ABOUT

Pavithra considers her dedication to Bharatanatyam, Carnatic music and study of Vedanta as her life long tapasya.  Her commitment to the pursuit of Art and Culture is not only to entertain, but also to educate and elevate its awareness.

Pavithra has given over 500 performances over the last three decades. She has carved a niche for herself by creating thematic solo productions based on profound timeless truths and wisdom from the ancient Hindu scriptures  that are inspiring and uplifting. Though a regular solo performer, Pavithra has also been a principal dancer in several dance ensembles by renowned artists and by the Cleveland Cultural Alliance that have toured USA and Canada. Critics have hailed her performances which have spanned three decades across three continents.

Pavithra’s lineage is bejeweled with eminent teachers of dance and music to whom she carries eternal gratitude: Padma Bhushan The Dhananjayans, Padma Bhushan late Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan, Late Sri. B. Seetha Rama Sharma, Late Smt. Nirmala Ramachandran, Smt. Radha, Smt. Vasantha and Late Sri Aravindakshan.  She is also blessed to have Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, world renowned traditional teacher of Advaita Vedanta, and founder of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, as her spiritual Guru.

 

Pavithra has taught Natya and Nattuvangam in KalaPeetham; she was also on faculty of Bharata Kalanjali in Chennai and Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in Saylorsburg, PA. Today, she runs her own school, “Arsha Kala Bharati” in Chennai, where she nurtures the next generation of dancers along with Vedic Heritage and Bhagavad Gita classes.

In recent years, Pavithra has also been a committed student of Carnatic Music.  Her debut performance in Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, under the tutelage of Smt. Sulochana Pattabhiraman and Smt. Bhagyalakshmi Suresh, was recognized with the G.N.B. Endowment award. She continues training under the tutelage of the renowned vainika, Vidwan Sri. P. Vasanth Kumar.

She is a core member of Project Self Inc., (NPO) in New Jersey, that is committed to the promotion and propagation of Vedic culture through Yoga, Vedanta, modern management, classical music and dance across the USA.

Pavithra is also a Research Fellow with the The Centre for Soft Power (CSP), India Foundation, that seeks to engage with practitioners, academics, policy makers and other stakeholders to study, promote and disseminate knowledge, with an emphasis on an India-centric view of the confluence of cultures.

SOME NOTEWORTHY  PERFORMANCES

National

  • Tantrotsav, Auroville, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu

  • Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

  • Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

  • Mylapore Fine Arts, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

  • Karthik Fine Arts, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

  • The Music Academy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

  • Bharath Kalachar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

  • Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, IFAS, Chennai

  • Codissia, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

  • Bhrigadeshwara Temple, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

  • Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

  • Sangeet Nataka Academy, Orissa

  • Kalamshu Cultural Trust, Banglore

  • ICCR, Azad Bhavan, New Delhi

  • South Zone Cultural Center, Trivandrum, Kerala

  • South Zone Cultural Center, Pollachi, Tamil Nadu

  • Indic Festival, Goa​

  • Nrityasangeethotsavam, Thiruvandapuram, Kerala

International

  • Princeton University, Princeton NJ​

  • World Hindu Congress, Chicago, Illinois

  • Global Dharma Conference,Raritan Center, Raritan, NJ

  • Cleveland Cultural Alliance Productions, Tour of the US and Canada, Performance Highlights

    • “Megahdootam,” 2014

    • “Ekaantha Seetha” –2006

    • “Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum” –1991

  • University of Cinncinati, Ohio, USA

  • Ganga-Mekong Conference, Bangkok, Thailand

  • Oregon, Wisconsin, USA

  • Dhvani Performing Arts, Ohio, USA

  • Shiva Vishnu Temple, Mayland,USA

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA

  • Frankfurt, Germany

  • Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Geneva, Switzerland

  • Bhargavi Fine Arts, Solo Bharatnatyam tour across 25 cities in USA and Canada

AWARDS

Yuva Kala Bharati” Bharat Kalachar, Chennai

--(first recipient of the title; conferred by Vyjayanthimala Bali)

“SKGS Yagnaraman Award of Excellence” in Bharatanatyam

--Sri Krishna Gana Sabha,Chennai

“Srimati Balasaraswati Trust Award for Best Danseuse,”

--Sri Krishna Gana Sabha,Chennai

“M.G. Ramachandran Award for Most Talented Danseuse,”

--The Music Academy, Chennai

"Outstanding Dancer, Mid Year Dance Series"

--The Music Academy, Chennai

"Best Performer Award"

--Sri Parthasarthy Sabha, Chennai

 “Satya Nritya Sundaram Award,”

--Bharatanjali Trust, Chennai

“Nritya Sevika Award,”     

--Naadhabrahmam, Chennai

"G.N.B Endowment Award,

--Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai

"Naatyasevaka"

--Bharata Kalanjali, Chennai

First Prize--Dance Talent Promotion

--Indian Fine Arts, Chennai

First Prize-Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale Memorial

Series

--Sankarabharanam Trust, Chennai

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