Veena C. S
Experiencing Dance Beyond Movement
Veena Chikkanahalli Seshadri was initiated to music, dance and drama from the age of seven by her parents. She received professional training in Bharatanatyam from the world renowned Kalakshetra College of fine arts, Chennai and was further guided by Guru. Minal Prabhu and Guru. Jayalakshmi Eshwar. Synthesised the knowledge received from various Gurus with strict discipline, dedication and sincerity of learning the techniques of nritta -nritya and natya in Kalakshetra style Veena has successfully carved a niche as a performer ,Choreographer, and a Guru.
Veena’s Dance is spontaneous expression of powerful emotions and deep knowledge of the dance. Her style retains the depth, resonance and sensitivity of ” Hastas, Taalam , Foot work, Abhinay ” as well as laying stress on the subtle and lilting phrasing of the dance choreography. Through this combination, she brings to perfection the delicacy and sentimental mood of every Rasa. She is a master of improvisation and possesses the rare ability to breathe life and originality into a classical theme traditionally, thereby moulding it into a living and captivating form. The outstanding qualities of Veena’s performances are her maturity, incredibly outstanding presentation of her dance, and her imaginative development in the true form of richness of traditional Bharatnatyam dance form.
Veena has given many performances at International and National events and festivals. Nehru Centre London,Zurich,Latvia,Spain, Germany, ICC Bangkok, Thailand,Doha, Dubai, Sringeri Vidya Bharathi Foundation- Stroudsburg- USA, Hampi, Mysore, Vizag, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Bhuvaneshwar to name a few. She has extensively performed as a solo artist and is also invited as a guest artist by institutions :Casa de la India-Spain, University of Valladolid, Spain, Apoorva Noopura (NJ), Srishti School Of Dance (Washington DC) and Swaranjali (New Delhi).
An A Graded artist from Doordarshan, an Empanelled artist of ICCR and high first class in MFA Bharatanatyam, enlisted in FOI cell, Ministry of Culture and also a member of CID UNESCO as a Bharatnatyam dancer. She has been awarded the title Nrutyashree by Ministry of Odisha, Natya Mayuri by Sadhana International, Beijing and Yoga Kala Nidhi by SGS yoga foundation.
Exploring boundaries and inspiring people towards Bharatanatyam Veena trains students in Natyam across globe including some from deprived background. In Kala Sampada , her institute along with Bharatanatyam students are trained in Carnatic vocal , Sanskrit , Bhagavad gita to bring an holistic development. An impressive performer, a creative choreographer, an affectionate and loving Guru , Veena Chikkanahalli Seshadri believes Natyam to be an external manifestation of inward journey.