Drive East New York/ Kathak! - An exploration of 3 different kathak styles

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 7:00 PM
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Drive East New York/Abhinaya Dance Company - Bharatanatyam Group Recital

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose was founded by its Artistic Director, Mythili Kumar in 1980, to present innovative and professional quality performances of South Indian classical dance forms. Since 1986, Abhinaya has staged several full-length dance dramas and has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, California Arts Council, and City of San Jose, for its collaborations with musicians, Kathak and modern dance companies, Japanese Taiko drummers, and a Balinese ensemble. The company has appeared several times in the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and in several different Asian Performing Arts Festivals. Abhinaya has also won recognition through the Isadora Duncan awards committee for its collaboration with SJTaiko and its 2016 production of Vaanara Leela.

Rasika Kumar, Principal Dancer and Choreographer Rasika is an accomplished Bharatanatyam performer and choreographer, steeped in tradition but with contemporary sensibilities. Rasika learned Bharatanatyam from her mother Mythili Kumar and continued her training under several renowned teachers including Prof. C.V. Chandrasekar and Padmabhushan Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan in India. Since 2005 Rasika has been a featured soloist, principal dancer, and choreographer for many of Abhinaya Dance Company’s season concerts. She received the Arts Council/Silicon Valley Performing Arts Fellowship in 2008, when she began exploring new ways to make Bharatanatyam more accessible to contemporary audiences. Her choreography has been featured in several prestigious venues including the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, SF WestWave Festival, and sjDANCEco’s ChoreoProject Awards series. Rasika’s collaborative rhythmic arrangement with Franco Imperial of San Jose Taiko garnered the two companies an Isadora Duncan Award (2011). In December 2014, she won the Lakshmi Viswanathan Award for Tanjore Quartet from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (Chennai, India) for her solo performance in the 2014 season. Rasika’s most notable choreography and direction was seen in Abhinaya’s productions, ‘Arjuna’ (2014) and ‘Vaanara Leela’ (2016).

Anjana Dasu, Senior Company Dancer and Choreographer Anjana has been learning Bharatanatyam under Mythili Kumar for over ten years and performed her Arangetram in 2005. Since then and all through her undergraduate years, she has performed in several Abhinaya productions and toured with the company to several venues all over the USA. Additionally she has danced with the company at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. Critics have praised her as “exquisite” and “a nuanced dancer with a glowing stage presence.” She was awarded the first prize in the Papanasam Sivan competition held in 2008. She has given solo concerts in the Bay Area and India and has choreographed group pieces for Yuva Bharati and for ‘Arjuna –a warrior’s tale’. She has mentored several students towards their arangetrams and continues to teach classes.

Anu Iyer, Company Dancer Anu has been learning Bharatanatyam from Smt. Mythili Kumar since the age of five and performed her Arangetram in 2003. She has performed in many of Abhinaya Dance Company’s productions and has also toured with the company. Anu’s role as Shiva in Jnana Ganga, a fundraiser for Chinmaya Mission’s New Building Project, received acclaim from the Bay Area community. During her undergraduate years at UC Davis, Anu founded the Bharatanatyam dance group, Apsaras, and choreographed classical/fusion pieces for the annual South Asian Student Organization’s cultural shows from 2006-2008. Her choreography and collaboration with Kathak dancers was well received by the UC Davis community. She enjoys teaching fitness classes, playing veena & keyboard, performing Carnatic vocal music, and graphic design. Anu obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Southern California and currently works as a science teacher in Cupertino, CA. Pooja Sohoni, Company Dancer Pooja trained under Mythili Kumar and performed her arangetram in 2007. She participated in Abhinaya’s 30th anniversary series in 2010. In 2017, she performed Abhinaya’s ‘Gandhi’ in St. Louis, MO and San Ramon, CA. She also performed in Abhinaya’s 2017 fall concert ‘Apoorva Katha’. She is excited to return to the Bay Area and resume performing with the company.

 

Drive East New York/Prabal Gupta: Kathakali Recital - Cleopatra - "A Kathakali adaptation of William Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra"

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Prabal Gupta, is a performer, choreographer, and research scholar. He is a disciple of the Central Sangeet Natak Academy Awardee and the legendary Kathakali Exponent and Research Scholar – Guru Sri Sadanam Balakrishnanji. His research papers “The Art of Kathakali – Then and Now – A Comparative Analogy” which speaks about soloism in Kathakali, “The Biological Nomenclatures of StreeVesham and its Aesthetic Transformation while performing Kathakali streevesham by a male” and “ The Role of Performing Arts in Education” are published in various research journals. Prabal is also a graded artist of Doordarshan and is empanelled as an “ESTABLISHED ARTIST” by the expert committee of the council for the ICCR’s reference panel of artists under the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. Of India. Prabal is also recognized as an “ OUTSTANDING ARTIST” by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India for Festivals of India held abroad. Prabal Gupta was invited to represent India last year as a part of 70 years of India’s Independence being invited by the Indian Embassy in Washington D.C”

 

Drive East New York/Nirmala Rajasekar and Group: Saraswathi Veena and Vocal Recital

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Nirmala Rajasekar is an Indian Saraswati veena player and vocalist in the Carnatic music style. Nirmala Rajasekar began her training in Veena at age 6 in Chennai from well known practitioners such as Sri Deva Kottai Narayana Iyengar and Smt. Kamala Aswathama. After moving to Bangalore, she learned at the Gana Mandira School in Basavangudi Smt. G Chennama and Smt. E. P. Alamelu. Later in Chennai, she was guided by the revered veena vidushi the late Smt.Kalpakam Swaminathan. Nirmala has trained with her for nearly 30 years.Her vocal Gurus are Sri B.Sitarama Sarma and Prof T.R. Subramanyam. She is the artistic director of the school Naadha Rasa (Essence of Tone), Center for Music. Performances of her ensemble have been seen and heard at many venues in the USA and on radio and television. Nirmala has released a variety of albums and recordings including Melodic Expressions, Song of the Veena, Into the Raga and Sudha Saagara. She is currently working on a collaborative album called Maithree Several awards and honors-including the Bush Fellowship2, McKnight Fellowship3, and the Vocational Excellence Award from Rotary Club International4-have been given to Nirmala as recognition for her many contributions to the music world and passionate spreading of the veena and Carnatic music.

 

Drive East New York/Dr. Raghunath Manet: Bharatanatyam Recital

Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Raghunath Manet is an Indian classical musician/music composer and dancer/choreographer born in the Union Territory of Puducherry. He is trained in Bharathanatyam and plays the Veena, a Carnatic instrument. He has collaborated with American Jazz musician Archie Shepp, American dancer Carolyn Carlson, French performers such as Richard Galliano, Didier Lockwood and Michel Portal. Raghunath Manet has performed all over the world and has appeared at special events for Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Chanel, and other iconic brands. In 2017 Dr. Manet received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) 2017 presented by the President of India during the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrations in Bengaluru, recognizing Dr. Manet’s contributions promoting Indian arts and culture in France. Other accolades include the “Officier des Arts et des Lettres” (2016) and the “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” from the French Ministry of Culture, the GOPIO Community Service Award in Jaipur, India (2011), and the Best Performer Award during the 2014 Chennai Music and Dance Festival. Raghunath Manet has appeared in films including Diamant Noir by Arthur Harari, Le journal d’un séducteur by Daniel Dubroux with Jean-Pierre Léaud and Chiarra Mastroianni, and Perduto Amor by Franco Battiato. His work as a filmmaker includes Dance of Siva, Aathma, Devadasi (a documentary), and Karma. #ztv #karma #india.

 

Drive East New York/Bhavana Reddy: Kuchipudi Recital

Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Bhavana Reddy, an acclaimed Delhi based Kuchipudi Dancer, younger daughter and disciple of legendary dancing couple Padmabhushans Drs. Raja Radha and Kaushalya Reddy, has a career spanning over two decades.

After graduating from New Delhi, Bhavana migrated to Los Angeles, California to pursue an Associate of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance and Independent Artistry from Musicians Institute, Hollywood. Currently, she is pursuing her careers in the two and continues to learn Kuchipudi under her illustrious parents and Carnatic music under the tutelage of Dr. K. Vageesh.

For her service to Kuchipudi dance, she has received commendable response worldwide and received accolades such as the YFLO Young Women Achievers Award, Femina North Powerlist Award, Lifetime Award for Contribution to Kuchipudi Dance by Telugu Cultural Association, in Austin, TX to name a few.

 

Drive East New York/Flute Raman Trio: Carnatic Bansuri Recital

Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Breathing magical melodies on the Indian bamboo flute, Flute virtuoso V.K Raman is one of the leading flautists in the Carnatic style of music .Raman with his unique style has captivated audiences globally & his most recent Cd, Music for deep meditation reached the # 1 spot on the apple I tunes world music charts & remained in the top 50 albums for more than 6 months.

Raman recently won the “Best Flautist Award” from Madras Music Academy for his concert during December Music Festival 2009. Raman is a featured artist in the “Miles from India” tour & performs with legends Dave Liebman, Lenny White, Mandolin Shrinivas, Selvaganesh (Remember Shakti), Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones), John Beasley (Finding Nemo,) and has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival & Miles from India fest at Paris. Raman has performed with South Indian music Legends like Dr M Balamuralikrishna, Dr N Ramani, and A.K Palanivel& has also been touring as a special guest with the legendary Singer & Guinness record holder K.J Yesudas.

 

Drive East San Francisco/Alam Khan - Sarode Recital

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 7:00 PM
 

Drive East Season Passes - San Francisco

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Join Navatman in New York City and now, San Francisco, as we bring together artists from all over the globe for one of the most ambitious—and lauded—congregations of Indian classical music and dance. Whether you are a seasoned patron or interested in learning more, there is an experience for everyone in this extraordinary festival.

 

Drive East San Francisco/Arushi Mudgal: Odissi Recital

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 8:30 PM

“Arushi reveals a fine blend of inherited talent, hard work and individual passion…” – The Hindu, Delhi

Arushi Mudgal has trained under her aunt and Guru Vidushi Madhavi Mudgal at the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Delhi, a premiere music and dance institution founded by her grandfather, Pt Vinaya Chandra Maudgalya, and currently headed by her father, Pt Madhup Mudgal.

Arushi tours extensively performing at various art festivals within the country and abroad. Besides writing columns for journals and magazines, Arushi has co-authored a book on the aesthetics of Odissi dance called ‘The Bud and the Blossom’ with the senior scholar and aesthetician Professor S.K. Saxena, that has been published by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi. An ‘A’ grade artiste of Doordarshan, she is empanelled with the I.C.C.R.

Arushi has been featured as one of the young ‘Game Changers of India’ by India Today. For her contribution in the field of Odissi dance, she has been presented with various awards including Sangeet Natak Akademi’s prestigious national award – Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, the Young Women Achievers’ Award by FICCI, the Indian President’s Bal Shree Award, the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award, the Chitra Kala Sangam Samman, the Sanatan Nritya Puraskar, the Original Mind Award, and the Touring Fellowship from Milapfest, UK. She has also been nominated for the Femina Women Award 2017 in the category of Performing Arts.

 

Drive East San Francisco/ Navatman Music Collective

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Navatman Music Collective (NMC) is a one-of-a-kind choir that aims to bring out the depth and beauty of Carnatic (South Indian classical) music while imbuing it with a soul and energy that borrows from the members’ contemporary and diverse influences. Their sound is simultaneously nostalgic and boundary-breaking, aiming to engage the discerning and uninitiated alike. Their respect for rich musical tradition is paired with an honest joy for the music they sing and a desire for self-expression, quirk, and judgment-free community. Come and celebrate the power of group voice! Artistic Director Roopa Mahadevan works with her team of singers and musicians to bring together sounds and sights unseen to the classical music scene.

 

Drive East San Francisco/Shijith Nambiar & Parvathy Menon: Bharatanatyam Duet Recital

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Shijith Nambiar is an internationally-acclaimed performer, choreographer and Teacher of Bharatanatyam—South Asia’s premier classical dance form. A former faculty member at the world famous Kalakshetra foundation for the performing arts, Shijith has established an independent creative identity based on his artistic versatility.

Parvathy Menon is a serious practitioner and instructor of Bharatanatyam. After completing her studies in dance at Kalakshetra, she has embarked upon an extremely successful independent career in performance. She respectfully attributes her success to all her Gurus especially those from Kalakshetra.

Shijith Nambiar and Parvathy Menon, the Bharatanatyam Duo are the young ambassadors of this art form. They are the recipients of The Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar awarded by the Sangeet Natak Akademy, India. Shijith Nambiar and Parvathy Menon, together they explore the intricacies of ‘Bharatanatyam’, together they worship the spirituality of ‘Bharatanatyam’, together they pursue the dialogue of cultures in ‘Bharatanatyam’ and finally, together they take you to experience ‘Bharatanatyam’.

 

Drive East San Francisco/ Locally Sourced

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Manasa Suresh received training in Bharatanatyam,under the tutelage of Kalatilaka Dr Vasundhara Doraswamy from past 19 years,and I successfully completed my Arangetram in 2012, and worked as faculty for 2 years at Vasundhara Performing Arts Center,Mysore. SHe has written a book “Bhartanatyakke mysoooru Vaggeyakarara koduge” for her master’s degree dissertation.This book is based on the mysore musicians,about the mysore and its empire and also briefly about the bharatanatyam .

 

Drive East San Francisco/Bhavana Reddy: Kuchipudi Recital

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Bhavana Reddy, an acclaimed Delhi based Kuchipudi Dancer, younger daughter and disciple of legendary dancing couple Padmabhushans Drs. Raja Radha and Kaushalya Reddy, has a career spanning over two decades.

After graduating from New Delhi, Bhavana migrated to Los Angeles, California to pursue an Associate of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance and Independent Artistry from Musicians Institute, Hollywood. Currently, she is pursuing her careers in the two and continues to learn Kuchipudi under her illustrious parents and Carnatic music under the tutelage of Dr. K. Vageesh.

For her service to Kuchipudi dance, she has received commendable response worldwide and received accolades such as the YFLO Young Women Achievers Award, Femina North Powerlist Award, Lifetime Award for Contribution to Kuchipudi Dance by Telugu Cultural Association, in Austin, TX to name a few.

 

Drive East San Francisco/Dualities in Dance - Gender Binaries in Classical Indian Dance

Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 3:00 PM

This work will include an excerpt from Twin Rivers: a multidisciplinary work which explores the similarities between West African, West Indian, and Indian spirituality. He had his early training in Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance) under Ms. Asha Prem, Mr. Prasanna Kasthuri, and Ms. Sujatha Srinivasan, and then in Chennai with Mr. A. Lakshmanaswamy and Ms. Bragha Bessell. He also studied Carnatic violin with Ms. A. Kanyakumari and Ms. Anusha Sreeram and Bhagavata Mela Natakam (ritual dance drama) under the guidance of Mr. S. Natarajan. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards and grants including: “A Grade Artiste” from Doordarshan (Government of India) in 2015, “Pandit Durgalal Endowment” from Krishna Gana Sabha in 2013, and “Singar Mani” from Sur Singar Samsad in 2010. In 2017, Kiran co-founded Daya Arts, an organization dedicated to building bridges between diasporic communities of color through art. Kiran graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a B.A. in Behavioral Neuroscience and Spanish in 2008 and also graduated from the University of Madras with an M.A. (honors) in Bharatanatyam in 2010 and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University in 2015.

Mesma Belsare: Described by The New York Times as “a tour de force” and by The Dance Current Magazine as “as mesmerizing as staring into the heart of a fire”, Mesma Belsaré is a dancer, painter and actor. She studied Bharatan?tyam at the Kal?padma Academy (Bhopal, India) and the N?tya Vriksha Academy of Performing Arts (New Delhi, India), and is currently continuing her studies with Maya Kulkarni in New York City. Belsaré is recipient of the Cambridge Arts Council’s Artist-Grant, the Government of India scholarship for advanced training in Bharatan?tyam and Indian classical music, and the New England Foundation for the Arts DANCE grant. Having studied classical Bharatan?tyam, music, painting, and both Indian and European aesthetics, Belsaré’s work derives inspiration from performing and visual arts alike.

Sujit Vaidya, Arun Mathai, Curtis Andrews:

This group will be presenting an item speaking to gender and love utilizing bharatanatyam as a means to speak to these subjects.

Sujit Vaidya is an independent bharatanatyam artist based in Vancouver and has performed extensively in Canada, US, Europe and India While continuing to pursue training in the traditional form of bharatanatyam with his Guru A. Lakshman in Chennai, India, he creates work that speaks from a deeply personal space. He uses bharatanatyam as a language to reimagine the content of traditional texts and responsibly contextualizes it in ways that are relevant to him as a gay man living in today’s times. He finds it important and urgent to question the narrative and relevance of non inclusive traditional texts. His urban sensibilities juxtaposed seamlessly in an art form rooted in tradition informs his work and makes it unique and interesting. He was the first South Asian artist to receive the Vancouver City’s Mayor’s award as best emerging dance artist in 2010.

He is currently developing a work called “EROS” in collaboration with Hari Krishnan, artistic director of inDANCE, Toronto which explores his sexual identity as a gay man and his most recent work “OFF CENTRE” explores the .disconnect that he feels with traditional elements of bharatanatyam in stark contrast with the affinity that he feels for the art form.

Arun Mathai started studying Bharatanatyam when he was seven years old, enrolling at Kala Vandana Dance Center, based in San Jose, California. Arun trained in the Kalakshetra style of Bharatanatyam, and completed his arangetram (solo dance debut) in 2000. After obtaining his B.S. in Business Administration he joined Los Angeles-based Blue13 Dance Company, the premiere contemporary Indian dance company in the U.S., and soon became a principal dancer with the company.

Curtis Andrews is a Canadian-based musician with global persuasions, that specializes in South Indian percussion, West African music, drumset, and mbira. A percussionist/composer/teacher who creates music that is informed by his many years of experience with West African, South Indian and jazz traditions yet transcends most categories. His personal musical journeys over the years have extended to villages and metropolises of Ghana, India, South Africa and Zimbabwe, and he has developed a deep knowledge of the history and performance of music from these areas. His personal mentors have included (the late) Don Wherry, Trichy Sankaran and Frederick Kwasi Dunyo. He continues to study and perform with these masters whenever possible. He leads his own ensemble, The Offering of Curtis Andrews, to play his award-winning original music.

 

Drive East San Francisco/Navatman Dance: Bharatanatyam Group Recital with Live Music

Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Navatman Dance is led by artistic director Sahasra Sambamoorthi as an Indian classical dance company (specifically stemming from bharatanatyam) based in New York City whose mission is to bring extraordinary, boundary-pushing productions to the stage, making Indian classical dance more accessible to both understand and experience without removing the beauties of tradition and history that the style has developed from. Founded in 2008, this dance company has toured both locally and internationally. Artistic director Sahasra Sambamoorthi has been the recipient of the New Jersey Folk Arts Apprenticeship Award and also has been noted as a “”young trailblazer…on the crest of the wave leading us towards a new understanding of South Asian arts in the United States.”

 

Drive East San Francisco/Prabal Gupta: Kathakali Recital

Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Prabal Gupta, is a performer, choreographer, and research scholar. He is a disciple of the Central Sangeet Natak Academy Awardee and the legendary Kathakali Exponent and Research Scholar – Guru Sri Sadanam Balakrishnanji. His research papers “The Art of Kathakali – Then and Now – A Comparative Analogy” which speaks about soloism in Kathakali, “The Biological Nomenclatures of StreeVesham and its Aesthetic Transformation while performing Kathakali streevesham by a male” and “ The Role of Performing Arts in Education” are published in various research journals. Prabal is also a graded artist of Doordarshan and is empanelled as an “ESTABLISHED ARTIST” by the expert committee of the council for the ICCR’s reference panel of artists under the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. Of India. Prabal is also recognized as an “ OUTSTANDING ARTIST” by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India for Festivals of India held abroad. Prabal Gupta was invited to represent India last year as a part of 70 years of India’s Independence being invited by the Indian Embassy in Washington D.C”

 

Drive East San Francisco/ Nirmala Rajasekar and Group: Saraswathi Veena and Vocal Recital

Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Nirmala Rajasekar is an Indian Saraswati veena player and vocalist in the Carnatic music style. Nirmala Rajasekar began her training in Veena at age 6 in Chennai from well known practitioners such as Sri Deva Kottai Narayana Iyengar and Smt. Kamala Aswathama. After moving to Bangalore, she learned at the Gana Mandira School in Basavangudi Smt. G Chennama and Smt. E. P. Alamelu. Later in Chennai, she was guided by the revered veena vidushi the late Smt.Kalpakam Swaminathan. Nirmala has trained with her for nearly 30 years.Her vocal Gurus are Sri B.Sitarama Sarma and Prof T.R. Subramanyam. She is the artistic director of the school Naadha Rasa (Essence of Tone), Center for Music. Performances of her ensemble have been seen and heard at many venues in the USA and on radio and television. Nirmala has released a variety of albums and recordings including Melodic Expressions, Song of the Veena, Into the Raga and Sudha Saagara. She is currently working on a collaborative album called Maithree Several awards and honors-including the Bush Fellowship2, McKnight Fellowship3, and the Vocational Excellence Award from Rotary Club International4-have been given to Nirmala as recognition for her many contributions to the music world and passionate spreading of the veena and Carnatic music.

 

Drive East San Francisco/Abhinaya Dance Company - Bharatanatyam Group Recital

Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose was founded by its Artistic Director, Mythili Kumar in 1980, to present innovative and professional quality performances of South Indian classical dance forms. Since 1986, Abhinaya has staged several full-length dance dramas and has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, California Arts Council, and City of San Jose, for its collaborations with musicians, Kathak and modern dance companies, Japanese Taiko drummers, and a Balinese ensemble. The company has appeared several times in the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and in several different Asian Performing Arts Festivals. Abhinaya has also won recognition through the Isadora Duncan awards committee for its collaboration with SJTaiko and its 2016 production of Vaanara Leela.

Rasika Kumar, Principal Dancer and Choreographer Rasika is an accomplished Bharatanatyam performer and choreographer, steeped in tradition but with contemporary sensibilities. Rasika learned Bharatanatyam from her mother Mythili Kumar and continued her training under several renowned teachers including Prof. C.V. Chandrasekar and Padmabhushan Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan in India. Since 2005 Rasika has been a featured soloist, principal dancer, and choreographer for many of Abhinaya Dance Company’s season concerts. She received the Arts Council/Silicon Valley Performing Arts Fellowship in 2008, when she began exploring new ways to make Bharatanatyam more accessible to contemporary audiences. Her choreography has been featured in several prestigious venues including the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, SF WestWave Festival, and sjDANCEco’s ChoreoProject Awards series. Rasika’s collaborative rhythmic arrangement with Franco Imperial of San Jose Taiko garnered the two companies an Isadora Duncan Award (2011). In December 2014, she won the Lakshmi Viswanathan Award for Tanjore Quartet from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (Chennai, India) for her solo performance in the 2014 season. Rasika’s most notable choreography and direction was seen in Abhinaya’s productions, ‘Arjuna’ (2014) and ‘Vaanara Leela’ (2016).

Anjana Dasu, Senior Company Dancer and Choreographer Anjana has been learning Bharatanatyam under Mythili Kumar for over ten years and performed her Arangetram in 2005. Since then and all through her undergraduate years, she has performed in several Abhinaya productions and toured with the company to several venues all over the USA. Additionally she has danced with the company at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. Critics have praised her as “exquisite” and “a nuanced dancer with a glowing stage presence.” She was awarded the first prize in the Papanasam Sivan competition held in 2008. She has given solo concerts in the Bay Area and India and has choreographed group pieces for Yuva Bharati and for ‘Arjuna –a warrior’s tale’. She has mentored several students towards their arangetrams and continues to teach classes.

Anu Iyer, Company Dancer Anu has been learning Bharatanatyam from Smt. Mythili Kumar since the age of five and performed her Arangetram in 2003. She has performed in many of Abhinaya Dance Company’s productions and has also toured with the company. Anu’s role as Shiva in Jnana Ganga, a fundraiser for Chinmaya Mission’s New Building Project, received acclaim from the Bay Area community. During her undergraduate years at UC Davis, Anu founded the Bharatanatyam dance group, Apsaras, and choreographed classical/fusion pieces for the annual South Asian Student Organization’s cultural shows from 2006-2008. Her choreography and collaboration with Kathak dancers was well received by the UC Davis community. She enjoys teaching fitness classes, playing veena & keyboard, performing Carnatic vocal music, and graphic design. Anu obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Southern California and currently works as a science teacher in Cupertino, CA. Pooja Sohoni, Company Dancer Pooja trained under Mythili Kumar and performed her arangetram in 2007. She participated in Abhinaya’s 30th anniversary series in 2010. In 2017, she performed Abhinaya’s ‘Gandhi’ in St. Louis, MO and San Ramon, CA. She also performed in Abhinaya’s 2017 fall concert ‘Apoorva Katha’. She is excited to return to the Bay Area and resume performing with the company.

 

Drive East San Francisco/RAGA REVELRY – FILM SCREENING

Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Raga Revelry is a fun introduction to the centuries-old tradition of North Indian classical music, often referred to as Raga music. For thousands of years, musicians have dedicated their lives to preserving this unwritten heritage that evokes a vivid range of emotions and moods and invites the listener to go beyond a limited perspective of self-awareness.

Through renowned musicologist Vijay Kichlu’s journey to create a permanent sanctuary for this valuable inheritance, we are taken to the heart of Indian spirituality and culture. As Kichlu, enlightens viewers, unversed in these arts, to fundamental music-appreciation concepts he uncovers the “hidden” agenda: “Our music is not meant for just external consumption. It is supposed to travel deeper and touch the soul, where the listener forgets himself, overcomes his own personality, and sometimes feels his physical senses cease to function.”

Heart-felt performances from renowned musicians and the joyful camaraderie between them enable the viewers to experience the enfoldment of the Rasa, the essence or soul of this music.

Navatman’s screenings celebrate Vijay Kichlu being awareded the Padma Shri Civilian honor from the Republic of India this year for his successful contributions to music. He has also been lauded with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Ratna from India’s top performing arts society, a rare and prestigious honor bestowed on only 40 individuals at a time, that celebrates him as an erudite performer.

The screenings are presented by Producer & Co-Director, Shreedevi Thacker of Gaialights Productions.

 

Drive East San Francisco/Flute Raman Trio: Carnatic Bansuri Recital

Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Breathing magical melodies on the Indian bamboo flute, Flute virtuoso V.K Raman is one of the leading flautists in the Carnatic style of music .Raman with his unique style has captivated audiences globally & his most recent Cd, Music for deep meditation reached the # 1 spot on the apple I tunes world music charts & remained in the top 50 albums for more than 6 months.

Raman recently won the “Best Flautist Award” from Madras Music Academy for his concert during December Music Festival 2009. Raman is a featured artist in the “Miles from India” tour & performs with legends Dave Liebman, Lenny White, Mandolin Shrinivas, Selvaganesh (Remember Shakti), Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones), John Beasley (Finding Nemo,) and has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival & Miles from India fest at Paris. Raman has performed with South Indian music Legends like Dr M Balamuralikrishna, Dr N Ramani, and A.K Palanivel& has also been touring as a special guest with the legendary Singer & Guinness record holder K.J Yesudas.

Navatman School-Fall Semester Schedule

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 6:00 PM

To register for the fall semester, click on this ticket link.

Choose the class that you have been registered for by the Navatman team (please check your invoice or the “Fall Timings and Groupings” excel spreadsheet if you are unsure) and select that class.

If you are taking more than one class per week in the same genre, please select the “All inclusive” option as well as your class.

Since there are now waitlists for classes, these will be held as per your registration.

Semester dates and holidays:

Adult fall semester: September 4 – November 22 Kid fall semester: September 8 – January 18th (we removed veteran’s day holiday, hence a shorter semester)

Holidays: Indigenous People’s Day – Oct 7-9 Thanksgiving – Nov 22 – 26 Winter Break – Dec 21 – Jan 4 MLK weekend – Jan 19 – 21

Upon purchasing the class registration, you will be sent a receipt confirming your registration for that day and time, and we will have a record for invoices so you need not forward anything to us.

If you have rollovers or volunteer discounts, are work study, or PAMP/PAEP, please email classes@navatman.org for the correct entry code to make sure you hold your spot in class either way.

If you are a new student, please consult the classes department at Navatman to make sure you are registering for the correct class!

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