Natya Vriksha celebrates
World Dance Day 2017
India International Centre
April 29 & 30, 2017 New Delhi

March 29, 2017

Natya Vriksha celebrates World Dance Day 2017

Curator: Geeta Chandran
Venue: India International Centre Auditorium
Dates: Saturday 29 April & Sunday, 30 April 2017

Saturday, 29 April 2017
10 am to 12 noon: EVERYONE CAN DANCE, Bharatanatyam workshop by Geeta Chandran
(For all those who have not had any formal dance training; Age no bar!)

4 pm: Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan will launch DANCE IN RETROSPECT Part II edited by Dr. Sunil Kothari, followed by a dialogue with Dr. Kothari on his life and work.


Aniruddha Knight

Gauri Diwakar

6:30 pm: Bharatanatyam by Aniruddha Knight (grandson of Balasaraswati)

7:45 pm: Kathak by Gauri Diwakar

Sunday, 30 April 2017
10 am to 12 noon: CHHAU WORKSHOP conducted by Guru Shashadhar Acharya (Open to dancers of all styles)

4 pm: HEALTH FOR DANCE: Illustrated lecture by Dr. Sheela Nambiar


Nandita Devi

Purva Dhanashree

6:30 pm: Manipuri by Nandita Devi

7:45 pm: Vilasini Natyam by Purva Dhanashree

About the artistes
Aniruddha began his career as a vocalist for his mother Lakshmi Knight during the 1990's, appearing with her at such venues as the World Music Institute (New York), the Institute for Intercultural Performance (UCLA) and the International Festival of Sacred Music. He gave his debut dance concert in Chennai in 1994 and his American dance debut at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in 1997.

Aniruddha has been presented by leading cultural organizations throughout India. He and his ensemble have received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, several state arts agencies. He was the first solo traditional artist to receive development and touring grants from the National Dance Project. Aniruddha runs the Balasaraswati Institute of Performing Arts in and around Chennai to encourage hundreds of underprivileged children to learn and value the classical arts. Today, nearly 250 children, ten staff, and twenty volunteers are steadfastly committed to the growth and development of the Institute.

Gauri Diwakar, a Kathak dancer par excellence, has been recipient of many prestigious awards like 'Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar' by the SNA. A versatile, energetic performer, Gauri has created a niche for herself and is a regular across several national and international dance festivals.

Her journey started from Jamshedpur where she learned under the watchful eyes of Sumita Chowdhary. She further honed her skills under the tutelage of the renowned Gurus, Pandit Birju Maharaj and Jai Kishan Maharaj at the national capital's Kathak Kendra. After graduating with distinction from Kathak Kendra, Gauri further perfected her skills under Aditi Mangaldas. Currently, Gauri is a senior member of the dance repertory of Drishtikon Dance Foundation.
Gauri is also passing on her skills by training young students under her own trust 'Gauri Diwakar Sanskriti Foundation- Sarvatra Nrityam.'

Nandita Devi secured the first position in her post graduation at Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy and having worked with various groups as a leading dancer she is an eminent soloist in her own right. She also underwent training in acting under the well known theatre personality Heisnam Kanhailal.

She has been training and working under Guru Singhajit Singh and Charu Sija Mathur for the last 20 years. She has travelled and performed extensively both in India and abroad with her teachers and has also worked with dancers Madhavi Mudgal, Geeta Chandran and Pratibha Prahlad. She always played important roles in all the production of her gurus with great success. Besides being a talented and devoted dancer, she is also assisting her teachers in imparting advanced training of students.

Critics and connoisseurs consider Purva Dhanashree as one of the outstanding classical dancers of the younger generation. From 2000-2014 she learnt Vilasini Natyam under Guru Swapnasundari. Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi selected Purva under the Young Talent Scholarship in the year 2002. She received the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar in 2008, is an empanelled artiste of SPIC MACAY and has been regularly conducting workshops and lecture demonstrations across the country.

Purva Dhanashree is also a top grade Bharatanatyam artiste of Doordarshan. Born and brought up in New Delhi, her mastering of technique and depth of abhinaya has earned her the privilege of performing on the inaugural day of the December Festival 2000 at the Music Academy, Chennai. She was judged the best dancer at the Spirit of Youth concerts 1999 and was conferred the Dr. MGR Award. Since then she had performed in several prestigious festivals in India and abroad.