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Akhila Krishnamurthy - founder of Aalaap
On our first episode of season 2, “The resilient Entrepreneurs” we speak to Akhila Krishnamurthy, the founder of Aalaap. Akhila is a freelance journalist and the founder of Aalaap, a boutique arts management company based in Chennai. Akhila founded Aalaap after a 15-year career in journalism where she worked across leading publications in India, including The Times of India where she was the Editor of all the supplements. As a freelance writer, Akhila has contributed essays and features across The Hindu, the India Today Group, Outlook, Tehelka, Open, and Sruti.
Aalaap is Akhila’s brainchild and is an ideas and innovations company that works with classical artistes from across the world across aspects of ideation, curation, production, publicity and strategy. Personally, she is passionate about artistes and the world they inhabit, and is constantly investigating the many shifts that make it so dynamic and exciting. She is a mother of a six-year-old and has spoken at TEDxNapierBridge on her two babies – Aryan and Aalaap – and how the principles of parenting and that of entrepreneurship, in a sense, mirror each other.
Sudeshna Bhattacharya - on her journey as a female Sarod player
On our final episode of Season 1 ‘Victory against the odds‘ on Indian Artpreneur Podcast, we speak to Music Maestro Smt. Sudeshna Bhattacharya, residing in Oslo, Norway. Smt. Sudeshna began to learn at the age of four from her father Pandit Shri Krishnamohan Bhattacharya and later at the age of eight she began to learn sarod from one of the greatest sarod maestroes of the world, the legend Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. Smt. Sudeshna became Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Gandabandh disiple.
In 2003 the Ministry of Culture in France invited her to the Strictly Mondial international festival, and offered her a ten year contract. She lived in Marseilles where she gave concerts, recordings and participated in French cultural happenings with the support of the French Ministry of Culture. In 2015, she moved to Norway, and is a university lecturer for master students at the Norwegian Academy of Music, and continues touring the world for her concerts, recording albums, and making musical projects.
Avijit Das - Finding the inner self through Kuchipudi dance
On our 11th episode of Indian Artpreneur, Season 1, Victory against the odds, we speak to Kuchipudi dancer Avijit Das. Born in a small village in West Bengal, Avijit moves to Chennai and eventually to Bengaluru for his passion towards dance. Despite many challenges Avijit navigates his way in mastering the art form from various gurus. He is the founder of KimAham School of Dance
Avijit was initiated into Bharatanatyam at the age of five under the guidance of Smt. Sanaka Biswas of Shanti Niketan,West Bengal, India. He obtained his Diploma in Bharatanatyam from Kalakshetra (Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts), Chennai, India on a meritorious scholarship in 2011. He also developed keen interest in the Kuchipudi style of dance. After initial training in Kuchipudi Art Academy under legendary Guru Sri Vempati Chinna Satyam and renowned Kuchipudi exponent Smt. Manju Bharggavee, he is currently training under the guidance of Sri Jaikishore Mosalikanti .Avi also has a Diploma in Carnatic music.
s an artist he has over 10 years of experience and has been invited to perform as a soloist at prestigious dance festivals across the globe including USA, Mexico, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Bhutan. Nationally he had more than 100 performances to his accolade across India.
Surabhi Bharadwaj- Creativity as a language of expression
On the 10th episode of Indian Artpreneur, season 1 Victory against the odds, we speak to Surabhi Bharadwaj, a protean Bharatanatyam dancer, who is also adept in Yoga, Kalaripayattu and light design. Surabhi is currently based in San Francsico, USA. On this episode Surabhi shares her journey as a dancer. Surabhi is a Founder and Artistic Director of Siddhi Dance Academy, CA, is a seasoned Bharatanatyam dancer and teacher who is presently training over 70 students at her institute. She has won accolades through her performances across India, USA, Europe, and the Middle East.
Surabhi started her training in the Pandanallur tradition under the tutelage of Guru Natyashree K M Raman. She later continued her training under Karnataka Kalathilika Smt. Radha Sridhar and Karnataka Kalashree B Bhanumati. She studied Karanas (a movement style from the ancient treatise Natya Sastra) under Nirupama Rajendra and Dr. PadmaSubrahmanyam.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology and an Advanced Diploma in Genetic Engineering from Jain University, India. She has completed Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A) in Bharatanatyam from Sastra University, India, and MFA in Dance: Design & Production from Saint Mary’s College of California. Her education and her experience working as the Principal Dancer in two leading Bharatanatyam companies in India (Punyah Dance Company and in Raadha Kalpa Dance Company) have given her an edge in both the artistic and technical aspects of bringing dance productions to life.
Raphaëlle Brochet - The confluence of Carnatic, Konnakol & Jazz music
On our ninth episode of Indian Artpreneur, Season 1, Victory against the odds, we speak to Raphaëlle Brochet, whose never ending journey into the world of global performing arts and music has lead to her becoming a truly powerful and inspiring performer. Her versatility and dedication to learn have all fed into her unique sound. Born to musician parents, Raphaëlle grew up in family surrounded by jazz, and destined to be an artist. She started her career at the age of 17 by recording an album with Floris Nico-Bunink (Mingus, Billy Holliday) under the label Daybreak. Her studies began at the Poitiers Conservatory in France where she studied the piano for three years.
She graduated from the Nantes Conservatory and deepened her knowledge of jazz in Canada, where she received a scholarship from the University of Montreal. She then spent a year in New York City to write music for her project KrsTal, blending jazz and Indian music traditions. In parallel to her jazz studies, Raphaëlle went to South India for more than 17 years to study Carnatic singing with Sarada Thota and konnakol with Ghatam Govindarajan. Then she received a full scholarship from the Wesleyan University, USA, to study with B.Balasubrahmaniyan and D.Nelson, and then got a Masters of Ethnomusicology from one of the highest ranked universities of the world.
She is very involved in cross-disciplinary collaborations, like theater (the Jena Theaterhaus; Théâtre de Satrouville; Bruital Compagnie), dance (Kadek Puspasari; Stephanie Roussel, Compagnie Kalavati) and collaborated on a documentary with film director Amin Moghadam: Le Souffle d’Allégresse (Iran)
Shekar Rajendran shares insights on being a versatile artist
On our eighth episode of Indian Artpreneur, we speak to Shekar Rajendran who created a niche in the art field that manifests our traditional, spiritual, cultural and classical aspect of Indian Heritage. He is an ardent Bharathanatyam dancer trained for over 3 decades now under the able guidances of eminent Gurus Smt. Prabhavathi Shastry, Guru Dr. Suparna Venkatesh and Guru Dr. Sanjay Shantaram and has been acclaimed as a versatile soulful artist.
Shekar has enthralled a wide spectrum of audiences with his innovative, graceful , vibrant eye catching dance with picturesque poses & excellent acting skills and is known popularly in the dance fraternity for his extraordinary character portrayal & as an inspiring masculine dancer who has vigor, grace and agile equally. He is very popular and sought after for his vivid costumes, exceptional make-up, light design, and stage design, be it in the characters he plays in dance ballets or in pure dance.
Shekar is pursuing his knowledge for dance under Guru Dr. Sanjay Shantaram, both in Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi for the last 20+ years now. An urge to learn different dance forms inspired him to complete his basics in the western classical ballet, from the foundation of classical ballet in U. K. Besides his intense training in Bharatanatyam & Kuchipudi he has learned the other art forms like Contemporary-Kathak, Folk dances of India and Modern Dance
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