Scienctific, Social and Spiritual Aweakening with Yoga
January 11-12, 2014 Ujjain, M.P. India
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Dr. Ganna Smirnova
Ganna Smirnova is one of the leading exponents of Indian classical dance in Europe. A highly consummate performer, researcher, a trained yoga teacher (Yoga Shiromani), author, organizer and dance teacher par excellence, Ganna has achieved many a milestones in her journey as an exponent of Indian classical dance, Bharatanatyam. After five years of rigorous and highly intensive training and learning in India, she was awarded with the empanelment as an artiste under Indian Council for Cultural Relations a very uncommon achievement for a non Indian artiste.
Ganna established a highly successful artistic establishment Indian Theater Nakshatra in the most prestigious academic institution of her country Tarasa Shevchenko National University in Kiev, Ukraine in the year 2005.She has to her credit publishing a monograph on the antiquity and the grand traditional history of Indian classical dances with the title “Indian temple dances- tradition, philosophy and legends” in Russian language that was published in the year 2010 and is one of the pioneer literatures in the entire Eastern Europe.She has been published in many an academic journals of Ukraine on the subjects of Indian performing arts, aesthetics of Indian classical drama and so on. She successfully completed her Doctorate in the area of Indian performing arts from the department of Aesthetics from the Tarasa Shevchenko University where she is completely engaged to teach.As a performer and exponent par excellence she has won the laurels and appreciations from the International scholars and the leading dance critics of India for her grasp, depth and versatility on this subject.
She successfully completed her Doctorate in the area of Indian performing arts from the department of Aesthetics from the Tarasa Shevchenko University where she is completely engaged to teach.
As a performer and exponent par excellence she has won the laurels and appreciations from the International scholars and the leading dance critics of India for her grasp, depth and versatility on this subject.She has performed very intensively across the India in the highly prestigious venues spanning Chandigarh to Chennai and from Ahmedabad to Imphal.
Since her highly appreciated arangethram in the year 2000 ,She has been invited to perform in many celebrated and leading dance festivals of India such as UDAY SHANKAR DANCE FESTIVAL in KOLKATA, TAJ MAHOTSAVA, RAJGIR MAHTOSAVA, NATYANJALI FESTIVAL IN CHIDAMBARAM AND THANJAVUR, NAADNEERAJANAM FESTIVAL at Thirupathi Devsthanam, NATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL IN AHMEDABAD, UNBUND BEATS OF INDIA FESTIVAL IN NEW DELHI,PRAGJYOTISHPUR FESTIVAL in Guwahati, INTETNATIONAL DANC CONGRESS in Bhubaneswar amongst others .
She has been invited to perform by the leading cultural institutions to present her solo dance recital in the various cities of India namely Bangalore, Mysore, Jaipur, Chandigarh, New Delhi, Kolkata, Panjim, Varanasi, Patna, Hyderabad, Chennai , Thiruvananthapuram, Bhopal, Guwahati, Bhuvaneswar, Imphal amongst others.
Ganna showcased her dance recitals at the highly prestigious venues in Berlin, Moscow, London, Lisbon, Milan, Colombo, Kandy and Prague amongst others. Besides, Ganna had the honor to present the solo dance recitals in the historic 150 years celebration of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in Vishwa Bharati and 150 years celebration of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya in Banaras Hindu University in the year 2012.
She has been coveted with the different honors both by the Ukrainian and Indian institutions namely Nruttya Patyashi Samman by the Governor of ODISHA , Rasa Ratna Samman in West Bengal, Nritya Shiromani Samman in Odisha , NATYA Sharadhi Samman by the Bharath ,Mahotsava as well as the acknowledgements of appreciation from the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture as the National Ensemble award.
Ganna has imbibed such qualities of an Indian devotee that she hardly looks one from Ukraine! She showed very high standard of technique—PadmaSri Dr. Sunil Kothari Emiment Dance Critic and Historian on Unbound beats of India festival April 2013 in Narthaki.
With restrained but intensive Abhinaya Ganna won the applause of the audience for her rendering. Ganna’s grasp over Bharatanatyam is praiseworthy. Belonging to a different culture, she has imbibed the spirit of Bharatanatyam admirably. Her performance was a highlight of the evening. Padma Sri Dr. Sunil Kothari Eminent Dance Historian and Critic about the National Dance festival in Ahemedabad February 2013 in Narthaki.
Ganna, a disciple of Jayalakshmi Eswar made the audience sit up with the pristine quality of her Bharatanatyam that was a new expression of Bhakti.
Ganna is a tribute to Jayalakshmi’s teaching- Smt Leela Venkatraraman Noted Dance Critic writing in The Hindu 25th April 2003
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Ruqiya Khan - Deshmukh
Areas of Expertise: Indian classical music, story-telling, art & craft, origami and creative play
Ruqiya belongs to the seventh generation of a family of musicians.
She has been training in Sitar for the past 30 years under the tutelage of her father and Guru Ustad Usman Khan, an internationally acclaimed Sitar Maestro. Ruqiya’s passion is music and creative arts.
She has been conducting music classes particularly in Sitar for the last 20 years and is a senior tutor at NAAD, an institute set up to impart training in Sitar in the traditional gurukul style.
Ruqiya is a graduate in psychology and a gold medallist in the PG course in Media Communication for Children.
She has given solo performances on Sitar in various cities in India and in Singapore and Malaysia.
She also served as a Sitar tutor at Temple of Fine Arts (TFA) – Kala Mandhir, in Singapore.
During her stint with the TFA, Ruqiya designed and conducted workshops on Indian music for various age groups in Chinese & International schools and in colleges, composed music for orchestration for Indian instrumental music, and undertook various entertainment projects for the senior citizens in Singapore.