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Harshitha - The Dancer! 


           Harshitha Venkatesh has learnt this art format from her Mother/Guru Bhuvana Venkatesh(Artistic Director, Nrithyanivedhan School of Dance, CA, USA) in the traditional Pandanallur Style of Bharathanatyam starting at age 5. She has captivated audiences of all ages both in Chennai & in the US through her elegant, dedicated and graceful dancing.
   
            Harshitha is a fast-paced dancer and is highly skillful in the complex rhythmic footwork characteristic of the Pandanallur style and is vivid in expressing the varied emotions of the Abhinaya. She is also dexterous in demonstrating the Karanas which are identified as Sculpturesque movements as codified in the Natya Shastra, an Indian treatise on Dance which her Mother/ Guru integrates in all her choreographic works.   


        Harshitha as a young dancer, wanted to combine her love for classical dance and her passion for empowering women to hold a benefit event for Maitri, a non-profit organization in Bayarea (maitri.org - Helping women help themselves) in March of 2016 at Sunnyvale theatre, CA. She put her creative skills to help a cause that would benefit & empower the society! She raised 7000 dollars for the organization with this benefit event & it was gratifying for her to have made a difference in the community to give back with the art she loves to do!


Harshitha's journey as a "Dancer" !

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    Harshitha performed her Arangetram - Solo Debut performance on July 16, 2010 at Madras Music academy, Chennai, India in the honourable presence of AIR Natarajan , Kalaimamani Guru Bala Meera Chandra, and Mr. R. Sundar of "Hamsadhwani" Cultural Organization in Chennai , India.
   She has been the winner in various dance competitions such as the Papanasam Sivan & Kala Aradhana competitions from 2008 - 2014.
     Harshitha has consistently performed as a soloist in various cultural events , temples in and around Bayarea namely Livermore, Sanathan Dharma Kendra for the past decade. She performed in Yuvabharathi’s Kalpana event in 2011 and again in January 2018 in a duet classical dance performance along with her mother/Guru Bhuvana Venkatesh . She has given full-length Solo performances in 2012 in Chennai dance sabhas in India with esteemed musicians from Chennai, India.








 
 




         

Harshitha Venkatesh

Harshitha's Guru & Mother! 


Bhuvana Venkatesh  is the founder and the artistic director of  Nrithya Nivedhan school of dance (http://www.nrithyanivedhan.com) which aims at propagating the art form of Bharathanatyam to be very sacred and divine. She is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. 
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She learnt this divine artform from her Guru Saahitya Siromani Smt. Prabha Nagarajan in the traditional Pandanallur style. She has widely performed in the various cultural centers  and in dance festivals in India as well as in the US.  She also firmly believes that Bharathanatyam is a great classical art form which manifests its true beauty through the offering of oneself to god as a humble prayer and considers this art deeply spiritual. 

Bhuvana has been teaching her daughter/ disciple from 2005 till date and other students in the bayarea from the year beginning 2010.  She teaches with a religious spirit to those who wants to pursue this artform with a serious and sincere approach. Her dream is to make every student a beautiful dancer to understand the nuances, the rhythm, the beauty and the  aesthetics behind this divine art form. Dance is for the true love of art, a way of life and an art of living!  
 
She also believes in a strong work ethic, commitment, holistic approach to learning dance that incorporates the mental and physical well being of the learner for divine articulation through the medium of Bharatanatyam!
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