About Avijit Das

Nãtya Mayooram Avijit Das (Avi)
Kuchipudi Dancer/Bharatanatyam Teacher/Choreographer/Journalist
THE ARTISTE
Avijit Das (Avi) is a spirited dancer who believes in Indian classical dance as not only a medium of showcasing
the rich tradition but also a naturalistic channel of expression that is innate to all cultures. With an immense
conviction in the modern interpretations of classical dance, he challenges his audience to rejuvenate their sense
of aesthetics.
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 viewers or students. Avi is also an excellent team player who share his passion
for perfection and constantly strives to incorporate new ideas to create exciting choreography. He is eager to
collaborate and any artist can easily partake the wealth of his exquisite art history.
Avijit Das is grade artist from Chennai Dooradarshan.
BACKGROUND
Avi was initiated into Bharatanatyam at the age of five under the guidance of Smt. Sanaka Biswas of Shanti
Niketan, West Bengal, India. Avi obtained his Diploma in Bharatanatyam from Kalakshetra (Rukmini Devi
College of Fine Arts), Chennai, India (http://www.kalakshetra.in/) on a meritorious scholarship in 2011. He
also developed keen interest in the Kuchipudi style of dance. After initial training in Kuchipudi Art Academy
under legendary Guru Sri Vempati Chinna Satyam (http://www.kuchipudi.com/) and renowned Kuchipudi
exponent Smt. Manju Bharggavee, he is currently training under the guidance of Sri Jaikishore Mosalikanti
(http://shivamohanam.com/shivamohanam/).
Avi also has a Diploma in Carnatic music.
PERFORMANCES
INTERNATIONAL (SOLO)
• 2017
• August 31, 2017 Función de danza Kuchipudi, Auditorio de la Escuela De Ballet Del Valle De Martha

O’Reilly, Casa de Cultura de India en Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

• August 25, 2017 Drive East Festival by Navatman, Dixon Place, Manhattan, New York City, USA
• July 28, 2017 Bellevue Arts Festival, Bellevue Arts Museum ARTS Fair, Seattle, USA
• 2016
• August 15, 2016 Battery Dance Festival, Indo-American Arts Council, New York City, USA
• August 13, 2016 Erasing Boarders Dance Festival, Indo-American Arts Council, New York City, USA
• July 30, 2016 Ananda Mela, ISKCON, Seattle, USA
• 2015
• July 31, 2015 Theatre Production call “Dance like a man” by Pratidhwani, Seattle, USA
• June 21, 2015 Kuchipudi Margam, Veda temple, Seattle, USA
• 2013
• February 23, 2013 First International Indian classical dance festival, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
INDIA (SOLO)
• 2016
• December 3, 2016 Shastram, The Show – Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore
• October 23, 2016 Vignettes of Kuchipudi, Narthaka Festival, Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai
• October 21, 2016 A solo Kuchipudi Recital, Stein Auditorium, Indian Habitat Center, New Delhi
• January 30, 2016 Kuchipudi Margam at Kannada Bhavana, Bangalore
2015
• December 23, 2015 Lecture Demonstration on Rama Bhakti in Indian Habitat Centre, Delhi
• November 23, 2015 Feathers presents – Indian classical dance for youth in Kolkata
• November 14, 2015 LSHVA FESTIVAL in Bangalore

• April 5, 2015 Natarani dance festival in Ahmedabad
• March 15, 2015 Temple festival in Chennai
2014
• November 12, 2014 Indradhanush Dilli festival in Delhi
• October 25, 2014 Dasavatara festival in Bangalore
• March 20, 2014 Festival of Bhadrachala Ramadasa Keertanam in Bangalore
• February 9, 2014 Karavali Utsav organized by Department of Kanda and culture Mangalore
• February 3, 2014 SecondJATHI Festival by Nataraja music and dance academy, Seva Sadan, Bangalore
• January 3, 2014 The Indian Institute of World Culture, Bangalore
2013
• December 21, 2013 Alvas Virashat Festival in Mangalore
• November 10, 2013 Nartaka festival in Chennai in Bharatiya vidaya Bhavan
• October 25, 2013 Yavanika (Bangalore) ICCR every Friday slot
• April 27, 2013 J G college of fine arts in “WORLD DANCE DAY” inaugural show
• April 13, 2013 Kuchipudi performance at “Nrithanrithyathi Dance festival” in Bhilai
• January 25, 2013 Mamallpuram Dance Festival – by tourism and cultural Department of Tamil Nadu
2012
• November 24, 2012 BHARAT SANGEET UTSAV in Coimbatore as part of purusha festival
• May 11, 2012 Performance in kuchipudi village on Annamachariya 63rd birthday
• April 29, 2012 World dance day organized by Ahish Mohan Khokar “Dance History”
• April 18, 2012 Kuchipudi recital in “Vyshakhi festival” at Bhubaneswar
• December 17, 2011 Aiyyappan temple in Bangalore
GROUP PERFORMANCES
• 2013
• May 27, 2013 Tyagaraja Gaana Sabha part of ICCR program, Hyderabad
• May 18, 2013 Natyavedam dance festival in Bangalore at Chowdiah memorial hall
• 2011
• October 11, 2011 Kuchipudi Art Academy at Thirupathi in the dance drama ‘Rukmini Kalyanam’
• September 30, 2011 Kuchipudi Art Academy in Delhi
• January 7, 2011 ‘Spanda’ (by Leela Samson), Music Academy, Chennai
• 2011 Kamani Auditorium Delhi as part of Kalakshetra Performance
• 2011 Krishnan Temple in Singapore
• 2011 Performances 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)
TEACHING
• June 2014 to 2016 “Presidency school East” in Bangalore
http://www.presidencyschooleast.org/
• April 2013 to present “Kim Aham” in Bangalore
https://www.facebook.com/KIM-AHAM-561436623990365/timeline/
• Sept. 2013 to present “From within Academy” in Bangalore and in Seattle (USA).
http://www.fromwithinacademy.com/
• April 2011 to July 2011 “Akash Ganga Dance Company” in Singapore.
http://www.aakash-ganga.com/
• August 2012 to March 2015 “Prakriya Green wisdom school” in Bangalore
http://www.prakriyaschool.com/site/
WORKSHOPS
• 2017
• Aug26 – Sept 4 Kuchipudi Dance Workshop, Mexico City, Mexico
• 2016
• July Intensive Kuchipudi Dance Workshop, Pleasanton, CA, USA

• 2014
• July 18 – 20 Three-day workshop for the kids at “K F I” (Krishnamurti foundation) school, Chennai
• June 1 – 15 Natyavedam Faculty Workshop, Ravindrabharathi, Hyderabad
• November 1 – 10 Workshops as Faculty, Natyavedam, organized by Sangeet Natak academy, Kerala
ACHIEVEMENTS
• Natyamayooram by “Nrithanrithyathi Dance festival” in Bhilai
• 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 have 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
• Columnist for Narthaki online magazine.
http://www.narthaki.com/info/rev12/rev1213.html
• Official partner for India and a writer for india! magazine in Germany and POOL international magazine in
India.

• Natyaveda Award by “Nataraja Music and Dance academy” Vishakhapattanam on 3rd February 2014.
REVIEWS
• Traditional Indian Dance, With Room for New Blood – The New York Times
by Alastair Macaulay – August 29, 2017
…Within the same genre, Mr. Das has more attack, more hunger. Nobody ate up space so eagerly or in more
staggeringly nonstop sequences. I kept thinking, “When’s the abhinaya section coming?” for he kept his nritta
on the go for many minutes on end: bounding in jumps, rapidly tapping the soles of his feet on the floor, and
rippling torso, head, and arms with unstoppable brio. The alternation of nritta and abhnaya in his work is
subtle: You see the stories and characterizations, but little keeps him from dance itself. He too performs with
sweetness (bright eyes, engaging smile), and yet that’s incidental. Lithe and seemingly never tired, he’s a force
of nature.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/29/arts/dance/drive-east-apoorva-jayaraman.html?mcubz=3
• Moving like a master, Indian Habitat Center – The Hindu
by Ranee Kumar – October 27, 2016
Avijit Das, a rising star on the Kuchipudi horizon, gave a commendable performance in the traditional
repertoire for most part of his performance at the India Habitat Centre. For this critic it felt like going down
memory lane to watch a vibrant execution of a ‘shabdam,’ ‘Dasavataram’ and ‘Tarangam’ devoid of
interpolations in the name of sophistry. Avijit brought the memories of Kuchipudi masters come alive with his
untampered style… the pieces are always crisp and invigorating and never too long-drawn; so did the dancer
who kept a close eye on the text and idiom in all earnestness. His footwork, gesticulation and sancharis were
accurate to the changing pace of the rhythm; the only polish he brought into the dance without sacrificing its
purity of expression was his stylishly cut out movements and eloquent facial feelings in tune with the
connotation of the lyric.

http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/moving-like-a-
master/article9275309.ece?textsize=large&test=1

• Erasing Borders Dance Festival, Indo-American Arts Council – DanceViewtimes
by Leigh Witchel – August 21, 2016
Das performed at both concerts as well, but perhaps because he was pinch-hitting Saturday for another artist,
we saw him at his best on Monday. “Tarangam” showed off his nature in a way “Dashavatara Shabdam” didn’t.
To use ballet terms, Das is a petit allegro dancer: lithe and wiry, with speed, line, and a high center of gravity
that seemed to float even when he was heading down into a knee bend. “Dashavatara Shabdam” made him look
lightweight instead of like a speed demon. In “Tarangam,” he showed off his musicality and attack, moving from

side to side during the tongue-twisting patter, finally stopping in attitude front and passing through a stable
grand rond de jambe to the back.
http://www.danceviewtimes.com/2016/08/the-cosmopolitans.html
• Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance, Part 2 Outdoors – Dancetabs
by Marina Harss – August 17, 2016
But the highlight, at least for me, was the performance by Avijit Das, a kuchipudi dancer from Bangalore. Das
dances with a striking subtlety and crispness, a characteristic he shares with another kuchipudi dancer,
Shantala Shivalingappa. Both were students of Vempati Chinna Satyam, a great innovator of the form. Perhaps
these are elements of his school of kuchipudi. A slight, almost godlike smile illuminated Das’s face. His
expression was open and bright, communicative but not ingratiating. His jumps were light and sharp, almost
weightless. Das danced a tarangam, which included the traditional rhythmic gliding on a brass plate. It’s a trick
move – look how I can cover ground on this plate without showing any effort in my upper body! – but whenever
he or Shivalingappa do it, it acquires an ineffable grace.
http://dancetabs.com/2016/08/erasing-borders-festival-of-indian-dance-part-2-outdoors-new-york/
• BWW Review: ERASING BOARDERS FESTIVAL Transports The Audience To A Higher Plane
by Juan Michael Porter II, August 17, 2016
Avijit Das of Bangalore looked like a Disney Prince professing his undying love to some lucky damsel in
“Dasavtaram, Tarangam”. Choreographed by Guru, Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam, this piece presented Mr. Das as
both a prince and a warrior, or a tiger in love. Granted this tiger used spry pas de chats, slicing arms along a
diagonal, and a powerful attitude devant – that looked like a tail ready to envelop a loved one within a tight
embrace – to express his passion. Ardor – or pride that is strong because of love – was what this dance
communicated to me, particularly during the bowl dance. In the final section of this solo, Mr. Das stood on the
edges of a brass bowl and shimmied rhythmically through lower body isolations to “walk” and slide forward
across the stage. The vibrations of his lower body seemed to shake the very foundation upon which he danced,
and yet to look at him from the waist upwards was to see a smiling man hovering in the air. Words are
inadequate in detailing such marvels; some things have to be seen to be believed.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwdance/article/BWW-Review-ERASING-BORDERS-FESTIVAL-
Transports-The-Audience-To-A-Higher-Plane-20160817

• Broad Hints of Modern Angst at a festival of Indian Dance – New York Times
by Brian Seibert – August 16, 2016
The young Kuchipudi dancer Avijit Das presented 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu with similar precision to that
of the veteran Bharatanatyam dancer Rama Vaidyanathan.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/17/arts/dance/broad-hints-of-modern-angst-at-erasing-borders-
festival-of-indian-dance-and-battery-dance-festival.html

• THE SEATTLE STAR” In the Absence of Feminine: Dance Like a Man
by Omar Willey – August 6, 2015
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.
http://www.seattlestar.net/2015/08/in-the-absence-of-the-feminine-dance-like-a-man/
• Young dancers at ‘The World of Dance’
by Dr. S. D. Desai – April 10, 2015
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.
http://www.narthaki.com/info/rev15/rev1750.html
• Celebrating the spirit of Indian dance, New Delhi
by Deccan Herald – November 18, 2014
Avjit Das, performed the Dasavatara with excellent abhinaya and nritya in Kuchipudi style. He concluded his
act with Thillana in raga Dhanshree
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/442151/celebrating-spirit-indian-dance.html
• Bhadrachala Raamadaasa Charithamu
Narthaki.com – April 8, 2014
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
• Friday Review
by B. Ramadevi, The Hindu, Coimbatore – December 6, 2012
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).

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
The Telegraph, Calcutta – April 21, 2012
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

C O N T A C T
Avijit Das
Phone: +91 97 42 09 36 74
Email: kavijitdas@hotmail.com
kuchipudiavijit@gmail.com
Blog: https://avijitdasdance.wordpress.com
Place: Bangalore, India.

 

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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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