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Sindhu Kiran

Her tryst with Odissi began at the behest of the legendary Protima Gauri Bedi in 1991 at Nrityagram- the dance village in Bangalore, India. There she studied under the tutelage of Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra and finished her training under the guidance of Guru Ramani Ranjan Jenna. Her pursuit of Odissi did not stop her from the allure of Mohiniyattam. Initiated by the eminent Guru Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma she continued her classical dance training with Mohiniyattam style and technique by renowned Guru Bharati Shivaji. She then mastered the nuances of abhinaya or facial expression from extensive training under Guru Kalanidhi Narayan and Ms. Usha Nangyar.

Her belief in a holistic approach to dance has led her to learn various ancillary skills that have enriched her performing style a great deal.She has learnt ballet from The Eugene Ballet Co. of USA , Trappies from Zoe & Anne Dufour of France and Tango from Anne Marie & Rigardo Of USA, all artists of great repute. She has imbibed the aesthetics of creative dance from accomplished teachers like Ranjabati Sircar, Robert Mc Williams & sandra Chatterejee(USA). In her endeavour for perfection she has trained in Shorinji Kempo under sensei Kirti and has also dabbled in Aikido with guidance of Julius Aib(Australia). As an avid learner she has attended several workshops ranging from abhinaya to sculpture and mime to Kutiyatam hosted by experts like Daksha Seth, John Devraj, Gracious Devaraj, Sajjan Gurukkal, Jayachandran, Koothupatrai and Anita Rathnam among others.

An accomplished artiste of both Mohiniattam & Odissi, she has performed extensively all over India, Europe and South East Asia with innumerable performances at major cultural programs. Backed by her professional experience of over a decade now, she has composed and choreographed dance items for distinguished national and international events. She is also an endearing teacher herself, and has taught and participated in several dance workshops. She is the recipient of National Scholarship For Young Artistes awarded by the department of HRD, govt. of India in 2000. Incidentally she is an exponent of the Indian martial art Kalaripayattu and actively practices Yoga as well. She also plays the Indian Classical instrument Veena with much enthusiasm.