Bharatnatyam Performance by Shruthi Abhishek, Meghah Vuppalapaty and Divya Devaguptapu
Saturday, September 16th, 2017 at 4:00 PM
Mission Center for Performing Arts, 3250 Monroe St, Santa Clara, CA

Shruti Abhishek is a Graduate in Performing Arts in Bharatanatyam with Distinction from Nalanda Nrityakala Mahavidyala, Mumbai. She also has a Bachelor's Degree in Arts from Mumbai University. She is currently training under Shri Vaibhav Arekar, a renowned Bharatanatyam dancer and the founder of Sankhya Dance Creations. With Sankhya, Shruti has performed in several venues in India and Europe. She was introduced to the Bharatanatyam by her Guru Smt Rohini Singhi, who gave her the strong foundations of the art form. Shruti had the privilege of learning the nuances of Nritya from Prof CV Chandrasekhar in Chennai. Shruti wishes to be a sincere student of this art form and move forward persistently, with the guidance of her Gurus.

Meghah Vuppalapaty has a Master's in Biotechnology and currently works at a Cancer diagnostics start-up in Menlo Park. She completed her initial training in Bharatanatyam under Smt.Dipi Bhat in Gujarat, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Bharatanatyam through the Gujarat Board of Music and Dance. She is currently a student of Smt. Janani Narayanan, artistic director of Nrityakalya Dance Company and has performed in some of the school's productions- Baalya and Bhaktabalas. She has been part of dance-theaters like Enacte's 'Chitra- the Warrior Princess' and Savitha Sastry's'Music Within' and 'In-God's Country'. Meghah has also performed in the opening dance for PM Modi's community reception in San Jose in September, 2015 and also at local temples like Shirdi Sai Parivar and Sanatana Dharma Kendra. She has attended workshops with renowned artists like Rama Vaidyanathan, Savitha Sastry, Indira Kadambi, Janaki Rangarajan, Rukmini Vijayakumar and Tanusree Shankar. She is working towards pursuing her passion for Bharatanatyam along with her research career.

Divya Devaguptapu Abhinaya (expression) and Lāsya (grace), epithets that define the essential artiste in Divya – a rare alchemy of rich tradition and sublime gift, Divya evokes the lost ethos of a discerning purist. Divya’s growing years as a dancer were steeped in the classical and unyielding heritage of her Gurus, Smt. Minal Prabhu and world renowned dancing couple, ‘The Dhananjayans’. Her legacy stems from the strong grounding in tradition of the illustrious Kalakshetra. She started learning to dance at the tender age of 5 and performed her Arangetram at the age of 7. Hailed a child prodigy by many art critics, she has been performing and touring as a solo artist and has performed at several prestigious venues world-­-wide.
Graceful in movement and studious in approach, Divya’s total and complete immersion in her art elevate a focused pursuit to fluid poetry. A lovelorn Nayika (heroine) or a longing Bhakta (devotee), Divya’s Abhinaya is effortless and echoes with subtle yet communicative detail. An innately absorbed performer, her art is a consummate marriage of rigorous grounding and deep meditative personal interpretation. Divya is also an accomplished Engineer with a Masters in Electrical Engineering and has worked in the Telecommunications industry for several years. However, her strong calling for dance has made her give up a career in Engineering to pursue a full-­time career in her lifelong passion of Bharatnātyam. Divya currently divides her time between USA and India and is establishing herself as a brilliant professional performer and choreographer of this divine art form.

Orchestra for 'Bhavanubhuthi'

Savita Narasimhan - VOCALS - Known for her sensitive and sophisticated musicianship, she performs regularly at leading sabhas in Chennai and around the world. She has been a disciple of Chitravina Ravikiran for almost two decades. Savita has absorbed the intricacies and musicality of padam singing through her Guru and Mentor Ravikiran, who is himself a senior disciple of the famed T Brinda. Savita performs widely and also conducts workshops in USA every year. She is an A Grade artist at AIR and has also performed for the German Radio and BBC. She is a founding member of Just Us Repertory, theater group formed by Gowri Ramnarayan and has sung for several of their productions. She has several albums to her credit. She has received awards from the Madras Music Academy, Krishna Gana Sabha and Kalki Krishnamurthy.

J Vaidyanathan MRIDANGAM PERCUSSION - hails from a Family of Great Musicians. He is the son of legendary musician D K Jayaraman and nephew of D K Pattammal. He is the disciple of Dr.T K Murthy, one of the greatest percussion Gurus of Carnatic Music. Vaidyanathan has accompanied all the great stalwarts of Carnatic music in concerts all over the world and is recipient of many awards including being the youngest percussionist to get the prestigious Kalaimaamani award from the Government of Tamil Nadu, India. He is known for his sensitive percussion.

Ranjani Ramakrishnan - VIOLIN - is the disciple of her mother Seetha Ramakrishnan who is a disciple of Kovai B Dakshinamoorthy. She was initiated into the art at the age of 4. Ranjani won the prestigious Pt. Vishwanathdev Sharma Award and was also a winner at the Khajuraho Festival inl 996. Ranjani is a grade 'A artist with AIR and Doordarshan. She has accompanied a number of eminent and senior artistes including R K Shrikantan, Chitravina N Ravikiran, Suguna Purushottaman, and Suguna Varadachari. She also regularly accompanies Alarmel Valli for her dance performances, in India and abroad.

B CharlesCharles is a sensitive Lighting and Stage director who works with several eminent dancers and theater artistes in Chennai