Friday, April 1, 2011

Speaker Profile for Ms. Swarnamalya Ganesh

Swarnamalya Ganesh is a professional classical Bharatanatyam dancer with over 25 years of learning and experience. She is a senior disciple of Kalaimamani K.J.Sarasa who is an exponent guru from the hereditary dancing family. Apart from training with some more of the devadasi gurus and nattuvanars she is also involved in documenting their repertoire. She is a trained classical singer. She holds a masters degree in Bharatanatyam from the University of Madras and is currently a Ph.D scholar in dance and a visiting faculty for the Department of Indian music, University of Madras.

She travels extensively on concert tours both within India and outside. She has performed in several prestigious dance festivals around the world. She has been involved in dance history research and presents lecture demonstrations and writes papers for various forums. She is a member of the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) U.K. Ranga Mandira was started by her ten years ago with the guidance of her mentor T.S.Parthasarathy (Past secretary Music Academy and fellow Sangeet Natak Akademi) which functions on two levels; one as a trust which promotes research and production of various dance and musical works, another as a centre for dance and music teaching.

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