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Bharatanatyam Recital
 
Friday, 2nd November 2012 at 6:30 pm
Bharatanatyam Recital (choreographic piece on Sangam poets)
By Priyadarsini Govind
 
Accompanists: Anish Ram(vocal); K.S. Balakrishnan (nattuvangam); Deepu K. Nair (violin); and Ramakrishnan (mridangam)
Venue: Rose Garden
 
Priyadarsini Govind
Priyadarsini received advanced training in Bharatanatyam under the tutelage of  Guru Swamimalai K. Rajaratnam, exponent of the Vazhvoor School from the age of ten years. She was initiated in this art form under Smt. Usha, and later with Padma Bhushan Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan from the age of nine. She imbibes the best of both of her teachers.
 
Priyadarsini has been giving recitals from the age of sixteen, and has performed in numerous sabhas and academies in India and abroad. Selected to dance at the prestigious Festival of India in Paris, in 1985 at the age of twenty, Priyadarsini has also performed at: the Swarna Samaroh (celebrating 50 years of Indian Independence) organized by the Sangeet Natak Academy; the Khajuraho Dance Festival, and in Europe, US, Tunisia, South Africa, Afghanistan (under the ICCR banner) and on invitation by the French Government at the Parc de Villette Festival in Paris.
 
Priyadarsini holds the title of 'Kalaimamani' presented by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1998 for artistic excellence. She has also received the Vasantha Lakshmi Narsimhachari Award from the Narada Gana Sabha; and the Yuva Kala Bharathi from the Bharat Kalachar, Chennai, in the year 2000.
 
Apart from Bharatanatyam, Priyadarsini has also trained in Kalaripayattu, the martial art form of Kerala and Nattuvangam from Kalashetra, besides performances on television. A graduate in commerce from the University of Madras, Chennai, Priyadarsini holds a diploma in Mass Communication.
 
Intense and naturally talented, her special interest however, still remains abhinaya––‘I think it's beautiful and I was trained in a particular style that gives a lot of emphasis on it’.

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