Sreeni’s first book of the year : Contributing to “Indian Classical Dance – The Renaissance and Beyond” by Smt. Leela Venkataraman, noted dance critic

Indian Classial Dance - The Renaissance and Beyond

This year’s first book with my contributions, along with those of Sri Avinash Pasricha ji: The latest defining work of Smt Leela Venkataraman, noted dance critic, “Indian Classical Dance, The Renaissance and Beyond”, features quite a few photo-captures of various classical dance forms and exponents by SREENI (in all about 80+ captures were shortlisted by the publishers, how many in there?);

Hope to have a bumper year in 2015 too; last two years I had half a dozen books, published…..in education, innovation and technology and travel apart from performing arts…https://swamanthan.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/sreenis-in-media-books-publications/

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Sreeni’s SPANDAN 2014 culminates with a bang at IHC – Media Coverage!

SPANDAN 2014, a brainchild of R. Sreenivasan and Indira Ganesh, was painstakingly and lovingly compiled. It is all about celebrating the ‘Journey of INFINITY’ as Sreeni calls it – discovering the infinite potential within. With love towards performing arts and fine arts, Sreeni intends to inspire every youth to push oneself in their areas of passion and excel in life.

While the Dance Photography Exhibition with over 30+ photographers celebrated that ‘Journey of Infinity’ of the dancers who have made a difference, the Dance Evening celebrated the young and not so young dancers who are on their way to establish themselves in the world of dance.

It gave Sreeni, immense pleasure to welcome each viewer and every youth to the second edition of SPANDAN – a celebration of human spirit in the form of dance, generously supported by INDIA HABITAT CENTRE (IHC) and CL EDUCATE, earlier known as Career Launcher. It was heartening indeed to interact with scores of youth, elders and intellectuals apart from dancers and dance lovers during the SPANDAN Photo exhibition and the dance evening.

Here are a few coverages of SPANDAN in the media…. if you want to read the original article in the respective English publication, kindly click on the article here.

HINDUSTAN, April 26, 2014 previews WORLD DANCE WEEK – “Kahin dance photo pradarshini, tho kahin dance sandhya ka ayojan” – “While Dance photos exhibited at one place, dance evening organized at the other

SPANDAN Hindustan article

Frozen fleet by Ms Anjana Rajan in THE HINDU, MAY 05, 2014 – Sreeni’s SPANDAN 2014, the festival of WORLD Dance Photography / Evening

SPANDAN 2014 - The Hindu Article by Ms. Anjana Rajan

A step towards excellence, Pioneer Daily – Thursday, 08 May 2014 | Utpal K Banerjee

SPANDAN 2014 Pioneer Article by Sri Utpal K Banerjee

Dialogue of Dance, The Statesman – Thursday, 15 May 2014 – by Manjari Sinha

STATESMAN - Spandan featured in Manjari Sinha ji's column

More expected…

Indeed the 4 weeks of craziness to get SPANDAN going and the 10 days of event culminating with the dance evening! …..the intensity has been elevating and enervating too…helping me to discover more and more of me in the Journey OF INFINITY….

My humble bow to each one of you who has facilitated me to put the entire SPANDAN 2014 festival. I am sure the festival has ignited in every visitor and audience a desire to excel in life. Kindly pardon me for all my inadvertently committed mistakes.

More action on plate now, as I cruise ahead in my journey….on CL front and HOME front too.. keep watching!

Looking forward to your blessings for life.

Love and regards,

Sreeni

Photos of the SPANDAN 2014 – Dance Photography exhibition at Habitat environs

SPANDAN 2014

Videos on Youtube of the inauguration
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAVfRnpZu6mpY45iMpCKYlQ

Narthanam – SPIC MACAY Special, decked with Sreeni’s photo captures

NARTHANAM’s (a respected quarterly journal on Indian Dance) special issue, dedicated to the movement of SPIC MACAY is out!

Sincere bow to the movement of SPIC MACAY (Society for promotion of Indian Classical Music and culture among youth) for kindling the love for music, dance, culture and heritage. The special issue of Narthanam on SPIC MACAY is embellished by hundreds of captures by me, of the movement over the years, as my humble dedication to the cause ..

Narthanam - SPIC MACAY Special, Sreeni's photo captures

Kindly contribute to the cause of spic macay, and also subscribe Nartanam. See the excerpts from the issue at http://www.nartanam.in/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/special-issue-on-s…

Love and regards,

sreeni
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The Pioneer – Vivacity’s review on dance festival Tarpan by Utpal K Banerjee carries Sreeni’s capture

At the ongoing celebration of the platinum jubilee of Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Kuchipudi dancer Amrita Lahiri and Kathak dancer Vishal Krishna teamed up with experts of other dance forms to present a unique fusion. Utpal K Banerjee’s review of Tarpan – celebrations of 75 years of Gandharva Mahavidyalaya – dance segment in The Pioneer features Sreeni’s captures.

At the ongoing celebration of the platinum jubilee of Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Kuchipudi dancer Amrita Lahiri and Kathak dancer Vishal Krishna teamed up with experts of other dance forms to present a unique fusion. By Utpal K Banerjee

At the ongoing celebration of the platinum jubilee of Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Kuchipudi dancer Amrita Lahiri and Kathak dancer Vishal Krishna teamed up with experts of other dance forms to present a unique fusion. By Utpal K Banerjee

Kuchipudi performance by Amrita Lahiri, mentored by Odissi Guru Sharmila Biswas

Kuchipudi performance by Amrita Lahiri, mentored by Odissi Guru Sharmila Biswas

THE HINDU – Friday Review on dance by Leela ji features Sreeni’s photos

Celebrated dance critique Mrs Leela Venkataraman’s weekly review on dance performances in the capital, titled WINDS OF EXCHANGE was embellished with Sreeni’s two photographs – that of Kathak and Ballet confluence – Fragments of dreams, and the other is of the FLAMENCO performance by the troupe from SPAIN as part of the festival, CONNECTIONS by Indo-French choreographer Rukmini Chatterjee.

The HIndu Friday Review March 28, 2014 2

Rukmini chatterjee;s fragments of Dreams

Rukmini chatterjee;s fragments of Dreams

Fragrments of Dreams - Rukmini chatterjee's Concept, Sanjukta Sinha's soulful execution with Anuj and Fernando

Sreeni’s humble journey – In Media, Books, publications, collaborations

I feel very elated and humbled at the same time, looking back at my journey as an edupreneur (educationist + entrepreneur) in the last eighteen years. This journey took me to many countries in the world, met many inspiring personalities, gave opportunity to create new businesses, initiate new endeavours that would facilitate thousands of children and youth realize their dreams, yet the most important thing has been that of discovering many more dimensions of my own journey of infinity (discovering the infinite potential within).

Ever since I returned to Delhi in 2008 after a five year stint abroad and then setting up schools in Hyderabad and Indore, I seriously started working on my passions – performing arts, fine arts, introspecting and writing, facilitating passionate artists who need support, apart from motivating youth to excel and young parents on parenting, creating exciting learning environments. I am inspired by all near and dear who have changed their gears in multiple-areas – brothers, Satya in Urdu poetry and lyrics, Param in holistic healing; My colleagues at Career Launcher : Shivku, GP, Nikhil, Sujit have been role models in many ways for their steadfastness in the endeavours they espouse; My friends who have created their own enterprises, eminent personalities and artists who are excelling in their passions have also been prodding me unbeknown to them. When I was taking stock of the outcome of these endeavours, I feel really charged and motivated to change the gears to do so much more.

The outcomes of this passionate journey has been varied, unexpectedly – publishing of my work in media, books magazines, online portals; invitations to programs, workshops on various media; eminent personalities co-opting me in their work and so on. I thought of showcasing it as a way of keeping myself motivated, apart from being a source of inspiration for many more who wish to excel. This reiterates my thought that, “If I am passionate about my work and dedicatedly persevere then the world will conspire to make it much more meaningful; and take me to places that I have never known.”

The most unexpected of the outcomes has been featuring in a book, “Young Leaders Success Code,” published by National HRD network and IMI. This chapter, dedicated to my leadership style, traces my journey from childhood to 2011…


Book - Young leaders Success Code - features R.SreenivasanBook - Young leaders Success Code - features R.SreenivasanBook - Young leaders Success Code - features R.SreenivasanBook - Young leaders Success Code - features R.SreenivasanBook - Young leaders Success Code - features R.Sreenivasan

Media – Both electronic and print have been kind enough to co-opt me, invite me to be a speaker or panelist on various programmes that address the needs of youth : Education, Careers, Parenting; Also covering my motivational tours and workshops – ‘Dream It, Do It’; ‘Think Big, Start Small’

Sreeni on GeNext on DD, April 30, 2011, 1:30pmSreeni in DD News Charcha mein Sept 03, 2011Find the leader and winner in your child - Motivational sessionEarly Childhood Education - School Leadership Conference2013 posters of Dream It, Do It! tour across the country

As I kept traveling around the world, my constant companion ‘the camera’ did enable me to capture India and the world in its kaleidoscopic spirit and colors; These splendid captures have attracted many publishers to embellish their works across the media – books, magazines, online-works etc from adorning their covers to centre-spreads!

– coffee table book by Ministry of External affairs – “The India Idea” dedicated to Indian Innovation spirit
– Three coffee table travel books published by Parragon on Jaisalmer, Rajasthan and golden triangle
– The cover of a book by Cambridge University Press
– Special issues of Femina; IIMB Alumni magazine
– Penguin’s best five – ‘India – A portrait through your lens’
– Overseas : Online magazines and their offline publications in Singapore (STORM); French publication – Linternaute; Las Vegas city guide

The India Idea – BookThe India Idea – BookThe Golden Triangle - Travel Guide features Sreeni's imagesJaisalmerRajasthan, the land of colors - Travel guidCambridge university press features Sreeni's photo on the cover of the book Devotion and Dissent in Indian HistoryLiving in Two Worlds - Femina Anniversary Issue 2011Living in Two Worlds - Femina Anniversary Issue 2011IIMB Alumni Magazine covers SPANDANIIMB Alumni Magazine covers SPANDANFrench website features my holi photos - LinternautePenguin India : 'India: A Portrait Through Your Lens' - Best 5

My passionate pursuit of performing arts – in front of and also behind the camera – yielded such a rich collection that, in 2013, I initiated my own dance photography exhibition and world dance festival, SPANDAN, that coincides with world dance day; and my annual SPANDAN calendar of Dance – a tribute to Indian dance forms emerged… glad to see the second year taking off in a very auspicious note. I owe my sincere gratitude to India Habitat Centre for being my hospitality partner for my annual exhibition and dance festival. My humble salutations to every artist who has allowed me, encouraged me to capture their performances and participated in my dance endeavours.

SPANDAN in FIRST CITYCalendars 2014 - Spandan and AIDSSpandan Calendar of Dance  - A tribute to Indian Dance Forms 2014Spandan Calendar of Dance  - A tribute to Indian Dance Forms 2014Blogged select captures

I am indebted to many eminent critiques and writers, movements like SPIC MACAY, SRISTI for co-opting me to capture their work and contribute to their cause, and also for embellishing their work in dailies and magazines…

Celebrating selfless service - THE HINDU - June 28, Three photosMedia : SPIC MACAY Coverages feature my photosSPIC MACAY 25th National Convention, in MediaSPIC MACAY 25th National Convention, in MediaMedia : SPIC MACAY Coverages feature my photos
Media : SPIC MACAY Coverages feature my photosSPIC MACAY - 27th National Convention, NITK SurathkalSPIC MACAY - 27th National Convention, NITK SurathkalSPIC MACAY - 27th National Convention, NITK SurathkalSPIC MACAY - 27th National Convention, NITK SurathkalSPIC MACAY - 27th National Convention, NITK Surathkal

Books, publications and Media, a set on Flickr.

In offing, in early 2014 : A couple of books on Indian Classical Dance forms, embellished with my photo-captures, by

a. An eminent dance critique of our country, who is a SNA Awardee and regular columnist,
b. A brilliant young dancer, SNA Yuva puraskar awardee, with an eminent culture ambassador.
c. SPANDAN dance festival and photography exhibition in April

Sreeni’s resplendent captures in the Travel Book : Jaisalmer, the golden city

Jaisalmer, the golden city

This book, by parragon publishing, is meant for armchair traveller and globetrotter alike. Stunning pictures transport you to the Golden Fort. It stands high upon a hill, painstakingly built and fought over by Bhati Rajputs. It has the distinction of being one of the few living forts in the world.

Within the Fort stands the palace of the erstwhile rulers and a number of Jain and Hindu temples with extensively carved interiors. The narrow lanes within the Fort throb with life, young artists dancing with castanets; ravanhattas laid against the golden wall accompanied by an artist playing some long lost tune; roof top cafes promising an amazing view of the city, and myriad handicrafts displayed on the walls; all awaiting a tourist’s eye.

In the burgeoning city outside are the havelis of old with overhanging balconies and extensively carved facades. Within, all is plush and leisurely, evidence of a prosperity derived from businesses overseas.

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Jaisalmer, the “Golden City”, is located on the westernmost frontier of India in the state of Rajasthan. Close to the border with Pakistan, the city is known for its proximity to the Thar Desert.

Desert Safari in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer is an unforgettable experience.

The city is dominated by the Jaisalmer Fort. Unlike most forts in India, the Jaisalmer Fort is a living fort. There are shops, hotels, age old havelis (homes) inside the fort area.

This set on my FLICKR covers extensively the ships of desert, Camel safaris, the life inside the fort and Havelis. I am sure you too will love it.

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Incredible India! - Royale Rajasthan : Joyful JaisalmerIncredible India! - Royale Rajasthan : Joyful JaisalmerIncredible India! - Royale Rajasthan : Joyful JaisalmerIncredible India! - Royale Rajasthan : Joyful JaisalmerIncredible India! - Royale Rajasthan : Joyful JaisalmerIncredible India! - Royale Rajasthan : Joyful Jaisalmer
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Incredible India! - Royale Rajasthan : Joyful JaisalmerIncredible India! - Royale Rajasthan : Joyful JaisalmerIncredible India! - Royale Rajasthan : Joyful JaisalmerIncredible India! - Royale Rajasthan : Joyful JaisalmerIncredible India! - Royale Rajasthan : Joyful JaisalmerIncredible India! - Royale Rajasthan : Joyful Jaisalmer
Incredible India! - Royale Rajasthan : Joyful JaisalmerIncredible India! - Royale Rajasthan : Joyful JaisalmerIncredible India! - Royale Rajasthan : Joyful JaisalmerIncredible India! - Royale Rajasthan : Joyful JaisalmerIncredible India! - Royale Rajasthan : Joyful JaisalmerIncredible India! - Royale Rajasthan : Joyful Jaisalmer
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