Bollywood Dance: Sangeetha Subramanian
Sangeetha Subramanian is a trained Indian classical and Bollywood dancer. Sangeetha started learning Bharatanatyam with Guru Smt. Kanagambujam of Sivasakthi Dance School, Chidambaram. She was trained in the Bollywood dance form at Venus Dance School, Bangalore, India. Now she continues her training in Bharatanatyam with Krishna Zivraj-Nair. Sangeetha has performed at the world famous Natyanjali festival at Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram and also at Thiruvarur Shiva Temple. She has also performed in front of an international audience in Japan in the years 2010 and 2011. Sangeetha continued performing in various temples such as Kumbakonam Shiva Temple, India and in events across South India until she moved to the UK in 2014. In addition, Sangeetha choreographed dance events for children for cultural functions and festivals. Sangeetha teaches and choreographs Bollywood performances at Sanskruti School of Dance, where she teaches Bollywood dance to children and Bharatanatyam to beginners. She is also a member of Sanskruti Dance.
Odissi: Tamara Tirják
Tamara Tirják is an Odissi dancer born in Hungary. At a young age, she had 10 years of training in rhythmic gymnastics and ballet. In 2005, she fell in love with Indian dance forms, and started taking classes in Budapest in Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Bollywood. In 2010, she decided to dedicate herself to Odissi, and joined the Parvati dance group in Budapest – led by Virág Réka Túri, a disciple of the late Guru Bijay Kumar Senapathi in Puri –, and had several major performances all around Hungary both as part of the group and as a soloist, and started training the beginner group, as well. In 2013-2014 she joined the Gungur odissi group in Barcelona, led by Patricia Salgado, and was performing both with the group and as a solo artist.
In 2012, she found her guru in Bhubaneswar: Padmashree Ileana Citaristi, a highly renowned dancer, teacher and choreographer, one of the most prominent disciples of the late Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. Tamara has already travelled to India several times to polish her knowledge of the dance, even to perform at an art festival in the city of Jagannath Puri, and she took a number of workshops with Sandhyadipa Kar and Saswat Joshi in Budapest.
Tamara teaches Odissi to children and adults at Sanskruti School of Dance. She is actively involved in setting up the ISTD Odissi syllabus and is also a member of Sanskruti Dance.
Carnatic Vocals: Santhoshi Iyer
‘Music is not just a subject to the intellectuals, it is a solace to the Soul. Sow your heart, body and mind, reap the paradise of soul.’- Santhoshi Iyer
Santhoshi was born in Coimbatore, India, and started to learn Music at the age of 4. She continued her musical journey as a student for 9 years. Her Gurus include Smt. Manjula Rao, Shakthivel, and M.S. Sheela. She also tried her hands on the Carnatic Violin and learnt it from the renowned violin masetro Guru Guruvayorappan from Coimbatore. To date, she has performed at several classical music concerts in India. Santhoshi is also a lead vocalist for a music album produced for the famous Ashtamsa Varatha Maruthi Temple at Coimbatore, which became an instant hit among the devotees around.
Among her several works, Santhoshi’s favourite work to date is for her spiritual Guru, Balarishi Sri Vishwashirasini (www.balarishi.org), which includes her devotional music album called ‘Anantha Bala’ composed by Anuradha Sriram.
Santhoshi had her debut performance in Cambridge as the lead vocalist for Sanskruti’s home production Shakthi- Four Faces of the Goddess at Cambridge Junction in early 2017. She has joined Sanskruti as a Vocals teacher and teaches children and adults at Sanskruti School of Dance.
Carnatic Vocals and Veena: Sumithra Sanatan
Sumithra is a Carnatic Veena player and teaches Veena (beginner’s to advanced level) and Carnatic Vocals (beginner’s to intermediate level) at Sanskruti School of Dance. Sumithra initiated her Veena training with Mrs. Vijaya Murthy (Veenai Pichumani Iyer’s daughter) for 2 years in Coimbatore and continued under the tutelage of Late Mrs. Gnanambal Balakirshnan for 6 years in Bangalore. The latter was a renowned All India Radio artist in the 70’s and 80’s who played the Tanjore style Veena and composed several Varnams.
As Guru Gnanambal’s student, Sumithra has performed as a soloist, and in group performances in several recitals organised by her Guru in Bangalore. Sumithra also received training from Dr. C. Nagaraj, an All India Radio artist specializing in Mysore style Veena for 2 years in Bangalore. Moreover, Sumithra was a successful candidate of the Veena Junior grade examination held by Karnataka Government, India. In addition, Sumithra is also trained in Carnatic vocals along with the Veena, which allows her to teach Carnatic Vocals to children as well as adults.