The Summer series of Mid-day Mantra
Three Saturdays of chat and performance screenings from established and renowned artists, as well as emerging artists, as they discuss dance from their perspectives as choreographers, performers, producers, students, teachers and mentors.
Mid-day Mantras have, over the years presented exceptional live music events to audiences in Birmingham. Presently we are able to offer you these concert events, music and sometimes dance, online wherever you are.
Join us at facebook.com/sampad.arts on Saturdays 26 June, 3 July and 10 July. Currently, Mid-day Mantra’s are FREE online events.
Saturday 26 June, 12noon (BST) Urja Thakore presents – Parbati Chaudhury and Shyam Dattani featuring performances by Parbati and Shyam alongside a performance by Meera Patel choreographed by Parbati
Saturday 3 July, 12noon (BST) Kali Chandrasegaram presents – Geetha Shankaran Lam and Hari Krishnan: Dancing in our Fabulous Forties and Fifties!
Saturday 10 July, 12noon (BST) Mira Balchandran Gokul presents – Yuva Gati dancers Shaayiini Ravichantren, Soumya Saladi and Shriya Aaytee
Saturday 10 July, 12noon (BST): Mira Balchandran Gokul presents – Yuva Gati dancers Shaayiini Ravichantren, Soumya Saladi and Shriya Aaytee
About Yuva Gati
Yuva Gati (‘Youth Movement’) was launched in January 2009 in partnership with DanceXchange, as the national South Asian dance strand of the CAT (Centre for Advanced Training) programme. The programme provides intensive dance training to young people in Bharatanatyam or Kathak styles who have a passion for dance and have the potential to develop it further as part of their broad and balanced education. It is aimed at young dancers who are 11-16 years old, although they can continue training up to the age of 18. The programme enables talented dancers to fulfil their potential, make informed choices about their future involvement in dance and equip themselves with the necessary skills for professional dance training and/or further education. Read More – Register for Open days and Auditions for September 2021-22 intake
Mira Balchandran Gokul was introduced to dance through Kathakali and Mohiniattam as a child with Sadanam Krishnankutty, Sadanam Nandakumar and Smt Nirmala Panikar. Mira went on to study Bharatanatyam at Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts in Chennai. She worked with pioneering tutors and choreographers in India and England and is Co founder, Co artistic director, performer and tutor of SANKALPAM. Mira has performed and taught extensively and continues her ongoing training through G Venu’s Navarasa Sadhana and other courses alongside her own self practice. She draws on all of her experiences and brings an eclectic taste and understanding to Bharatanatyam. Mira is currently Principal Artist on the Bharatanatyam strand of the Centre for Advanced Training Scheme ( CATs ) and is also undertaking a PhD with the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University
Shriya Aaytee is an enthusiastic and keen dancer and performer. She has been learning Bharatanatyam for 4 years and is one of the 2021 graduates of the Centre of Advanced Dance Training Yuva Gati. Shriya has loved Bollywood dance since childhood and was later interested in learning Classical dance. She enjoys teaching adults and children Bollywood dance and looks forward to perform wherever she gets the opportunity to – Bharatanatyam and Bollywood.
She has been lucky enough to learn from her lovely teacher, Magdalen Gorringe, who has really boosted her progress through the years and helped her every step of the way. Under the tutelage of Shane and Mira Ji, Shriya has gained much more knowledge into the beautiful art form and has really built on her technique. Her aspirations for the future include, completing her Arangetram and becoming a professional dancer and teacher alongside becoming a doctor.
Soumya Saladi has been learning Bharatanatyam for 7 years under the tutelage of Mrs Usha Rao at Sai Mayur Bharatanatyam Dance School. She recently achieved a distinction in her Grade 6 ISTD exam and was a finalist in the ISTD Classical Indian Dance Bursary Competition 2021. She joined Yuva Gati at the age of 13 and plans to study medicine at university.
Shaayiini Ravichantren is a bharatanatyam dancer and has been dancing for the past 14 years under Shreemati Pushkala Gopal and Shreemati Shruti Sriram.She has been a part of Yuva Gati,under the CAT programme, for the past 7 years.She recently did her Arangetram in 2017 and has won a few competitions prior.She has also taken part in a variety of cultural performances under Sanskriti UK and recently took part in Akademi’s 40th anniversary performance.She will be going to university this year to study law.