Artistic Director: Jayanthi Sridharan
Offers Bharathanatyam Classs in Berrywssa, North San Jose
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Jayanthi is a disciple of guru Padmashri Shri Adyar K. Lakshman Nurtured under his tutlege, in the Kalakshetra tradition, Jayanthi is a dedicated dancer committed to perfection and grace. Jayanthi has toured throughout the world, performing and conducting lecture demonstrations on the art of Bharatanatyam. Her performances have won press and public acclaim not only as a solo dancer, but also as a choreographer & a director. She has also received extensive training in Nattuvangam. Bharathakala Kutiram, an academy for Bharathanatyam , was founded in the bay area by its artistic director, Jayanthi Sridharan, in 1992. The school is located in North San Jose and is committed to excellence in the art of, Bharatanatyam. Jayanthi is a dedicated and inspiring teacher. The school has been a part of all community events in the bay area and has earned a reputation for excellent rendition and coordinated presentation. Bharathakala Kutiram has presented some of its major productions Samarpanam, Nala Damayanthi and Maitreem Bhajatha around North America and India
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The Nrityodaya Kathak Academy, of Los Angeles, United States of America, established in 1989, is a sanctuary of the arts devoted to preserving the culture of Kathak dance and classical Indian art. The founder and director of the academy, Smt. Bhairavi Kumar, began her formal training in the Institution of Pt Nikhil Gosh under the guidance of Smt. Shivani Pandya, a Ghanda Bhandan shagrid of Pt. Lacchu Maharaji of the Lucknow gharana. Bhairavi Kumar’s training continued under Smt. Uma Dogra, disciple of Pt. Durgalalji of the Jaipur gharana. She has performed in numerous countries including India, Africa, Canada, and throughout the US. Smt. Bhairavi Kumar has been teaching Kathak in and around Los Angeles for over twenty five years and has earned a distinguished reputation as a traditional and dedicated teacher-performer of Kathak amongst her colleagues and pupils.
The academy is dedicated to educate, research, and bring diversity to the community through innovating dance and performance. In addition to performances at numerous events and festivals, the Nrityodaya Kathak Academy organizes and produces a bi-annual dance production. The Nrityodaya Kathak Academy has had the honor to host the Legendary Pt Birju Maharji for his 75th anniversary tour, Concert of the Legend, as well as multiple workshops with the legend himself and his prestigious shagirds. The academy has recently had the privilege of a workshop with the Smt. Jayanti Malaji, shagird of the legendary Queen of Kathak Smt. Sitara Devi.
Recent highlights of her incredible journey include performing at the Ganesh Festival in Los Angeles, The Food & Wine Festival at Disney California Adventure, ‘“Anantha: Infinite Possibilities” performed at Mt. San Antonio College, and “India’s Fabled City: the Art of Courtly Lucknow” performed at LACMA. Smt. Bhairavi Kumar and her 5 most senior disciples toured throughout various cities in India and won first place at Bharat Sanskriti UTSAV 2014, a five day international competition in Burdwan, India.
School of Kathak Dance was established by the talented Anuradha Nag in 1992. The name was coined by the illustrious doyen of Kathak, Padmavibhushan Pt. Birju Maharaj. Tarangini aims to contribute to the training of current & future generations in the field of Kathak and keeping them informed about the rich cultural heritage of India. Based in San Jose, CA, Tarangini School of Kathak Dance strives to achieve its mission, as follows:
Teaching and promoting the knowledge and awareness of the North Indian classical dance form known as Kathak.
Creating international interest in the community through multicultural stage and television programs for various organizations and educational institutions.
Providing learning opportunities for talented and /or low- income students through free tuition.
Sponsoring visiting dancers and accompanying musicians through performances and workshops (artist in resident programs) to preserve and expose the heritage of the dance form.
To give the students self confidence, exposure through stage appearances and also be able to give them the opportunity to perform with live musicians just like one would in India.
Students are taught how to teach and pass on this rich heritage to the newer generations in order to preserve the art form and also given teaching opportunities.
Offering Kathak dance as an outlet for creative self expression for all ages.
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Vrindavan Academy introduces students to the history and evolution of Bharata Natyam. Its training highlights Bharata Natyam’s role as a communicative device recreating themes from Indian legend. The students are trained in Nritta (dance movement) and abhinaya (narrative expression) of Bharata Natyam. Simultaneously, the students take lessons on the cultural history of India, the form and function of Bharata Natyam, the language of gestures and movements, Indian mythology, and other classical dance forms.
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