By Jaikishore and Padmavani Mosalikanti
Saturday, September 30, 2023 | 4:30 PM EDT
Bryn Mawr College
Goodhart Hall, 101 N Merion Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
SRUTI is pleased to present a Grand Kuchipudi dance performance by Jaikishore and Padmavani Mosalikanti Kuchipudi Dance
Jaikishore and Padmavani Mosalikanti – Dancers
Jaikishore and Padmavani are an internationally acclaimed Kuchipudi dance duo from India and leading exponents of this art form. They are direct disciples of Sri Vempati Chinna Satyam, one of the stalwarts who stylized and popularized it worldwide. Sri. Jaikishore has rapidly emerged as an accomplished dancer with an uncanny understanding of the nuances of the art. His technical perfection, flexibility, and complete transformation into the character he depicts have won him admirable accolades along the globe. Smt. Padmavani, wife and disciple of Sri. Jaikishore, was initiated into dance at a very young age and has eventually grown to be a Kuchipudi exponent. She is a guru who can speak in the language of the young and impart the knowledge of Kuchipudi dance, philosophy, spirituality and art with great compassion and connection.
The duo have been traveling worldwide enthralling audiences with spectacular performances, Masterclasses and workshops.
Taniya Panda – Vocal
Taniya began her training in the Carnatic style of Indian classical music in Toronto, Canada from Smt. Vijayalakshmi Seenivasagam. In her early teens, she moved to Chennai, India to undergo more intensive training from the acclaimed ‘Veena Vidushi’, Smt. Padmavathy Ananthagopalan. Taniya is also an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer having undergone training with Guru A. Lakshmanaswamy. She has performed solo, duet and group productions in India, Canada and the US both as a dancer and supporting vocalist.
Taniya is currently continuing her vocal training with Kyvalya Chilla of Secunderabad. She is presently based in Marietta, Ga where she runs behind her two children. And when she isn’t singing or running in circles, she performs Bharatanatyam duets with her husband!
Puneet Panda – Nattuvangam
With a classical, creative, and sincere approach to his craft, Puneet Panda is a vibrant performer with an effervescent joy for the inner realm of Bharatanatyam. He has performed extensively in India and the US. Critics have applauded his rare combination of energy and elegance while staying true to the tradition-bound purity of his Gurus, the Dhananjayans. Puneet is a deft nattuvanar and has accompanied many accomplished dancers.
Puneet is a board certified ophthalmologist practicing in the Atlanta area. When he isn’t performing eye surgery, he performs Bharatanatyam with his wife!
B.P. Haribabu – Mridangam
A versatile Mridangam exponent trained under the guidance of exemplary gurus ‘Kalaimamani’ Sri. V.P. Ramadoss and ‘Sangeetha Kalanidhi” Sri. Thiruvarur Bhakthavatsalam, Haribabu has carved a niche for himself in the dance world. He acquired the skill from such stalwarts at the Tamil Nadu Govt. Music College. He was conferred the title ‘Vaadhya Visharadha’ in 1988 recognizing his adeptness in the art form. Besides being an expert Mridangam artist, he is equally proficient in Pakhawaj, Nattuvangam and Rhythm composing. He, being a specialist in playing for the Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi concerts, is the most sought after Mridangam artiste for at least 3 decades. He had been teaching and conducting workshops, lecture- demonstrations on Nattuvangam and rhythm for dancers and dance teachers. A Globe-trotter who has major countries across the globe amounting to 34 countries and 106 international tours, this is the 52nd USA tour. He also has to his credit of working with major Dance companies in the USA. He has performed twice at the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center, Fall for Dance Festival in NYC, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA.
Sai Kishore Ravisankar – Flute
Sai Kishore Ravisankar is a classically trained flutist from Trichy, Tamil Nadu. He started learning flute at a very young age under the tutelage of Trichy J. Venkatraman. Sai has performed on various Indian Television channels, All India Radio and across several stages in India & USA. He continues to accompany several eminent Indian musicians such as K.J. Yesudas and K.S. Chitra to name a few. He is a recipient of numerous awards and accolades. Sai is a Mechanical design engineer and lives in ATL, GA.