Sathvikaa Shankar is one of the leading young artists of the classical art form of Bharatanatyam. She started training under her guru Smt. Anitha Guha at the age of six and has since then evolved into a mature yet vivacious performer.
Sathvikaa has the rare ability to turn traditional dance movements into subtle, deeply internalized, personal dance poetry. The sculpted chiseled lines of her dance along with her graceful water-like movements give an aesthetic flavor to her Nritta.
As a young performer, Sathvikaa has evolved a distinctive style of dance that is an eclectic mix of tradition and modernity, precision and poetry, inheritance and invention. For Sathvikaa, every performance is not only an illustration of emotion and accuracy, but also a sacred and spiritual journey. With every movement of her body, and with every depiction of expression, Sathvikaa communicates with her audience in a unique style. She lives every character she portrays, and this draws the audience towards her performance.
A graded artiste of Doordarshan, Sathvikaa has given many acclaimed solo performances at prestigious venues around the world. She is a recipient of the National Balshree Honour from the former President of India, His Excellency Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in 2005, as well as the CCRT Scholarship from the Government of India. She has also been honoured with titles such as “Padma Bharathi”,“Nrithya Jyothi”, “Best Dancer” from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, and is an empanelled artiste with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
Sathvikaa has also adorned major roles in her guru’s dance productions, making herself a versatile artist whose forte lies in theatrical histrionics and impromptu innovation. Most recently she played the lead character in Parishvanga Pattabhishekam in which she portrayed the role of the monkey god Sri Hanuman with boundless energy and imagination. From the whimsical and comical encounter between Hanuman and Lankini, to the poignant conversation between Hanuman and Sita, to finally the tear-jerking and surreal embrace between Hanuman and Rama, Sathvikaa switches easily between emotions while still maintaining the sthayi (central characterization) of Sri Hanuman with bravura.
Besides carving a niche for herself in Chennai’s cultural arena, Sathvikaa has also proved her mettle in academics. Currently a Chartered Accountant, she is simultaneously adding to her Bharatanatyam repertoire by undergoing rigorous training in the other facets of dance such as nattuvangam, choreography, teaching, as well as musical and dance theory. She intends to pursue this art form with utmost passion and devotion, and she seeks your blessings to flourish into a well-rounded artist.
Won “BALSHREE” honour for 2004, the highest national honour for children from the President of India, His Excellency Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, at Rasthrapathy Bhavan,New Delhi for Creative Performance.
An empanelled artiste of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi
“KALAJEEVA” Purashkar from School Of Theatre Arts, Vishakapatnam
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