Soorya (Singapore) presents
"Namami Tam Vinayakam"
(Bowing to Lord Vinayagar)
At Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple at Ceylon Road
As part of Temple Kumbhabhishekam (The Consecration of the Temple)
Thursday, 05 February 2015
Time : 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Venue : Auditorium at level 2 at Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple,19 Ceylon Rd, (S) 429620
7:30pm - Music Vocal: Aditi Gopinath accompanied on flute by Ragha (Raghavendran Rajasekaran).
7:45pm - Dance: Bharathanatyam: Niranjana Krishna and Maanasa Visweswaran.
8:00pm - Dance: Mohiniattam: Deepthy A Nair, Dharsana Sudarsanan, Swapna Venugopal and Smrethi Prasanth.
8:15pm - Vocal: Sai Vigneshwar Vm accompanied by Akileshwar Vm on mridangam and Shreya Gopi on violin.
Aditi Gopinathan graduated from the Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai in 2008 as Best Outgoing Student (Sankara Menon Award). Her initial training was under her mother, Smt. Varija Menon, also a graduate of Kalakshetra.
At Kalakshetra, she had the opportunity to study under Shri. Sai Shankar, and Shri. Hariprasad. After graduating, she decided to broaden her musical repertoire and studied Hindustani vocal music under sarangi maestro, Ustad Faiyaz Khan.
She has sung for various dance performances including a production by Padma Vibhushans, The Dhananjayans. She has also composed music for an English play which was performed in collaboration with musicians from Sri Lanka.
She is also a recording artist and has also jingles for some of India's noted brands.
Raghavendran Rajasekaran (Flautist)
Raghavendran Rajasekaran, fondly known as Ragha is a music undergraduate from LaSalle College of the Arts and holds a diploma in music for jazz performance. He was initiated to the art of Indian classical flute training at the age of eleven and has graduated from Nrityalaya Aesthetics Society (Singapore) under the tutelage of Sri Ghanavenothan Retnam. In the course of learning he has studied under eminent maestros such as Sri Ravichandra Kulur and Pandit Ronu Majumdar.
In the midst of his participations, Ragha has also successfully garnered national level awards and recognitions in Singapore such as ASEAN Youth Camp Representative 2008, Bright Young things 2010 and the National Indian music competition Champion 2011.
He is currently an active educator, performer, composer and recording artist for New Asian Music Projects, Dance Productions, Theatre Music as well as leading Mediacorp tele-drama Series.
Niranjana's also fondly known as Niya,dance journey began at the age of 3 and she continues to pursue her passion to date. She finished her 8 year diploma in Bharatnatyam from SIFAS in 2013. From a young age she has danced extensively in many temples and stages across Singapore and also in Chennai. She was Vice Chairperson of Indian Dance in Raffles Girls Secondary School and Raffles Institution (JC), and won the SYF Gold with Honours in 2009 and 2011 and SYF Distinction Award in 2013 with her school. She and her team also emerged champions in several All Arts competitions organised by various Secondary schools in Singapore such as VS, Cedar, and TKGS. In addition to Bharatnatyam, she is also interested in other Western and contemporary dance styles.
Maanasa, who has been learning Bharatanatyam for over 14 years, did her training in Kalakshetra tradition at Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS), under the tutelage of Guru V Balagurunathan and Guru Shyamjith Kiran. Maanasa completed her diploma in Bharatanatyam in June 2012 and was awarded the title of 'Natya Visharadh' by SIFAS. She was the secretary of Indian Dance CCA in Raffles Girls' School (Secondary) and won the SYF Gold with Honours in 2009 and 2011 with her school. She and her team also emerged champions in various All Arts competitions organised by schools such as Victoria School, Cedar Girls School and Tanjong Katong Girls School. Her journey in dance was featured in a Channel U programme known as 'Artistic Journeys' in 2012. Apart from Bharatanatyam, she is highly passionate about Tamil.
Dr Deepthy A. Nair
Dr Deepthy is trained in various Indian classical dance forms and has performed at several stages since childhood. She is a state prize winner in Kuchipudi dance.
Dr Deepthy is a dentist by profession with a bachelor's degree in dental surgery from India and Master's degree in oral and maxillofacial surgery from the National University of Singapore. She has worked in various hospitals in Singapore and is also an active member of Singapore Malayalee Association.
In addition to dancing she is also passionate about jewellery designing.
Dharshana Sudarshanan has had training in Indian classical dance for several years and has performed at various events in Singapore. An electronic engineer by profession she has ably managed to balance work and dance due her immense passion for dance.
Swapna Venugopal passionate about dance has learnt Bharathanatyam and Mohiniyattam for 15 years since childhood. She has done several dance performances and has received several accolades for the same. She holds a Masters in Business Management.
Smrethi Prasanth, trained in various classical dances for more than 13 years under eminent gurus, has performed at many events in India as well as Singapore. She has a Master's degree in Microbiology with a diploma in clinical research and is working as clinical research coordinator in Singapore.
Sai Vigneshwar ( Vocal)
Sai Vigneshwar started learning Carnatic vocal music at the Temple of Fine Arts, Singapore from Smt Rajalakshmi Sekar and performed his Arangetram under the guidance of Smt Gowri Gokul. He was awarded the title "Geethanjali" by Swami Shantanand Saraswati in 2002, and in 2010, the "Sangeetha Visharadh" from the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society. He has undergone training from senior gurus such as Smt Mangalam Shankar and Sri Poorna Pragna Rao in SIFAS, voice culture training from Shri Karaikkudi Subramaniam of Brhaddhvani, and has also taken advanced training from Shri Rajkumar Bharathi in Chennai. He is a regular performer in Singapore and overseas, singing both Carnatic solo concerts and supporting dance productions.
Sai Akileshwar (Mridangam)
Akileshwar started learning mridangam under Shri Thaamaraikudi Vijayakumar, Shri Palghat S V Ramani and Sri S Paskaran. Akilesh was awarded the title Vadhya Visharadh by SIFAS in 2010 for completing the Diploma in Music under the guidance of Guru Sri T.R.Sundaresan. Akilesh is a very sought after artiste in Singapore and has accompanied for many dance and music arangetrams both in Singapore and overseas. Akilesh is an NAC Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient for the year 2012 and has completed the MA Rhythmology at the University of Madras with distinction. He has also received the B High grade for Mridangam from the All India Radio in 2015.
Shreya Gopi (Violin)
Shreya Gopi began violin lessons with Guru N Venkatalakshmi and Guru Thiruvarur Balam at SIFAS. Subsequently, she began learning under Guru K. Sivaraman, under whose tutelage, Shreya completed the eight-year Diploma course offered by SIFAS. Shreya has played for several SIFAS performances and SIFAS Alumni performances. She is currently under the tutelage of Guru Nellai Ravindran.