Spandana Classical Arts

Spandana Classical Arts

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About manaswini

Endowed with a sprightly stage presence, Manaswini Sridhar Balakumar brings to her audience a refreshing presentation of Bharathanatyam, exhibited through her strong sense of rhythm, scintillating nritta and lively abhinaya.

Her abilities were recognized very early and she has been the recipient of numerous awards at both interschool and  intercollegiate levels, apart from having won all round appreciation and accolades from the press and public.

On one of her Bharatanatyam performances during chennai music season, THE HINDU said, “With single minded focus, Manaswini quickly established herself as a dancer with excellent timing.expressive face, supple body, her natural stage persona translated into easy and effective elaborations” .

At the tender age of nine, during her Arangetram, Manaswini had the rare privilege of  being blessed by the Great Danseuse Naattiya Peroli Padmini   when she said she could see a ” Little Shobana” in her.

Enjoying the fruits of her Guru’s benevolence, Manaswini presented Shathathama Ranga Pravesham which marked her 10th year as a performing dancer and 100th rendition of her Guru’s productions.  She acknowledges her sincere thanks to her Guru and she believes that “Shathathama Ranga Pravesham is an excellent outcome of her 10 year Guru Shishya relationship and it is this bond that took her knowledge forward in her every rendition.

Currently, Manaswini resides in Washington,USA practicing nattuvangam under Guru Hemanth Lakshman and has established her own institution “Spandana Classical Arts” teaching students from India and USA aimed at sharing the knowledge that she has gained in her 20 years.

Performance

  • Performances during Chennai Music festival in sabhas like – Nungambakkam cultural academy, Parthasarathy swami sabha, RR sabha, Kapali Fine Arts, Mylapore Fine Arts
  • Mamallapuram Dance Festival
  • Indian Fine Arts Society
  • Madras Music College Annual Festival
  • 100th Performance – “Shathathama Rangapravesham” in the presence of Great Guru Shobana, Guru Nandhini Ramani, Guru Madurai R Muralidharan, Makkal Kural Sri Ramji.
  • International Chess tournament with Great Guru Shobana in the year 2013
  • Vijay Awards with Pandit Birju Maharaj-ji in the year 2013
  • IFFI (Goa) with Great Guru Shobana in the year 2014
  • “SAMADHINA” with Great Guru Shobana in the year 2014
  • Performance at National Games with Great Guru Shobana in the year 2015
  • Toured Dubai, Europe & USA with Great Guru Shobana for her production “Krishna” in the year 2015.
  • Performed during Navarathri festivals in Boston & Seattle during the year 2017 & 2018
  • Performed for “Drums & Bells”, a thematic production by CCR, Seattle in the year 2019
My Gallery

manaswini gallery