Learning the art of Bharatanatayam:
Shraddha was hailed as the best student from both of her Gurus. From her first Guru, she learned dedication and love towards the art form; whereas from her second Guru, she learned discipline and presentation of the art form. Both her Gurus have played a vital role in her life as teachers. She considers them as her role models not only in molding her as a dancer but also in encouraging her to be a strong and independent woman. Without their presence, Shraddha would not be what she is today. Below are their expertise.
Akka, as she is fondly known by all, has inspired countless students in continuing the art form of Bharatanatyam. Akka, not only just a Guru, is also a friend, philosopher and guide. She has shown a rich promise of becoming a versatile danseuse from her tender age. She has dedicated her entire life solely to the classical style of Bharatnatyam. Akka has mastered this most intricate and highly technical art by sheer hard work and perseverance from the descendants of the late Shri Sivarama Natuwanar Bharatnatya Asthana Vidivan of the then princely state of Puddukkottai in Tamil Nadu.
She was honored by the first President of India, Babu Rajendra Prasad. He specially invited her to perform in 1962 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Akka achieved high honors as a distinguished artist who beautifully interpreted the cultural heritage of India to the Western audiences in the UK. She rendered the complete Korvai in Hindustani Ragas to make it popular in the northern India. She is an epitome of patience and love. She is the founder of the Kaladarshan Dance Company in India and still continues to teach Bharatantyam.
Dr. Swati Daithankar
Dr. Swati Daithankar holds dual graduate degrees from the University of Mumbai in English literature as well as Bharatnatyam. She topped the course with distinction in Bharatnatyam under the able guidance of Dr. Kanak Rele. She was honored by the National Scholarship and the prestigious Sir Nageshwar Rao Award. In 1999, she received “Nritya Alankar” from Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal.
From 2000-2002, she secured the National Fellowship for “Yoga and Bharatnatyam” from Govt. of India. She has performed in major Dance Festivals in India and abroad; namely Europe, USA and Singapore several times.
She is a recognized faculty of dance in Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth and Pune University. “Nupurnad Academy of Music and Dance” is her brain child; which is successfully promoting the spread of Bharatnatyam!