Dancer, choreographer Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant, with an acclaimed and intense body of work, behind her that spans rich mythologies and historical chronicles, to searing commentary on gender issues; continues to stretch the outer realms of artistic endeavor, using the grammar, idiom and space-time construct of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi making it at once contemporary and communicative.
Dancing with joy, Ananda, one of the renowned dancers of the country; imbues technique and grammar with a sparkling quality, bristling with life. Hailed as an intelligent and thinking dancer with contemporary sensibility, Ananda, with her grace, vivacity and inner luminescence draws the viewer into the inner spaces that she paints, leaving the audience deeply touched.
A breathtaking performer, brilliant choreographer and erudite scholar, Ananda has polished her art to a fine pitch, where the rigor and intensity of training, deep dedication and commitment meets a finely tuned intellect, that blends with ease traditional structures and contemporary inputs.
The legendary Bharatnatyam dancer, Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam is a rare combination of a dancer, research scholar, choreographer, music composer, singer, teacher, author and one of the most outstanding artistes of today. She started teaching in the famous dance school Nrityodaya at a very early age and she is currently its director. Padma Subrahmanyam is the recipient of many awards including Padmashri, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Kalaimamani Award from Govt of Tamilnadu etc. She has also received the prestigious “Fukuoka Asian Cultural Prize” from Japan for her contribution to development and harmony in Asia.
The famous Carnatic singer Dr. Shyamala Balakrishnan is the sister-in-law of Dr. Padma Subramanium. Dr. Shyamala Balakrishnan devoted herself to the research on folk and classical art forms of Tamil Nadu. During her research, she found three ex-devdasis at the temple of Muruga at Viralimalai, situated presently in Puddukottai District. In her thesis, she recorded their art, history, traditions and contributions. Each temple had its own tradition of dance style and compositions. Kuttral Temple had its own composition called Kuttrala Kuravanji. Sri Kumbeshwar Temple in Kumbakonam was famous for performing Kumbkeshwar Kuravanji and Viralimalai was known for its Viralimalai Kuravanji. These used to be performed during the annual temple festival.
Dr.Pappu Venugopala Rao is a well-known Indian educationist and renowned Musicologist. He earned his doctorates in Telugu and Sanskrit and started his career as a teacher in schools and colleges. He has lectured on music, dance, religion, philosophy and literature all over the world and has published many books. Dr. Pappu is an expert committee member of the prestigious Music Academy, Chennai and also one of the Secretaries. He is also a regular reviewer of books on Music, Dance and Religion for ‘The Hindu’ and a contributing Editor for the dance and music monthly ‘Sruthi’. He has won the Best Paper Awards several times at The Music Academy, Chennai and has also won the award for the Best Lecture Demonstration of Kuchipudi Dance at Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai.
Born of illustrious parents, Director K Subrahmaniyam (a pioneer of South Indian Cinema) and Smt.Meenakshi Subrahmanyam, a musician par excellence., Dr S V Ramanan has inherited and incorporated this unique flair for art and creativity in the cultural and film media over the last two decades.
A graduate of commerce, Dr S V Ramanan took to a film career under his father.
Gayathri Girish is an eminent musician of the present generation. A solid foundation laid by Sri Vaigal S. Gnanaskandan and Sangeetha Kalanidhi Madurai Sri T.N. Seshagopalan has enabled her to be one among the top-notch artists today. Her impeccable diction and a wide repertoire of compositions contribute to the commendable intensity with which she performs. She has given several Carnatic-Hindustani Jugalbandi concerts and has been the recipient of several awards and titles, namely Isai Peroli conferred by Karthik Fine Arts, Chennai, Gaana Rathna by Department of Cultural Affairs,Colombo, Dr.M.L.Vasantakumari Award by Sriragam Fine Arts, Chennai etc.
Indira Kadambi petite frame belies the dynamite that lies within. An enthusiastic dancer, she flits across the stage with an energy that is awe- inspiring . Her bright eyes and impish looks together with her sprightly style, make for a disarming picture. One is doubly rewarded when one attends Indira Kadambi
Jayaprada Ramamurthy, the renowned Indian Classical Bamboo Flute Artiste of Hyderabad, is the daughter of famed Indian Classical Musician Mrs.Prema Ramamurthy. She is the disciple of Flute Maestro Sangita Kalanidhi Padmasri Dr.N.Ramani (Chennai, India) & Sri. N.S.Srinivasan (Hyderabad, India). Within a short span of time Jayaprada has gained immense popularity as a Solo Flutist in India and Abroad. She is one among very few female flautists who perform Solo Flute Recitals in Indian Classical Music.
Jayaprada is a full time Musician and Director of Uttaraa Center for Performing Arts, Hyderabad, India. Jayaprada holds a Master
Gandharva Vidyadhara Jyothy Kamath is a Carnatic music Vocalist, who has been practicing this art for more than two decades. She is also a post graduate in Music from the University of Madras and her concerts are often heard over All India Radio, Chennai and telecasted in different Television Channels. She performs regularly on stage.
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