In Sudnya Dance Academy students learn: Adavus (basic steps), repertoire items, shlokas and dance details from Abhinaya Darpana, mythology, religion, philosophy, deep relation of dance with yoga, karnatic music and tala (rhythms).
Objectives of the Academy:
Present the culture of India through the dance.
Develop, preserve, and promote the classical art of Bharata Natyam in the mainstream of the Canadian culture of performing arts.
Work in collaboration with other cultures.
Create professional dancers to perform on national and international level.
Sudnya – The Dancer:
Started learning Bharata Natyam at the age of five and performed as young dancer in many cultural shows and festivals in India. Completed B.F.A in Dance and M.F.A in Choreography from Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya affiliated to University of Bombay, India.
Performed as a solo artiste at various temple festivals in New Delhi, Bombay, Madras, and various cities in Kerala.
Participated in two famous dance dramas: “Shilapadikaram” (a Tamil Epic) – Played Kannagi, a major role as a heroine. “Santawani” (Devotional songs in praise of Lord Krishna) – Played mother Yashoda.
Won many awards in various dance and choreography competitions, including the prestigious “Shringar Mani” title conferred at All India Level competition in 1996.
Selected as a graded artiste of Bombay Television.
Performed in “Nritya Bharati”, a television serial on Seven Classical Dance Styles of India, and in a television commercial.
Performed in various festivals and cultural shows including the City Festival, India’s 50th Independence Day Celebration, Canada day celebrations at various places, Dragon Boat Festival, World Music Festival at Britannia School, Vancouver Story Telling festival, Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Yukon Story Telling Festival, and a production of Sampradaya Dance Creations of Toronto.
Performed in conferences in University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and Fraser Valley College at Abbotsford and Chilliwack.
Selected on “Performing Artist List” and on the “Artist in Residence” program of Vancouver School Broad to conduct workshops and lecture demonstrations in schools.
Selected to perform all over BC through “Art Starts in School”.
Performing as Lord Ganesh in the Jessie Award-winning production, Cultural Metaphors, presented by Pangea Arts Society of Vancouver.
Working with an African artist to show similarities between the African culture and India culture though music and dance.
Working with “Triveni” group, telling folk stories from India.
Teaching Bharat Natyam to students of all levels.
Working with special needs students through Vancouver School Board.
Working in “Learning Through The Arts” – a program introduced by Art Starts In School in partnership with Royal Conservatory of Music to the schools.