Indian Classical Dance and World Fusion Music
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A Special evening with Indian Dance and Live opening performance by Wahh
A Special evening with Indian Dance and Live opening performance by Wahh World Fusion Band. Nrithya Milana presenting four greatest Dance styles from India.
Tara Priyadarshini Bikkasani – Bharathanatyam – Tampa, FL
Tara Priyadarshini Bikkasani is a professional Bharathanatyam dancer. She mastered her intricacies of Bharatanatyam under the tutelage of Nrithya Choodamani Smt.Krishnaveni Lakshnam of Kalakshetra ,Smt.Uma Sundaram, and Smt.Uma Rao of Kalakshetra, Chennai, India. Tara also had the privilege of learning Abhinayam from Padma Shri. Dr.Nataraja Ramakrishna and Smt.Saride Manikyamma who is a legendary exponent of “Temple Dance form” from Hyderabad, India.
Tara has been the center of attention of media and Connoisseurs of Art by virtue of several hundreds of performances in India and abroad. The schedule she keeps is a testimony of her outstanding calibre and total commitment to her chosen field. She has remarkable appearances at important National and International Dance Festivals.
Shambhavi Dandekar – Kathak – San Francisco, CA
Where every movement is grace and poise incarnate …….
Shambhavi is the Indian classical Kathak dancer par excellence who has dazzled the world with her performances and choreography. Her institution Shambhavi’s International School of Kathak aka SISK has made its presence felt around the world with branches in India and USA, over 400 students and a staff of 10 teachers trained by Shambhavi. Her performances and collaborative productions like Nritya Sangam, Pravahee, Strings n Beats have received great appreciation from critics, connoisseurs and audiences all over the world.
She has traversed international shores like Japan, China, Bahrain, Muscat, Canada, Australia and Singapore; needless to mention many reputed cities and venues in India. She has performed ‘Nritya Sangam’ in more than 60 cities of the United States, with Bharatanatyam exponent Parimal Phadke. She is known for her excellent rapport with audiences of all ages and of all nationalities. She is a member of the International Dance Council of UNESCO. ‘Singaar Mani’, ‘Nritya Ratna’, ‘Bharatashree’, ‘Kala Teertha’ are some of the prestigious titles awarded to her in India. She is an A grade artist of Indian National Television. Her performances and interviews have been telecast on TV channels of USA, Australia, Japan, Singapore and India.
Aparupa Chetterjee – Odissi – Austin
A PhD in how Performing arts may be used in Int’l Development in developing nations, a disciple of Guru Ratikant and Sujata Mohapatra, and a former repertory of Odisha’s ‘Srjan’, my dance background started off at an early age of seven. I had brought Odissi to Texas in 2007 when I founded the Int’l Institute for Culture and Performing Arts development (IICPD) at Texas A&M University, as the curator and organiser of the North American Odissi Convention. For past 20 years,I have been studying and performing the nuances of technique, choreography and aesthetics in Odissi. I am currently the Artistic Director of the Texas based non-profit ‘ODC’- Odissi Dance Company, recently featured for season 10 of America’s Got Talent.
Smitha Rajan – Mohiniattam – St. Louis
Smitha Rajan mastered in Mohiniyattam from her legendary grand mother. Her grand father, Guru Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair, taught her Kathakali and fine-tuned her Mukhajabhinaya (facial expressions). Smitha has also undergone training in Classical Carnatic Music under Professor Kalyanasundaram. She turned professional dancer at the age of 12 and traveled throughout India and abroad to numerous venues during the pursuit of popularizing Mohiniyattam in 1980. She was the leading performer of Kerala Kalalayam from 1979 to 1992. She is recognized in the field of Mohiniyattam as a flagship student and performer of the Mohiniyattam style which Guru Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma had enhanced and popularized from the teachings at Kalamandalam.
Wahh World Fusion Band – East Meets West
‘Best of the Bay’ 2016 winner WAHH World Fusion Band is a unique ‘East Meets West’ World Fusion Band that is based out of the Tampa Bay area. We have all original music that features contemporary style Music with Indian and Eastern Influences. Uniquely captivating and fully dynamic ‘Vocal Percussion’ and Indian Raga flavors weave with Rock, Jazz and Funk Music to create our unique and one-of-a-kind sound. We also feature prominent, world-touring musicians and optional Kathak/Bollywood Dancers in our band who have international performing experience as well as experience performing with high profile musicians around the World to offer a more complete experience for the audiences. Our Band is high-energy, audience interactive and totally unique.
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7950 Gunn Hwy, Tampa, FL 33626