The Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo will be organizing a Bharatha Natyam recital by Sheejith Krishna and Anjana Anandh from India on October 17, at 6.00 p.m. at its auditorium at Indian Cultural Centre, 16/2 Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7.
Sheejith Krishna studied and 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 stalwarts as Sarada Hoffman, Vikku Vinayakaram, and S Rajaram. He is the winner of the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s prestigious Ustad 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 Dancer (2015). He received a national production grant from the Government of India’s Ministry of Culture in 2015 for his original Bharatanatyam adaptation of Don Quixote. His choreographies include Masquerade (2007), Krishna Bharatam (2009), Parinaamam (2010), Pravaha (2013), Yathadarshe Tathaatmani (2014) and Don Quixote (2015).
Anjana Anandh is an independent solo artiste who has performed in major venues in India and overseas. An alumunus of SIFAS (Singapore and Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts, Chennai), she has trained under the Dhananjayans, Ambika Buch, C.K Balagopal and A. Janardanan. Anjana continues to broaden her artistic understanding under the mentorship of Sheejith Krishna.
Anjana is a graded artiste of Doordarshan and an empanelled artiste of Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Carnatic music. Anjana’s interest in dance education has led her to complete a Masters in Fine Arts and she is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Bharata Natyam under the guidance of Dr. S.Raghuraman. She is a founder member of Sahrdaya Foundation where she teaches and performs for the ensemble wing. She has performed in Just Us Repertory productions (Flame of the forest (2007), Sakhi (2012), Fire and Ash (2015) and on collaborative projects with Apsaras Arts, Singapore (Nirmanika (2012) and Angkor Wat (2013). Anjana is a writing correspondent for internationally renowned arts magazine Sruti.