Anandi, an expressive,
graceful and lively dancer of Odissi and Bharatanatyam has carved a niche
for herself as a solo artist earning immense popularity in India and abroad.
Dance, for Anandi is extensive, going beyond the purely professional and
academic realms. Gods and Goddesses for Anandi are part of her psyche
and dance is her soul.
Anandi is a senior
disciple of the doyen Guru Shri Padma Vibhushan Kelucharan Mahapatra.
Encouraged by her tenacity and passion for classical dance, the Bhulabhai
Memorial Institute granted her a scholarship to do an in-depth study of
Odissi from Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra at Cuttack. She had commenced her
training in Bharatanatyam at an early age under Guru Shri T.K. Mahalimgam
Pillai of the Raja Rajeswari Bharata Natya Kala Mandir. Anandi underwent
extensive Abhinaya training under Smt.Kalanidhi Narayan. Anandi has also
had the good fortune of being acquainted with the senior master of Kuchipudi,
Guru Shri Acharyalu and has learnt selective ancient pieces in Kuchipudi
She performs and teaches
at the Nrityakala Academy of Dance in Toronto and has collaborated with
Chinese and Caribbean ballet dancers in their production of "Land
of Cards". She has trained several students at Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia's
Vrindavan Academy of Classical Dance and Music in Hong Kong. Anandi has
contributed immensely to bring awareness about this ancient and beautiful
dance form amongst youngsters which has become a part of value education
in many prestigious Universities such as the Bombay University, York University
(Toronto) and UCLA.
Anandi has the superb
ability of communicating with children at their level of understanding.
She uses their own capabilities to sharpen their skill to the minutest
detail. She also has been blessed with a soulful voice and sound knowledge
of music. Anandi has been known to sing while performing her dance and
has often transported the audience to the heavenly abode of Gods and Goddesses.
Anandi has been awarded
the Shringar Mani award by Sur Samsad, Mumbai. She is a National Artist
of the Doordarshan Network and has been empanelled by ICCR for selection
in National/ International performances. She has been felicitated by the
Center of World Music in San Diego and also by the Canadian Museum of
Civilization in Ottawa.
Anandi has been associated
and worked with India's Film Directors. She uses her dance expression
and body language to train models in advertising commercials.
Anandi's ambition lies in spreading this blissful experience of classical art form to every part of the world....The art form that was handed over to her by the great Gurus.