14 years old Japanese Bharatanatyam dancer
Bharatanatyam originates in Tamil Nadu south India which is also referred
to as artistic yoga and Natya yoga. It is the most ancient of all classical dance forms in India.
Guru Dr.Saroja Vaidyanathan
Guru Dr.Saroja Vaidyanathan is a living legend and the founder of the performing arts institution - Ganesa Natyalaya in New Delhi.
A prolific choreographer, Guru and Bharatanatyam exponent, she has trained under Smt. Lalitha of SaraswatiGana Nilayam in Chennai - a disciple of renowned Guru Kattumannar Muthukumaran Pillai of Thanjavur. She has also studied Carnatic music under Prof P.Sambamurthy at Madras University and has a D.Litt in dance from India Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarth.
She has travelled across India as well as abroad for recitals, Lecture-demonstrations, cultural tours & workshops. She has authored a number of books on dance and music and has compiled an encyclopedia on Bharatanatyam for the NCERT. For her work in the field of dance, she has been bestowed with numerous awards including the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan from the Government of India, the Sahitya Kala Parishad Samman, the title of Kalaimamani from the Government of Tamil Nadu &
the Sangeet NatakAkademi Award.
Kaname Tomiyasu 15 years old. turned 11 on the 2nd of September 2018 - the same day as her Arangetram. Although born in Thailand, Kaname lived in New Delhi and studied at the New Delhi Japanese School till March 2018 - when she shifted back to Japan with her family. She has been learning Bharatanatyam in Delhi since the young age of 4 and came under the tutelage of Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan at the age of 8. Although initially attracted to the dance form due to the brilliant costumes, jewelries and makeup, she has over time begun to enjoy the dance as an embodiment of Indian culture - picking up Indian mythology, tradition and culture along the way. She considers herself lucky to have learnt from her Guru the virtues of courtesy and respect like the ancient Japanese“Budo”spirit.