“.... the dancer who stole the show….”
Time and again critics and rasikas have showered praise such as this by Sri. T.S. Parthasarathy in the Indian Express.
Since the age of 6, Srikanth has been at home on the stage, first as an actor in the Bhagavata Mela dance drama of Mellattur, Tamilnadu, and then also as a dancer in the tradition of Bharathanatyam. Srikanth has trained under several illustrious Gurus, including Sri. Shanmugasundaram Pillai, Dr. Saraswati, and Dr.Padma Subrahmanyam, at whose institution he broadened his horizons in the art of Natya as expounded by Bharatha Muni. He has also performed with leading dancers like Chitra Visweswaran, Lakshmi Viswanathan, Radha, Krishnaveni Lakshmanan, Malavika Sarukkai, Anita Ratnam, Shobana, Vineeth, etc.
Srikanth has been a regular performer in the sabhas of Chennai and has performed all over India, Andamans and abroad, in Thailand, France, Indonesia, Canada, the U.S.A., U.A.E and Reunion Islands, Mauritius, etc. 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 Dept. of Culture, Govt. of India.
Srikanth has won over his audiences with his complete involvement and exact understanding of Natya, through which he brings alive his art. In the all-male Bhagavata Mela, he has specialised in performing female roles, such as Sita, Devaki, etc. The perfection Srikanth has attained in these roles and in his dance has won him accolades from all who have experienced his performances. 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 an impressive stage presence.
Srikanth has acted in a few 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 feature film ‘Swami Vivekananda’, Performed in ‘Shishu Sadhana’ – a DVD Produced by Kala Bharathi, Canada and Performed the title song in K.Balachandar’s Tele-Serial “Tenmozhiyal”.
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.
Aswathy started her training under her mother, renowned dancer, Smt. Kalamandalam Saraswathy, at the tender age of four, giving her first stage performance at the age of seven. Aswathy is trained in three forms of dance, namely Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam and Kuchipudi. She began her training in Mohiniyattam under her mother and now continues under, Smt. Kalamandalam Leelamma, one of the most illustrious names in Mohiniyattam. She is a recipient of the Senior Scholarship for Mohiniyattam, instituted by the Dept. of Culture, Ministry of H.R.D.
Aswathy is a regular performer in the sabhas of Chennai and is a graded artist of Doordarshan in both Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattom and has toured all over India and to countries such as U.A.E, Bahrain, U.S.A., Canada, Reunion Islands, Indonesia, etc.
Born as a the daughter of renowned Malayalam writer and film maker, Shri M.T.Vasudevan Nair, Aswathy assists her mother at Nrityalaya school for classical dances functioning in Calicut. She has completed her post-graduation in English Language and Literature from University of Calicut and now aspires to do research combining the two related disciplines of South Indian Classical Dance and Indian Literature in Madras University. She is also trained in carnatic music.