Bharatanatyam by C. V. Chandrasekhar & Troupe and
Kathak by Rajashree Shirke & Troupe
C. V. Chandrasekhar is an Indian Bharatanatyam dancer, academician, dance scholar, composer, and choreographer. He was trained at the internationally renowned Kalakshetra in Chennai, under the mentorship of Rukmini Devi Arundale, Karaikkal Saradambal, K.N. Dandaydhapani Pillai and others. He has received training in classical music under teachers like Budalur Krishnamoorthy Sastrigal and M.D. Ramanathan. He retired as Head of the Faculty of Performing Arts of M.S. University, Baroda in 1992. Chandrashekhar and wife Jaya Chandrasekhar are one of the best-known dancing couples of Bharatanatyam in India. He now runs his own dance institution, Nrityashree, in Chennai. He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Bharatanatyam in 1993, the Kalidas Samman in 2008 and the Padma Bhushan in 2011. Rajashree Shirke received her initial training in Kathak under D.S. Satamkar and was later groomed by Madhurita Sarang. She has performed Kathak at various festivals. Besides teaching dance at Lasya, which she established in 1980, Shirke has taught at the Academy of Theatre Arts at the University of Mumbai since 2004. She has choreographed a number of dance productions with a narrative structure, such as Ravana Mandodari Samvaad, Garva Harana, and Sangeet Kanhopatra, among others. Some of these dramas are based on classic and modern Indian literature, while others are structured as traditional performances of Maharashtra. Shirke has also collaborated with director Chetan Datar in theatrical productions such as Mata Hidimba and Haravlele Pratibimba. Currently, she is researching narrative performances in the temples of North India with the help of a Senior Research Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Among other honours, Shirke has received the Marathi Sahitya Sangh Award twice (2003, 2006) for her work in experimental theatre and choreography. Shirke has also received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to Kathak.
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