Sruti, in association with the Hindu Temple of Delaware presents a Grand Bharatanatyam Dance by Viraja and Shyamjith Kiran
VIRAJA & SHYAMJITH KIRAN
Viraja Mandhre and Shyamjith Kiran are a young dynamic dancer duo in the field of bharatanatyam today. They together completed their post graduation in bharatanatyam under the shade of the great banyan of the illustrious Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai. Both have an outstanding record at Kalakshetra, where they excelled in their diploma and post diploma courses.
Apart from this Shyamjith also holds a diploma in Bharatanatyam from Guru V.P. Dhananjayan institute Bhaskara. Viraja has been the Best Outgoing Student for the year 2003-07 and also received the Highest in performance and Highest in theory certificates from Kalakshetra. Viraja is also a certified Yoga teacher from Yoga Vidya Gurukul and a Post Graduate in Counseling Psychology and Bharatanatyam, both securing a first class from the University of Madras. Shyam holds a Postgraduate degree in Sociology and Bharatanatyam.
Viraja and Shyam are Empanelled artists with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and graded artists with Doordarshan. They used to be involved in teaching dance to underprivileged children as a part of a project of the Rotary Foundation. They are also involved in projects with LEAP Foundation to bring awareness of the arts. During their course of study and even later they were fortunate to be a part of the Kalakshetra repertory company and work with eminent performers and gurus in the field, taking up major roles and traveling across the globe with the troupe.
They have been a part of both bharatanatyam and kathakali performances of the dance company. They underwent their training in Kathakali under Asan Sadanam Sri. Balakrishnan. They have also been practicing Kalaripayattu under Sri. Shaji K. John. Both Viraja and Shyam have had the worthy opportunity of teaching part time at their alma mater. They hold an experience of teaching and performing with Kalakshetra for over four years. Shyam was also a former dance instructor at the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society and has played a major role in choreographing at their programs.