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Soorya (Singapore) presents

Soorya Global Festival of Indian Dance & Music November 2009

Date : 8 November 2009 (Sunday)

Time : 6:30 PM

Venue: Singapore Chinese Orchestra Concert Hall or Singapore Conference Hall

(7 Shenton Way, Singapore Conference Hall, Singapore 068810, The nearest MRT station, Tanjong Pagar, from Exit E is a 4-minute walk to the Singapore Conference Hall. Opposite to DBS Tower1.)


The Dhananjayans

The Dhananjayans

The dancing couple of Bhaarat, India, Shanta and Dhananjayan , popularly known as the The Dhananjayans, are two of the most prominent alumni of the famed Kalakshetra founded by the legendry Smt. Rukminidevi. After spending almost two decades in Kalakshetra as student, performing artists and teachers, both came out and established Bharatakalanjali, now one of the most well known dance institutions in the country as well as internationally.

In the recent publication of book titled "The Melodic Garland" authored by Sri. N.Rajagopalan IAS (Retd) pays a glowing tribute to the Dhananjayans: "If the Dhananjayans have established themselves as top Bharatanatyam artistes of wondrous repute, it is no small tribute to their magnificent perseverance, personality, matchless artistry, innovative acumen, musical and dancing expertise and specialization in choreography and other vital fields..." says Mr. Rajagopal.

For the last four and half decades Dhananjayan and Shanta - the inimitable couple of Indian art and culture, have been reigning the classical dance arena as the most sought after Bharatanatyam dancers in India. It is widely accepted among the connoisseurs of performing art and artists that what Pt. Ravi Shankar has done to Indian music in the western world, the Dhananjayans have done to Indian dance in the recent past. Their frequent tours abroad since 1970, and performances, lecture demonstrations and workshops for various foreign Universities and Indian organizations, were trend setters for others to emulate good standards and professionalism.

The Dhananjayans have choreographyed and produced varieties of traditional, contemporary, socially relevant themes in dance and brought in trend setting innovative technique in Bharatanatyam and contemporary dance scene in India. There are 25 major theatrical productions and 10 short thematic dance features, apart from several solo and group Bharatanatyam items to their credit.

Their much acclaimed collaborative works with western choreographers of high repute are notable contributions to the contemporary dance theatres with innovations in traditional creativity. The Jungle Book (both in UK and USA), Return of Spring (UK), Chakra (NY) Satyam-Sivam-sundaram (an ecumenical theme USA) are some of the collaborative works the Dhananjayans have done abroad. A close associate of Bharataratna Pt. Ravi Shankar, the living legend, the Dhananjayans gave the visual form to his pet project, a musical theatre "Ghanashyam-the broken branch".

They have been decorated with several national and international awards. In India they are acknowledged as "new trend setters" in classicl traditions and given a new dimension to choreography in Indian dance theatre. As teachers par excellence, they are held in high esteem in the realm of Indian clasical dances. The dance academy founded by them, the Bharatakalanjali at Chennai, is an eloquent testimony to their cultural integrity, preservation and popularization of art and culture. As highly motivated educationalists, they have recently founded a new art integrated educational center in Kerala, a promise for the new era, known as the Bhaarateeya Saamskaarika Kalaa Rangam (in short Bhaaskara) which emphasis the value based education and revive the lost values in society. A residential art integrated academic educational center is already on its way, promising a wave in cultural awakening.

They have been awarded many awards like Sangeet Natak Academy (Presidential Award), Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Academy Fellowship, Kalaimamani Award from Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram, Nritya Choodamani Award from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Haridas Sammelan Sursingar Sansad Mumbai "Nrityavillas" Award, Scroll of Honour Arts and Crafts Magazine, Live Magazine Achievement Award (Ohio State Academy Award), Plaque of Honour awarded by the Governor of Ohio State for excellent Community Service and International Understanding through Art, Munshi Centenary Commemorative Award, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London UK, UNESCO Paris, Medallion De Merit.

More details of this great couple : The Dhananjayans

VP Dhananjayan

Shanta Dhananjayan

Awards & Accolades for the Duo

Reviews

*A Masterpiece from a Master Craftsman
Dhananjayan's 70-minute long expose 'Nandanar Charitam' in Kalakshetra, Chennai, was one that every artist aspires for, the ultimate performance that moves an audience to tears, one that will be remembered (The Horizons-Art, Culture and Lifestyles from India-10/10/2003)

*Flavours of Gita Govind
Shantha and V.P. Dhananjayan's performance exemplified their approach to choreography for a pair, dancing in tandem as well as in contrast to each other. (The Hindu-Friday Review-Aug 18, 2006-Friday)

Dance : Accompanying Artistes

Seetha Sasidharan

Seetha Sasidharan

Seetha Sasidharan is a disciple of The Dhanajayans & she is a senior member of Bharathakalanjali, Chennai and is the Director of Bharathakalanjali Payyanur.

Seetha Sasidharan hails from a family of Bharathanatyam & kathakali artistes. Her dance coalesces the tradition bound purity of her gurus, The Dhanajayans. Having graduated with first class from the world renowned institution The Kalakshetkra College of Fine Arts Chennai, Seetha trained under Dhanajayans for 10 years at Bharatha Kalanjali, arning post diploma Natya poorna in Bharathanatyam. She has received various awards and recognition including the Lakshmi Viswanathan Prize for Excellence from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai, Yuvakala Ratna award from Kaladarpanam, Ernakulam and Vocational Excellence award instituted by Rotary Club, Payyanur.

Seetha has participated in all the major productions of Kalakshethra and Bharathakalanjali. She has performed in major dance festivals including The Natyanjali Dance Festival,Chidambaram, Soorya Festival, Nishagandhi Festival ,Trivandrum and also Ananya Dance Festival , New Delhi. She has travelled all over India & abroad. She started Bharathakalanjali, branch of Bharathakalanjali Chennai at Payyanur with an intention to propagate pure Indian classical dances with the blessings of her paternal uncle & aunt , The Dhanajayans.

Reviews

Seetha Sasidharans presentation of the lamenting heroine about the deceitful Krishna in Bala Vinave was good. Seetha's handling of this number was one of elam and graceful approach... The Hindu.

Gopukiran .S / Gopukiran Sadasivan

Gopukiran .S / Gopukiran Sadasivan

Gopukiran, a disciple of The Dhananjayans and is staff of Bharatakalanjali Chennai has a First Rank in Master of Arts degree in Bharatanatyam from the University of Madras. Gopukiran has made a name for himself as one of the best male Bharatanatyam artistes following the best traditions of the The Dhanajayans . He has earlier studied under Smt. Girija Chandran of Regatta Cultural Academy, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Gopukiran has featured in many dance presentations of eminent Gurus in Chennai and has become a sought-after male dancer. He was selected to visit the USA by the Cleveland Cultural Alliance to participate in their very successful production "EakaanthaSeetha".

Divya Shiva Sunder

Divya Shiva Sunder

Divya is one of the senior disciples of The Dhananjayans and staff at Bharathakalanjali, Chennai. Hailing from a family of artistes she took to dancing at a very young age. Divya is a recipient of a scholarship from the Govt of India. She has performed all over India & abroad. In the "Mahabharatham" in US , "Aikya Bharatham" in Middle East, "Chakra" Event of the year in US , "Soorya Festival" in Europe. She was selected by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company to be their guest artiste in London. She has participated and played lead roles in all the major productions of her gurus. She is also a B grade artiste of Chennai Doordarshan. She is the recipient of Yuva Kala Bharathi from Bharat Kalachar. Divya holds a degree in Economics, from the University of Madras.

Lavanya Raghuram

Lavanya Raghuram

Lavanya is a disciple of the The Dhananjayans. She is from Alapana Arts, Singapore.

She is also an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer, Carnatic Music Singer, Violinist and Theatre Actress rolled in-one.

Lavanya is the only Singaporean to have presented a solo Bharatanatyam production titled 'Alchemy of Opposites' for Singapore's landmark cultural theatre, The Esplanade - theatres on the bay, to a full house.

Recently, on 1 January 2009, Lavanya was conferred the prestigious title of 'Natya Chudar' by Karthik Fine Arts (Chennai, India). She is the only Singaporean to receive this title thus far.

Lavanya's performances have received laudable reviews in prestigious media publications such as The Hindu.

Lavanya also hails from a rich musical background. She is the granddaughter of Sangita Kalanidhi Dr S Ramanathan. Her parents are accomplished musicians & Gurus in Singapore. Lavanya was the recipient of the 1st Prize for Indian Classical Violin at the National Indian Music competition held by the National Arts Council - the apex body for Music, Dance and Drama in Singapore. Currently, she is a panelist with the Indian Programmes Advisory Committee (IPAC) for the Media Development Authority, Singapore.

Lavanya is a graduate of Singapore Management University with majors in Accounting & Law. She is presently working as a Tax Associate at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Singapore. Additionally, Lavanya serves an honorary Bharatanatyam tutor at Alapana Arts. Through lecture demonstrations, master classes, workshops and seminars, Lavanya shares her thoughts on Bharatanatyam and its propagation in its purest form in Singapore.

Musicians (For dance)

N. Sasidharan (Vocal)

Sasidharan also hails from a family of musicians, having had his basic training from his mother and later under Dr K J Jyesudas and is presently learning under Sangeetha Vidwan Shri P S Narayanswamy Iyer. He has a Masters in Arts, Indian Music vocal from Madras University.

He is the vocal musician for Bharathakalanjali's Dance Troupe of the Dhanajayans.He has performed in all the major Gana Sabhas of Chennai, all over India and extensively abroad, Asia , Europe, Australia & united States. He sang in a live classical carnatic concert for the San Francisco Radio in 1998 for 4 hrs. Recipient of the titles "Isai Chemmal" from the Indira GandhiIlakkiya mandram 1993, "Isai Mani" form Bharathi Youth Asoociation,Chennai in 1995.

K.P. Ramesh Babu ( Mridangam)

K.P. Ramesh Babu ( Mridangam)

Ramesh Babu is an accomplished from Chennai. He hails from a family known for its artistic talents. His father KP Bhaskara Das directs an art Institute in Kerala. Ramesh started to learn percussion at an early age from his father and from his teacher Shri Puthukode. S. Krishna. His mother Kalamandalam Chandrika a noted Bharathanatyam dancer helped him train as an accompanist for dance.His passion for music & dance led him to his guru Shri Karaikudi R. Mani.

Ramesh babu has won many prizes in the All india Radio Music Competitions. His versatility earned him a scholarship from the Cultural Department of India. He is now a free lance artiste and has accompanied some of the finest musicians & dancers n the media & stage.He has accompanied dance luminaries such as The Dhanajayans, Krishnaveni laxman, Chandrasekhars,Narasimhacharis,Leela Sampson,Madhavi Mudhagal, Alarmel valli and several upcoming artistes.He has accompanied music virtuosos such as BV Raman and Laxmanan, Vairamangalam lasminarayanan,Sriram Parasuramand Anuradha Sriram, Palai CK Ramachandran, OS Arun,and TV Ramaprasad. He has worked as a dance accompanist with the Dhanajayans at Baharathakalanjali in Chennai for the past 16 yrs. He has travelled throughout, Asia, Europe, Australia & United States assisting several dance companies world over by providing rhythmical support, scores & compositions.

For the past several years Ramesh has worked closely with dance companies such as Kalanjali dances of India,Californis, Apsaras Arts, Singapore, Bharath Kalanjali Australia. He has played in important occasions such as Khajuraho Dance festival, Konark Dance Festival, India International Centre, Swaralaya Festival, Soorya Festival and Indian Art Circle,Kuwait, San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival etc. Apart from being a percussion virtuso with proficiency over several types of percussion instruments, Ramesh has many music compositions to his credit. His skill, versatility and sophistication have earned him high praise from critics and audiences world over.

Kalaiarasan Ramanathan (Violin)

Kalaiarasan Ramanathan (Violin)

Kalaiarasan hails from a family of musicians. He is a disciple of Dhanadevi Mithradeve and graduated (Sangeetha Bhushanam) with honours from Annamalai University . He has several gold medals to his credit, South India University Competition at Andhra University, Chennai Tamil Isai Sangam Competition etc. He is a B grade artiste in All India Radio , Chennai. He is a staff of Bharatha Kalanjali , Chennai and has taken part in all the productions of The Dhanajayans. He has performed at major festivals in India & abroad & has also accompanied several leading Bharathanatyam artistes in India & abroad.

Vocal Concert

Trivandrum Krishnakumar & Binny Krishnakumar

Trivandrum Krishnakumar & Binny Krishnakumar

Trivandrum Krishnakumar Born in 1973 to Prof.Y.Kalyanasundaram and vocal musician Smt.Sarada Kalyanasundaram at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in India, Krishnakumar started learning Carnatic music (vocal) from his mother at the age of eight...

After receiving the award of the National talent scholarship, Krishnakumar continued the learning in a very systematic manner from late Prof Neyyattinkara.M.K.Mohanachandran , former Head of Department of Music at Government Women's College, Thiruvananthapuram.

By then he also visited Chennai yearly during academic vacations and had advanced training from Padmavibhushan Dr.M.Balamuralikrishna and this bond of Guru - Sishya became very strong as Krishnakumar moved his residence to Chennai Now a popular musician in the Carnatic classical and film music circles, he is also famous as Trivandrum Krishnakumar.

Academic qualifications

Krishnakumar is a First-class graduate in Mathematics (1994), a First Rank with first class in both BA (1996) and MA (1998) in Music from the University of Kerala. He is also qualified to be a lecturer in Carnaticmusic according to the norms of the University Grants Commission of India. He is currently doing his Ph.D. in music at the Department of Music, University of Kerala.

Professional status

Krishnakumar is an 'A' Grade artist of All India Radio and performs music concerts regularly at AIR, Doordarsan and other private television channels in Classical music, Light classical music and Light music.

He has performed many National, South-zone hook- up programmes and many 'invited audience' special programmes of All India Radio and Doordarsan.

The First Concert

Krishnakumar performed his First music concert in public at the tender age of twelve at Sri Mangala Vinayaka Temple, Vinayak Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram.

He performed his First music concert in Chennai introduced by Vidwan Sri T.V.Gopalkrishnan on the 29th December 1989 at Narada Gana Sabha, which was cosponsored by TVG's Academy of Indian Music and Arts.

Important Concerts:

Has a credit of more than 1000 live concerts

Concerts at:

1. Sringeri in front of Sri Sri Abhinava Vidyatheertha Mahasannidhanam and Sri Sri Bharathi Theertha Sannidhanam.

2. Kancheepuram in front of Sri Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamikal.

3. Puttapparthi in front of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

Krishnakumar has performed concerts at all the major music sabhas and organizations all over India.

To name a few:

1. The Music Academy, Narada Gana Sabha, Krishna Gana Sabha, The Indian Fine Arts Society, TVG's AIMA, NaadaInbam, Sruthilaya, Sarvani Sangita Sabha, The Nungambakkam Cultural Academy, The Mylapore Fine Arts Club, Thyagabrahma Gana Sabha, etc. of Chennai.

2. Soorya Dance and Music Festival, Nishagandhi Dance & Music Festival & Onam Celebrations - Govt of Kerala Sri Swati Tirunal Sangita Sabha, Swati Mahotsav at Kuthiramalika, Sree Chithra Cultural Society and Sri Chembai Memorial Trust of Trivandrum.

3. NCPA, Sree Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha, Dombivli Fine Arts and Bharathiya Fine Arts, B R R Sabha, etc.. of Bombay.

4. The Music Education Trust, Swaralaya, etc. at New Delhi

SOME NOTABLE MUSIC CONCERT TOURS TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES

During September - October 1998, Krishnakumar visited various cities of the United States of America and Canada for more than twenty concerts.

During April - May 2005 - visited and performed music concerts in more than 14 countries on concert tour organized by SOORYA - including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Baharain, Kuwait, Muscat, Doha in the Gulf, Koln in Germany, Vienna in Austria, Rome in Italy, Vatican, London in UK, Zurich in Switzerland, Koulalampur in Malaysia and Singapore.

CASSETTES&CDs (as a singer)

To name a few:

1. Sakthi Ganapathim - A carnatic concert accompanied by S.Varadarajan and Srimushnam Raja Rao. (RAVI AUDIO)

2. Thiruvabharanam - Ayyappan devotional songs music directed by Berny Ignatious (RANJINI CASSETTES)

3. Ente Daivam - Christian devotional songs in Carnatic raagas. (CHRISTIAN LITERATURE SOCIETY)

4. Rock to Ragas - Traditional Kritis in western orchestration (MAGNASOUND)

5. Prashanti - Sai bhajans sung along with Smt.K.S.Chithra directed by Pandit Ramesh Narayan. (MANORAMA MUSIC)

6. Rare Ragas - A carnatic concert of rare ragas with Delhi Sundarrajan, Srimushnam Rajarao and V.Suresh. (MAGNASOUND)

7. Adhyatma Ramayanam - Rendition of Ezhuthachan's Adhyatma Ramayanam kilippattu. (MANORAMA MUSIC)

8. Shivam Shivamayam - Shiva Bhajans depicting Kerala Shiva Temples sung with Smt.K.S.Chithra. (MANORAMA MUSIC)

AS A MUSIC COMPOSER

Krishnakumaar has composed music for the Light and sound show - "SAMAVAAKYAM" directed by Sri.Soorya Krishnamoorthy

He has composed music for more than 25 music albums sung by himself and popular playback singer Padmasree K.S.Chithra

View the details on the list of albums music directed by KRISHNAKUMAR http://music_directed_by_KRISHNAKUMAR

MORE ABOUT THE MUSICIAN

Krishnakumar has sung in many Fusion music concerts and Jugalbandi with Hindustani classical music.
As a PLAYBACK SINGER - Krishnakumaar has sung in the Malayalam films
'Swaham' directed by Shaji.N.Karun
'Kaalachakram' directed by Sonu Sisupal
'Kalabham' music directed by late Ravindran

'Nivedyam', 'Anthipponvettom' 'Gomati Nayakam' (Tamil) music directed by Sri.M.Jayachandran. He has sung in many professional dramas in Malayalam and various television serials - 'Melappadam', 'Swantham Malootty', 'Sri Ayyappan' etc... for the Doordarsan, Soorya and Asianet television channels.

The famous Malayalam film music director of the yester years - late G.Devarajan selected Krishnakumaar to present his new format of Ragam Thanam Pallavi, which is sung in six tempos - SHADKAALA PALLAVI. Krishnakumaar performed this unique classical musical form many times in the public, in the august presence of the composer himself and has won the appreciation of the connoisseurs of music. He was specially felicitated by the MACTA - Malayalam Cine Technicians Association - for the successful and impressive presentation of Shadkaala pallavi.
Krishnakumaar and his wife, Mrs.Binni Krishnakumar - a famous playback and classical singer, together perform duo vocal concerts and theme oriented special concerts

Awards & Accolades for Krishnakumar

Binny Krishnakumar

Born to K.N.Ramachandran Nair and Smt.Santha Ramachandran at Thodupuzha in Kerala.
Binni began learning Carnatic Music (Vocal) at the age of seven under Vidwan Sri.Thiruvizha Surendran and came under the tutelage of Sri.Thamarakkad Govindan Namboodiri. During her graduation and post graduation in music, she learnt from Violin Vidwan Sri.B.Sasikumar and Prof.Neyyattinkara Mohanachandran at Trivandrum.
Now under the musical guidance of Padmavibhushan Dr.M.Balamuralikrishna.

Binni was awarded direct B-High grade by the All India Radio and sings regularly for the AIR, Doordarsan and other private television channels. She has been featured in the South Zone Hookup programmes of the AIR.

BINNI KRISHNAKUMAAR was introduced to playback singing by the popular music director Sri.VIDYASAGAR by making her sing her debut song Rä rä sarasaku rärä in the super hit Rajinikant movie - CHANDRAMUKHI.

Since then, she has Sung in more than 35 feature films, television serials & music albums in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali etc for prominent music directors.

A popular musician of Kerala through the Asianet TV Channel, Binni Has successfully presented the Classical Music based weekly magazine, "NaadaMaadhuri" along with the popular lyricist of the Malayalam cinema, Sri.Kaithapram Damodaran Namboodiri.

Binni joins her husband, vocal musician, Sri.Trivandrum.K.KRISHNAKUMAAR to perform duo vocal concerts and theme oriented special concerts.

Awards & Accolades for Binny Krishnakumar

For more details on Krishnakumar & Binny Krishnakumar

With Due Acknowledgement to ICCR, India for their wonderful support for Arts!

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

ICCR

ICCR was founded on 9th April 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first Education Minister of independent India.

The objectives of the Council are to participate in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes relating to India's external cultural relations; to foster and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries; to promote cultural exchanges with other countries and people; to establish and develop relations with national and international organizations in the field of culture; and to take such measures as may be required to further these objectives.

The ICCR is about a communion of cultures, a creative dialogue with other nations. To facilitate this interaction with world cultures, the Council strives to articulate and demonstrate the diversity and richness of the cultures of India, both in and with other countries of the world.

The Council prides itself on being a pre-eminent institution engaged in cultural diplomacy and the sponsor of intellectual exchanges between India and partner countries. It is the Council's resolve to continue to symbolize India's great cultural and educational efflorescence in the years to come.

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