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Sanskriti Mahotsav 2015-16: A unique Classical Dance Festival

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Dr. Sanddhya V Pureccha

It was a unique classical dance festival on Saturday, 13th February at P.L Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy which is situated at Prabhadevi. Sarfojiraje Bhonsale Centre in association with P.L. Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy had organised this Sanskriti Mahotsav 2015-16. The concept of the festival was the brainchild of Dr. Sanddhya V Pureccha, Managing Trustee and Secretary of Sardarji Bhonsle centre, Founder- Principal of Bharata College of Fine Arts & Culture and Artistic Director of Kala Paricchaya. The Chief Guest of the show was Guru K. Kalyanasundaram Pillai, Director – Shri Rajarajeswari Bharatha Natya Kala Mandir, Mumbai and Vaidehi Taman, Group Editor of NBC was the Guest of Honour. Dr. Ratheesh Babu, Kuchipudi Exponent from Bhilai (Chhatisgarh), Smt Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala, Bharatnatyam Exponent from Chennai and Smt Parwati Dutta, Odissi Exponent from Aurangabad enthralled the audience by their classical dance performances. The event started with lighting the lamp by the above said dignitaries.

Here are the brief introductions of the luminaries:

Dr. Sanddhya V Pureccha (Founder- Principal & Initiator of festivals): She is the senior disciple of Late Guru Acharya Parvatikumar and has trained in the Guru Shishya Parampara. Dr. Purecha has been known for her creativity and thought provoking approach to dance. As a choreographer, her dance compositions and dance ballets on classical, philosophical and social themes have received many standing ovations.

Guru Shri K Kalyanasundaram PillaiGuru Shri K Kalyanasundaram Pillai: A senior guru and Director of Sri Rajrajeshwari Bharatha Natya Kala Mandir regarded as an institution par excellence for Bharatnatyam. K Kalyanasundaram is the torch bearer of the Thanjavur tradition of Bharatnatyam. Hailing from family of Nattuvanar parampara, traditional dance teachers, now in its eighth generation, Thiruvidaimarudur Kuppaih Kalyanasundaram is an inspiration to both teachers and students.

He said “Sanddhya is my student and it is mesmerizing to see her working towards the betterment of this classical dance field and to keep it alive. Sanddhya is organizing such events throughout India and I’m expecting she will organize this type of event in abroad also. My blessings are always with her in this journey.”

Vaidehi Taman

Vaidehi Taman: An investigative journalist, editor, ethical hacker, philantrophist, author and an inspiration to many. She is a Founder and Group Editor of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. since 6 years which features an English daily tabloid (Afternoon Voice), a Marathi daily tabloid (Mumbai Manoos), a monthly Marathi magazine (Mee Mumbaikar), Beyond the news (international news magazine), Hacker5 (an IT magazine), and Maritime Bridges (dedicated to shipping industry magazine). Besides the business perspective, she is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester for her NBC’s sister-concern company Kaizen-India Infosec Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Speaking at the occasion she said, “Being a South Indian, it is a privilege to be a guest of honour here at this blissful evening and watching such profound dancers’ performance.”

“I assure you people that I will organize an Award event dedicated towards the classical segment of India, which will also be one of its kind events,” she announced.

Ending her note by thanking Sanddhya Pureccha, she encouraged her to organize such events on larger platforms.

Shri Ratheesh Babu
Shri Ratheesh Babu, Kuchipudi Exponent (Bhilai, Chattisgarh): A graceful and gifted dancer he is a classicist in the field of Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, and Mohiniattam renowned as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. He was introduced to the world of Indian Classical Dance at the age of five under the tutelage of Guru Kalanilayam Krishnan Kutty, Kerala where he learnt Mohiniattam.

Smt. Parwati Dutta
Smt. Parwati Dutta, Odissi Exponent (Aurangabad): A versatile Odissi and Kathak danseuse, Guru and researcher; she is recognised by the dance-community as a thinker-dancer and a dedicated Arts Administrator. She is a senior disciple of Madhavi Mudgal, Padmavibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and Pt. Birju Maharaj. Blessed with a grateful bearing and command on technical virtuosity, bhava (expressions) and taal (rhythm), Parwati’s performances have been greatly appreciated by the connoisseurs within and outside the country.

Smt. Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala
Smt. Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala, Bharatanatyam Exponent (Chennai): She is an established performer, versatile, Choreographer, a loving Teacher of Bharatnatyam and an enthusiastic Festival Director. Her profound understanding, ardent devotion and relentless practice of this intricate art form have earned her an exceptional name in the fraternity of performing arts. The recent production Chakra the Cycle of Myriad Seasons has conceptualization and direction by Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala.

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