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CHITRA SHANKAR- an exponent of Odissi and Bharatanatyam

Performances and Awards

NOTABLE CHOREOGRAPHIES AND PERFORMANCES

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SOME ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHIES AND PERFORMANCES

 

-  World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific 2007-  Senior choreographer working with a set of globally recognized mentor choreographers and with practising artistes in Singapore to create an integrated dance form - classical base on a modern canvas- bringing together elements from across classical, folk, aboriginal and modern dance styles.

 

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts -  2003- 2007-  Re-created traditional Odissi repertoire to suit group performances-  adapted and re-designed Shankarabharan, Kalyani and Basanta Pallavi, Battu Nrutya, Sthai, Mangalacharan and Dashaavatar.  Different adaptations every successive year- keeping in tune with the dancers and the audience.

 

Racial Harmony Day- organized by the Ang Mo Kio GRC-  Guest of Honor-  Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong-  a special choreography performed by Odissi students of Chinese origin-  May 2006

 

- 33rd Festival International Cervantino-  Mexico- Oct 2005.  A six city tour of Mexico, with prime slot at the prestigious annual Cervantino Festival-  an original choerography set to music played by the Singapore Indian Orchestra

 

Kala Yatra- a dance choreography- accompanied by the Singapore Indian Orchestra-  at The NUS Auditorium, Singapore- June 2005

 

Gaana Yatra- a jugalbandi with Kuchipudi- accompanied by the Singapore Indian Orchestra, at the Victoria Theatre-  Oct 2004

 

Jugalbandi with various Bharatanatyam artistes and performances on various occasions and different festivals-  in SriLanka- 1991,  India-  1991-96,  Kuwait- 1995,  Singapore- 1998-2003

 

 

OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES

 

Odissi Nritya Sandhya - an evening of Odissi dance at the SIFAS Festival of Music and Dance, Singapore - April 2003

 

Odissi Sandhya - an evening of Odissi dance at the Maha Shivarathri Festival, Singapore - Feb 2003

 

-  Nritya Tarangani -  A lecture demonstration on Indian Classical Dance at Overseas Family School (OFS), Singapore Oct 2002

 

-  Performances at the Navarathri Celebrations in Singapore  - Oct 2002

 

Nritya Sandhya - An evening of Indian Classical Dance, by Chitra and her students, organized by the SIFAS Performing Arts Company. Odissi and Bharatanatyam - May 2001.

Water Sculptures, a series of Music and dance events organized in support of multi racial harmony, organized by People's Association, Ministry of Culture, Singapore - April - June 2001

- Dance performance at the cultural festival at the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Singapore - Bharatanatyam - Feb 2001

- Mahashivarathri Festival organised by the Chettiar Temple, Singapore - Odissi - Feb 2001

- The Exxon Mobil Campus Concert, at the National University of Singapore - Odissi and Bharatanatyam- Jan 2001

- Performance and Lecture Demonstration at The National University of Singapore, Dec 2000- Odissi.

- The India Culture Center and Udayana University, Bali, Indonesia. Two performances in Bharatanatyam and Odissi at the International Conference on Ramayana and Mahabharata, Sep 2000.

- Performance and Lecture Demonstration at The Kannagi School of Indian arts dance festival organized at Tokyo, Japan, May 2000- Odissi.

- Maha Shivarathri Festival organized by the Senpaga Vinayagar Temple and Sri Sivan temple, Singapore, March 2000/ Feb- Odissi & Jugalbandi.

- Inter Religious Harmony Program organized by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of Singapore - June 1999- Odissi.

- The Navarathri Festival at the Chettiar Temple, Tank Road, Singapore in Sep 1998- Bharatanatyam.

- Thyagaraja Festival organized by the Shanmukhananda Sangeet Sabha, in March 1996 held at the Andhra Pradesh Bhawan, Delhi- Bharatanatyam.

- Malabar Mahotsav organized by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation in January 1996 held at the Suryakanti Auditorium, Calicut- Bharatanatyam & Jugalbandi.

- Dance Performance and Lecture Demonstration organized by SPIC-MACAY in January 1996 at the Calicut Medical College, Kerala- Bharatanatyam.

- Dance Festival organized by the South Zone Cultural Center in July 1995 at the ancient Brihadeeswara Temple, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu- Bharatanatyam.

- Dance Festival organized by the Pollachi Tamil Isai Sangam in July 1995 at Pollachi, Tamil Nadu- Bharatanatyam.

- Kal-Ke-Kalaakaar Dance and Music Festival organized by Sur Shringar Sansad in May 1995 at Bombay- Bharatanatyam.

- Dance Festival organized by and at the India International Center for up and coming artistes, May 1995 at Delhi- Bharatanatyam.

- Dance Festival organized by the Narthana School of Dance, Kuwait in April 1995 at Kuwait- Bharatanatyam and Jugalbandi.

- Dance festival organized by the Shanmukhananda Sangeet Sabha in March 1995 at the Andhra Pradesh Bhawan, Delhi- Odissi.

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- Spirit of Freedom concerts organized by the Bharat Cultural Integration Committee, in Nov 1992 at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, Delhi- Bharatanatyam.

- Annual Natyanjali festival organized by the Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram in March 1992 at Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu- Bharatanatyam.

- Annual Dance and Music Festival organized by the Nungambakkam Cultural Academy in December- January 1992, Madras- Bharatanatyam.

- Young Dancers festival organized by the Shivalik Cultural Society of India in October 1991 at Triveni Chamber Theater, Delhi- Bharatanatyam.

- Dance performance at the India Festival organized through the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in August 1991 at Colombo, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka-Bharatanatyam.

- Dance performance at the Rashtrapati Bhawan for the President of India, the First family and visiting dignitaries, March 1989, August 1990, March 1991, at Delhi- Bharatanatyam.

- Arangetram at the India International Center, Delhi in Nov 1988- Bharatanatyam.

- Performed in a large number of ballets and group dances in different parts of India. To name a few :

* Konark Festival - Orissa
* Swachch Ganga Festival- Benares
* Ganga Festival- Haridwar
* Music Academy Festival- Madras
* Shankaracharya Festival- Kalady

SOME NOTABLE AWARDS

- Awarded the title of Natyashree by Ganesh Natyalaya, Delhi, Sep 99.

- Awarded the title of Shringar Mani at the Kal-ke-kalaakaar Dance and Music festival organised by the Sur Shringar Sansad in May 1995. The title accorded the rare privilege to perform at the Swami Haridas Festival at Bombay.

- A panelist on the ICCR list of artistes and listed as Cultural Ambassador for India in various countries abroad.

- Won a large number of prizes in dance at different levels of competition.

OTHER NOTABLE REWARDS

-  Chosen as Senior Choreographer for the World Dance Alliance event in June 2007 - for the Building Bridges Asia Pacific program
 
- Many of the above performances have been screened on multiple occasions on Doordarshan, India's National television network - Prime examples being the Spirit of Freedom concert and the Malabar Mahotsav.

- Special performances for recording at Roopa Vahini (Sri Lankan Television) and Doordarshan - on various occasions.