Dance

"Where the music merges with your soul and reproduces an expression so mellifluous and divine....that is dance, for the those who love the art form ever so passionately..."

Her Initiation and her Gurus

For the dancer the most important aspect is the ability to portray the spiritual being within you through various forms of nritha and natya. For Sajna dance has always been the platform for self analysis, through which she has strived to absorb the subtler nuances of both dance and music. She has been pursuing dance for the past 18 years having the inborn flow of talent she derived from her mother ,who herself was a dancer trained in Bharatanatyam under Guru Thanjavoor Paramasivam. Sajna's journey began at the age of four under the tutelage of renowned Guru V.Mydhili ,Director of the Midhilalaya Dance Academy. Guru V.Mydhili is an exponent of the Thanjavoor bani, an expert in Bharatanatyam ,Kuchippudi and Mohiniyattam, from the Kerala Kalamandalam. She was molded by the legend of kuchippudi Guru Vempatti Chinnasatyam in Chennai. Hence Sajna was trained in all three dance forms , keeping in mind the diversities and was taught to perform, maintaining the individuality of each style. She is currently the shishya of Girija Chandran another renowned Guru who having imbibed her early training from Kalakshetra Bhaskar (not Kalakshetra Chennai) ,Suchindram M.M.Pillai, Adyar Lakshman and N.S.Jayalekshmy went on to hone her skills under the able guidance of the Dhananjayans. Smt Girija Chandran currently runs the Regatta dance and music school under he Regatta Cultural Society.

Performances

She has won numerous state level competitions both at school and college. She has secured second prizes at the state level for Bharatanatyam, Kuchippudi and Mohiniyattam at the Kerala University Youth Festivals for three consecutive years. Later on she performed for various art and cultural societies , famous temple festivals, and cultural programmes organized by the State and Central governments. She is a CCERT scholarship holder for Bharatanatyam. She has performed for both Doordarshan ,AIR , Asianet and Surya TV ( Sun Network) and is a B grade artist in Doordarshan for Mohiniyattam . She has been performing for the Navarathri festival held at the Navarathri Mandap for the past 10 years and had the privilege for performing before the august presence of the Royal Family of Travancore at the exclusive evening dance concert which is performed right in front of the Goddess and the performance is allowed to be viewed only by members of the royal family. The Guruvayoor Temple Festival, the Chidambaram Dance Festival, the Nishagandhi Dance and Music Festival, the Mookambika Temple Festival , the famous Attukal Pongala Festival, the Karikkakom Navarathri Festival are a few of the important festival venues where Sajna has performed at. She has had the privilege of performing for the Soorya Dance and Music Festival, for the Parampara series wherein upcoming artists pay tribute to their Gurus. She had performed twice for the Parampara under the guidance and direction of Guru V.Mydhili. Her other performances include those for the tourism department organized by the Government and programmes organized by various state level research foundations and national level seminars , corporate organizations and educational institutions. For this she has travelled across Kerala and have performed in Tamil Nadu, Ahmedabad, Dubai and Abudhabi.

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