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.