MAPA this year brings award winning dancers from India. In addition to featuring our own resident dancer Divya Sriram, student of Chitra Visveswaran in a solo performance after a length of time. International artists dancers and choreographers who specialise in different classical forms of Indian Dance this year are Pravat Kumar Swain – Odissi, T Reddi Lakshmi – Kuchipudi and Vidha and Abhimanyu Lal – Kathak.
From the eastern parts of India Pravat Kumar Swain was initiated into Gotipua Dance by Guru Bijay Kumar Sahoo at an early age of 7 years. Pravat proved himself as a child prodigy in Chandrasekhar Gotipua Kala Sansad in Puri and later merged into Odissi dance at the Orissa Dance Academy. Pravat developed Odissi under the direct supervision of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan and under the watchful eyes of Guru Aruna Mohanty and Guru Manoranjan Pradhan. Presently Pravat is a performing artist in Orissa Dance Company.
Pravat holds a Bachelors Degree in Music from Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Bhubaneshwar and Masters Degree in Music from Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar. Pravat continued his education with Utkal University of Culture completing M.Phil and presently enrolled for Ph.D.
Pravat has featured in television programmes and performed in numerous dance festivals and utsavs all over India. Pravat has visited several overseas countries including Canada, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore, Germany, Belgium and Middle East countries Bahrain, Muscat & Dubai. Pravat performances include a number of Dance Dramas besides Mangalacharan, Pallavi and Abhinaya items.
- Nalanda Award, Nalanda Dance Research Centre, Mumbai (2006)
- National Scholarship, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India (2006-2007)
- National Youth Award, National Youth Festival, Pune; Organised by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports of Government of India, and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangha (2007)
- State Youth Award, Government of. of Orissa (2009)
- Naveen Kalakar Award 2010
- Empanelled Artiste of ICCR (2013)
- Recognised as B Grade Artist in DDK, Bhubaneswar(2015)
- Rajiv Gandhi Youva Puraskar,(2008)
- Top Ten telent , Sanskrutik, Bhubaneswar(2013)
- Aradhana Sanman, Aradhana Dance Academy, Bhubaneswar(2013)
T.Reddi Lakshmi is among the established and reputable performers in the present generation of Kuchipudi artists in India. For her Kuchipudi is, far from being just an art form that she performs with unparalleled passion, a way of life, a devotion. This unwavering commitment towards the performing art was formed deep roots on moving to Delhi and training with eminent Kuchipudi Gurus, Padmasri Jayarama Rao & Vanashree Rao, for over 18 years now.
Lakshmi performances, adjudged by some of the most unforgiving critics of the Indian classical dances, have received remarkable acclaim for reflecting her sincerity and dedication towards the classical art form. Critics have time and again anointed her the ‘complete dancer’ carrying the quintessential quicksilver movements typical to the Kuchipudi style. For her appealing rendition of various abhinayas, she has been admired alike by some of the doyens of various classical dance forms, as from most sought after critics.
Lakshmi has performed widely in India and abroad in solo performances and has also danced alongside her Gurus. She has performed in countries like South Korea, Peru, Costa Rica, Canada, Malaysia and Bhutan under the flag of ICCR. She has also had the privilege of performing in the Rashtrapati Bhawan before the Presidents of BRICS countries and in Pragati Maidan in the year 2016. She is conducting free Kuchipudi classes for underprivileged children from Samarpan School in Delhi, besides her regular workshop demonstrations under the SPICMACAY and IRCEN.
Lakshmi is the Founder Director of “Nritya Vahini Academy of Performing Arts” in Delhi. With the idea that true appreciation of one’s own cultural heritage is only complete with exposure, knowledge and the ability to admire other cultures, Nritya Vahini treats culture being adaptive and evolving, rather than static and set in stone. Therefore, emphasis is laid on both propagating and preserving the Indian cultural heritage, while imbibing and adaptive to positive influences from cultures across borders, through cultural exchange programs.
Lakshmi conducts Kuchipudi Classes at various centers in Delhi through her Academy and also initiated a National Young Dancers Festival called PRAGYA. Her recent performance at the prestigious Music Academy Festival 2017 was appreciated by the most gurus and critics who were present.
- Empaneled artist of ICCR
- Empaneled artist of SPICMACAY
- Empaneled artist of IRCEN
- Graded artist of Doordarshan
- Received prestigious Indira Priyadarshini awardin 2014 in the field of Dance
- Nritya Shiromani award received in 2016
- Natya Druma Puraskar received in 2014
- Nritya Jyoti title received in 2014
- Nritya Vilasini title received in 2014
- Nritya Jayantika title received in 2011
- Won World’s only corporate talent championship held in Mumbai, Delhi & Goa thrice
Abhimanyu Lal and Vidha Lal are Disciples and Son & Daughter-in-law of Sangeet Natak Academy Awardee Guru Smt. Geetanjali Lal of Jaipur Gharana. Both learnt this art form under the tutelage of their Guru Smt. Geetanjali Lal at the National Institute of Kathak, New Delhi and later continued their training under guru shishya parampara.
Vidha Lal and Abhimanyu Lal are ‘A’ grade artists from Delhi Doordarshan and outstanding empanelled artists of I.C.C.R, Delhi. Performing extensively in all major dance festivals in India and abroad to name a few (National) Chakardhar Mahotsava 2016, Pt. Ravishankar Dance Festival 2016, NCPA Mudra Dance festival Mumbai 2015, Nimaar Utsav 2015, Ganga Mahotsava 2015, Mahabodhi Mahotsava 2015, Sharavan Mahotsava 2015 etc. (International), Gharana Mahotsava Los Angeles, Riturang festival Dubai 2015, Europalia Dance festival 2013, International Dance festival Sydney, Olympics 2012 London, BRICKS summit, ASIEAN summit organized by I.C.C.R. etc.
Both have been awarded Sri Krishana Gana Sabha endowment award and Nritya Jayantika award from Guru Mayadhar Raut Odissi Dance school. Vidha Lal was awarded with National Devdasi Award, Kalpana Chawala Excellence Award, Jaidev Yuva Pratibha Puraskar, and is registered in the Guinness Book of World Records for taking 103 spins in a minute.
They had the opportunity to perform at London Olympics 2010 in London at special programme organized by I.C.C.R and Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India. They have been conducting many workshops organized by SPIC MACAY and IRCEN in Government schools of India.
Presently Abhimanyu Lal is teaching at the National Institute of Kathak Dance, New Delhi and Vidha Lal is the founder Director of AV DANCE COMPANY KATHAK RESONANCE and teaches at the Devi Durga Kathak Sansthan, New Delhi.
Divya Sriram commenced her Bharathanatyam training at the age of 5 under eminent Guru Padmashri Chitra Visweswaran in Chennai, India. From the young age her Guru has been instrumental in cultivating passion for Bharathanatyam, the style of teaching and tutelage is embodied in the quote ‘dance is the hidden language of the soul’.
Divya continued her learning after moving to Australia with local schools. She had her Arangetram in Sydney in 1996 with Smt. Chitra Visweswaran. Since then she has performed numerous solo performances and participated in collaborative dance projects in Australia, USA, UK and India. She has been a senior artist and teacher of Samskriti School of Dance in Sydney.
Divya is the co-director of Madhuram Academy of Performing Arts, which hosts the annual Sydney Dance Festival of Indian Classical Dance. This festival has been popular amongst the dance audiences of Sydney. Besides Bharathanatyam, Madhuram Academy invites other classical dancers from India like Odissi, Kuchipudi, Kathak and Sattriya to name a few.
Most recently Divya performed for the prestigious Confluence festival held for a packed audience in Sydney Opera House and was able to train her group to perform Bharatanatyam for Aboriginal music.
An orthodontist by profession, Divya has passion not only performing Bharathanatyam, she also takes pride to teach and work with younger generation to develop their ability and appreciation of this traditional art form.