Category: Performing Arts

Stand Up. Sketches. Nerd Humor.

Born in New York and brought up in California, Sanjay Manaktala got into stand up comedy due to his traveling consultant job with an IT firm. Since he would be bored in cities where he didn’t know anybody, Sanjay decided to give a shot at comedy, as this was something he always wanted to try.…

Designer & Dancer

Miti Desai is an alumnus of Sophia Polytechnic (India), Portfolio Centre (USA) and Bauhaus(Germany).  She won many awards and medals in her original field of Graphic Design, but the urge to feel body design led her to dance. She was looking for a spiritual approach to satisfy a deep inner quest which she found at Nateshvari, a dance…

Connecting the Dots

At the early age of 19, Pratik Chaudhri knew that he wanted to be a creator. Studying to be an Architect at the time, Pratik knew there was something else in the world he was meant to do. Starting off with a few dance classes in Mumbai, he immediately realized his natural flare for it…

Melodious Music

  Singer Kuhoo Gupta is an engineer by qualification. After a post graduate in Computer Science Engineering from IIT Bombay she worked in the IT industry for around 5 years before she got back to her childhood passion, MUSIC. Kuhoo has recorded professionally Indian classical and semi classical songs along with the contemporary film music.…

Jazzing It Up

Composer and Percussionist Vivek Rajagopalan befriended the Mridangam at the age of 9, under the able guidence of Guru Shri T.S.Nandakumar. Aged 17, Vivek took to the stage, alongside some of the most talented jazz musicians from across the world at the The International Jazz Festival Thailand. . . . . . . . .…

Beautiful Blend of Rap and Indian Music

Indus Gharana, India’s 1st eclectic band covering Rap/Hip-Hop/Alternative/Fusion/World is an assorted mix of seven hugely talented musicians that include Kamran (Keys+Composer+Vocalist), Sanjana (Vocalist), Roll Rida (Rapper), DJ 040 (Official hip-hop DJ), Invincible P (Rapper), Megh-Uh-Watt (Rapper) & Naresh Kumaran (Guitarist & Hindustani Vocalist). . . . . . . . . . . . . .…

On a Classical Note…

. . Classical Vocalist, K. S. Resmi is a highly experienced performer of Indian classical music as well as an experienced vocalist for Bharatanatyam dance. She has performed on numerous tours all over India, Europe and the USA. Resmi taught Carnatic vocal at the University of Madras in Chennai and Sangeeta Bharati (Malabar Gopalan Nair…

Singing Global Tunes

Internationally acclaimed recording artist, songwriter and producer Shaheen Sheik is also an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer. Known for her unique cultural perspectives, rich global instrumentation and contemporary, stylized vocals it was dance that actually drove her to study classical Indian music. Trained under David Trasoff, she is also a professional Sarod player. She was amongst the top 40 of 168 bands to…

Wonderfully Versatile

. . . British born New York based actor Samrat Chakrabarti is not only a great actor but also an award winning musician. He has won many awards for his music including a U.S. CARA for Best Original Pop/Rock Song, for his composition, “What’s It all About”. This year he was honoured with the 2010 TMG…

Soulful Sonatas

. . Concert Pianist and Educator Raj Bhimani is a champion of new music, and has developed particular expertise in French Piano literature. Raj performs regularly across North America, Europe and India. His concerts have been broadcast on Indian National Radio, Indian National Television, Portuguese National Radio, and on WQXR and WHUS Radio in the United States.…

Classical yet Contemporary

Classical and contemporary dancer and choreographer, Dr. Anita Ratnam is a widely sought after speaker on women’s issues relating to South Asia. In the 80s, she produced and hosted her own weekly television series on India in New York which won her many accolades. . . . . . . . . . . . . .…

Dancing Duo

Partners in dance and life, Shijith Nambiar and Parvathy Menon, together explore the intricacies, worship the spirituality and pursue the dialogue of cultures in Bharatanatyam. Alumni of Kalakshetra, it was here that they met.  After graduating and a few years of international experience they got married and soon formed a group in Chennai. Their first dance production,…

Bringing Kathakali to the world

As a young child Kalamandalam Vijaykumar watched Kathakali (ancient classical Indian dance-drama from the state of Kerala) in his village temple in Kottayam. Fascinated by the performances, he joined the Kerala Kalamandalam as a Vaysham (acting student) soon after he finished school. He has trained with the best artists in the industry like Kalamandalam Padmanabhan…

The Power of Dance

Exposed to the art form at a young age, Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant is trained in two traditional forms of the expressive classical Indian dance form, Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi. A former student of the prestigious Kalakshetra she is also trained in Carnatic music, Veena (a plucked stringed musical instrument), Choreography, Nattuvangam (art of conducting a…