ISHWARIA CHANDRU started performing at a very young age. She has given a evening long solo Bharathanatyam repertoire and Carnatic vocal and violin recital at the age of six. At the age of nine, she was the first gold medal winner for a Carnatic music competition. Ishwaria was featured in interviews for Omni TV and GTR radio station about her talent for music and dance. This year, Ishwaria has given lecture demonstrations and workshops for the Ontario Art Gallery (AGO) for the Maharaja Festival, for the Scarborough Hospital Birchmount Campus for the Holi Festival and for the IFFA Awards celebrations. She did her Arangetram under the guidance of her mother, Guru Nirainjana Chandru in 2011.In her Arangetram, Ishwaria was the first person in Canada to perform a Bharathanatya dance piece and with singing at the same time. Alongside her mother, has created a program for the Senior Tamil’s Association where she choreographs dance routines using yoga and aerobic movements for the seniors. Ishwaria is currently featured in a television show by TVI called Raaga Sangamam. In the future, Ishwaria hopes to pursue a career in Dermatology and to become a performing artist.
RESHMI CHETRAM grew up in a family of artists. Her dance training started with her mother Deviekha Chetram and continued with other great masters such as Guru Pratap Pawar, Saswati Sen and great Kathak Master – Pandit Birju Maharaj. She has also studied Odissi from Geeta Leo and Mayurbhang from Guru Janme Joy Sai Babu at the Sriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi, India. Reshmi spends her time between Canada and India where she is pursuing advance Kathak training under the guidance of her Guru and Mentor Sri Pandit Birju Maharaj. Recently she has performed Sampradaya Dance Company’s Shunya at the Canada Festival. Reshmi has performed extensively in Canada, the United States and India.
DIVYA DIVAKARAN began training in Bharathanatyam in the kalakshetra style under the guidance of Smt. Rekha Gopinath in Cochin, Kerala. Upon moving to Canada, she joined Sri Laasya Kalakendra where she continues her dance training under the able guidance of Dr. Alakananda Nath. She has performed in various platforms with Sri Laasya Kalakendra bringing to life many remarkable creations of Dr. Alakananda Nath. Divya is also trained in Mohiniyattom, an art form of Kerala, under the guidance of Rajesh Pisharody. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate education in the field of Biology at McMaster University. Divya is indebted to and thanks all her gurus including Janak Khendry, in making her the able dancer she is today.
SINTHUJAA JEYARAJAH trained in Vazhavoor style of Bharatha Natya under the tutelage of Nirainjana Chantru. She performed her Arangetram in 2002 and was one of the first six graduates of Kalaimanram Academy of Fine Arts to achieve the title "Niruththa Niraignar". She also studied Carnatic Violin from the late Kesavamurthy Senthivel. Sinthujaa has performed with the Janak Khendry Dance Company since 2004, participating in Upanishad, Moods of the Rhythms, Gayatri, Chandrakauns, Ganga and Kaal. She has performed with the company abroad in Mexico and South Africa. Sinthujaa graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree and is now an Account Coordinator at JAN Kelley Marketing.
BIPLOB KAR started his dance training in three classical dance styles with important dance teachers of Bangladesh; Kathak with Guru Jinath Jahan, Manipuri with Laila Hasan and Bharatnatyam with Guru Belayeth Hussein. In 1992 he was selected by the cultural ministry of Bangladesh to study Kathak at Kathak Kendra, New Delhi India with a scholarship from the government if India, where he studied with illustrious Kathak Gurus such as Pundit Birju Maharaj, Guru Reba Bidtharthee and Guru Vashwati Misra and completed his degree in 1996. He received his Visharad degree in Kathak with honours from Bhat Khande Sangeet Vidyapith in Luchnow. In 2001 Kar received a scholarship from ITI to study ballet in Olfseg Vienna, Austria and traveled extensively in Europe. He has also trained as a musician.
TANIYA PAPINAZATH started her dance training in Toronto under the tutelage of Smt Lata Pada. She moved to Chennai, India in the late 90s and took up intensive training in bharatanatyam under the able guidance of Smt Radhika Kalyani (disciple of K.J. Sarasa and Smt Chitra Visweswaran) and A. Lakshman. She has performed extensively as a soloist and in group productions at different venues in India during the dance festival. She has been training under Smt Anuradha Jagannathan for the past two years. Taniya is also well versed in Carnatic music. She was fortunate enough to learn from Veena Vidushi Smt Padmavathi Ananthagoplan (sister of Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman). When Taniya is not busy pursuing her musical and dance interests, she is an aspiring scientist completing her Masters degree in Medical Sciences from the University of Toronto.
MALA PISHARODY started her dance training at an early age of eight in three classical dance styles Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattam and Kathakali with very distinguished Gurus in Kerala. Her Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam training was with Guru Venkatesh and Kathakali training was with Narippatta Narayanan Namboodri. Her classical Carnatic music training was with Mrs. Babitha Narayan and Mrs. Suma Sreedharan. She has completed her Ganabhooshanam diplome course in music. Mala is a graded performing artist in Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam with Trivandrum Doordarshan Kendra. She has performed extensively at prestigious venues in all three dance styles: including the Balaji Kala Bhavan, Melpapathur Auditorium, Guruvayoor, Nrithyosavam, Vadakkunathan Temple -Thrissur, Mookaambika Temple - Karnataka, Brihadeshshwar Temple – Tanjaur, Island Tourism Festival – Andamans and other cities like Palghat, Coimbatore and Trivandrum. Mala is a post-graduate in commerce. Mala participated in UPANISHAD in 2004.
HARINNYA RAGASEKERAN began her training in the Vazhuvoor style of bharathanatyam at the age of four, under the tutelage of Smt. Nirainjana Chanthru at the Kalaimanram Academy of Fine Arts. Along with furthering her knowledge in bharathanatyam, she is currently training in karnatic vocal and veena under the guidance of Smt. Kalyani Sutharsan. Throughout the years she has performed in many events and competitions, many of which were based on the ideal of bringing awareness and appreciation to the Indian arts. She is currently in her second year at McMaster University, pursuing an undergraduate degree in Honours Life Sciences, with a degree in psychology. This is her first performance with the Janak Khendry Dance Company.
GUHENDRAN SARAVANAPAVA a disciple of ‘PADMASHI’ Adyar. K. Lakshman is a versatile dancer, choreographer and a diploma holder in Bharatanatyam & Nattuvangam. He had shown keen interest in dance from his very early age and has won gold medals and titles for his outstanding talent not only as a dancer but also as a lyricist. He has staged a number of solo and group performances. Guhendran has performed with many leading Indian artists in India and in many cities around the world. His outstanding performances have been highlighted in newspapers and magazines. In recognition of his teaching talent since 1995, Guhendran was appointed as a visiting lecturer in Bharatanatyam in the university in his home country. He is one among the many dancers who have dedicated their lives for the recognition, growth and success of this ancient art of Bharatanatyam.
RUGSHA SIVANANDAN began her Bharatanatyam training under the fine tutelage of Smt. Nirainjana Chandru. Throughout the years, Rugsha has taken part in Kalaimanram’s yearly practical and theoretical examinations. This gradually led to her successful completion of her Teacher’s Grade Examination in the year of 2006 and was entitled the honourable title of "Nirutha Niraignar". Rugsha performed her Arangetram debut on July 15, 2007 at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Canada.Rugsha’s dance performances are well-known to have taken place in many cultural, religious and social events in a variety of different communities in Canada. Apart from Bharatanatyam, she has also been learning music. Rugsha has completed her internship at Toronto St.Michael’s Hospital and is currently completing her Honours Bachelors of Science degree at the University of Toronto.
KALA VAGEESAN- a senior member of JANAK KHENDRY DANCE COMPANY started her Bharatanatyam dance training in Sri Lanka with Guru Nathdiai Paragasigam. In 1982 she won the National Prize in Dance. In 1988 her family moved to India and Kala continued her training with Marmatha Iyakannutecican and later joined the prestigious Kalakshetra and had her Arangetram in 1996. While in Madras she danced with some of the most important dancer and dance companies: Lakshmi Vishvanathan, Usha Vasantkumar, Savithri Ganganath Rao, Geetha Ragavan and Sutha Vigiragavan. In 1998 she moved to Canada. In Toronto she has worked with Meneka Thakkar Dance Company productions of Sitayana and Muktinad. Since 1998 Kala has participated in several major presentations of JANAK KHENDRY DANCE COMPANY "PANCHAKALYANAKA" "SOUNDS OF THE HILLS", "GAYATRI", "WOMEN LIBERATED" and "RAIN OF NECTAR". In 1998 she traveled with the Company to Philadelphia and played the female lead in "PANCHAKALYANAKA" at the International Jaina Conference, in 1999 in London she played the female lead in the World Premiere of "SOUNDS OF HILLS", "WOMEN LIBERATED", in 1999 at the Harbourfront for India’s Independence Day Celebrations, in 2001 in "LET DANCING FEET SHAKE THE EARTH" a fund raiser and in 2001, 2002 and 2003 at the Dance Ontario- Dance Weekend and 'THE GODS ARE DANCING". Kala participated in UPANISHAD in 2004.
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JANAK KHENDRY DANCE COMPANY is associated with three dancers in India: UDAY KUMAR, SESHADRI IYENGER, and SATYA RAJU, who collaborate for performances abroad.
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