October 2, 2011 - 7.00 pm to 8.15 pm
|Vyjayanthi Kashi and Shambhavi Dance Ensemble|
Dancer par excellence Vyjayanthi Kashi’s career spans over an impressive spectrum of performance, choreography, teaching acting and research. Her works has been featured in several International festivals including the Oriental Dance Festival Germany, Festival of India in Africa, India Film Festival in Malaga, Olympic Festival in Italy, First International Kuchipudi Dance Convention at California the dance and music festival in US, International Dance & Music Festival in Egypt, Malta, Tunisia, Karmiel Dance Festival in Israel and many more.
She serves on the Arts and Cultural Committee of the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural, Government of India. Founder of the Shambhavi School of Dance she has trained many dance aspirants round the world. She has been honored with several awards including Kala Shree, Zee Astitva, Araya Bhatta and Vocational Excellence Awards. She was recently awarded with the Central Sangeeth Natak Academy Puraskar, the Rajyotsava award 2010 for her contribution to Kuchipudi and more. She has recently been appointed as the Chairman of the Karnataka Sangeetha Nritya Academy.
Ms. Prateeksha Kashi
As a child, it is said that Prateeksha sang and danced the whole of the dance drama AMBE from Mahabharata when she was just three years young. Ever since, she is being trained in Kuchipudi under the guidance of her mother and Guru Smt. Vyjayanthi Kashi. At the age of thirteen, Prateeksha topped the state in the Kuchipudi dance exams with a distinction. Prateeksha has presented solo performances in many prestigious festivals in India and abroad to mention a few , Festival of Dance – Los Angelis, Dance Festival – New York, Milap Festival – U K and more…
She is a recipient of “Nalanda Nritya
Nipuna”, an award instituted by the Nalanda Dance Research Centre
and also a recipient of the prestigious scholarship from the Ministry
of Culture, Govt of India. Prateeksha also has the credit of being featured
in many dance productions for the television media and is a graded artist
of the Doordarshan Kendra. She is now dancing and playing prominent roles
in almost all the dance dramas with her seniors for many national dance
This compilation is an attempt to map the evolution of the ‘Kuchipudi’ dance form which originally was performed only as a dance drama to its current form where the solo format of presentation also has gained in popularity. The journey of the accompanying music & choreography as they changed with the evolution is also captured.
1) Salutations to Balatripurasundari