WHEN: March 1, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

WHERE: Renaissance Arts Center Theatre

COST: $12.00 Adults, $8.00 Students, Children under 5 FREE

Reserved Seat Tickets: Book Now at www.EngageKingsport.com

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts is pleased to present An Evening of Classical Dances of India on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the Renaissance Arts Center Theatre.

Tickets for the event are $12.00 for adults, $8.00 for students, children under 5 are free.

The beautiful classical dance of India shares the stories and culture through music, movement and voice.

Exotically clad dancers will be joined by a live orchestra:

Vocal: Mrs. Anjana Nagaraja

Violin:   Mr. Prasad Mantraratnam

Mridangam: Mr. Ajay Ravichandran

Nattuvangam: Mrs. Bhavani Murthy

Dancers:  Ms. Ranjani Murthy

Chandni Bhat, Saanvi Goenka,

Vikram, Karuna, and Vandana Nathan

The concert is being organized by Ms. Bhavani Murthy. Mrs. Bhavani Murthy has been a dedicated student, teacher and performer of Bharatha Natyam for the past 28 years. She has had extensive training in Bharatha Natyam under such eminent gurus as Smt. Sudha Chandrasekar, Miss Bhanumathi of Bharatanjali troupe, Bangalore, India.‚  And she has also been trained in Kuchipudi for the past 15 years under Smt. Sandhya Sree Athmakuri of MI.‚  Bhavani has to her credit several group and solo performances in many parts of U.S.A.‚  Her students have performed for many local organizations and won acclaim.‚  She has presented her students in many charity organizations.‚  She is also an ardent lover of Carnatic South Indian music thanks to the inspiration instilled by her mother Smt. Saroja Sastry, who had learnt carnatic music herself. Bhavani has presented her students for many programs across Tri-cities.

Ranjani has been learning Bharatanatyam for past 18 years having started from age 4. Having initially started from her mother Bhavani Murthy, she subsequently has undergone extensive training in Bharatanatyam under renowned teachers, Smt.Sudha Chandrasekar and her love for this art form took her to Bangalore to have advanced training every summer from the age of 8 under Miss Bhanumathi & Smt.Sheela Chandrasekar of Bangalore, India. In the summer of 2005 at age of 14, Ranjani gave her Arangetram, debut performance, under Miss Bhanumati and Smt. Sheela Chandrasekar in Bangalore, India. Ranjani also has been learning Kuchipudi for past 12 years from Guru Smt. Sandhya Sree Athmakuri of Michigan. She did her Solo Debut Performance in Kuchipudi under Smt. Sandhyasree in 2007 with rave reviews. She has given several hundred solo and group performances in Chennai, Bangalore and many parts of USA. Her noteworthy solo recitals for various organizations in India include: Hamsadhwani,Mylapore Fine Arts, Nungambakkam, Narada Gana Sabha, Kartik Fine Arts, World Cultural Alliance, and recently Music Academy in Chennai and Naveen Kalakaar Festival in Orissa. She has given many charity performances for TIWA of Tri-cities, Rotary Club, ETSU, etc.‚ ‚  She has won many competitions in both styles in many parts of USA. She has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and has plans to pursue her masters academically and pursue her dance career also.‚ ‚ Other dancers include:‚  Chandni Bhat, Saanvi Goenka, Vikram, Karuna, and Vandana Nathan (who have been learning under Mrs. Murthy over the past 4 years).

Ajay Ravichandran had his initial training in mridangam drum under Sri. V. Srinivasan in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He went on to learn under Guru Dr. P.K. Swaminathan, and has been training with him for the last 9 years. Ajay performed in his debut musical concert in October of 2008, and since then has had the great privilege of accompanying many accomplished musicians both in the US and in India, and for many classical dance performances. He frequently collaborates with jazz and fusion musicians, local producers, and collegiate dance teams. Ajay recently graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with degrees in Biochemistry and Music, and is pursuing Medicine.

Anjana Nagaraja is a disciple of Smt.Dr.Sukanya Prabhakar and Smt Sumana Vedanth and has trained in light music under Smt G Pushpalatha. She has completed Junior and Senior grade in Karnataka Classical Music Vocal in 1998 and 2002 respectively and Vidhwat exams during 2011 and 2012. She has pursued Master of Arts in Karnataka Music from Karnataka State Open University and is a B grade artist in AIR (Akashavani) since 2012. She has given several concerts at various prestigious organizations such as Sri Thyagaraja Sangeetha Sabha, Ganabharathi, Sri Nadbrahma Sangeetha Sabha, Ramasevamandali Charitable Trust, Sri Chandramouleshwara Temple Trust (all in Mysore), Gayana Samaja, Bangalore, Narasimhachar Music Foundation, and Bangalore.

Violinist, Prasad Mantraratnam, from Huntsville, AL is originally from Warangal, Andhrapradesh in India. He is the disciple of Sri “Akella Mallikarjuna Sarma”, a leading violinist in Andhrapradesh. He has performed both solo and accompaniment at several sabhas and organizations widely within India and abroad as well as in All India Radio & TV. He has accompanied on violin for senior musicians like his Guru Sri Akella Mallikarjuna Sarma, Chitraveena Ravikiran, Puranam Purushottama Sastry, Hyderabad Brothers, R.K.Srikantan, M.S. Sheela, , Sankaran Nambuthiry, Malladi Brothers and several others. Prasad has received scholarship from Indian HRD ministry in 1991 for advanced learning in Violin. Prasad worked at ISRO satellite center in Bangalore India and then joined Intergraph India (Hyderabad) before moving to Intergraph Corporation Headquarters at Huntsville AL in March 2008. Academically, Prasad has a Mechanical Engineering degree from JNTU Hyderabad and a Masters degree in Computer Science from Illinois Institute Of Technology, Chicago.

Reserved seat tickets are available from Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at 423-392-8414 or on the web at www.EngageKingsport.com

The Kingsport Renaissance Arts Center is conveniently located at 1200 East Center Street.‚  Visitors may easily access the facility from I-26, by taking exit 51, Wilcox Drive, and proceeding 3.1 miles to Center Street.‚  At Center Street take a left and the facility is on your right as you top the hill.