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Priyadarshini Govind is an incomparable world renowned Bharata Natyam dancer who specializes in the delicate art of abhinaya- the art of expression. After initial grooming under Smt. Usha, Priyadarsini specialized in abhinaya under 'Padma Bhushan' Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan from the age of nine. Priyadarsini received advanced training in Bharatanatyam under Guru Swamimalai K. Rajaratnam, exponent of the Vazhvoor School from the age of ten. Ms. Govind has performed at numerous prestigious dance venues and major dance festivals in India and abroad. Tall and slim, this Chennai based dancer is a delight to watch, the strong lines of her dance brought alive by a quality of abhinaya, nothing short of being in a class of its own. "Dance is such a complete line with visuals, poetry, drama, music…you use your whole body to communicate all of this" says Priyadarsini Govind.



Sujata Mohapatra is one of the leading Odissi artistes of India based in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa. She has a compelling and arresting stage presence, with an exhilarating combination of intensity and spontaneity. Her lyrical movements perfectly epitomize the grace and technical perfection of the Kelucharan Mohapatra style and her depth of expression is evocative and moving. Disciple and daughter-in-law of the legendary pioneer of Odissi dance Padma Vibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, she was intensively trained and groomed by her guru for more than eighteen years, and is the bearer of his priceless artistic heritage. Sujata holds a Master's Degree in Oriya literature and has extensively researched temple architecture relating to the dance form.



Prashant Shah is one of the leading male Kathak dancers of his generation today, and one of the very few male Kathak dancers based in the USA. He is regularly commissioned internationally to choreograph and perform all over Europe, North America & Asia. He trained for over two and half decades under the tutelage of Padma Bhushan Kumudini Lakhia, a world-renowned Kathak choreographer and founder of the Kadamb Centre for Dance and Music in Ahmedabad, India. He is a leading member of the Kadamb dance company and also as a soloist in his own right.



Thresh Dance is a performing arts organization founded in 2004 by Preeti Vasudevan, a leading exponent of the classical Indian dance (Bharatanatyam) based in New York City. Thresh creates dance-theater pieces that explore a contemporary movement language derived from the gestures, rhythms and storytelling techniques of Indian classical dance (Bharatanatyam). The company’s mission is to encourage a provocative dialogue between classical Indian and Western contemporary forms, creating an exciting counterpoint between the two cultural styles. Thresh’s work reflects the varied conversations of a globalised, modern society, while showing a deep – and sometimes playful – respect for the traditional movement forms of the choreographer’s Indian heritage.


Trinayan Dance Ensemble’s work is steeped in the ancient grace of Odissi dance, dating back 2000 years. Trinayan’s performances have been described as "to understand the spiritual greeting Namaste (I bow to the god within you)" by Dance Magazine and as having a “technical power, passion and devotion" by the Village Voice. Most recently, the Dance Theater garnered critical acclaim for their latest production "Swaha: Rituals of Union" which premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival 2010 (FringeNYC) at Dixon Theater. Noted by Alastair Macaulay of The New York Times as "transcending the personal" Trinayan broke new ground as the first South Asian Dance Company to present a full production at the FringeNYC Festival and to win an "Overall Excellence in Dance" FringeNYC award.


Rukmini Vijayakumar has been dancing for over 20 years. She graduated with a BFA in Modern dance and Ballet from the Boston Conservatory in 2008. From the age of 8, she pursued an intense study of Bharatanatyam under Guru Narmada, Guru Padmini Rao and Guru Sundari Santhanam and continues to extensively perform as a Bharatanatyam soloist. She has studied acting at the New York Film Academy and the Ivana Chubbuck Studios in Los Angeles and under Director, Prakash Belawadi, Bangalore. She has her own dance company, Raadha Kalpa, where she teaches and choreographs new work. She is a certified mat power pilates instructor and is currently pursuing her fitness training certification from UCLA. She is also doing Graduate Program in Bharatanatyam under Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam’s course with the Shastra University.

   

  
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