Tuesday, February 22, 2011


The Video of the day showcases the very popular dance of the Maranao people of Lake Lanao. This dance is performed during celebrations and festivities. Singkil takes its name from the Darangen epic story.Its known as the courtship dance.The performers gracefully step in and out of the bamboo poles arranged in the criss cross fashion. We can see the skill of the dancer in this video as she tries to navigate through the bamboo poles while gracefully dancing with the fans in her hand. What i noticed here is that the dancers are creating their own beat and music with the help of the bamboo poles and the tickling of the bells worn by the principal dancer. I was amazed by the perfect co-ordination between the bamboo pole holders, for it may look an easy job to do but without perfect synchronization between them it would not be possible to create the perfect best on which this dance is based.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hindustani Vocal Concert with Discourse-Demo on Jaipur Gharana.

Pt. Arun Dravid is a highly accomplished vocalist of the Jaipur- Atrauli gharana. His early training was under the tutelage of late Ustad Abdul Majid Khan Sahib, a direct disciple of late Ustad Alladiya Khan, the doyen of Jaipur Gharana. Arunji's advanced training was under Padmavibhushan Ganasaraswati Smt. Kishori Amonkar, with occasional guidance from Kishoriji's mother and Guru, late Padmabhushan Smt. Mogubai Kurdikar.Arunji has performed in concerts under the auspices of many prestigious music conferences in Mumbai, Pune and other cities in India. He has also presented almost 50 concerts all over the U.S. over the past eight years, while continuing concert engagements in India during his frequent visits.

Time and Date: Sunday 20th Feb 2011,4pm
Venue:Ektaa Center, 2691 Richter Ave. Ste 104, Irvine CA 92606
Tickets: Advance Purchase $12 and $8 (Seniors). Children under 12 are free. At the Door: $15 and $10 (Seniors)
FOR TICKETS http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1231478385
CALL: (949) 300-8912 or EMAIL: info@ektaacenter.org

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Bharatanatyam and Kathak Dance Recitals in Palo Alto

February 13, 2011, 4:00 PM 
*** Free for all ***
Cubberly Theater, 4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303-4762

Anwesha Das
A student of Urmila Sathyanarayanan, Anwesha has been learning the art of Bharatanatyam for over 15 years. She has been performing since her Arangetram in March 2000. Critically acclaimed, Anwesha has been credited with several prestigious awards from leading Indian cultural organizations including the "Yuva Kala Bharati" from Bharat Kalachar and "Natya Chudar" from Kartik Fine Arts. In the recently held Cleveland Aradhana Thyagaraja, she was adjudged best dancer in the senior category and also awarded for the best performance across 40 dancers.
A graded artiste of the Doordarshan, India's national television channel, following are some of the important organizations and festivals where she has performed:
  • Cleveland Aradhana Thyagaraja, USA
  • Natya Kalakshetra, Wembley, London, UK
  • Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai
  • Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai
  • Triveni Chamber Theatre, New Delhi
  • Bharat Kalachar, Chennai
  • Kartik Fine Arts, Chennai
  • Mahabalipuram Dance Festival
  • Natyanjali Festival, Chidambaram
  • Mylapore Fine Arts, Chennai
  • Indian Fine Arts, Chennai
  • Spirit of Youth festival, Music Academy
Anwesha is passionate about pursuing her dance career. Her goal is to share the richness of Indian culture and heritage through her love for Bharatanatyam. Always a Chennai-ite, Anwesha moved to the US in 2007 for her Masters in Marketing followed by her MBA (both from Univ. of Rochester, NY). She is now settled in Seattle and is actively pursuing Bharatanatyam.

Sayali Goswami
Initiated into classical dance at a very early age, Sayali first started her training in Bharatnatyam at the Nalanda Dance Research Center, completing her seven year "Kovid" diploma in the year 2000.
Captivated by the forcefulness of Kathak's pure dance form and the intricacies in even the minutest form of Abhinaya, she devoted herself completely to her training in Kathak. Sayali is a 'Gandabandh Shagirdh' of Guru Smt. Uma Dogra, the renowned Kathak exponent of the Jaipur Gharana.
She has a Masters degree in Dance (Kathak) from Samved School of Kathak and Society for Performing Arts. In the year 2006 she was recipient of the title 'Singar Mani' by Sur Singar Sansad.
She has been performing both as a senior dancer for Samved School of Kathak, and as a solo artist for past six years. Some of her notable solo performances include 52nd Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan, Mumbai and Raindrops Festival, Mumbai. She has had an opportunity to be a part of musical production "Romeo-Juliet" by Kalashram under Padmavibhushan Guru Birju Maharaji. Sayali also was a part of Kathak-Odissi dance collaboration for "Laadli Awards for Gender Sensitivity". Along with her Guru Smt Uma Dogra, Sayali has been part of prestigious festivals like Kala-Ghoda festival, Konark festival, Khajurahoo festival and Pt Durgalal festival. She has also toured Japan as part of Samved School of Kathak for ICCR in 2007 and Min-non Concert Association in 2008.
She recently founded Kathakārs School of Dance in Palo Alto, CA. More information on Sayali is available at http://www.sayaligoswami.com/ and http://kathakars.blogspot.com/

Nadhi Thekkek
Nadhi Thekkek has been learning Bharatanatyam for over 19 years and performed her arangetram in 2001 under the tutelage of Sundara Swaminathan in San Jose, CA.
She joined Padmini Chari and the Nritya School of Dance in 2006 and since then has performed and taught through the school. She has performed extensively in various productions including:
  • Tales of Temple Dance (2003)
  • Bharatam Amudham (2007)
  • Maata Parashakti (2009)
  • Kala Vandana's 20th Anniversary Celebration (2009)
Her recent solo performance in Houston, Bhakthi Margham, has been held to critical acclaim. She performed in Chennai during the 2009 December Music and Dance Season where she also had the opportunity to undergo advanced training from Gurus Adyar K. Lakshman and Bragha G. Bessell.
Nadhi currently lives in Houston with her husband, Roy and her baby girl, Diya, where she is obtaining her graduate degree in Bioengineering at Rice University.