Carnatic Vocal with Smt. Pusthakam Ramaa
June 26th to July 6th Weekdays at 8:30 pm
Suggested Donation: $50 directly to artist
Karnataka Kalashree Smt. Pusthakam Ramaa is a widely acclaimed Carnatic musician from Bangalore, India. She has travelled throughout the world giving concerts and accompanying dance artists with her melodious and passionate voice. She is a Top Grade Artiste by All India Radio and has her own organization titled "Sangeetha Sambhrama." Not only has Ramaa risen to be a top artist in her field, but is a conduit for other professionals. She teaches many students and conducts various festivals, programs, and events to bring together artists from around the world. We are so lucky to have her teach this online workshop, where students may learn a few songs from her.
Karanas with Anugraha Sridhar
July 8th 10:00 - 12:00 am at the Ursuline Arts Center
$80 directly to artist
Anugraha Sridhar is a Bharathanatyam artiste, Carnatic vocalist from New York. She is a senior disciple of Padmabhushan Dr Padma Subrahmanyam and a teaching faculty at Nrithyodaya School for dance, Chennai. She has specialised in learning the 108 Karanas and has performed in many prominent festivals across India and internationally. She was invited to perform with her guru in South Africa under invitation from the India Embassy for Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). Anugraha works with various dancers and schools to create collaborative work and teaches students across the USA. She performed for the festival for 75 years of Indian Independence celebrations at the Capitol Hill in Washington DC. She was also chosen to perform at the prestigious Spirit of youth festival by the Music Academy Chennai. Anugraha is a playback singer and has sung for two Tamil films. She holds a Masters of Public policy from the University of Sydney, Australia and also worked as a political strategist in India.
Mohiniyattam with Sapna Govindan
July 9th 9:00 - 11:00 am at the Ursuline Arts Center
Suggested Donation: $50 - $80 directly to artist
Sapna Govindan is a dancer trained extensively in Mohiniyattam, a classical dance genre from Kerala, in Southwestern India. Her initial training was in the Kerala Kalamandalam style of Mohiniyattam under stalwart artists such as Kalamandalam Premalatha, Kalamandalam Sarojam and Kalamandalam Vinodini. Her training was supported in part by a scholarship from Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi, a center established to train, preserve, and patronize music and dance. In the US, Sapna has performed Mohiniyattam at venues such as The Dance Complex, Boston Center for the Arts, Dance for World Community Festival, NACHMO, Andover Town House, Jose Mateo Ballet Theater in Massachusetts and the Symphony Space in New York. She has been described as a dancer “who seemed to have been marinating in the rhythms and juices of Kerala, the birthplace of Mohiniyattam, forever”. Sapna has also taught visiting lessons and presented lecture demonstrations on Mohiniyattam in the Boston area. Currently, she continues her advanced training in Mohiniyattam under Dr. Neena Prasad, a world renowned dancer, educator and choreographer in this genre. Sapna also trains in Carnatic music and Kathakali, a traditional theater from Kerala.