Second year in a row, Madhuram Academy of Performing Arts brings acclaimed dancers of international repute, Bharathanatyam dancer Urmila Satyanarayana, Odissi dancer Lingaraj Pradhan, and Kathak dancer Anuj Mishra to our shores.
Encouraging local talent is also a major objective of the Academy and hence you shall also see local students from Mayura Academy of Dance perform Kuchipudi dance.
Each of these classical dance forms originated in the temples of southern, eastern and central parts of India. Prevailing for centuries these dances bring to life the sculptures that adorn the temples conveying stories of universal love and divinity.
Anuj Mishra – Kathak exponent belongs to the gharana of Varanasi. Anuj is thirteenth generation of artists in his traditional musical family. His forefather Late Shri Shiv Kishore Mishra was renowned Sarangi player. His grandfather Late Shri Nanhu Mishra was a famous Tabla mastero and his father Pt. Arjun Mishra is very famous and renowned kathak guru, dancer and choreographer from Lucknow Gharana learned under Late Shri Ramnarayan Mishra in Kolkata and then by great legend Padamvibhushan Pt. Birju Maharaj.
The training of Anuj Mishra in Lucknow Gharana Kathak started at age of 17 by his father after his high school as he was busy in studies in early age and his father was touring all over the world for performances. Anuj also learned Tabla under the guidance of Pt. Ravinath Mishra and some vocal by Ustad Gulshan Bharati . Anuj performed kathak in all major dance festivals and events in India and abroad. He worked with many dance companies and renowned choreographers as Karine Saporta, Mallika Sarabhai, Kumudini Lakhia, Rukmini Chaterjee, Lata Pada, Alain Weber and more .
Anuj won several national and international dance competitions he is a national gold medalist, he also got prestigious title of Shringarmani, Nritya Kawomudhi, Yuva Ratan etc also Anuj got very prestigious and one of the biggest award “Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar ” from Sangeet Natak Academy, National Academy of music, dance and drama from India. Performed in big festivals like Sawai Gandharva , Lucknow Mohatsava ,Taj Mohatsava , Kathak mahotsava, Konark dance festival, Kalaghoda festival etc and also performed in Many countries as USA, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Belgium, Norway, Russia, England , Canada, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Dubai, Martinique, Guadalupe etc . He is getting more and more opportunities for more performances in India and abroad. Anuj had done Masters in Kathak from Khairagarh University, Madhya Pradesh and now perusing his PhD in Kathak. Anuj is presently Artistic director of Kathak Academy and president of Anuj Arjun Mishras Dance Company [AADC] and also impaneled established artist in ICCR [Indian council for cultural relation] and main member of CID [International Dance Council] from Europe.
Lingraj Pradhan an Odissi exponent is from the famous Rudrakshya Troupe of Bhubaneshwar, India. Winner of prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Pruskar award from Sangeet Natak Academy, Lingraj is the favourite male Odissi dancer for most of critics and connoisseurs of India, the Americas and Europe.
Commenting on Guru Pankaj Utsav during April 2014, Shamhari Chakra wrote “Lingaraj Pradhan was the star attraction of the festival … as he enacted the mythical character of Karna … transition from fire to tears in his eyes besides his incredible body language … the audience came across the epic hero in flesh and blood on the stage”.
Lingaraj has had the honor of performing at many Festivals in India such as NCPA (Mumbai), Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (Mumbai), Udaya Shankar Dance Festival (Kolkata), Konark Festival organized by Govt. of India (Konark), Raindrops Festival (Mumbai), Mukteshwar Dance Festival (Bhubaneswar), Music Academy Festival (Chennai), Natyanjali Dance Festival, (Chidambaram), Khajuraho Dance Festival, (Khajuraho), Gudia Sambharam ( The temple dance festival, Bangalore), Vasant Habba (Bangalore) and abroad such as Centre Mandapa (Paris), Lincoln Center (NY City), John F. Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), 2nd International Odissi Festival (Washington D.C.), Narthak Dance Festival (Malaysia) and also has worked as a guest artist of Chitralekha Dance Company (Toronto).He is training many Odissi enthusiasts hailing not only from different parts of India but also from the U.S, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Japan.
Smt. Uma Nambudripad Sathya Narayanan is a disciple of Smt. Chitra Visweswaran in Bharatanatyam. In addition to being an acclaimed young dancer, Uma is also known for her skills as a trained Carnatic vocalist. Uma’s knowledge in music enhances her understanding and performance of natya and it also compliments her skills in nattuvangam (a quality which is rare in today’s youngsters). This, in turn, makes her a holistic and sensitive dancer. Her passion and devotion to the art is evident in her recitals even as she is trying her best to take the art forward with all its fervor.
A recipient of many prestigious awards well known art critics and writers of India have this to say about her
Reinforcing the truth that command over music makes for a superior dancer was Uma Nambudripad Sathya Narayanan. ….what gave impact to the interspersed theermanams was not just precision in grace in Uma’s dance, but also the perfect cadence co ordination in the accented points of the dancer’s rhythm with the emphasized sollus in Chitra’s nattuvangam. ……….Leela Venkataraman, The Hindu (Jan 2012)
Uma is one of Chitra Visweswaran’s prized students and she embodies the best of her guru with an added musicality all her own. Good luck to a talented young woman, who dances, sings and also conducts shows with excellent nattuvangam skills. A rare triple treat in today’s world where even the devi-divas cannot hold a single note!………………Anita Ratnam, Narthaki.com
The highight of the festival was ‘Sakhyam’ – a presentation on friendship – by Uma Nambudripad Sathyanarayanan and Laskhmi Parthasarathy Athreya. Their performance was a magnificent coming together of captivating music by Rajkumar Bharathi, intelligent choreography and spirited dancing, all of which were collectivelty enhanced by shrewd sense of aesthetics…. ……It was heartening to see the effort that Lakshmi and Uma had put in, to make such a seamless connection between mythology and real life. …… Sruthi Magazine October 2012.