Priyadarsini Govind
Bharatanatyam Dancer, Tamil Nadu, India
Biography

Priyadarsini Govind is one of the foremost Bharatanatyam dancers among the current generation. Trained by two stalwarts, Kalaimamani S.K. Rajarathnam Pillai and Padma Bhushan Smt. Kalanidhi Naryanan, Priyadarsini has imbibed this art form from the best. With her natural aptitude for abhinaya coupled with her passion and dedication to her art, Priyadarsini has become a flag bearer for Smt. Kalanidhi’s padam repertoire. Priyadarsini’s nritta or pure dance is intense and vigorous. A dancer known for her adherence to tradition, Priyadarsini manages to seamlessly blend new choreography with the traditional, thereby gently redefining the boundaries of Bharatanatyam repertoire.

Priyadarsini gave her maiden performance ('arangetram') in 1974, and since then has been performing in all the major centers in India and abroad. In her career, spanning two decades, Priyadarsini has performed in prestigious venues all over India and the globe.

A graduate in commerce from the University of Madras, Chennai, Priyadarsini holds a diploma in Mass Communication, but Bharatanatyam has been her first love ever since she was six. Priyadarsini has been giving recitals from the age of sixteen, and has performed in numerous sabhas and academies in India and abroad. Priyadarsini also underwent training in Kalaripayattu, the martial art form of Kerala and Nattuvangam from Kalashetra, besides learning to sing and to perform on television.

Shows & Major Performances

Selected to dance at the prestigious Festival of India in Paris, in 1985 at the age of 20, Priyadarsini had several occasions after that to showcase her talent - the Swarna Samaroh, celebrating 50 years of Indian Independence organized by the Sangeet Natak Academy, the Khajuraho Dance Festival, performances at the Narada Gana Sabha, receiving in turn the Vasantha Lakshmi Narsimhachari award from them, besides receiving the Yuva Kala Bharathi from the Bharat Kalachar, Chennai, in the year 2000.

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS:
India Festival, Kennedy Center of Performing Arts, Washington DC, March 2011
Theatre De La Ville; 2008, 2007
World Music Institute; 2006, 2008
Smithsonian; 2006
Maison De La Danse; Lyon; 2007
Festival of Sacred Arts, Madrid; 2007
Festival of Arts; Chateau Vallone; 2008
The Milap Festival, Manchester; 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Festival of India in Japan, 2006
Orientale Festival, France, 2004
Festival Of Arts, Jerusalem; 2007
Sifas Annual Festival, Singapore, 2007
The Tropen Theatre, 2004, 2006, 2008
Neelam Thiruchelvan Trust, Srilanka, 2006
The Medina Festival, Tunisia, 1998
Festival of India in Paris, 1985
Israel Dance Festival, 2006
Montpellier Dance Festival, 2005
Musee Guimet, Paris
Lyon Festival, France
Soorya Dance Festival
SPIC MACAY tours, Norway

ICCR TOURS:
South America and West Indies: November 2008
Bangladesh, 2001
South Africa, 2000
Afghanistan, 1989

PERFORMANCE TOURS(OUTSIDE INDIA):
United States, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
Australia, 2008
Europe, mainly in France, Spain, Germany and Netherlands, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008.
Srilanka, 2006
Nepal, 2005

COLLABORATIVE WORKS:
Karunaasaagaram with Ms. Bombay Jayashree, in Delhi for Trisaara September 2010,
For the NCPA, inMumbai March 2011
Avalum Nokkinal with Gowri RamNarayan, 2009
Samyuktha Festival with Ms. Leela Samson, Bombay Jayashree, T.M.Krishna
Flame of the Forest with Gowri RamNarayan, 2008, 2009
Jerome Bel, 2006
Sahasam with Elisabeth Petit, 2007
Mridangam Maestro, Umayalpuram Sivaraman, 2005
With T.M.Krishna in Cochin, 2011

COMMISSIONED WORKS:
Vande Mataram
Netru Indru Nalai
Sringaram using the Tamil literary work, Tirukkural

PRODUCTIONS:
SriRangam
Siva Sakthi
Om Namo Narayana

SEMINARS:
Organized and hosted Kartik Fine Arts Seminar for 2007 and 2008
Participated in the following Seminars:
Natya Kala Conference, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, 2005 and 2009
Heritage Seminar, 2006

PERFORMANCES IN INDIA:
The Music and Dance Season in Chennai every year from 1980 to 1987 and from 1998 onwards.
SPIC MACAY tours
Music Academy Dance Festival 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Sangeet Natak Akademi's Festivals in Manipur,
Jamshedpur, Kanpur.
Sangeet Natak Akademi's "SWARNA SAMAROH" celebrating India's 50 years of independence.
Khajuraho, 1998, 2004.
Kalidas Festival, Nagpur.

TELEVISION EXPERIENCE:
Produced and presented Tiruppavai, devotional hymns in
Bharatanatyam for Doordarshan.
Performed for the CPC and Doordarshan, and private channels;
Judge for an episode of “ThakaDhimiTha”, 2010, Jaya TV;

OTHERS:
Produced Instructional DVD’s for Bharatanatyam:
Invocatory items,
Thillana (December 2010)
Abhinaya (December 2010)
Margam (December 2010)
Jatiswaram
Sabdam,
Varnam,
Abhinaya,
Ashtanayikas with Padma Bhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan,
Navarasas,
Mugdha, Madhya and Pragalbha,
Part of the research team for the books
Abhinaya by Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan,
Triveni by Sri.V.A.K.RangaRao.

Contact:
# 1, 2nd Street, Jagadambal Colony,
Royapettah, Chennai (Madras) - 600 014,
Tamil Nadu, India.
Phone: +91.44.2847.4664
E-mail: rgovind@vsnl.com / gpriyadarsini@yahoo.com
Website: www.priyadarsinigovind.net

Awards & Recognitions

Nrityachoodamani
from Sri Krishna GanaSabha, 1998
Vasanthalakshmi Narasimhachari Award in 1998
Singar Mani
by Sur Singar Samsad, Bombay.
K.V. Mahadevan Award for Excellence
in dancing by Shree Bharatalaya, Chennai.
Yuva Kala Bharathi Award
Chennai, in 2000.
Kalaimamani
from the Government of Tamilnadu, 1998.
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