When she flickers her eyelids, time stands still. With each movement, her ankle bells ring and time soars at lightning speed..
Shraddha Joglekar, the artistic director of Kalaawishkar Dance School, based in San Jose, CA brings to Bharatanatyam her own unique sensibility and individuality. She provides guidance and inspiration, whether in the depth and subtlety of abhinaya, the rigor of nritta or the complex rhythmic patterns in her choreography. Shraddha’s teaching grounds the students solidly and her creative work reveals the endless possibilities of the form of Bharatanatayam.
Shraddha started learning art of Bharatnatyam at the age of 2.5 yrs. She has successfully captured this Indian classical dance form under the able guidance of Guru A. Soudamini Rao. At the age of nine, she choreographed an Indian folk dance by taking 10 friends from her class (fourth grade) all by herself! She has won several awards for her school and college in India. She has been choreographing folk, Bollywood and Indian classical dances from a very young age. Along with dance, she has appeared in the Bollywood movie “Legend of Bhagatsingh” and performed at various modeling events throughout her career.
Shraddha holds dual degrees in of Bachelors of Commerce and Bachelors of Arts in Bharatnatyam. She holds an MBA degree in Marketing. Shraddha has conducted Bharatnatyam classes in Pune, India and in San Jose, US. Over period of last 14 years, she has trained to over 100 students.
Learning the art of Bharatanatayam
Shraddha was hailed as the best student from both of her Gurus. She learned dedication and love towards the art form from her first guru. She learned discipline and presentation of the art form from her second Guru. 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!
” Shraddha Joglekar is an amazing teacher who takes pride in seeing her students excel. Her recent show of ShivoHam was an awesome program. Her 5th Anniversary, Grand Samakirtan/Celebration, show was the first one I attended. I was totally fascinated by all of the dancers, including Shraddha. She has helped me become a better dancer. She never ceases to amaze me with her passion for the art of Bharatanatyam. I am very happy she is my guru. “
” My daughter is a student of KalaAwishkar She has learned a lot and almost in the stage of completing her adavus. Shraddha, the artistic director and dance teacher, is an amazing dancer! Shraddha’s dance performances are truly phenomenal! She is an expert in choreography. Hers and her students’ dances are mesmerizing. She is very committed to her dance and her students. She works very hard in developing graceful dancers. Because She has an excellent personality, Kids are very comfortable with her. “
” My 6 YO daughter has been learning Bharatnatyam at KalaAwishkar academy for 1.5 years now. My daughter loves learning the dance from Shraddha and looks forward to her class. The dance academy offers ‘make-up’ class as well every Friday, which is very convenient if for some reason one ought to miss their scheduled class on Sunday. To sum it up – my daughter and I are going to be associated for long term with Shraddha and the dance academy!!! “
” I was one of Shraddha didi’s first students when she started to teach here in the bay area. Almost 10 years later I am still with KalaAwishkar and it is very clear why. Shraddha didi’s passion and dedication to this dance form is very inspiring, and her positive attitude and upbeat personality makes it so enjoyable to learn from her. Although I have learned Bharatanatyam for several years and successfully completed my Arangetram, “
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