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Performers

Date & Time

Wednesday Wed, 3 Apr 2024

Location

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

We have all heard about the abduction of Sita, but how many have seen the Ramayana from Sita’s point of view?

Have you ever wondered how Draupadi would describe the turmoil she faced in the Mahabharata?

They are the two most powerful female figures in Hindu mythology, yet their perspective is often overlooked. This dance-theatre production brings Sita and Draupadi face-to-face in a conversation about their lives, told through their voices. A unique amalgamation of Bharatanatyam, contemporary dance, and theatre, this performance will take you on an extraordinary journey as the two goddesses relive their stories through dance.

The production is by Jyotsna Shourie Dance Society and Keelaka Dance Company

Director: Jyotsna Shourie
Producer: Aneesha Grover
Sponsor: MADSTARBASE
Music: OS Arun and MadStarBase

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Performers

Jyotsna Shourie

Director

Jyotsna Shourie is an internationally celebrated Bharatanatyam dancer, teacher and choreographer, who has remained committed to the art form for over 6 decades. Shourie has been known to push the boundaries of classical dance, and has conceived several critically acclaimed dance productions that have been well received in all corners of the world. She has won several awards for choreography including GOLDS at the New Prague Dance Festival and Grand prix Italia. She is the founder of The Dance Centre where she has trained over 200 students in the art of Bharatanatyam. She also is the founder of the Keelaka Dance Company.

Nandita Kaalan

Dancer

Nandita is a Bharatanatyam dancer and teacher known for her technique, poise and rhythm. Having performed all around the world since she was a young girl, Nandita has a stage presence that captivates audiences. An award winning performer, she has won international awards such as “outstanding dancer at the New Prague Dance festival” in Czech Republic. Nandita is now training students to learn the complex art of Bharatanatyam and is known for her unique and experimental approach to teaching. An accomplished interior designer, her creative endeavors span multiple disciples.

Aneesha Grover

Dancer & Producer

Aneesha Grover, is a New Delhi based Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer and teacher known for her grace and agility. She has been performing internationally since the age of 8, and has the privilege to be invited to perform at distinguished venues around the world. Aneesha also produces, writes and choreographs productions that have caught the eye of audiences worldwide. With a background in television, Aneesha’s creative trajectory has been dynamic as she has spearheaded award winning television campaigns. She has won over 13 international awards including two GOLDS at the New York Film and TV awards. In 2024, Aneesha founded the Keelaka Dance Company along with her guru, Jyotsna Shourie.

Amrita Sivakumar

Dancer

Amrita Sivakumar is a Bharatanatyam dancer and teacher from New Delhi. A post- graduate from Rukmini Devi Arundale’s ‘Kalakshetra’, Amrita has had the privilege of performing, choreographing and teaching Bharatanatyam for the past 13 years. Amrita Sivakumar is the HOD of Performing Arts Department in a full time school, and runs her own Bharatanatyam dance school “Kalamrita – School of Bharatanatyam” in Dwarka, New Delhi. Her motivation has always been to pass on the knowledge of Bharatanatyam to future generations.

Benjamin Jacob

Dancer

Benjamin Jacob, is a renowned contemporary artist from Delhi. He spent his early years of training under the guidance of Ashley Lobo. In 2017 and 2019 he received a scholarship to study dance in Germany and London under the mentorship of some of the finest teachers in Europe. He has over a decade of experience in performing, teaching and choreography composition. He is also the artist director of Jacob’s Dance Company which was set up in 2020.

Joe Mathew

Dancer

After an MA in Dance Performance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance, London, Joe came back to Delhi intent on contributing to the booming dance culture in India. He is a freelance Dancer and Music Producer working all over Delhi NCR, since 2021. Trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Contemporary his core practice involves fusing Contemporary and Hip-Hop as well as incorporating his ability to beatbox and produce music. A Multi-Disciplinary Performer with a penchant for producing diverse pieces of work through Research and Collaboration.

Aadya Jain

Dancer

Aadya Jain is a young, enthusiastic dancer who began her training in Bharatanatyam at the young age of 6 under the guidance of her Guru, Jyotsna Shourie. She effortlessly balances her academic pursuits with her passion for the performing arts and has successfully participated in numerous, national and international performances staged by the Jyotsna Shourie Dance Company. Additionally, she has been awarded a scholarship from the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training. Apart from  Bharatanatyam, Aadya also displays a keen interest in theatre

Sagar Vashisht

Actor

Sagar Vashisht is an Actor and a Theatre Maker who has been an active part of the Theatre Industry since 2016.

Formally trained from The National School of Drama Varanasi, his performance repertoire includes Classical & Modern Indian Drama, along with various folk Indian Dance and Drama forms such as Chhau, Sattriya, Yakshagana, Nautanki etc.