About Avijit Das

Natya Mayooram Avijit Das (Avi)

Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam Dancer / Choreographer / Journalist

The Artist

Avijit Das (avi) is a young spirited dancer who believes in using is art as a medium of both showcasing the rich tradition as well as the modern interpretations of Indian classical art at the same time challenging his audiences to come to terms with their own sense of aesthetics.

Just like a glimpse in the mirror, avi’s fire brand style of work both when performing as well as teaching aim to encourage self identity in the viewer or students. Avi is also an excellent team player who share his passion for perfection and constantly strives to incorporate newer ideas to create exciting choreography. He is egger to collaborate and any artist an easily partake of the wealth of his exquisite art history.

Background                                                                                                            

Avijit was initiated into classical Indian dance Bharatanatyam at the age of five under the guidance of Smt. Sanaka Biswas of Shanti Niketan. Avijit also did his Diploma in Bharatanatyam in Chennai’s Kalakshetra (Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts) http://www.kalakshetra.in/ having completed the four year diploma program on merit scholarship in 2011. He further developed keen interest in the Kuchipudi style of dance. After initial training in Chennai’s Kuchipudi Art Academy under renowned Guru Sri Vempati Chinna Satyam http://www.kuchipudi.com/ and legendary Kuchipudi exponent Smt. Manju Bharggavee, at present he is under the guidance of Sri Jaikishore Mosalikanti. http://shivamohanam.com/shivamohanam/

Apart from dance, Avijit has also learnt Carnatic music.

Teaching Experience

• June 2014 to present Presidency school East” in Bangalore.
• April 2013 to present Kim Aham in Bangalore.
• September 2013 to present From within Academy in Bangalore and in Seattle (USA).
• April 2011 to July Akash Ganga Dance Companyin Singapore
• August 2012 to March 2015 Prakriya Green wisdom school in Banglaore.

Recent notable performances in India and Abroad:

Kuchipudi performances at International dance festival.

  • 31st July 2015 Theatre Production call “Dance like a man” by Pratidhwani in Seattle Washington
  • 21st June 2015 Veda temple in Seattle Washington
  • 23rd February 2013 in 1st International Indian classical dance festival in Malaysia.

Solo Kuchipudi performances in India

  • 23rd Dec 2015 “Lecture Demonstration on Rama Bhakti” in Indian Habitat centre Delhi.
  • 23rd Nov 2015 “Feathers presents- Indian classical dance for youth” in Kolkata.
  • 14th Nov 2015 “LSHVA FESTIVAL” in
  • 5th April 2015 Natarani dance festival in
  • 15th March 2015 Temple festival in Chennai
  • 12th November 2014 Indradhanush Dilli festival in Delhi
  • 25th October 2014 Dasavatara festival in Bangalore
  • 20th March 2014 “festival of Bhadrachala ramadasa keertanam” in Bangalore
  • 9th of February 2014 “Karavali Utsav” organized by Department of Kanda and culture Mangalore
  • 3rd of February 2014 2nd JATHI Festival organized by “Nataraja music and dance academy” Bangalore in Seva Sadan.
  • 3rd of January 2014 “The Indian Institute of World Culture” Bangalore
  • 21st December 2013 “Alvas Virashat Festival” in Mangalore.
  • 10th of November 2013at “Nartaka festival” in Chennai in Bharatiya vidaya Bhavan.
  • 25th of October 2013 at Yavanika (Bangalore)   ICCR every Friday slot
  • 27th April 2013 at J G college of fine arts in “WORLD DANCE DAY” inaugural show.
  • 13th April 2013 solo Kuchipudi performance at “Nrithanrithyathi Dance festival”   in Bhilai
  • 25th January 2013 in “MAMALLPURAM DANCE FESTIVAL” organized by tourism and cultural Department of Tamil Nadu.
  • 24th November 2012 in “BHARAT SANGEET UTSAV” in Coimbatore as part of purusha festival.
  • 11th May 2012 performance in kuchipudi village on Annamachariya 63 birthday .
  • 29th April 2012 world dance day organized by Ahish Mohan Khokar “Dance History”.
  • 18th April 2012 kuchipudi recital in “Vyshakhi festival” at Bhubaneswar.
  • 17th December 2011 Aiyyappan temple in Bangalore.

 Group performances

  • 27th of may 2013in Hyderabad at Tyagaraja gnayana sabha part of ICCR
  • 18th May 2013 Natyavedam dance festival in Bangalore at Chowdiah memorial hall.
  • Performed with Kuchipudi Art Academy at Thirupathi in the dance drama called ‘Rukmini Kalyanam’ on 11th October 2011.
  • 30th September 2011 Kuchipudi Art Academy in Delhi (The Sangeet Natak Academy on the 150th Birthday Celebration of Rabindranath Tagore) With Vishwa Bharathi UniversityShanti Niketan in several dance dramas like Chandalika, Chitrangada, Mayar Khela and was part of   its India tour.

Performances at Dol Utsav and Ritu Ranga.

  • 2009, 2010 and 2011 performed in renowned Sabhas in Chennai like Krishna Gana Sabha, Music Academy (dance drama called ‘Panchali Shapatam’) and in several dance drama productions of Kalakshetra .
  • 7th January 2011performed at Music Academy in the Chennai music and dance festival in the production called ‘Spanda’ (by Leela Samson)
  • 2011 Kamani Auditorium Delhi as part of Kalakshetra
  • 2011 at Krishnan Temple in

 WORKSHOPS

  • July 18th to 20th Conducted three days workshop for the kids at “K F I” (Krishnamurti foundation) school Chennai.
  • 1st to June 15th Taken workshop as a faculty member of Natyavedam teacher at Hyderabad Rabindrabharati auditorium.
  • November 1st to November 10th taken workshop three major cities in Kerala as a faculty member of Natyavedam teacher, organize by Kerala Sangeet Natak academy.

 ARCHIVMENTS

  • Natyam Mayooram Avijit das has been featured as Indian classical dancer in the exhibition called “INSPIRED   BY INDIA” at SOTHEBY’S studio in London in the field of Dance, three dance pictures has been showcased in the exhibition.
  • Dance magazine “INDIA” in Germany featured Avijit das as one of the young talented KUCHIPUDI male dancer from Indian with an article on August edition.
  • Avijit das also a writer about dance on the website call Narthaki.
  • Avijit das is an official partner for India and a writer for India magazine in Germany and pool international magazine in India.

  • Natyaveda Award has given to Avijit by “Nataraja Music and Dance academy” Vishakhapattanam on 3rd of February 2014.

 Reviews

  • There is a Bharatanatyam dance performed by Pandit Avijit Das, an internationally renowned dancer. Pandit Das is an extraordinary dancer with incredible power radiating from his center, and I love this stuff. I’m immediately immersed in a world of dance.

“THE SEATTLE STAR”
In the Absence of the Feminine: Dance Like a Man

BY OMAR WILLEY· 6 AUGUST, 2015

http://www.seattlestar.net/2015/08/in-the-absence-of-the-feminine-dance-like-a-man/
Avijit Das (Bangalore), who has the distinction of training earlier from Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam and currently Manju Bharggavee – not to mention his Kalakshetra background in Bharatanatyam. Beginning with ‘Ganesha Kautvam’, he turned to Dashavatara on Lord Vishnu’s ten incarnations, for a change, from the Sanskrit scholar and musician Telugu poet Narayana Teertha’s celebrated Shri Krishna Leela Tarangini. The performance was remarkable for its brisk tempo, expressive body language, rhythmic footwork and varying facial expression keyed to the clearly enunciated poetic lines and the music rendered with devotion.

Young dancers at ‘The World of Dance’ – Dr. S. D. Desai April 10, 2015

http://www.narthaki.com/info/rev15/rev1750.html

Avjit Das, performed the Dasavatara with excellent abhinaya and nritya in Kuchipudi style. He concluded his act with Thillana in raga Dhanshree

Celebrating the spirit of Indian dance

New Delhi, Nov 18, 2014, DHNS:

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/442151/celebrating-spirit-indian-dance.html

  • Avijit’s prior Kalakshetra training reflects in his neat geometric lines and nritta. Manju Bhargavee’s choreography reflected her complete mastery over the Vempati Chinna Satyam bani of Kuchipudi.He is definitely one of the rising stars of Kuchipudi.

http://www.narthaki.com/info/rev14/rev1581.html

  • Avijit Das(kuchipudi), disciple of Manju Bhargavi and Vempatti Chinna Satyam, depicted the beauty of Nature with extreme sensitivity in the course of ‘Mandooka Shabdam’ (depicting the story of Gajendra Moksham)._____________

 

“THE HINDU” (Friday review)
By   B. RAMADEVI   December 6, 2012 Coimbatore .

http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/music/gratifying-experience-for-the-rasikas/article4170830.ece

Music and mythology come together – Baisakhi cultural festival showcases Indian traditions

Avijit performed Koluvaitiva Rangasayi that spoke about many faces of Lord Vishnu.  The dancer’s firm movements, controlled steps and a swift transition of expressions were remarkable ___________

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1120421/jsp/odisha/story_15397737.jsp#.VdwbESWqqko

The Telegraph  (Saturday , April 21 , 2012)  Calcutta India.

 

Contact Information:

Phone: +91 9742093674

Email: kavijitdas@hotmail.com / kuchipudiavijit@gmail.com

Blog: https://avijitdasdance.wordpress.com

Place: Bangalore

 

3 thoughts on “About Avijit Das

    • Hello,

      The dance form you have written about is call Bharatanatyam. I am trained Bharatanatyam dancer under very well known institute Kalakshetra, From there i did my Graduation in Bharatnatyam. I had keen interest in Kuchipudi ( Dance form from Andhra Pradesh) , which i started pursuing after my graduation in Kalakshetra. Kuchipudi is one of the very old traditional art form from India. For further information about the art form or any dance related question you can ask me, i will be delight to share my little knowledge about dance. please add me in FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/avijit.das.18

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