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Bharatanatyam by Charles Ma at Every Friday Cultural Evening Programme

June 29, 2017

Every Friday Cultural Evening Programme

by Charles Ma, from Bengaluru

Organised by
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (I.C.C.R.)
Department of Kannada and Culture

Charles was initiated into the sacred world of Bharatanatyam by Guru Smt.Vidya Shimladka (Bangalore) He further honed his skills with some of Bangalore’s finest teachers to finally come under the guidance of Smt. Poornima Ashok (Bangalore) disciple of Padmabhushan Sri. V.P Dhananjayan and Sri.Shanta Dhananjayan. He has trained briefly with Smt. Priyadarsini Govind.

His individuality, a distinct style that is linear with masculine elegance and a flair for abhinaya set him apart. He is a star soloist and teacher and his performances are popular not only with the connoisseurs of the art, but also with a young audience that is often seen at his performances.

He has been an INK fellow and spoke at The TED worldwide auditions in Bangalore, has performed at many prestigious festivals across the country and has received commendable reviews. He is often featured in the print media and was chosen as one of India Today’s young achievers in Bangalore. He also is a print model and winner of a very popular reality show on Sony television and his experimental work for it was appreciated. He is very often invited to speak as a motivational speaker and do workshops for young people across the country. Some of the platforms he has been invited to speak have been the TED X series, the Volvo Leadership summit, Ink Salons, NID, Christ college art workshops, Seminars etc.

He now works on his own and his choreography is creative, young and is constantly attempting to find a modern identity to the traditional art form of Bharatanatyam. Teaching is his passion second only to dance. He is a committed teacher and imparts the artform to dancers at his dance school ‘Adishakti’. Some of his senior students have done their Arangetrams under him and now work with reputed dance companies and work independently in the city. He has received awards such as the Thuraiyur Rajagopolan memorial award, the Gopikrishna award, the Rotary achievers award etc.

He is also a versatile dancer and choreographer and has trained in Bollywood style of dance with Shiamak Davar institute of performing arts. He teaches Contemporary and Bollywood dance. He has also learnt Kalaripayattu, carnatic music under Smt. Chandrakala and Aruna and also currently learns nattuvangam under Sajilal Narayanan of The Kalakshetra foundation.

Bharatanatyam on Friday | 30th June 2017 | 6.30 PM

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,
Race Course Road,

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