Ananya - Purana Qila, New Delhi -  October 3 -  October 7, 2009

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One of the leading Classical dancers of India, Madhavi Mudgal is highly renowned exponent of the Odissi style. A prime disciple of Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra, she is credited with bringing a greatly refined sensibility to her art form. She has received repeated acclaim in major cities and dance festivals that have featured her through out the world: recent among these have been the Avignon Festival, France; Pina Bausch’s Festival, Wuppertal; Berlin Festpiele, Germany; Theatre de la Ville, Paris; Venice Bienele, Italy.

Numerous awards and honours have come her way including the Padmashri, Orissa State and Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.

She has also been associated with the making of several films and audio-visuals on Odissi.

Gopika started learning Mohiniyattam at the age of 10 from Smt. Girija and Smt. Chandrika Kurup, both senior students of Smt. Kalyani Kuttyamma, whose student she continued to be for 10 years. Later she specialized in the art form under the able guidance of Smt. Kalyani Kuttyamma herself and her daughter, Smt.Sreedevi Rajan. She was also fortunate to learn Abhinaya, which is the quintesence of Mohiniyattam, from Sri. Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair, the doyen of the Kathakali sage. She has gleaned a wealth of knowledge and professional training in the "Sopana" style of performance, from Sri. Kavalam Narayana Paniker, a veteran in Indian theatrics.

Her Mohiniyattam is marked by extreme grace and fluidity of movement, transmitting radiance through movements and expressions that at times sigh with nostalgia, purity and sanctity, while being blessed with geometrical precision and technical finesse.

Gopika has performed extensively at various art festivals, sabhas and temples all over India and she has won laurels abroad when ICCR chose her to represent India.

Presently, Gopika is running a Mohiniyattam school named "Dasyam" at Adyar, Chennai.

Moumala & Monisa Nayak

Moumala Nayak

An excellent blend of sensuous movements and graceful footwork with absolute control on laya describes the performance of Moumala, an accomplished artiste hailing from the Lucknow Gharana of Kathak.

A disciple of Pt. Birju Maharaj, Moumala has widely performed in India & abroad since last fifteen years: recent among these have been in Austria, Poland, Lieuthania, Slovakia, Canada, USA, Italy, Burma and Malaysia.

Numerous awards have come way, including the ‘Sangeet Kala Ratna’ by Maatri Udbodhan Ashram, Dr. Ambedkar Kalashri Award 1999 by Delhi Chief minister Smt. Shiela Dixit and the ‘National Scholarship’ by Ministry of H.R.D., Govt. of India.

Monisa Nayak

Monisa, a disciple of Pandit Rajendra Gangani, is an accomplished Kathak performer of the Jaipur Gharana who has dedicated herself to perfecting her art form. Her excellent command of rhythm, as well as her natural flair for profound ex-pression, mark her performances and are critically acclaimed by connoisseurs.

An A Grade Kathak Artiste of Delhi Doordarshan,she has performed widely in major festivals. Some of these are the Malhaar Festival of ICCR; Nirat (Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi's 70 year celebrations); Taj Mahotsav, Agra; Allegro Vivo, Austria; 60 Years of India's Independence, New York, Tropentheatre, Holland; and the Geneva Festival.

Her choreographic works include 'Spectrum' and 'Raga-chitra' (depicting the moods of various ragas) for Impresario India.

She has been awarded the Sanatana Nritya Puraskar and Sanskriti Kalakriti Fellowship for research in Kathak choreography.

As part of her endeavour to uphold and promote the values of aesthetic classicism, Monisa teaches at the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi.

Astad Deboo

Astad Deboo has been described as a pioneer of modern dance in India besides undergoing extensive training in the Kathak and the Kathakali styles.

In 1991 and 1994 the Khajuraho dance festival broke the tradition of only Classical dance forms by inviting Astad Deboo to perform at the festival.

For the last years Astad has been working with deaf performers in India, USA and Hong Kong. In January 2005, he along with a troupe of 8 young women with hearing impairment, from the Clarke School for the Deaf, Chennai, performed at the 20th Annual Deaf Olympics, at Melbourne, Australia. In 2004 he choreographed in a Hindi film, by painter M.F. Hussain, Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities. In 2009, Astad choreographed a sequence for Mani Ratnam’s Ravanna with Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachaan and South India’s well known actor- Vikram. In the same year he performed in his production, 'Breaking Boundaries' with six street children from Salaam Baalak Trust, an NGO, who had been trained with his troupe for six months.

In 2004, Astad was commissioned by Lingalayam Dance Company to create a dance/drama creation of The Tempest based on the Shakespearian drama.

Astad Deboo and his choreography has been seen and acclaimed in 65 countries.

Astad is a recipient of the Padma Shri in 2007 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1996 in recognition for his contribution in the field of Dance.

Rema Shrikant has had intensive training in Bharatnatyam, Mohiniattam, Kathakali and Kuchipudi under veteran masters.

Her parents, Guru Krishna Panicker and Gauri Panicker, both dancers, initiated and taught her dance. She has done Masters' degree in Performing Arts with specialization in Bharatnatyam from the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara and under the guidance of Prof. CV Chandrasekhar.

Rema has performed in major cultural capitals of India and around the world. She has presented her choreographies in various prestigious festivals: the recent among these have been the Uday Shankar dance festival, Kolkata; Gujarat Sangeet Natak Academi festival, Gujarat; Kerala Kalamandalam- Nila dance and music festival, Kerala.

Besides having established herself, as an internationally reputed classical dancer Rema has also been teaching dance in Baroda for more than 33 years in her dance school- Ellora Centre for Performing Arts.

She has been honoured with various awards including the Gujarat State Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 2000-2001.