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Sat 26 November 2016, 18:00 – 20:30 GMT
LAASYA DANCE SCHOOL PRESENTS DANCE MELA 2016 !
This is an Indian dance art festival held in Southampton, Hampshire featuring Rukmini Vijayakumar, a world renowned dancer and bollywood actress.
Laasya dance will be staging a 90 minutes solo Bharathanatyam performance by a very talented dancer Rukmini Vijayakumar.
Rukmini Vijaykumar began her formal training in dance at the age of eight. She had an initial exposure to ballet, but her primary training and rigorous practice through her early years was in Bharatanatyam. She had her Arangetram, (debut, solo performance) in 1998 under Guru Padmini Rao, after which she continued her practice under Guru Narmada, (a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Academy Award) and Guru Sundari Santhanam (a senior disciple Dr Padma Subrahmanyam). She was introduced to the teachings of the Natyashastra, and pursued an intense training in the Karanas under Guru Sundari Santhanam for many years. She furthered her knowledge of Bharatanatyam by studying, Sanskrit, Tala (rhythm) in music, and Yoga.
She was re-introduced to Classical Ballet in her late teens and began a serious practice at various dance studios in California and New York, and under Yana Lewis in India. She branched out into, Jazz and Modern dance techniques and was accepted into the Undergraduate program for dance at the Boston Conservatory, one of the most prestigious performing arts schools in the USA.
Rukmini is an empaneled solo Bharatanatyam artist with the ICCR. She was awarded the title of “Arsha Kala Bhushanam”, by Swami Dayananda Saraswati in 2012.
She has performed in many venues in India and abroad and has been appreciated for her unique style, innovative choreography, athleticism, arresting emotions and attention to detail. Her recent performances at the 80th Anniversary of the Jacobs Pillow dance festival, USA and at the Erasing borders Festival, NY, were well received. Her dance productions “Nayani” and “Prabhavati” toured the USA, and Middle East, in 2012, 2013 raising funds for AIM for Seva.
She has performed as a bharatanatyam soloist in Khajuraho, Modhera, IIC, Hampi, Kartik Fine Arts, Bharat Kalachar, Narada Gana Sabha, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal and several other renowned festivals.
Rukmini’s enthuse in theater and acting prompted her study of Film and Theater at the New York Film academy and at the Ivana Chubbuck studios. She has performed in several theater productions in India and has received much appreciation for her delineated character of Aung San Suu Kyi, in the one woman show, “The Lady of Burma”, by Richard Shannon, directed by national award winner, Prakash Belawadi. She has also been lauded for her unique role as lead, in her first Tamil film, Bommalattam, with Nana Patekar directed by Bharati Raja. She was well recognized for her performance in Ananda Tandavam, by Gandhi Krishna and has recently acted in Kochaidaiyaan, with actor Rajinikanth, and Shamitabh directed by R Balki. She also has a special appearance playing a pivotal role, and a dance sequence in the movie Bajarangi, in kannada, released 2013.
She has endorsed several products as a model in many print and TV commercials in India and other Asian countries and continues to work in the Film and TV industry in India.
The evening is a presentation of Inidan Dance forms including Bharathnatyam by very well known Dancer and teacher Sitara Koushik .
Sitara is professionally trained in Indian classical dance (Bharatanatyam) in Tanjore Quatret style.Sitara completed her 'Arangetram' (first public performance) at the young age of 14 under the guidance of her Guru K Shiv Rao and since then has been pursuing this beautiful art form with passion and devotion. Sitara has performed extensively on stage and national television in India and classified as a graded artist of Doordarshan. Settled in the UK since 2009, she has had the opportunity to perform in different prestigious venues such as London, Bristol, New Forest and Wales. sitara has has performed in productions organised by Ministry of Culture, Governement of India. She is also founder of Lassya Dance School in Southampton.
Enjoy guest peroformances by Southampton University students and Southampton's first professional bollywood group "Unity Bollywood". Laasya dance students are performing at this evening directed and choreographed by Sitara Koushik.
DELICIOUS INDIAN CUISINE DINNER stalls are available.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please contact us through email firstname.lastname@example.org also by phone 07825554762/ 07919347372
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Yes. Children under 3 years old are free and tickets are available for 3 - 15 years at a discounted price
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Free parking available at hub theater!