Citsabha Collective’s dance festival in Bengaluru is about the pursuit of excellence


Shubha Nagarajan and Srividya Angara Sinha

Shubha Nagarajan and Srividya Angara Sinha Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Bengaluru-based Sitasabha Collective to host dance festival Self study. “Swadhyaya in Sanskrit means self-study,” says Srividya Angara Sinha, Kuchipudi dancer and founder of Sitsabha Collective. “When we want to achieve excellence in any field, self study There is a pre-condition. If they want to enter the field of their choice, the tendency for self-study has to be deeply rooted in themselves. Due to this basic idea, we have named this festival Swadhyaya. It is a platform for artists who make this their central consideration in the pursuit of excellence.

Swadhyaya is the second festival organized by Sitsabha Collective after the Percussion Festival in 2019. Swadhyaya will include a jugalbandi between Srividya and Shubha Nagrana, an Odissi dancer and co-founder of Sitsabha Collective.

A scene from his choreography

A scene from his choreography. Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

“We will present a choreography called Samagati. This dance is based on Adi Shankaracharya Meenakshi Panchratna, It depicts the life story of Meenakshi, who is born of fire and trained in warfare and the arts of war. She conquers every field and no one can match her bravery on the battlefield. She eventually becomes so powerful that she plans to conquer Kailasa,” says Srividya.

after this dance there will be one Jugalbandhi Amid Bharatnatyam-Kathak, performances by Rohini Prabhat and Medhavini Varkhedi and solo Bharatnatyam recital by Shruti Gopal, Artistic Director of Upadhyay School of Dance.

Soumya and Sanak Athreya

Soumya and Sanak Athreya Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

“We will also honor Soumya and Sanaka Athreya who have been working for over a decade in the field of Carnatic music and therapy for special children through their organization called Swarakshema Foundation. They are capable artists and we would like to thank them for what they have done in this field. He has worked with over 2000 neuro-divergent children with his Integrated Indian Music Therapy program in special education centres.

Srividya is a gold medalist in Master of Performing Arts – Kuchipudi from the University of Hyderabad. He also has a B.Tech degree in Computer Science and Engineering from VNR Vigyan Jyoti Institute of Engineering and Technology, Hyderabad. Furthermore, she is also an A-Grade artiste with Doordarshan and a listed artiste with SPICMACAY, currently learning Kuchipudi from Jaykishore Mosalikanti.

Swadhyaya, supported by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and NMDC (National Mineral Development Corporation) will be presented on 25 February, 4 pm at Seva Sadan, Malleshwaram. This event is open to everyone.

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