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CURRICULUM VITAE PRITANJALI EVELYN SAHI Date of Birth: 17th December 1979 E-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org Home address in India: “Vishram”, Silvepura, Bangalore North, Karnataka, 560090, India Tel:00918028466274 Mobile:9980368608 Website: www.sahiprojects.com/tarana Performances and work experience 1997-2001 Performed with the Kalakshetra Dance Troupe in several dance dramas and Chennai folk dance productions. June 2001 Upon special invitation, performed in Germany for the “Kirchentag” Festival in Germany Frankfurt, in addition to performing in solo exhibitions in Frankfurt and Koln. June 2001 Conducted multiple workshops on Indian dance, decorative designs using Germany Henna and the Kolam patterns, and short presentations on traditional Indian dance and culture. September 2001 Conducted workshops in different primary schools in Somerset, England, England during which the children viewed slide collections depicting the life style in India. The workshops also included demonstrations on Indian folk dance and introduced various hand gestures used in Indian classical dance (mudras). November 2001 Created, choreographed and designed the costums for a dance drama depicting the Nativity Story in a village context, at Sita School, a non-formal school on the outskirts of Bangalore. This unique event involved fifty school children between the ages of 5 and 13 years old, portraying various characters and telling the story in interpretative dance. January 2002 Conducted a workshop under the auspices of the Indian Foundation for the Arts Pune (IFA) for the Kamala Nimbkar Balbavan in Phaltan and The Rewach and Bhojwani Academy, Pune. The purpose of the workshop was to familiarise students with the basic elements of Indian classical dance; rhythm, movement and mudras and to help the students improvise ways of incorporating these basic elements in a popular folk form such as Garba, a Gujarati folk dance form. June 2002- 2005 Commenced work in Sita School as a part time dance teacher, with the objective of familiarizing our students to rhythm and co-ordinated movements. Created and choreograhped numerous folk dances with the children using various objects such as pots, dandia-sticks, winnowing baskets, lamps, all of which have special significance in the village context. In addition, conducted classes with the children in traditional crafts and art work related to the various festivals such as Diwali, Christmas etc., using not only dance but also traditional ways of decorating, i.e., rangoli, in connection with body movement. Special focus on folk dance, exploring different geometrical formations incorporated into dance movement and patterns. Utiized „mandala‟ patterns in choreography and conducted three dance dramas. September 2002 Performed upon special invitation in a dance ballet depicting the life of Buddha in A.D. Rangamandira with a group of dancers from Kalakshetra. 2003-2004 Worked (part-time) as a dance teacher at The Valley School, Bangalore, primarily focusing on introduction and familarization of the students on Indian dance, rhythm, movements and the hand gestures. Age of children ranged from 6 years to 12 years, exploring folk dances especially the Dandia. Completed sucessful choreography for dance and music drama entitled “ Earth Song”, performed for the school‟s Silver-Jubilee. 2005 Participated in choreography and custom design for a two-day dance drama depicting the lives of saint Meera Bhai and Akka Mahadevi, entitled “Brides of God”, which was staged at Ranga Shankara, during which I performed the lead role of Meera. 2005 August- Conducted numerous workshops in twenty schools in Somerset, England, on November Indian culture, using both folk and classical dance as the main medium. 2005 October Upon special invitation by the Indo-German Society, performed in Heidelberg, demonstrating classical Kathak and Bharatyam dance forms. 2005 November Conducted two workshops and several performances in Switzerland on Indian folk and classical dance forms. 2006 January – Choreographed and conducted a dance drama with Jane Sahi entitled, “The February King with Donkey‟s Ears”, a traditional Indian folk tale, at the Sita School, which involved all the students participation in dance and interpretative body movement. 2006 June to date Commenced teaching at the Mallya Aditi International School, a prestigous private academy outside of Bangalore. Have been teaching dance, art and crafts to the children in the primary and middle school division. 2008 February Choreographed a dance drama on a Panchatantra story about “the elephant‟s little friends” which was performed by the students of the Mallya Aditi International school, in Bangalore. Education and Academic Achievements Date Establishment Achievements and details. March Kalpana Dance Studied Kathak under Bharathi Vittal, an acknowledged dancer from 2003- School the Maya Row Kathak Institution in Kathak dance and completed my 2005 junior Kathak exam with honors. Performed the lead role of Meera in a dance drama performance depicting the life of Saint Meera Bai in Kathak. Continuing my practice of Bharathanatyam as well as studying under the Bharathanatyam dancer Minal Prabu and former Kalakshetra dance teacher Vasantha Vedam November Swami Completed a Yoga Instructor course. 2004 Vivekananda Yoga As Yoga is related to Indian Classical Dancing, the study of yoga is Anusadhana essential in the teaching of dance to children.Course work included Samsthana the completion of a paper on Yoga for Children. (SVYASA) 1997-2001 Kalakshetra First Class Diploma in Bharathanatyam Rukmini Devi (Indian Classical Dance Form) College of Fine Arts, Chennai Performed in several dance drama ballets as well as several of the folk dance productions. Responsible for design and decoration of the performance hall (including kolam design and floral arrangements) for productions at the College. 2000 Molley–An Diploma in Traditional Henna Designing Center Chennai Studied traditinal patterns and forms of decoration especially for festive occasions. Upon completion of this diploma, conducted workshops henna design and application. 1994-1997 The Valley Completed my ICSE Examinations with a first class at the School. Valley School Bangalore. (Krishnamurthy During studies at Valley School, participated in all cultural activities, Foundation including the school‟s creation of an „Art Village‟, where the use of Bangalore) traditional designs and dance forms were incorporated. 1990-1991 Nrityagram Introductory studies in Indian classical dance The dance school Nritygram was set up near to my parent‟s home, when I was 8 years old. This provided an opportunity for me to attend weekend classes and through a friendship with Pratima Bedi who founded this institution, I was very much encouraged in the field of dance. First public performance was as part of the Vasatha Habba in 1991. 1986-1994 Sita School, Primary schooling in a non formal school Silvepura. The education I received in Sita School emphasized the connection of learning with creativity. Dramas, folk dances, art and crafts like pottery etc were encouraged which gave me my initial interest in the arts. Background and interests. I have grown up in a village on the outskirts of Bangalore, with my family. I have been involved in art and dance activities since childhood and have been encouraged to develop in these fields. I am also interested in yoga, home science, gardening and various Indian traditional art forms. Though my mother tongue is English, I am also fluent in Kannada, and have basic knowledge of Tamil, and Hindi. Although I have travelled a great deal in Europe and the UK, my home base is in Bangalore. I have an elder sister who is an architect, and three brothers, two of whom help my father run an informal school of art and design, as they are both trained in art and design. We have studios, and a workshop in which ceramic work is done, along with other crafts. My Father is an artist from North India, and is engaged in painting and writing. He has taught in a number of art colleges as a visiting professor. My Mother is British, and runs a small non-formal school for children from the nearby villages, which she started in 1975.
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