Pada Varnam: Learning Aspects of Bharatanatyam through a Beautiful Musical Form | by Sheejith Krishna

5 Days Bharathanatyam Workshop

Navaneetham organizes an interactive session and workshop for the second time with Sheejith Krishna, Director of Sahrdaya Foundation. The workshop focuses on learning aspects of Bharathanatyam through a beautiful musical form. Starting from 29th of March, the unwonted artist and savant devotes himself for five days till the 2nd of April.

About the artiste

Sheejith Krishna studied, then taught, at Kalakshetra Foundation, the world-renowned institution for the classical arts in Chennai, India, for 21 years (1989-2010). Now an independent artiste and choreographer, he has learnt Bharatanatyam, percussion, and vocal music from such stalwarts as Sarada Hoffman, Vikku Vinayakaram, and S Rajaram.

A lead performer in the Kalakshetra Repertory, Sheejith Krishna has played the roles of both Rama and Ravana in Rukmini Devi’s legendary six-part Ramayana series. While at Kalakshetra, he also choreographed and directed Masquerade (2007), an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’s Man in the Iron Mask in the idiom of Bharatanatyam. His other internationally recognized ensemble works include Krishna Bharatam (2009), Parinaamam (2010), and Pravaaha (2013). Most recently, he has directed and choreographed Sahrdaya Foundation’s music-dance-theatre adaptation of Miguel Cervantes’s early seventeenth-century classic novel, Don Quixote, which premiered in Chennai and toured fifteen US cities in 2015.  Ram Katha, based primarily on Ramcharitamanas of Tulsidas, is his latest ensemble work.

His choreographies are recognized for their irregular patterns, atypical gist and rhythmic complexities. His awards and honours include Bharat Kalachar’s Yuva Kala Bharati,(2002), Narada Gana Sabha’s Senior Dancer Award (2006), Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar (2007), Sri Krishna Gana Sabha’s Yagnaraman Award for Excellence in Dance (2010), and the Ram Gopal Award for Best Male Solo Artiste from Attendance (2015).

 In 2011, Sheejith Krishna launched Sahrdaya Foundation in Chennai with a core group of fellow artistes (Manjari, Jyothishmathi, Anjana Anand and Akhila Ramnarayan) with a threefold focus on education, performance, and community outreach.  In its mission and vision, Sahrdaya Foundation emphasizes humility, goodness, and love for humanity as a first step for any artist.  It seeks to create an open-ended creative forum for artistes, students, teachers, and audiences while maintaining classical standards of excellence.

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Nrithyathi 2016

Navaneetham was established in 1993 and it was registered as a Trust in 2004 back by a band of art loving citizens of Thrissur, with an object to revive, promote and spread among the emerging generation, forms of various Indian Traditional art forms, some of them on the vanishing horizon, and on the larger kaleidoscope, to afford opportunities for art lovers across the country to get to know about the art and culture of other States by arranging exchange programs by performing troupes and conduct of week long workshops. We can modestly claim to have achieved a four degree of success in our ventures, having arranged a number of such immense patronage and participation both locally as well as in other States visited. We, a non-profit cultural organization have already built up a talented circle of amateur artistes, eager to learn more and perform seriously.

Nrithyathi- The Vibes of Youth-2016, The Fourth Edition

Nrithyathi is a one of a kind 3 days event being held at the cultural capital of Kerala- Thrissur for the past 3 years. This festival aims in promoting the rich cultural heritage of India through various performances and workshops by aspiring artists and proving an opportunity for the young generation of artists to watch performances, attend workshop and thus creating awareness about the rich Indian Heritage. Navaneetham Cultural Trust was started by a group of art lovers from Thrissur and has played an important role in promoting rich Indian culture among the younger generation for the past 23 years. Navaneetham also organizes festivals like Yuva Kala Parva, Ranga Harsha, Monsoon Dance Music and Theater Festival to apart from Nrithyathi where the people of Thrissur get to experience watching maestros in different fields of Indian Classical dance music and theater as well as various folk forms. Entry to these festivals is completely free.


This year ‘Nirthathi Dance Fest 2016’ will take place over 3 days from December 3rd to 5th at K. T. Mohammed Smaraka Theater,  Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Acedemi, Thrissur. Mohinyattam, Odissi and Kathak recitals will be staged respectively each day from 6.30 pm on wards.

3rd December 2016 | Mohiniyattam | Smt. Vidya Pradeep

Smt. Vidya is a senior disciple of Mohiniyattam exponent Dr. Neena Prasad. She has undergone extensive and authentic training in the discipline ordained by her Guru and has been performing extensively as a solo artiste and also in group choreographs of her guru for the past 18 years. Apart from Mohiniyattam she has had fastidious training in other Indian classical dance forms under eminent gurus; Bharatanatyam from Dr.Neena Prasad, Kuhcupudi from Shri.Mosalikanti Jai Kishore, and Kathakali from Shri Kalamandalam Krishna Prasad.

4th December | Odissi Duet Performance | Shri Lingaraj Pradhan and Smt Sanjukta Pradhan

Trained since the age of 15 by Guru Shri Bichitrananda Swain, under the direct supervision of Padmashree Guru Gangadhar Pradhan, Lingaraj has had the honor of performing at many Festivals in India and abroad. His sculpturesque poses, incredible body movements, radiant eyes and ever-smiling face light up the environment in which he performs. He was awarded the prestigious “Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar” for the year 2009 by Sangeet Natak Akademy, New Delhi. He studied Mardala under the tutelage of Guru Sri Banamali Moharana,Guru Sri Gangadhar Pradhan and is continuing training with Guru Shree Dhaneswar Swain. An exponent of his art, his goal is to empower and inspire people of all ages with the transformative power of dance.


A promising dancer of her generation, Sanjukta has proved her talents from her childhood. She started her initial training at the age of 9 under the discerning guidance of Guru Sri Yudhisthir Nayak. She was under the direct supervision of  Padmashree Guru Gangadhar Pradhan, at Orissa Dance Academy. She has been awarded the Senior National Scholarship from Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India and awarded “Sringaramani” by Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai. She has traveled all over India and abroad and participated in major festivals as a senior performer of Rudraksh Foundation. Sanjukta has been most noted for her range and depth of expression and fluid body movements. Within each movement she conveys subtle emotions with perfect clarity. Presently she is continuing her training with Guru Sri Yudhisthir Nayak and she is a senior dancer at “Rudraksh Foundation” which is led by Guru Sri Bichitrananda Swain.

5th December 2016 | Kathak Duet Performance |  Shri Tushar Bhatt and Smt Pooja Bhatt

Tushar Bhatt and Pooja Bhatt are well known Kathaakars from Bengaluru. They balance traditional arts with contemporary designs. They aim to reach out to Teaching, Choreographing and Dancing Kathak, worldwide.

Tushar Bhatt, disciple of Guru Shri Dharamshi bhai Shah – Bhavnagar, Gujarat, is Graduate in Kathak from the University AkhilBharatiyaGandharvaMahavidyalaya Mandal – Mumbai and he is an auditioned artist for Doordarshan.

Pooja Bhatt, disciple of renowned Kathak Guru Shri Abhimanyu Lal, holds a Degree and Diploma from National Institute of Kathak Dance, Kathak Kendra – Delhi.

The Kathak Dance Duo is well known for their creative, energetic choreographs and spectacular performances, to train generation of today and mould them into tomorrow’s promising dancers in the field of Kathak. They have performed in many prestigious festivals held in India and abroad

You are cordially invited to be present and enjoy the truly uplifting events of cultural extravaganza 

Belraj Soni
Founder Director

International Residential Workshop on Classic Ayurveda and Hata Yoga

Along with many of its benefits, modern life has given man a major setback too – a stressful life. Yoga and Ayurveda combined together can provide an effective solution to this omnipresent problem. Ayurveda suggests that you should maintain good health even at the expense of all your other worldly possessions. ‘Samkhya’ one of the six major schools of Indian philosophy is the base of both Yoga and Ayurveda. Although Yoga and Ayurveda differ drastically in method, they both aim at one thing, the well being of body and mind.

Swami Gorakhnath the founder of Agasthya Sidha Asram gives equal importance to body and mind. According to him one cannot completely ignore the body for attaining higher spiritual levels. Indian philosophy treats both body and mind as two wings of the same bird and in order to fly a perfect harmony between the two as well as the perfect well being of two are required. He never advocate the negation of life, but he take life in it’s affirmative way, with all it’s positive aspects. Ayurveda is the art of healthy living that enables you to find a perfect harmony between your body and mind. Whereas modern medical science treats only the infected part, Ayurveda treats body as a whole. Along with curing ailments, Ayurveda gives equal importance to preventive measures too whereas Yoga is a way of life. What Yoga does essentially is establishing a perfect balance between positive and negative energy.

Inspired by the great man’s visionary and mastermind Navaneetham Cultural Trust humbly presents a Yoga-Ayurveda residential workshop which will last for three days, at a beautiful hill station of Kerala, Kanthalloor. Three memorable and healthy days of life, treating and intoxicating mind and body with Yoga-Ayurveda in an exotic lush green heavenly leeway. What more to ask for!

About the Workshop

A three days residential program with Ayurveda and Yoga for cleansing and detoxifying body, mind and soul! The workshop commences from 11th of November 2016 to 13th. The participants should report latest by 10th evening 7.00 pm. Residential workshop will be held at a nature resort located at the edge of the forest boundary.

Techniques to detoxify teeth, tongue, head, ears, and eyes, skin, big and small intestine, lungs and heart will be taught by Swami Gorakhanath. Special Ayurvedic recipes will be prepared and taught for cleaning the subtle channels of the body and for tuning mind and consciousness. Day starts with Pranayam, Asanas, and proper relaxation, and Ayurvedic food, practice of active and passive meditation aided by pure Sidha medication.

Every day, application of Sidha formulated face packs and hair oils for hair growth and natural hair dyeing will be executed. According to the body constitution of each participant special medicines will be provided, taught to smear on feet and forehead overnight. Puravalayam is the method of covering eyes with medicated paste before going to sleep, which will also be a part of daily routine.

Besides, lectures will be held throughout the day which would advocate healthy living. Awareness on food consumption, cooking and consumption based on Sidha medication, importance of Kalpa medicines in food are a few among the decisive module of the workshop.

For a detailed schedule kindly click HERE . 

For a brief video of former year’s workshop click HERE.

Swami Gorakhnath


Born in 1964 Swami Gorakhnath joined the Indian Military Service as a Technician after completing his education. But during the later years he realized that he had bigger roles to play, greater dreams to achieve. So he quit the military to follow the spiritual path that led him to the Sivananda Ashram where he spent five years as a Yoga teacher. After learning Yoga and Siddha medicine and after acquiring in-depth knowledge in Indian Philosophy and spirituality from eminent masters and Gurus, Swamiji established the Agastya Siddha Ashram in Edavanakkad in the year 2000. Then onwards the Ashram has become a sanctuary for many. For those who seek cure for their bodily ailments, for those who are after a higher pursuit called spirituality, or for those who simply want to learn Kalari or Ayurveda. Every year he undertakes spiritual journeys to the Himalayas with interested groups and holds ‘Samvadas’ (interactive learning sessions) with eminent sages there.


Being a non-profit organization we accept a nominal amount of ₹ 12500/- as workshop fee, which includes accommodation in the luxury nature resort and food conditioned based on Ayurveda. Registrations will be based on first come first serve basis since we can accommodate only 30 participants at a time. Registration forms can be forwarded upon demand by mail, and completed registration forms can be sent to A hard copy of duly filled form along with a photo ID can be submitted by hand on the reporting day, 10th of November.  Payment can be done by cash or online. Details for the online payment are as follows:

Account Holder: Navaneetham Cultural Trust
Account number: 50200006574302
Bank Name: HDFC Bank Ltd
Branch: Trichur
IFSC:  HDFC0000057

For correspondences: 
Belraj Soni,
Founder & Director,
Navaneetham Cultural Trust,
Reach him at 949-511-8989 or 992-099-7639

Kindly take note that the cellular network is restricted to BSNL in the proposed venue and it’s stretch. It is highly desirable to carry a BSNL connection for communications outside of the venue.


The Great Garba Dandiya Raas Night

Sardotsav 2016: On this Navratri dance away to glory with Navaneetham!!

Navaneetham celebrates Sardotsav 2016 with The Great Garba Dandiya Raas Night at Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala.


Dance to the tune Gujarati folk with professional dancers of Rangashree School of Dance, Ahamedabad all the way from Gujarat!  Attend one  day workshop absolutely free with every ticket purchase worth ₹ 500/-.  Workshop scheduled on Fri 14th Oct 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm & Sat 15th Oct 7.00 am to 9.00 am.  Enjoy night long festivities and fun with the best Gujarati DJ for the second time ever happened in Kerala!!!

Date: 15th October 2016

Venue: Vrindavan Inn, Marar Road, Thrissur

Time: 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm


For more details kindly contact our Founder and Director. The contact details are given below

Belraj Soni

992-099-7639 or 949-511-8989

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Navaneetham Cultural Trust, a non-profit organization, founded and headed by Shi Belraj Soni, a Kalaripayattu Maestro based in Mumbai, organizes Monsoon Dance Music and Theater Fest every year. This album showcases a few excerpts from the  five days festival staged in Thrissur during the magical Monsoons in Kerala. The Festival showcased Theater, Sufiana, Odissi, Bharathnatyam, Odissi and Kathak recitals performed by the veterans in their respective fields.

Day 2 features “Sufiana” – a combination of Sufi, Ghazhal & Qawwali by Anitha Shaiq & Group


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