THE BHAVAN'S
SUMMER SCHOOL '22

THE UK'S MOST SOUGHT AFTER SUMMER INTENSIVE IN INDIAN CLASSICAL ARTS 

16 JULY - 7 AUGUST

INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS
PERFORMANCES
3 WEEK INTENSIVE
The Bhavan's Summer School is back! Join the greatest Indian artists for three weeks of intensive training and performing, live at The Bhavan. From Hindustani and Karnatic Vocal, Sitar, Tabla and Mridangam to Bharatanatyam and Kathak we have got you covered. Come discover hidden depths to your artistic practice and raise your performance to the highest level with the best practitioners and teachers on the planet.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Which Class is for me?

Most full-time subjects will be running three levels of instruction depending on your previous experience:
Intermediate - Minimum 2 years training
Advanced - Between 2-4 years training
Master - At least 4 years training, strong performers & professionals

Dates and Timings

Start: Sat 16 July 2022
End: Thurs 4 August 2022
Finale Events: Sat 6 & Sun 7 August 2022

SUMMER SCHOOL 2022 TEACHERS

BHARATANATYAM

SMT SREKALA BHARATH

Kalaimamani, Natya Acharya Dr.Srekala Bharath is one of Chennai’s foremost Bharatanatyam dancer. A widely travelled and deeply dedicated artist, Srekala is a senior disciple of legendary Guru Smt.K.J.Sarasa. Srekala has carved a niche for herself in the world of Bharatanatyam through her distinctive choreographies and unique presentations. She is a meticulous teacher who has trained more than 400 students globally through her Thejas School of Performing Arts. She is probably the one dancer who released a coffee table book ’Yatra’ on her dance journey spreading over 50 years.

A prominent disciple of the legendary Guru K.J.Sarasa, Srekala had her calling in dance at the age of 7. Since her arangetram on 22nd May 1972, she has been performing in both solo and group categories with over 900 stage performances in national and international arena with a career reaching a milestone of over five decades in 2020. She has created a niche for herself in the world of this beautiful dance form Bharatanatyam, with her inimitable style, nimble footwork and exquisite abhinaya. 
Her creative journey as an artiste has taken her across 28 countries spanning 5 continents and staging countless moments of her unique interpretation of Bharatanatyam. Regularly featured in the Chennai City sabhas during the December Music and Dance festival, Srekala has travelled across India participating in the state festivals, giving thematic presentations for key organisers, choreographing solo and group presentations- Bhakta Meera, Mahila Mahima, Jai Santhoshi Maa, Dasavataram, Annamayya Bhakti Manjari and Arupadai Veedu to name a few. 
She established Thejas School of Performing Arts-TSPA in 1999 in Chennai that has trained over 400 students so far. Srekala has released DVDs on the concepts of Learning the basics of Bharatanatyam along with margam, invocatory items and a couple of varnams. 
As a scholar, she was conferred senior fellowship by the Government of India and submitted a thesis on Evolution of Bharatanatyam and adapting them to Dance Drama. She has also presented papers at International venues on dance and its expression with relevance to contemporary times. 
Srekala derives her inner strength through her untiring dedication, determination and devotion to this divine art, that has fetched her many awards in recognition of her works including the Kalaimamani from the Government of Tamil Nadu, Bharata Ratnam from the government of Sri Lanka and House of Commons recognition from the Government of Canada in Toronto.
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SRIKALA BHARATH - BHARATANATYAM CONCERT | Summer School Teachers' Concert Series 2022

Sat 23 July | 6 pm | £10/£15
(YOUNG PERSON'S DISCOUNT £8/£12)


Smt. Srikala Bharath will present a Bharatanatyam performance at the Bhavan.

OPENING ACT - Bhavan's student, Abbeyrame Sriharan, senior disciple of Bhavan's resident teacher Sri. Prakash  Yadagudde, will present the opening act.
KATHAK

SRI ABHAY SHANKAR MISHRA

Abhay Shankar Mishra is one of the leading exponents of Kathak dance in the UK and in the world today. A mesmerizing performer, dynamic teacher, and creative choreographer of Kathak, Abhay currently lives and works in London. Born into a family steeped in musical tradition and trained under world-renownedGurus, namely Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj, Smt Urmila Nagar Ji and late Pandit Pandey Maharaj, Abhay had the unique experience of learning all three of the major Gharanas of Kathak, i.e., Lucknow, Jaipur, and Banaras.

He draws on his vast experience to achieve a beautiful blend of all three Gharanas in his work.
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ABHAY SHANKAR MISRA - KATHAK CONCERT | SUMMER SCHOOL TEACHERS' CONCERT SERIES 2022

Sat 31 July | 6 pm | £10/£15
(YOUNG PERSON'S DISCOUNT £8/£12)


Sri. Abhay Shankar Misra will present a Kathak performance at the Bhavan.

OPENING ACT - Bhavan's student, Nimita Bulsara, disciple of Bhavan's resident teachers Dhiya Arora and Amun Bhachu, will present the opening act.


HINDUSTANI VOCAL

SMT SURANJANA BOSE

Vidushi Suranjana Bose is an Indian Classical Vocalist representing the esteemed Patiala Gharana of Khayal and the prestigious Benaras (Purav Ang) Gharana of semi classical genre like Thumri, Dadra, Chaiti, Kajri, Hori etc.
She was initially trained under Pandit Hariprasad Das in Classical Music. Later she became a disciple of Late Pandit Prasun Bandyopadhay and Late Vidushi Meera Bandyopadhay for 32 years of Patiala Gharana.
Her taalim in Semi Classical music was under Late Padmabibhusan Dr. Girija Devi of Benaras Gharana for 24 years. Apart from classical and semi classical genre she has also received training in Bengali songs from Purabi Dutta, Sukumar Mitra, Amalendu Bikash Kar Chowdhury and Anusua Mukherjee.
At present she 
is under the tutelage of eminent professor and Guru Vidushi Manju Sundaram of Benaras gharana. She has remarkable achievements in academics. She completed B.Sc in Geography (Hons) with First class from Lady Brabourne College (Calcutta University) in the year 1982. In 1984 she completed M.Sc in Geography
with a First Class and ranked 4 th in the order of merit from Calcutta University. She is a National Scholarship recipient in the year 1982-83 and ranked 17th in the merit list. She completed B.Ed from Calcutta University with a First Class in the year 1987.
Vidushi Suranjana Bose is a Top-Grade artist of All India Radio and she performs Khayal, Thumri, Dadra, Bhajan, Nazrulgeeti and Raagpradhan songs. 
She was a guest lecturer in Rabindra Bharati University for 7 years in the department of Vocal Music.
Shruti School of Music is her brainchild- a registered institute dedicated to train students in Indian Classical Music and organise Classical concerts in Kolkata for every year.
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SURANJANA BOSE - HINDUSTANI VOCAL CONCERT ACCOMPANIED BY SUBRATA GUPTA ON TABLA | SUMMER SCHOOL TEACHERS' CONCERT SERIES 2022

SUN 24 July | 6 pm | £10/£15  (YOUNG PERSON'S DISCOUNT £8/£12)


Smt. Suranjana Bose will present a Hindustani vocal concert at the Bhavan. She will be accompanied  by Subrata Gupta on Tabla.

OPENING ACT - Bhavan's student, Vaishali Parulekar, senior disciple of Bhavan's resident teacher Smt. Chandrima Misra, will present the opening act.
KARNATIC VOCAL

SAMPATH KUMARACHARY DARURI

A Karnatic Vocalist, musicologist and a teacher with over 35 years of experience, Sampath Kumarachary Daruri 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 and has authored three books on music ‘Sangeetamrutam’, ‘Keertanavali’, and ‘Pancharatnakeertanas’ which are used widely by artists and students from India, USA, and New Zealand.
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SAMPATH KUMARACHARY DARURI - KARNATIC VOCAL CONCERT ACCOMPANIED BY H.S SUDHEENDRA ON MRIDANGAM | SUMMER SCHOOL TEACHERS' CONCERT SERIES 2022

SAT 30 July | 6 pm | £10/£15  (YOUNG PERSON'S DISCOUNT £8/£12)

Sri. Sampath Kumarachary Daruri will present a Karnatic Vocal concert at the Bhavan.

OPENING ACT - Bhavan's student, Anirvinn Sudarshan, disciple of Bhavan's resident teacher Sri Sampath Kumarachary Daruri, will present the opening act.

Accompanists - Sri Balu Raguraman on violin, and Sri M Balachander on Mridangam
SITAR

SMT REENA SHRIVASTAVA

Reena Shrivastava grew up in a house where ousted Ali Akbar Khan and Pt. Ravi Shankar were regular guests. Her father, the Sarod exponent Rabi Chakraborty was a disciple of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He wanted his daughter to carry on the Maihar legacy and started training her on the Sitar when she was five. Her father also trained her younger brother Rajeeb Chakraborty in the instrument of Sarod. Rajeeb and Reena have been one of the most successful pairings of Sitar and Sarod (a combination first popularised by the jugalbandhi of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pt. Ravi Shankar) in the recent times attaining global recognition.

Reena has also formed a duo with her son Pratik Shrivastava who was hailed as a prodigy.
Even as a soloist Reena has carved a niche for herself and has played at a number of festivals.
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REENA SRIVASTAVA - SITAR CONCERT ACCOMPANIED PT. RAJKUMAR MISRA  | SUMMER SCHOOL TEACHERS' CONCERT SERIES 2022

SUN 17 July | 6 pm | £10/£15  (YOUNG PERSON'S DISCOUNT £8/£12)

Smt. Reena Srivastava will present a Sitar concert at the Bhavan. She will be accompanied by Pt. Rajkumar Misra on Tabla.

OPENING ACT - Bhavan's student, Sujaya Mathews, senior disciple of Bhavan's resident teacher Sri. Sanjay Guha, will present the opening act.

Accompanists - Dhanraj on tabla
TABLA

Pt. SUBRATA GUPTA

One of the leading percussionists of India, a “GANDA BANDH” sagird of the legendary Tabla Maestro Pt. Shankar Ghosh, Subrata is an accomplished and versatile Tabla player. He is a soloist and an accompanist as well.

Subrata is a regular artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan Kendra (Kolkata). 

He is also a well-recognized and much wanted accompanist by most of the leading musicians and prestigious classical soirees all over the country like The Dover Lane Music Conference, West Bengal State Music academy, Baba Alauddin Sangeet Samaroh (Kolkata), All India Music Festival, Nabarang Music Festival, Salt Lake City Conference, Sangeet Piyasi Music Conference, Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan, Baroda Music Festival (Gujrat), Kal Ki Kalakaar (Mumbai) and so many.

Subrata is equally accomplished as a Guru. He has trained hundreds of students from all over the nation in his music academy Dhyan School of Performing Arts. Also, he is one of the faculty members of Bickram Ghosh Academy of Performing Arts, Kolkata.
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MRIDANGAM

H.S SUDHEENDRA

H S Sudheendra has been serving the field of music for nearly 40 years. He has been under the tutelage of two great gurus Vidwan Sri. M.Vasudeva Rao and
Vidwan Sri. Srimushnam.V.Raja Rao, two outstanding exponents of the Art of Playing Mridangam, widely respected both as performers and teachers.
He has accompanied all the leading Carnatic musicians and has captured the hearts of music lovers in India as well as abroad with his versatile performance on the Mridangam. 
Graded ‘A-Top’ he performs for AIR, Doordarshan. He has toured extensively in India giving performances under the auspices of various renowned cultural organisations, during the special anniversaries, annual conferences and monthly programs. He has also toured Germany, England, Muscut, Dubai, Quatar, USA, France, Australia & Singapore to promote our culture and traditions on several occasions.

He also serves as the member of the Textbook Committee for Talavadya Exams, Government of Karnataka and the Department of Karnataka Secondary Education Board for conducting the examinations.

He is the founder trustee and principal of Suswaralaya College Of Music. The main objective of this is to promote Carnatic classical music, providing ample opportunities to youngsters and to extend financial assistance for emergency medical expenses of needy professional Carnatic Musicians. He is training many students some of who are recipients of Central and State Government Scholarships and most of whom are
performers. He has produced many CD’s and cassettes from this organisation.
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VIOLIN

Sri. BALU RAGURAMAN

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.
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