Shijith Nambiar and Parvathy Menon
Shijith Nambiar & Parvathy Menon, Partners in Dance as well as in Life, are one of the prominent Dance Duos in the discipline of Bharatanatyam.
Shijith Nambiar, an ex-faculty member of Kalakshetra, Chennai, the world renowned institution founded by Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale, is a brilliant Bharatanatyam performer with an unerring grasp of rhythmic intricacies. A versatile Dancer, an exceptional Nattuvanar and a unique choreographer, Shijith Nambiar has already made his presence felt in India and abroad in the discipline of Bharatanatyam.
He has travelled around the globe with the repertory company of “Kalakshetra” and worked in Guadeloupe, U.S.A, Canada, U.K. and France as a choreographer and performer. Apart from his skill as a choreographer, teacher and performer, Shijith Nambiar is also a trained percussionist. He was conferred with the “Yuvakalabharathi Title” in 2007 by Bharat Kalachar for all rounder in Bharatanatyam, Nattuvangam and Choreography.
Parvathy Menon born and brought up in Kuwait has completed her post diploma in Bharatanatyam from Kalakshetra. She is an exemplary example of the Kalakshetra baani (tradition). The excellent stage presence and exceptional bhavabhinaya demonstrated by Parvathy makes her distinct and exemplary. Parvathy has travelled widely around the globe as one of the lead performers of the Kalakshetra repertory Company. Her most demanding role has been that of Christine in Masquerade of Kalakshetra which was widely acclaimed by eminent exponents of the discipline.
Shijith and Parvathy, together they explore the intricacies of Bharatanatyam, together they worship the spirituality of Bharatanatyam, together they pursue the dialogue of cultures in Bharatanatyam and finally together they take you to experience “Bharatanatyam”. “
Murali Parthasarathy ( Vocal )
Murali is a first class holder of M.A music from Madras University, India. He had his initial training in music from the late Sri Needamangalam V.V Subramaniam and Smt. Padma Veeraraghavan. He obtained further training from Sri. Neyveli R Santhanagopalan and is currently under the tutelage of Sri. D Seshadri of the Hyderabad brothers. He has had training in the tradition of North Indian classical music as well.
Gifted with a melodious voice, Murali brings to his music the dignity of the South Indian classical music tradition, a feeling for the nuances of mood and a keen sense of rhythm and laya.
M . Venkatakrishnan (Nattuvangam)
Venkatakrishnan is an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer disciple of the Dhananjayans. He gives solo performances and dancing with his gurus group productions too. He has toured in USA and Canada in 2006 with Cleveland Cultural Alliances's production Ekantha Seetha. He has accompanied the renowned dancer Malavika Sarukkai. He has conducted the performances of eminent dancers from Chennai and elsewhere. In addition, he is an accomplished musician.
R. Karthikeyan, ( Mridangam)
Karthikeyan commenced his musical training from his father Sangeetha Booshanam Mridangam Maestro Sri A.S. Ramanathan (Retd. Professor Ramanathan Academy, Jaffna, Srilanka. He is a regular mridangist for V.P.Dananjayan, Shantha Dananjayan, Anitha Ratnam, Leela Samson, Vyjayanthimala among others.
He has also accompanied Sasikiran, Sikkil Gurucharan, Bombay Jaysree(for Leela Samson’s project), O.S.Arun, Rajkumar bharathi, Sasidharan and Nagamani Srinath.
Apart from mridangam, playing other instruments such as kanjira, ghatam, Morsing, Udukai, Konnakol and other sound effects (like thavil, jandai, Sudha madhalam, Dolok etc.) for south Indian Dance, Contemporary dance, Theater and improvisational music and Bharathanatyam Dance Drama.
He has been awarded the title “Yuva kala Bharathi “(best mridangist for bharathanatyam) by Bharat Kalachar for the year 2007 - 2008.
Easwar Ramakrishnan (Vocal & violin)
A Carnatic vocal child prodigy trained and nurtured by his father Sangeeta Vidwan Prof. P.P.Ramakrishnan, Easwar is the youngest of the accompanists who has hit the Bharatanaatyam stage both as a vocalist and violinist. Under the guidance of the Dhananjayans, Easwar got his training to sing and accompany for Bharatanaatyam, while he underwent a formal diploma course in Kalakshetra. Merit scholarship holder from the Government of India, Ministry of Culture, young Easwar won several prizes and awards in youth competitions. He accompanies well-known dancers both as main singer and violin accompanist, has already performed and toured around the world a couple of times, and has also proven his ability to score music for dance productions.