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In a career spanning more than 30 years, Guru Prakash Yadagudde has played a key role in the field of Bharatanatyam in the UK and taught over 500 dance students, some professionals in their own right today, including Nina Rajrani MBE, Subathra Subramanium, and Mayuri Boonham. As a choreographer, his productions communicate successfully and effectively with a diverse range of audiences.
A devoted teacher, many senior students recount his ability to foster their individuality while building their repertoire.
DHIYA ARORA & DEEPIKA KATHRANI
Deepika Kathrani and Dhiya Arora are a Kathak teaching duo who trained as students at The Bhavan under Guru Shri Abhay Shankar Mishra. Dedicated to the Guru Shishya Parampara (Teacher – Discipline Tradition), they started teaching at The Bhavan from September 2017 under his continued guidance. Deepika Kathrani presented her Kathak Rang Manch Pravesh in June 2012 and Dhiya Arora in April 2014.
Having performed in various Kathak productions in the UK and India including prestigious venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, House of Commons and Kathak Vistaar, they both bring over 10 years combined experience as performers and teachers. They aim to ignite strength, self-discipline, knowledge, passion, and expression through the classical methods of Kathak practice.
Katrina Rute is a versatile dancer trained in several Indian classical dance styles, with a Master’s degree testifying to a solid theoretical base in all aspects of Indian dance. Anette Pooja, Swapnokalpa Dasgupta, and Urbi Basu have been her Odissi gurus. Rute has been teaching dance for more than 15 years for different age groups, as well as performing nationally and internationally for numerous cultural events and TV shows, including venues such as British Museum, Southbank Centre, The House of Commons and House of Lords.
Arunima Kumar is a versatile Kuchipudi dancer, teacher, choreographer, and Artivist. With a record of over 1500 performances in 50 countries, her performances include London Olympics 2012, Sydney Opera House, Royal Opera House, House of Lords, Europe Parliament in Brussels, Sadlers Wells, Southbank Centre and the Buckingham Palace. She holds many titles including the Ustad Bismillah Khan award by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Sahitya Kala Parishad scholarship, FICCI Flo Award for Excellence in Art. Her vision is to push boundaries and break stereotypes with innovative performances.
VOCAL MUSIC FACULTY
A fellow of Trinity College, London, Chandrima Mishra trained with Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, one of the most sought-after teachers of the Patiala Gharana (style) and with Vidushi Sanjukta Ghosh who is also of the Patiala Gharana. A career highlight for her was working with the world-famous late Pandit Ravi Shankar on a project involving Indian as well as Western musicians at Dartington Hall, Devon, in 2003. She has trained an impressive new generation of artists who continue the legacy of the art form.
Sampath Kumarachary Daruri
A Karnatic Vocalist, musicologist, and a teacher with over 35 years of experience, Sampath Kumarachary Daruri hails from a family of musicians. Having trained meticulously under his father Late Sri. Daruri Ratnamacharyulu and later under the Hyderabad brothers, Sampath has carved his own niche with over 400 performances across the world. He has authored three books on music ‘Sangeetamrutam’, ‘Keertanavali’, and ‘Pancharatnakeertanas’ which are used widely by artists and his own students who come from India, USA, and New Zealand. He aims to inspire the current generation with the beauty of Karnatic Classical Music.
Teaching at The Bhavan since 2005, Sajali Roy’s career began as an artiste for All India Radio Kolkata. Her gurus include the late Dr. Jamini Nath Ganguly, late Dr. Biman Mukhopadhay, late Maya Se, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty and Jharna Banerjee. She has directed, performed and been a judge shows across India, Bangladesh, East & West Africa and in the UK, including Southbank Centre, Nazrul Centre and for national television on Doordarshan in India. A qualified Sangeet Prabhakar (teacher), she teaches Bengali song-forms such as Rabindrasangeet, Nazrul Geeti, Dwijendra Geeti, Atul Prasadi, Rajnikanth and Raag Pradhan to students of all ages.
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC FACULTY
A Fellow of Trinity College, London, Sanjay Guha belongs to the Maihar-Senia Gharana renowned for its systematic unfoldment of a raga as well as a strict adherence to tunefulness even while playing in fast tempo. A prolific sitar player, he was initially introduced to the instrument by his uncle Satyabrata Guha, received training from Sarod maestro, the late Radhika Mohan Maitra, and later on also received special guidance from late Pandit Ravi Shankar and Deepak Choudhury.
A Fellow of Trinity College London, Rajkumar Mishra comes from a long line of illustrious Indian classical musicians and Kathak dancers of the famous Jaipur Gharana (style). He represents their seventh generation. He has toured extensively in India as well as internationally and provided accompaniment for such illustrious artists as the classical vocalist Rashid Khan and the duo Rajan and Sajan Mishra.
As a teacher he is meticulous and methodical in his approach and has trained many artists who now work and teach as professionals.
A Fellow of Trinity College, London, Balu Raguraman is a talented Carnatic violinist who has performed extensively around the world, including appearing with musicians from Western classical, jazz and African music traditions. He is known as an innovative and adaptable musician who has worked with some of the greatest maestros of our time including the famous Dr. Balamurali Krishna, Dr. N Ramani, and Umayalpuram Shivaraman. He is also involved in The Bhavan’s special music series “Bhinna Abhinna”, a collaborative project featuring musicians from different genres and styles.
A talented performer and teacher, M. Balachandar has accompanied some of the greatest Indian classical musicians including sitar legend late Pandit Ravi Shankar and the famous Dr. Balamurali Krishna. Several of his former students have gone on to become successful professional artists including Pirashanna Thevarajah who has toured with sitar player Anoushka Shankar.
Clive Bell began studying Indian music and the Bansuri (bamboo flute) in 1974 and he continued studying all through the 1970s in London as well as in India with numerous teachers including the flute maestro Raghunath Seth in Mumbai. Since his return from India in the early 1980s, he has continued his pursuit of the Bansuri through solo concerts in the UK and USA, and also as an accompanist being involved in film, theatre, and music fusion work.