Pallavi Krishnan, Mohiniyattam @ Ananya Dance Festival 2013

Pallavi Krishnan @ Ananya Dance Festival 2013

The selection of pieces and choreography of Pallavi Krishnan, Mohinyattam exponent at Ananya was a revelation. She managed to weave the slow dance into amazing formations on the big stage. It was a treat to every dance lover.

Pallavi Krishnan is a leading exponent of Mohiniyattam. She is known for her efforts to promote and preserve this style of Indian classical dance as a living tradition. Initially Pallavi trained in Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam under Guru Kalamandalam Sankaranarayanan. She completed her graduation in Kathakali from Shantiniketan(Viswa Bharati University).

Her passion for Mohiniyattam led her from Shantiniketan to Kerala Kalamandalam making her the only Indian dancer who is an alumnus of these two coveted national arts academies. Pallavi continued her studies under Guru Bharati Shivaji and later developed a style of her own, which is marked by creativity in her performance. Her skilful choreography has enriched her repertoire and inspired many young dancers to take up the form.

In 1995, Pallavi Krishnan founded the Lasya Academy of Mohiniyattam, based in Thrissur, Kerala. Lasya is a centre for the promotion of and professional training in Mohiniyattam. Her uncompromising teaching has attracted students from all over the world. A recipient of several honours and awards, the latest is the state award for 2008 of the Kerala Sangeet Nataka Akademi, the official academi of the Government of Kerala for the promotion of fine arts, making her the first non-Keralite to get this coveted recognition from the land of the art form (April 2009)

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Gurus and Maestros

25th National Convention SPIC MACAY - IIT Kanpur OvernightDr. Sandhya Purecha and disciples @ Parampara festival - TrailokyamNagalandSPICMACAY-2008-06-19-0047NagalandSPICMACAY-2008-06-18-0040NagalandSPICMACAY-2008-06-17-015225th National Convention of SPICMACAY - Day 3
NagalandSPICMACAY-2008-06-16-0188Indian dance form - manipuriSpic Macay 25th National Convention, IIT Kanpur 2010Ananya - Justin McCarthy - 22 October 2010 (Friday)Malavika Sarukkai's Shakti ShaktimaanSPIC MACAY 25th national convention DAY 4
Navtej Johar @ IGNITE 2010Astad Deboo @ CWG - Central Park, CPShovana Narayan - Kathak - BVB mahotsavSuraj Kund MelaKathak Samaroh 2010Guru Purnima - Dance tributes
Pt. Ravi Shankar and AnoushkaAnanya - Justin McCarthy - 22 October 2010 (Friday)Ananya 2011: Day 2 - Vyjayanthi Kashi and Shambhavi Dance EnsembleFacesSpic Macay 25th National Convention,  IIT Kanpur 2010Aditi Mangaldas and troupe - Kathak @ Trailokyam, Natya Tarangini 2011

Maestros and Gurus, a set on Flickr.

This is a small tribute to Gurus and Maestros.

I have tried to get all the gurus and maestros that I have listened to, watched performing and interacted with thus far. There are many more young outstanding performers whom I have watched and interacted with, but have not included along with these visionaries. I am sure I will in due course of time.

Ananya dance festival, Oct 1-5; A must see if you love any dance form!

Ananya 2010 Day 5 - Kathak - Shama BhateAnanya 2010 Day 5 - Kathak - Shama BhateAnanya 2010 - Day 2 - Natya Vriksha - Geeta ChandranAnanya 2010 Day 5 - Kathak - Shama BhateAnanya 2010 - Odissi - day 1Purana Qila during Ananya Dance festival
Ananya 2010 - Day 2 - Natya Vriksha - Geeta ChandranAnanya 2010 Day 5 - Kathak - Shama BhateAnanya - Justin McCarthy - 22 October 2010 (Friday)Ananya - Justin McCarthy - 22 October 2010 (Friday)Ananya 2010 - Day 2 - Natya Vriksha - Geeta ChandranAnanya 2010 - Odissi - day 1
Ananya - Justin McCarthy - 22 October 2010 (Friday)Ananya 2010 - Odissi - day 1Ananya 2010 - Day 2 - Natya Vriksha - Geeta ChandranAnanya - Justin McCarthy - 22 October 2010 (Friday)Ananya 2010 - Day 2 - Natya Vriksha - Geeta ChandranAnanya 2010 - Day 2 - Natya Vriksha - Geeta Chandran
Ananya 2010 - Day 2 - Natya Vriksha - Geeta ChandranAnanya 2010 - Day 2 - Natya Vriksha - Geeta ChandranAnanya 2010 - Odissi - day 1Ananya 2010 - Day 2 - Natya Vriksha - Geeta ChandranAnanya - Justin McCarthy - 22 October 2010 (Friday)Ananya - Justin McCarthy - 22 October 2010 (Friday)

Ananya dance festival, a set on Flickr.

Ananya Dance Festival, Oct 1-5, A must see for all dance lovers.

Seher organizes the Ananya Dance Festival, group dance choreographs, in the month of October every year.

“Ananya is a festival of Indian classical dances that features the major classical forms on a single stage. It is, perhaps, the only one of its kind to present group choreography in various styles. Ananya brings to you the vibrancy of contemporary creativity in the Indian dance tradition. The dancers drawn from different styles, explore new vistas in responding to the challenges and of our times.”

Here in I captured a few of the wow moments of the group performances last year, 2009 and 2010. This year the performances are on, Oct 1-5. A must see for dance enthusiasts!!

Dances of India – What richness!!

World Dance Day - IHC - The Exuberance That Is DanceAnanya - Justin McCarthy - 22 October 2010 (Friday)Anupriya's BharatanatyamKathak Samaroh 2010World Dance Day - Natya Vriksha Young dancers festival 2011Natya Vriksha - Women's Day
Odissi - Madhavi MudgalAnanya - Justin McCarthy - 22 October 2010 (Friday)Ananya 2010 - Odissi - day 1Ananya 2010 - Day 2 - Natya Vriksha - Geeta ChandranWorld Dance Day - IHC - The Exuberance That Is DanceNatya Vriksha - Women's Day
Parampara 2010, Natyatarangini's festivalParampara 2010, Natyatarangini's festivalKathak Samaroh 2010Ananya - Justin McCarthy - 22 October 2010 (Friday)Utsav - Dances from OrissaKathak Samaroh 2010
SNA Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2009Parampara Series - Radha Raja Reddy presentKathak Samaroh 2010Shovana Narayan - Kathak - BVB mahotsavNagalandSPICMACAY-2008-06-16-01262009odissikelu-1-2009-04-07-0050

Dances of India, a set on Flickr.

Indian dance forms are rich portrayal of the history, culture and living, of our nation and also of the social context. Each form weaves the stories beautifully that are either passed on over generations, or that are carried through amazing literature – epics, upanishads, vedas etc.

Bharatnatyam, Kathakali, Koodiyattam, Kuchipudi, thayyam, odissi, kathak, mohiniyattam, manipuri, chau are a few of the forms. There are scores of variants, along with other folk forms that are very prevalent.

As I enjoy watching and also dancing, I created this set of my experiences…. Keep catching here the updates as I meander through my journey of soul searching and visual treats..

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