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Member of CID, UNESCO.
President, Rhythms International Folk Art Club.
Performed and led Bhangra troupes many times to participate in international folk dance festivals in various countries including Ukraine, Russia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, China, Turkey etc.
Member of judges’ panel of Traditional Beauty contest in Katibim Festival, Turkey 2011.
Member of judges panels, folk dance competitions, Thapar University, Patiala.
Member of judges panel, PSEB Bhangra competition, Patiala.
Member of judges panels, DAV schools’ dance competitions.
Participated in Zonal and Inter-zonal Youth Festival in GNDU Amritsar.
Participated in Youth Festivals and National Festival.
Participated in Youth Festivals from Mahindra College Patiala from 1996.
Organized troupes to participate in CIOFF and other festivals.
Trained college and school students in various forms of Bhangra and other Punjabi folk dances.
Bhangra instructor, Govt. Mahindra College, Patiala.
I started learning dance from 5 yrs of age under smt. Chandrika kurup of noopura institute In new York. Afterwards has had guidance under the dhananjayans, smt kalamandalam sreedevi mohan. I have learned bharathnatyam (20 years) mohiniyattam (15 yrs) kuchipudi (2 yrs) and odissi (6 mos.) I am currently working as a social worker for westchester county.
My initiation in kathak was at a very young age;i first started taking my Kathak lessons from my mother Smt Alaka Rahalkar,who herself took extensive training from Guru Rohiniji;after intial training i learnt kathak from Great Guru Late Pt Rohinji Bhate by Guru Shishya Parampara methord;for last few years i am also taking training from another great Guru Pt Rajendraji Gangani.Because of these Guru's blesssings,i could achieve Nritya Visharad,Nritya Alankar with flying colours.I have performed in many places in India and also performed abroad.I have my own institution of kathak in pune called Srushti Kathak Kendra.I have also taken training in Hindustani Vocal music and acheived Sangeet Visharad with good marks aswell.I have choreographed many solo aswell as duets and group items.I enjoy performing aswell as choreographing.I more enjoy giving solo performances.
Listing has been added: Aug 16, 2012)
Avinav mukherjee, disciple of legendary kathak exponent and sangeet natak akademy awardee smt.geetanjali lal. Avinav is young, dynamic and dedicated. It is his sheer passion that drives him to excel in the field of kathak across the globe. It is the result of his unending perseverence, that he is rubbing shoulders with the maestros at this tender age. Avinav is quintessential while performing. Apart from kathak, avinav takes keen interest in other dance forms including comtemporary and classical ballet.
He is a graded doordarshan artist, has obtained diploma graduate in kathak from kathak kendra, new delhi and is an alumnus of delhi public school, noida. He was awarded complete freeship and education scholarship for 5 years from the then chairman of d.p.s society mr.narendra kumar for best performance in an all india inter d.p.s classical dance festival held at d.p.s rohini, new delhi in april 2003.
As the greeks believed, “no person is complete till he returns to the society, what he got from it”, avinav at this tender age has seemed to idolize this belief. He had keenly upheld the spirit of “giving it back to society” by particpating in workshops, performances for various ngo’s across delhi. Further, he wants to spread this beautiful form of art,’kathak’ to the underpreviliged and deprived people in near future.
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