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The antiquity of the Indian Classical dance form dates back to the Vedic period and Treatises. The beauty of the classical dance form is its vocabulary both in terms of complex techniques and the expressions assisted by stylized hand gestures. Indian dance form is known as Natya a “Theatre Art” comprising of music, dance and drama. Triveni Kala Sangam’s dance department offers training facilities in the following classical dance forms: –

 

Bharatnatyam

The dynamic and elegant dance form which originated in Tamil Nadu in South India.

An internationally acclaimed Bharatanatyam exponent, Smt. Jayalakshmi Eshwar is an excellent performer, choreographer, author and a teacher with more than five decades of experience. Her in-depth and meticulous training under the aegis and guiding vision of Late Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale of Kalakshetra, Chennai has made her style innovative yet traditional, striking a balance between the traditional and contemporary interpretations.

She has extensively performed in India and overseas along with her group. She is the recipient of Senior Fellowship of Sangeet Natak Akademi and has received several awards from cultural organizations across the country and abroad. She has been closely associated with a NGO-SUNIYE for hearing impaired children and has presented many productions with them on stage and television.

She has enacted as the Tanjore dancer in G.V Iyer’s National Award Winning Kannada film ‘Hamsa Geethe,’ published 3 self-teaching books on Bharatnatyam dance form and has written the Bharatanatyam section in the NCERT publication, ‘Arts Education–a Resource Book for Teachers.’ She has released a unique ‘Card Game’ based on all the classical dance forms. She is an empanelled artist of ICCR (Outstanding) and aTop-graded artist of Doordarshan Kendra and was awarded “ACHARYA KALA BHARATHI” from Bharat Kalachar, Chennai.

She is also the Co-ordinator for Dance and Music Departments at Triveni Kala Sangam.

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Odissi I

A beautiful lyrical and graceful dance form having its origin in Odisha.

Smt. Pratibha Jena Singh began her training in Odissi at an early age under her father Guru Surendra Nath Jena’s avid guidance, consequently imbibing the virtues of his Odissi style.

As a teacher of Odissi at the Triveni Kala Sangam, she has imparted similar qualities of dancing amongst her students.

Smt. Pratibha Jena Singh is known for her expertise in expressing an expansive range of emotions, which have been inspired by the temple sculptures of Odisha. She has performed in numerous national and international festivals of dance and has been frequently invited to perform and teach in Eastern European countries, particularly Ukraine and Russia, where she has a group of dedicated followers. An empanelled artist of ICCR and Doordarshan, she has also trained in Pakhavaj (Mardal) under Guru Prafulla Kumar Mangaraj, which has added to her in-depth knowledge of the arts.

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Odissi II

Ms. Madhumita Raut is the main torchbearer of Mayadhar Raut Gharana. She is the daughter of Mamta Khuntia and Mayadhar Raut, who revived Odissi in the 1950s with ‘shastra’ based knowledge. Her dance is known for its grace, depth of expression and technical perfection. She had been awarded a scholarship by the Delhi Government to study Odissi dance, in addition to a fellowship by the Ministry of Culture to conduct further research in Odissi. She is known for her innovative Odissi compositions on Hungarian poetry and on the poems of the celebrated German poet Goethe.

She has participated in various dance festivals in India and abroad and has taught Odissi in many countries including USA, Germany and Japan. She is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards such as the Orissa State Ghungur Samman, Utkal Kanya Award, Mahila Shakti Samman, Bharat Nirman Award and Odisha Living Legend Award 2011. She has also written ‘Odissi: What, Why and How: Evolution, Revival and Technique.’

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Chhau

A vibrant dance form blending both dance and Martial Arts having its origins in Jharkhand and West Bengal.

Guru Shashadhar Acharya has been teaching Chhau in Triveni Kala Sangam since 1988. He is a fifth generation Seraikella Chhau artist whose family has significantly contributed to the evolution and development of this dance form. He inherited this knowledge from his father Guru Lingraj Acharya, and trained under Padma Shri S. N. Singhdeo and Padma Shri K. N. Sahoo amongst others.

He has extensively performed and held workshops in Theatre/Dance Institutes and International Festivals in India and abroad including, Russia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea & U.S.A.

His deep-rooted repertoire and understanding of the dance form gives him the confidence to be innovative and choreograph collaborative works with dancers, actors and directors. Guru Shashadhar Acharya’s research is rooted in teaching methodologies in Seraikella Chhau.

He served as the Director of the Government Chhau Dance Centre in Seraikella, a premier centre set up to promote this form. For his sustained and innovative work in Seraikella Chhau, he has been awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 2004.

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Kuchipudi

Guru Shri. P Nagajothy is a well-established name in the field of Kuchipudi. He propagated along with his better half, Guru Smt. Seetha Nagajothy, the classical world of Kuchipudi dance for more than three decades nationally and internationally. They have created several stalwart dancers in the Kuchipudi. He is one of the senior disciples of Padmabhushan Late Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam and ardently follows his style in his teachings. He has been felicitated several times over the years for his achievements in Kuchipudi. His contributions to the creative field of Kuchipudi remain par excellence.

Guru Smt. Seetha Nagajothy is a well-established name in the field of Kuchipudi she propagated along with her husband, Guru Nagajothy, the classical world of Kuchipudi dance for more than three decades nationally and internationally. They have created several stalwart dancers in the Kuchipudi. She is one of the senior most disciples of Padmabhushan Late Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam and ardently follows his style in her teachings. She has been felicitated several times over the years for her achievements in Kuchipudi.

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Kathak

Guru Prerana Shrimali is amongst the top leading Kathak dancers of India. Her contribution in the field of classical art was recognized by the highest body for classical arts in India, the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi, Delhi and was conferred the SNA award in the year 2009 by the President of India.

Having received training from Guru Sri Kundanlal Gangani of the Jaipur Gharana, she has a firm belief in the open ended form of Kathak. She has travelled across the globe and participated in several national and international festivals.

She has been honoured with many awards including Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1993), Raza Award (2004), Rashtriya Ekta Award (2001) and Keshav Smriti Award (2008) etc.

Guru Prerana Shrimali is a versatile artist who incorporates various elements of classical, medieval and contemporary poetry in her performances.

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