Centre in Atlanta, USA. In spite of several awards, medals and accolades that she received in the field of Graphic Design, the world of Dance strongly beckoned.

The urge to feel body design and internalize the principles of design led her to Dance. At Nateshvari Dance Gurukul, a dance school run by Mandakini Trivedi, Miti discovered her passion to dance, to move and to express in the Mohiniattam form. Miti`s dance is marked by a fluidity of lines, an inner grace and deep understanding of form.

She was awarded the Singar Mani title at the Kal Ke Kalaakar Sammelan (2006).

 

 

Segment: Indian Classical Dance

Date: 4th October

Artistes: RK Singhajit and Charu Shija Mathur

Venue: Kamani Auditorium

Time: 6 30 pm

 

RK Singhajit

Belonging to a family of great dancers and musicians of Manipur, initiated at an early age, and trained by eminent Gurus, Rajkumar Singhajit Singh is indeed a personification of a living culture in all its facets. Known for great mastery of the art and complete dedication, he has distinguished himself as an outstanding performer, choreographer, scholar and artiste of great creative ability, his is a unique representation of creative work in chaste traditional Manipuri Dance.

As pioneer of Manipuri ballet he has choreographed thirty-five ballets and numerous dance compositions which have won international acclaim. During the last several world tours, his dances have received tremendous appreciation for elegance, dignity, purity, variety and originality.

 

Charu Shija Mathur

Her name is synonymous with Manipuri Dance. Belonging to a famous cultural minded family of Delhi Charu Sija Mathur is one of the brightest stars in the firmament of Manipuri Dance. Her works reflect the extremely rich traditions of Manipuri culture and her presentations are marked for their great elegance, maturity, sensitivity and sophistication.

Equally adept in both balletic and solo works, she has been captivating audiences the world over and receiving rave reviews from the very beginning of her career.

For this dedicated artiste the promotion and propagation of Manipuri Dance has become almost a crusade. She is also seriously engaged in teaching dance to advanced students and involved in the research of this art form in all its aspects.

She has played the lead roles in 35 Manipuri ballets. Some of her memorable roles have been in productions like Shakuntala, Savitri, Sita and Ingel-Lei.

 

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