Bharathanjali was established in 2003 by Mrs. Priya Manoj to confer the knowledge gained from her Gurus to the coming generation. She endows training in all aspects of Indian classical dance. She and her disciples performed in various stages and her excellent caliber and choreographic skills granted her disciples many awards. Bharathanjali mainly aims to supplement the Indian art form and spread its charm among the people.
Bharathanjali impart training in classical dance forms – Bharathanatyam, Mohiniyattom & Kuchipudi. And conducted various programs in Kerala & abroad and also choreographed different type dance programs for Indian Social Centre, Kerala Social Centre, Malayali Samajam, Kerala Arts Loving Association, Vidya Association, Gamco Group, Shakthi Association, etc...at Abu Dhabi. Now bharathanjali is giving training at Kerala social centre, Abu Dhabi.
Dance was always a passion from childhood for Priya Manoj a Malappuram swadeshi who has been in Abu Dhabi for the past fifteen years. The passion was transformed into a profession and she started her own dance academy in Abu Dhabi called ‘Bharathanjali’ which has been successfully going on for the more than ten years.She learned Mohiniyattom in the Kalamandalam style and Bharatanatyam the Kalakshetra style. She performed classical dances professionally in different venues at Kerala & abroad. Her excellent caliber and choreographic skills granted her disciples many awards.
During her early years she was under the training of Surendran Pandavor and Kalamandalam Sridevi Gopinath. She performed her Arangetram in 1989 also was honored with Kalathilaka Pattom at District & Sub–district levels and in Inter-zone competitions and also received many prestigious rewards from various dance competitions. She pursued a rigourous regimen of dance education, achieving proficiency in Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam.
She has Masters in Literature and even got a B.Ed. Degree and had worked as a Teacher in a School at Abu dhabi.During those days she pursued in bringing dance back into her life and established her dance school ‘Bharathanjali’. She took an MFA degree in Bharatanatyam, and still continues research Pursuing along with her performances and teaching responsibilities.
‘Bharathanjali’, taking Classical dance classes in Mussafah and Abu dhabi, imparts training in dance forms like – Bharathanatyam, Mohiniyattom & Kuchipudi. She takes students who have a genuine interest and portray strong talent into her school. Along with her previous students, she does a variety of performances in Mohiniyattom and Bharatanatyam in different parts in Kerala. The dance workshops are not merely workshops but opportunities for students to start developing their skill to choreograph. She gives individual attention and helps students to try and visualize the way the want to present their performances.
Priya sees dance as a medium to translate very important messages. According to her,only if people are passionate about what they do will they pass it on to the coming generations. Therefore Bharathanjali mainly aims to supplement the Indian art form and spread its charm among the people.
Personally, Priya’s favorite dance form to perform is Mohiniyattom, but she likes to teach Mohiniyattom, Bharatanatam and Kuchippudi. Her first production ‘Navarasamayan, She feels that through Mohiniyattom she can be closer to God. She is very thankful when she says that she has been so blessed to get a chance every year to perform in Guruvayur.
The rare combination of dancing and writing is well blended within her. Her teaching method, demands perfection and she commits herself to bring the sense of devotion and dedication in her students, which reflects in their performance by leaving the sense of spiritual fulfillment in the audience.
Sri. Kottayam Jamaneesh Bagavathar is a professionally qualified Musician, owns a Ba in Music, Ganabhushanam and Diploma (vocal) from RLV ollege of Music, Thripunithura. He gained knowledge in music from eminent musicians. He is also a graded artist at AIR , Thiruvananathapuram. During his usical joourney , he had performed on various honoured stages and travelled abroad many times for various peformances, to express the beauty of indian classical Art. Sri Jamaneesh received Bhagavathar pattam as blessings from Swamiji Krishnanandha Bharathi of Payyanue Anandhabhavanam Ashramam.
Sri. Kalamandalam Anil P.V Vadakara started learning Mridangam at the age of 12 from Guru Kalakshethram Sri. Manoj Kumar. He continued higher level studies in Mridangan in Kerala Kalamandalam. He also received advanced training under prominent Gurus. From 1995 onwards, Sri. Anil has been accompanying Mridangam for various artistes of South Indian classical music and classical dance. In the field of Indian classical dance, he is a permanent Mridangam artist for renowned dancers for their programs all over india & abroad. Sri. Anil is graded artist of AIR and Malayalam Television channels
Sri. Thirunelloor K.R. Ajith Kumar got training in classical vocal from the age of 10 under the tutelage of Sri. Janardanan Potty anbd received advance training in Carnatic & Hindustani under prominent Gurus. He is a professionally qualified artist owns Diploma in Violin from RLV College of Music . Sri. Ajith accompanied by well-known vocalists, instrumentalists, percussionists and Kathakali singers and equally experts in doing supportive singing for classical dance performanes. He had performed all over India and abroad.
Sri. Surya Narayanan got training in vocal music and flute at the age of 12 from his father Shri.S Krishna Iyer . He has beem giving solo flute concerts in india and abroad for the last 30 yeras. He was awarded Sathya Sai Sangeetha Rathna in 2007 by Shri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation for excellent contribution towards music. During his musical life, he has travelled abroad many times as accompanying flautist in the orchestra for Indian classical dances and conducted lectures, demonstrations and seminars.