City Kemp News
Saraswathi Educational Cultural and Charitable Trust and Sri Ganapathi Seva Samithi Temple will be organising their 2nd Navvarsh Mahotsav 2018 – Festival of Dance at Sri Ganpathi Temple premises in Koramangala 5th Block on January 1 and 2. On Jan 1 at 5.30 pm. Festival of Dance will be inaugurated in the presence of Gopala Gowda, Vice President of the temple committee, while Venugopal, Regional Director ICCR and VKS Murthy.
The next day on Jan 2, awards will be presented to Bharatanatyam Guru Poornima Ashoke and Sanskrit Scholar Shankar Rajaraman in the presence of Sri Churchill Pandiyan and Guru Vayjainthi Kasi.
On Jan 1: Kathakali solo recital by Prabal Gupta 6.30 pm
Bharatanatyam recital by Guru Bhanumathi and group
On Jan 2: Bharatanatyam recital by Prathibha Ramaswamy at 6 pm; Bharatanatyam recitral by Guru N Srikanth and Aswathy Srikanth
Prabal Gupta, a most sought after Performer, Choreographer and a Research Scholar is a prominent name in the world of Kathakali. He is a disciple of the Central Sangeet Natak Academy Awardee and the legendary Kathakali Exponent and Research Scholar – Guru Sri Sadanam Balakrishnan. Prabal is a versatile Kathakali Dancer and can portray both Purusha Vesham and Stree Vesham with ease. Prabal’s diligence and perseverance for Kathakali soon captured the attention of the critics and the connoisseurs of dance leading to establish himself as one of the finest exponent. His most sought after research article – ” The Art of Kathakali – Then and Now – A Comparative Analogy” which speaks about soloism in Kathakali and ” The Biological Nomenclatures of StreeVesham and its Aesthetic transformation while performing Kathakali Streevesham by a male” carried under eminent research scholar Padmashree Sunil Kothari are published in various research journals. Prabal is also a graded artist of Doordarshan and is empanelled by the expert committee of the council for the ICCR’s reference panel of artists under the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. Of India. Prabal is also recognized as an ” OUTSTANDING” artist by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India for Festivals of India, Abroad.
Prathibha Ramaswamy: Bharatanatyam, a divine art form is Prathibha’s passion, her life. A prime disciple of Prof. M.R.Krishnamurthy, Prathibha learnt and taught at Kalakshithi for over two decades. Her initial training started under Smt. Padmini Hariharan at the tender age of 5 and she is currently undergoing further training with Shri. Sheejith Krishna, Chennai.
Greatly appreciated for her sparkling abhinaya, Prathibha has innumerable performances to her credit and has participated in many dance festivals all over the country. A recipient of the Aryabhata Award, she is an “A” graded artist of Doordarshan, with a post graduate degree in Bharatantyam (MFA) from Bharatidasan University, Trichy. Prathibha is also an accomplished Nattuvangam artist and a dedicated teacher who trains and moulds artists in this traditional art form under the banner of Abhijnaa Arts foundation, founded by her. She is also one of the driving forces in the Dance chapter of Ananya, Bangalore.
To top it all she has a Masters Degree in Human Development. Prathibha is married to Bharadwaj R Sathavalli, a well known Morsing artist.