Purposefulness and Passion paves the way – S Vijay Kumar, an FPM student at IIMK, is a sought after Bharatanatyam dancer too!

Purushakaram S VIjaykumar

I was at the monsoon festival of India International Centre, New Delhi last week. The prestigious festival this year focused on male dancers – four brilliant, young dancers – Praveen kumar, Renjith Babu, S Vijay kumar and Lokesh Bharadwaj – who are making their mark on the firmament of Bharatanatyam world, performed. I have seen and captured Praveen and Lokesh a few times earlier too; Got to watch Renjith and VIjay for the first time and felt that both have immense talent and are obviously hardworking too; just need more exposure and experience.

Vijay, opened the second day, and was introducing every piece before he performed. He was also dancing to recorded carnatic classical music. Towards the end of the performance, he thanked all the facilitators and also thanked his orchestra. Sheepishly, while he introduced all the accompanist names, he shared that the lead singer for the pieces is none other than Vijay himself. It is very creditable indeed, as in the entire history of Indian classical dance there have been just a handful of people who have done this.

At the end of the concert, as usual, I met Vijay, to know him a little more. In the course of the short conversation, he shared that he is doing research in Behavioural sciences. On probing further, he shared that he is pursuing FPM at IIM Kozhikode. It was very inspiring to know and I complimented him; and also shared with him that I too am from the IIM fraternity and I know the pressure that he must be in, to balance the two – academics on one hand and performing arts on the other.

For the IIC to call a dancer to perform in this prestigious festival, the dancer must have arrived on the national/international stage and indeed Vijay has.

As usual, I captured all the performances and posted one picture of each on my FLICKR account and FB page SREENIViews last evening, and tagged the dancers.

This morning I get a message from VIjay –

“Hello Sir, I am Vijay Kumar.S. I performed at Purushaakaram, IIC. Thank you so much for the wonderful picture. I did not know you are the same Sreeni as the one we know from Career launcher. I was a student of CL. I remember the short conversation we had. I did not think that you would be so humble. Thank you so much 🙂 Definitely a day to remember sir.”

I responded –

You are inspiring vijay. Glad that you have been a family member. I am sure with your excellence in multiple spaces you will inspire scores. Will catch up for a longer conversation. Love and wishes.

Indeed, purposefulness and passion accompanied by perseverance, can take one a long way! No one can stop, if you are really goooooood.

Keep going Vijay!

[Krishnan Natarajan, an alum of IIMK, whom I recruited for CL in 1999 from the campus, is today a very sought after Hindustani Vocalist too…….thats another story!]

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SPANDAN 2015, the festival of infinity, recordings of the live show on Rainbow FM – 102.6

SPANDAN 2015 got a surprise call from Rainbow FM, to cover the photography exhibition as part of their program – ROAD SHOW. I was delighted to invite RJ Rajesh to the exhibition.

We all were thinking of how would the live program be? I have been part of a few call in programs on various FM Channels, sitting behind the large tech consoles that enables an RJ to manage the whole show, taking the calls, responding to it with the panelist and selecting the songs to play etc.

In this case, Rajesh landed just a couple of minutes before the start and made us wonder whether, at all we are going to have the show. In no time, realized that the RJ at the studio will call on his mobile to do the entire Road Show.

While I took out my mobile to record while the interviews are on, I asked my ‘rath sarathi’, Vishal to take my dictaphone and sit in the car, tune in Rainbow FM and record. Meanwhile Inni flashed his DSLR and recorded the interviews. Here are the versions…

Dictaphone version of the show as heard on the radio…

Podcast Hosting – Listen Audio Files – SPANDAN 2015 on Rainbow FM R…

The Video of the segments of interactions that we recorded on INNI’s DLSR. The order of recordings are, Sreeni, Inni Singh and Prasad Siddhanthi



In the end, I got more ideas about being ready for the next show!

Ms Manjari Sinha ji’s article in statesman mentions SPANDAN, world dance photography exhibition

Humble thanks to Manjari ji for sharing with the world about SPANDAN world dance photography exhibition at IHC

Ms Manjari Sinha's World Dance Day article in Statesman's

Ms Manjari Sinha's World Dance Day article in Statesman's

statesman epaper mention

statesman website mention
More in the offing…..

SPANDAN 2015, Apr 25-May 25 – Invitation to submit your dance captures by Apr 6 for the India’s largest dance photography exhibition

SPANDAN 2014 - SPACES and CURATION

Dear Honourable Gurus, Esteemed Photographing Friends and Ever Encouraging Rasiks,

It gives me immense pleasure to invite each one of you to SPANDAN 2015, the third edition of the festival, celebrating the SPirit of DANce, paying our humble tributes to the SPAN of world DANce!

Starting on 25th of April 2015, the dance photography exhibition in the open spaces of IHC will go on for ten days. The Festival culminates with an evening that celebrates the SPIRIT OF WORLD DANCE, with a bouquet of performances SPANNING THE WORLD DANCE FORMS.

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In the LAST two editions, every year over 7000 visitors graced the exhibition and the dance evening ran a packed overflowing house at STEIN Auditoium, IHC.

Kindly check the YOUTUBE link for SPANDAN 2014 and 2013 playlists on youtube

LOOKING FORWARD to seeing you all at the exhibition and the dance evening.

HUMBLY REMAIN,

LOVE,

Srinivasan Ramakrishnan
http://www.sreeni.org

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INVITATION to SUBMIT YOUR BEST DANCE CAPTURES

LAST DATE OF SUBMISSION : April 06, 2015, 11:59pm IST

In the last edition of 2014 of SPANDAN, it was an honour to have over 35 passionate dance photographers from around the world contributing their work. We were privileged to have showcase the works of renowned guru of dance photography Sri Avinash Pasricha. We have had a few workshopts too including that of Avinash ji, curated walk by well known historian Robinson.
I look forward to having the best from around the world this year too. Kindly send your fabulous captures here.!
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Last year we have had 18 large panels, each devoted to a dance form; along with over 30 works of Avinash ji and about 80 works of our esteemed photographic friends-

INDIAN
– Dedication to Avinashji’s works
– Eight Classical forms as noted by SNA –
– Bharatanatyam,
– Kathak,
– Odissi,
– Kathakali,
– Mohiniyattam,
– Kuchipudi,
– Manipuri,
– Sattriya
– A panel on Martial art/FOLK dance forms of immense energy : Chhau, Bhangra, Garba,…
– A contemporary Dance Panel- A Panel of captures in the open spaces
– JOURNEY OF Infinity – portraying the immense years of dedicated effort in excelling in the world space

WORLD
– FAR eastern panel with Korean, Japan and Chinese forms
– BALLET from Russian and European geography
– FREE Dance from around the World and India
– LATIN / SPANISH Dance forms

———————– PROCESS FOR SUBMISSION —–

I humbly invite all DANCE PHOTOGRAPHY ENTHUSIASTS to submit their TWO best photographs from their captures. Let it span the dance forms from around the world.

WHERE ALL SPANDAN may GO –

in the last two years SPANDAN travelled to Kolkatta, Chennai and LONDON coinciding with various festivals of Indian DANCE and MUSIC

HOW TO and BY WHEN?

a. UPLOAD your best two in this Event Page (on FB), the RAW Format of the capture should be there with you for later purpose if selected (needed for printing large versions). Kindly give details of the capture
– Dancer
– Dance Form
– Festival, where it has been captured, with dates

b. clearly LABEL the posting as FOR SPANDAN 2015. PHOTO 1 and PHOTO 2.
If at all you have to write your name/signature on the photo, let it be very discreet on a margin

c. LAST DATE OF SUBMISSION is April 06, 11:59 pm IST

SELECTION and FOLLOW UP

d. IF Selected, will be asked to send the RAW FORMAT of the same by email.

f. THE SELECTED works will become part of a classified panel and credits will be given. This is my effort in showcasing the brilliance in the dance photography space and the contribution each one is making for furthering the cause of the dance forms.

IMPORTANT, for EXPECTATIONS –

I WISH TO MAKE THIS FESTIVAL, A FESTIVAL OF EVERY DANCE LOVER. I am investing immensely from my own pocket to showcase, hence WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PAY anything for your contribution, apart from making your work known to connoisseurs and lovers of dance.

I CERTAINLY WELCOME IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE CORPUS TO HELP ME MAKE THIS EFFORT A GRAND SUCCESS. IF ANY ONE CAN BRING IN SPONSORS, I WILL BE DELIGHTED. SPONSORS’ LOGO AND NAME WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE VENUE OF EXHIBITION and in all publicity on social media!

I ADMIT that I MAY RECOUP the cost incurred for the exhibition displays – printing, framing, logistics of taking the exhibition around – by selling the works proactively this time. SOLD or UNSOLD, I shall intimate you.

IF any works remain unsold, and you want your work back at the end of the exhibitions, then the costs incurred, (calculated by the size and kind of prints/transportation/logistics etc) will have to be paid! It will go into a corpus for future, and encourages me to keep going on this path of promoting brilliance. I HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND MY SPIRIT and intention. I AM SURE YOU WILL HELP ME

LAST DATE OF SUBMISSION : April 06, 11:59pm IST

Fancy and Fantasy – Gurudev’s works come alive on stage : Conceived by Dr Utpal K Banerjee

I had the honour of anchoring the organization of the unique dance evening – Fancy and Fantasy – that well known performing art critique Dr. Utpal K Banerjee conceived.

Fancy and Fantasy brought Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s later life works for children to the stage through the translations of Utpal da, choreographed and performences by very eminent gurus and dancers – Shovana Narayan ji in Kathak, Vaidyanathans – Saroja ji, Rama and Dakshina in Bharatanatyam, Bharati Shivaji with disciples in Mohiniyattam, and Santosh Nair and his disciple Rishi Sharma with fellow dancers in Chhau and Contemporary dance form. My humble gratitude to each of the gurus for whole-heartedly making this evening a memorable one through their performances. No words can really thank them enough.

Each of the guru picked up one or two poems of Gurudev’s from the translated works of Dr. Utpal Banerjee – Rainbow Rhymes of Tagore – published by National Sahitya kala akademi.

Fancy and Fantasy collage

Here is the coverage of the program on ‘Colors of India’ on Doordarshan, the Indian television channel.

You can also view the photographs of the evening at this link The photographic captures of Fancy and Fantasy

SPANDAN’s second edition from April 25th-May 5th – Sreeni humbly invites each one of you…

Spandan_Invitation_2014

Dear Gurus and Friends,

It gives me immense pleasure to invite each one of you to SPANDAN 2014, celebrating the SPirit of DANce, paying our humble tributes to the SPAN of world DANce!

Starting on 25th of April 2014, the dance photography exhibition in the open spaces of IHC will go on for ten days and culminates with the Festival evening that celebrates the SPIRIT OF WORLD DANCE on May 5th, with a bouquet of performances SPANNING THE WORLD DANCE FORMS.

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SPANDAN 2014 – World Dance photography Exhibition : April 25-May 05, 2014

We are immensely privileged to have the participation of the following brilliant photographers who are contributing immensely to the cause of WORLD DANCE FORMS. I humbly thank each one of them… (if any names missed, I apologize. Kindly draw my attention. Thanks)

– Abhijith Madhukar
– Avinash Pasricha
– Edina
– Giridhar Chandrasekhar
– Hareesh Melayil
– Hareesh Namboothri
– Inni Singh
– Jerome Calyster
– Jeyakumar Sathyamoorthy
– Karthik Siva
– Keerthi Amit
– KP Sreehari
– Mamta Diman
– Mohit Abrol
– Navneet Kaur Ahuja
– Prasad Siddhanthi
– Rajyasree Ghosh Tinni
– Ramesh Lalvani
– Rijil KS
– Ruben Lozano Garcia
– R. Sreenivasan
– Rumeli Datta Mazumdar Dawn
– Sanjay Yadav
– Shankar Bhattacharyya
– Suchit Nanda
– Sugeeth Krishna
– Sunny Lamba
– Vinu Nair
– Vj Renju

SPANDAN 2014 – World Dance Evening : May 05, 2014. 7:00pm

We are delighted to have the following INSPIRING ARTISTS and TALENTS, enriching the WORLD DANCE Constellation with their MESMERIZING PERFORMANCES

– Kathak : Astha Dixit, the performance dedicated to Sufism
– Sattriya: Anwesa Mahanta
– Bharatanatyam: Emerging Dancers, Natya Vriksha; Disciples of Guru Geeta Chandran

awaiting their final world –

– Chhau : a spirited performance encompassing the three forms of Chhau
– WORLD Dance : Latino/Spanish forms
– World FOLK Dance : European
– WORLD Dance : a confluence of Middle-eastern, Latin and American free dance forms

LAST Year over 7000 visitors graced the exhibition and the dance evening ran a packed overflowing house at STEIN Auditoium, IHC.

Kindly check the YOUTUBE link for SPANDAN 2013 edition –

Kindly check the FLICKR collection for all dimensions of the festival –
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sreenivasan/collections/72157633432467224/

LOOKING FORWARD to seeing you all at the exhibition and the dance evening.

HUMBLY REMAIN,

LOVE.
——————–For the benefit all those participating or keen, I have the left the ‘invitation note”, here under ——

INVITATION to SUBMIT YOUR BEST DANCE CAPTURES

LAST DATE OF SUBMISSION : MARCH 28, 2014, 11:59pm

In the last edition of 2013 of SPANDAN, I initiated with my own photographs for want of time; In this years edition I wish to have the best from around the world, through what people call CLOUND SOURCING !
——————–
Last year we had 16 panels, each devoted to a dance form –

INDIAN
– Eight Classical forms as noted by SNA –
– Bharatanatyam,
– Kathak,
– Odissi,
– Kathakali,
– Mohiniyattam,
– Kuchipudi,
– Manipuri,
– Sattriya
– A panel on Martial art/FOLK dance forms of immense energy : Chhau, Bhangra, Garba,…
– A contemporary Dance Panel- A Panel of captures in the open spaces
– JOURNEY OF Infinity – portraying the immense years of dedicated effort in excelling in the world space

WORLD
– FAR eastern panel with Korean, Japan and Chinese forms
– BALLET from Russian and European geography
– FREE Dance from around the World and India
– LATIN / SPANISH Dance forms
———————–

I humbly invite all DANCE PHOTOGRAPHY ENTHUSIASTS to submit their TWO best photographs from their captures. Let it span the dance forms from around the world.

WHERE ALL SPANDAN may GO –

SPANDAN may travel to Chennai in JUNE for SPICMACAY International convention at IIT CHENNAI, and possibly to LONDON for festival of Indian DANCE and MUSIC in JULY.

HOW TO and BY WHEN?

a. UPLOAD your best two in the group DANCE PHOTOGRPHY (on FB), the RAW Format of the capture should be there with you for later purpose if selected (needed for printing large versions). Kindly give details of the capture
– Dancer
– Dance Form
– Festival, where it has been captured, with dates

b. clearly LABEL the posting as FOR SPANDAN 2014. PHOTO 1 and PHOTO 2. If at all you have to write your name/signature on the photo, let it be very discreet on a margin

c. LAST DATE OF SUBMISSION is March 28, 2014 11:59 pm

SELECTION and FOLLOW UP

d. THE DECISION OF THE SELECTION COMMITTEE comprising eminent Dance photographers, critiques and dancers IS FINAL

e. IF Selected, will be asked to send the RAW FORMAT of the same by email.

f. THE SELECTED works will become part of a classified panel and credits will be given. This is my effort in showcasing the brilliance in the dance photography space and the contribution each one is making for furthering the cause of the dance forms.

IMPORTANT, for EXPECTATIONS –

I WISH TO MAKE THIS FESTIVAL, A FESTIVAL OF EVERY DANCE LOVER. I am investing immensely from my own pocket to showcase, hence WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PAY anything for your contribution, apart from making your work known to connoisseurs and lovers of dance. (last year over 7000 people visited the exhibition)

I CERTAINLY WELCOME IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE CORPUS TO HELP ME MAKE THIS EFFORT A GRAND SUCCESS. IF ANY ONE CAN BRING IN SPONSORS, I WILL BE DELIGHTED. SPONSORS’ LOGO AND NAME WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE VENUE OF EXHIBITION !

I ADMIT that I MAY RECOUP the cost incurred for the exhibition displays – printing, framing, logistics of taking the exhibition around – by selling the works proactively this time. SOLD or UNSOLD, I shall intimate you.

IF any works remain unsold, and you want your work back at the end of the exhibitions, then the costs incurred, (calculated by the size and kind of prints/transportation/logistics etc) will have to be paid! It will go into a corpus for future, and encourages me to keep going on this path of promoting brilliance. I HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND MY SPIRIT and intention. I AM SURE YOU WILL HELP ME

LAST DATE OF SUBMISSION : MARCH 28, 2014, 11:59pm

The Pioneer – Vivacity : Sreeni’s captures feature in the review of Tarpan by Utpal Banerjee

Glad to contribute to the columns in The pioneer of Sri Utpal Banerjee, an octogenarian, a much sought after research scholar continues to contribute immensely in the space of performing arts. I heard him talking and advising about what IGNCA can really do with the ex-ICCR director general, Mr. Suresh Goyal!

Sreeni's captures in various media in March 2014

Sreeni's captures in various media in March 2014

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