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Priyadarsini Govind
Director
Priyadarsini Govind is one of the foremost Bharatanatyam dancers among the current generation. Trained by two stalwarts, Kalaimamani S.K. Rajarathnam Pillai and Padma Bhushan Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan, Priyadarsini has imbibed this art form from the best. With her natural aptitude for abhinaya coupled with her passion and dedication to her art, Priyadarsini has become a flag bearer of Smt. Kalanidhi’s padam repertoire. Priyadarsini’s nritta or pure dance is intense and vigorous. A dancer known for her adherence to tradition, Priyadarsini manages to seamlessly blend new choreography with the traditional, thereby gently redefining the boundaries of Bharatnatyam repertoire. Priyadarsini has been performing in prestigious venues all over India and the globe. Priyadarsini Govind is actively engaged in performing, creating new repertoires for dance and teach.
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS:
  • India Festival, Kennedy Center of Performing Arts, Washington DC, March 2011
  • SPIC MACAY tours, Norway, 2010, 2011
  • Soorya International Dance Tour, 2009, 2012
  • Theatre De La Ville; 2008, 2007
  • Festival of Arts; Chateau Vallone; 2008
  • Maison De La Danse; Lyon; 2007
  • Festival of Sacred Arts, Madrid; 2007
  • Festival of Arts, Jerusalem; 2007
  • Sifas Annual Festival, Singapore, 2007
  • World Music Institute; 2006, 2008
  • Smithsonian; 2006
  • Festival of India in Japan, 2006
  • Neelam Thiruchelvam Trust, Srilanka, 2006
  • Israel Dance Festival, 2006
  • Musee Guimet, Paris, 2006, 2012
  • Lyon Festival, France, 2006
  • Montpellier Dance Festival, 2005
  • Orientale Festival, France, 2004
  • The Tropen Theatre, 2004, 2006, 2008
  • The Milap Festival, Manchester; 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • The Medina Festival, Tunisia, 1998
  • ICCR TOURS:
  • South America and West Indies; November 2008
  • Bangladesh, 2001
  • South Africa, 2000
  • Afganistan, 1989
  • PERFORMANCE TOURS (OUTSIDE INDIA):
  • United States, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
  • Australia, 2008
  • Europe, mainly in France, Spain, Germany and Nethrelands, 2003, 2004, 2005,
  • 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012
  • Srilanka, 2006
  • Nepal, 2005
  • COLLABORATIVE WORKS:
  • Sayujya with T.M. Krishna in Cochin, 2011, Singapore 2012, New Jersey 2012,
  • Kennedy Centre, Washington D.C. 2012.
  • For the NCPA, Mumbai, March 2011
  • Brindavani Venu with Aruna Sairam, NCPA, Mumbai, 2010
  • Karunaasaagaram with Ms.Bombay Jayashree, in Delhi for Trisaara September 2010
  • Avalum Nokkinal with Gowri RamNarayan, 2009
  • Samyuktha Festival with Ms. Leela Samson, Bombay Jayashree, T.M. Krishna, 2009
  • Flame of the Forest with Gowri Ramnarayan, 2008, 2009
  • Sahasam with Elisabeth Petit, 2007
  • Jerome Bel, 2006
  • Mridangam Maestro, Umayalpuram Sivaraman, 2005
  • COMMISSIONED WORKS:
  • Vande Mataram
  • Netru Indru Nalai
  • Sringaram using the Tamil Literary work, Tirukkural
  • Shyama-Lavanya, Sangeet Natak Akademi’s celebration of 175th year of Rabindranath Tagore
  • PRODUCTIONS:
  • Sri Rangam
  • Siva Sakthi
  • Om Namo Narayana
  • Akam Puram
  • SEMINARS:
  • Heritage Seminar, Bangalore, 2006
  • Organized and hosted Kartik Fine Arts Seminar for 2007 and 2008
  • Participated in the following Seminars
  • Natya Kala Conference, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, 2005 and 2009
  • International Conference organized by the Wharton school of business, University of Pennsylvania, 2009.
  • Curator-Natya Kala Conference 2012, 2013
  • PERFORMANCES IN INDIA:
  • The Music and Dance Season in Chennai every year from 1980 to 1987 and from 1998 onwards.
  • SPIC MACAY tours
  • Music Academy Dance Festival 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Festivals in Manipur, Jamshedpur, Kanpur.
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi’s “SWARNA SAMAROH” celebrating India’s 50 years of independence.
  • Khajuraho, 1998, 2004.
  • Kalidas festival, Nagpur.
  • Soorya Festival, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • PERFORMANCES IN INDIA:
    All major cities including Bombay, Hyderabad, Delhi, Nagpur, Bhopal, Calcutta, Trivandrum, Trichur, Cochin, Chennai.
    TELEVISION EXPERIENCE:
    Produced and presented Tiruppavai, devotional hymns in Bharatanatyam for Doordarshan. Performed for the Doordarshan, CPC and private channels. Judge for an episode of “ThakaDhimi Tha”, 2010, Jaya TV
    OTHERS:
  • Faculty member of the Milap Dance Summer Residency – 2007, 2008,2009,2010,2011,2012, 2013 in Liverpool, UK.
  • Faculty member of The Milap Asia Pacific Dance Residency – 2012-2013 – Singapore

  • Produced instructional DVDs for Bharatanatyam:
  • Invocatory items
  • Thillana (December 2010)
  • Abhinaya (December 2010)
  • Margam (December 2010)
  • Jatiswaram
  • Sabdam
  • Varnam
  • Abhinaya
  • Ashtanayikas with Padma Bhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan
  • Navarasas
  • Mugdha, Madhya and Pragalbha

  • Part of the research team for the books: “Abhinaya” by Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan “Triveni” by Sri V.A.K. Ranga Rao
    HONORS:
  • “Sangeet Natak Akademi” award for 2012
  • “Yuva Kala Bharathi” Award, Chennai, 2000
  • “K.V. Mahadevan award for excellence” in dancing by Shree Bharatalaya, Chennai, 1999
  • “Kalaimamani” title from the Government of Tamilnadu, 1998.
  • “Nrityachoodamani” from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, 1998.
  • “Vasanthalakshmi Narasimhachari” award; 1998.
  • “Singar Mani” by Sur Singar Samsad, Bombay, 1982.A
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