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Performer, Researcher & Writer
Light design

Date & Time

Sunday Sun, 18 Dec 2022


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India
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Kalpavruksha is the Eternal Banyan, standing witness to Time and Life. Generations of men and women have rested in her shade and shared a part of their lives with her. She accepts them all like the ocean that welcomes every stream of water. And in that acceptance, every one of their stories becomes a part of hers. She stands today too, regal and majestic. As we walk her shade, she beckons with stories of the past, stories of our times and stories that are beyond time itself. Come, Listen to Her.

Kalpavruksha breaks boundaries of classical and contemporary, connoisseur and layman: it aims to build bridges between artiste and audience in the most authentic way possible, by being nuanced yet relatable. It explores the stories of man and woman from differing perspectives. Bringing together English spoken word and Bharatanatyam, along with contemporary carnatic music and percussion, this production speaks to today’s audience in earnest contemplation of stories from the past, present and what could be of the future.


Janani Murali

Performer, Researcher & Writer

Janani Murali is a performer, educator and researcher. Accorded with several awards and titles, she is an empanelled member of the ICCR and A graded artiste at National Television. Associate Artistic Director of Padmalaya Dance Foundation, her work in performance, dance education and inter disciplinary fields has received critical acclaim. Her work encompasses areas of Indic thought and socio-political ecology, aiming to bridge the legacy of the past with current day conundrums through progressive dialogue.

Padma Murali


Guru Smt. Padma Murali is a well-known performer, teacher and curator. Founder-Director of Padmalaya Dance Foundation, she has trained over 1000 students across the cities of Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Aurangabad and Coimbatore. As Chairperson, International Dance Alliance, Bangalore Chapter she initiated the unique IDA annual theme-based festival and the ‘Youth in Dance’ festival for young performers and research scholars.

Vasudha Balakrishna


Smt. Vasudha is a professional Carnatic classical vocalist from Bangalore. Having trained under illustrious Gurus, she is a “B High” graded artist in All India Radio, Bangalore. She has extensively toured UK, USA, South America, South Africa, Malaysia and Europe performing solo concerts, accompanying Bharathanatyam dancers, and giving music workshops. Smt Vasudha, along with her husband Sri S.V.Balakrishna,a professional Mridangist, runs a school of arts ‘Srivani Centre for Performing Arts’ in Bangalore.

Narasimha Murthy


Narasimha Murthy is a well accomplished Carnatic flutist. Starting at a very young age, he underwent training with Guru Vid, M.S Srinivasa Murthy later with Guru Vid. M.R. Doraswamy. He has gone training under vocalist Guru Vid. S. Shankar. Ably nurtured under their guidance with dedication to music, he soon started enthralling audiences. He is known for his melody, nuances and creativity. He is a graded artist from All India Radio and Doordarshan India and has extensively travelled globally to spread Carnatic music.

Vinay Nagarajan M


Vinay Nagarajan M started learning mridangam from Vid. N Narayanaswamy and currently learns from Vid. Bangalore SV Balakrishna. He is a B high grade artist in Mridangam and B grade in Konnakol from All India Radio, Bengaluru. He has accompanied various Carnatic musicians, sampradaya Bhajan and Bharatanatyam artistes in prestigious sabhas and festivals throughout India. He is a faculty for Mridangam and konnakol at Nritarutya, Upadhye School of Dance.

Keerthi Kumar

Light design

Keerthi Kumar is a Kathak, Indian contemporary dance and Bharatanatyam artiste. He is a Principal dancer and Head of Projects of STEM Dance Kampni and has performed and toured extensively. He is also a sought-after Lighting Designer, a Nattuvanar and a Padhant artiste. Keerthi also holds a Master’s in Business Administration. He co-founded ARTMOS through which he creates original choreographic works for educational institutions and works with artistes to create specially curated events, fastidious production design and their mindful execution.