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Manasi Pandya [Bharatnatyam & Odissi Exponent]

Born on April 30th 1985 in Baroda- Gujarat, Manasi is one of the youngest performers of Bharatanatyam & Odissi dance styles in India. She has learnt Bharatanatyam for over 15 years from her gurus and parents Shri Sharad Pandya and Smt. Niru Pandya at 'Purva school of Bharatanatyam', Baroda an institute founded by them. She has received her further training in Bharatanatnatyam from the renowned dance teacher Guru Smt. Jaya Chandrashekar - Chennai.
Manasi has received her training in Odissi dance style from Guru Shri Gangadhar Pradhan, Konark Natya Mandap, Orissa.

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Bharatanatyam from the Faculty of Performing Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda.
  • 'Kovida' [Diploma] in Odissi dance from Nalanda Dance Research Centre - Mumbai.
  • 'Nritya Visharad' [B.A in Bharatanatyam] with gold medal & distinction & an 'Alankar' [M.A in Bharatanatyam]
  • 'Kovida' [Diploma] in Odissi dance from Nalanda Dance Research Centre - Mumbai.
  • 'Visharad in Odissi dance' Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mandal, Bhubaneswar.
  • Diploma in French, M.S. University, Baroda
  • Graduate in English [Honors], M.S. University, Baroda

Honours & Awards

  • Manasi has been awarded the National scholarship in Bharatanatyam by the Centre of cultural resources & training, New Delhi.
  • She has won twice at the all India dance competetion organised by the Swara Sadhana Samitee - Mumbai
  • Manasi has been felicitated by the Government of Gujarat, on the occation of International Women's Day in 2005.
  • She has been felicitated by the Vishwa Gayatri Mandir, Kasor, where Guru Shri Akhilesh Maharaj ji gave her his kind blessings.
  • She has been felicitated by the Western Railways employees union on the International women's day celebrations held in Baroda in 2006.
  • She has been honored as a young talent in Performing arts by the Leo club of Anand.

Workshops & Demonstrations

  • Assisted Guru Shri Gangadhar Pradhan in a workshop held at Rajkot in 2003.
  • Assisted Guru Shri Sharad Pandya in a workshop held at the Delhi Public School, Kanpur & Baroda in 2004.
  • She has given lecture demonstration at Kala Nidhi, Kanpur in 2005.
  • Demonstration at an International seminar of AIESEC held in New Delhi in 2005.
  • Demonstration at the Tejas School in Baroda in 2002
  • Demonstration at the Convent of Jesus & Mary in Baroda in 2001

Major performances

  • Indian Cities: Baroda, Surat. Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Nadiyad, Kasor, Anand, Sagor, Kakatpur, Jabalpur, Unnao, Konark, Nabarangpur, Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Nimapara, Kanpur, Bathinda, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata , Mumbai, Delhi etc.
  • Performances for several institutes in Mauritius: The Municipal corporation - Curepipe, The Hindu girl's college - Vacoas, The Tamil League- Port Louis.

Participation in various festivals

  • Nalanda Nrityotsav, Mumbai 2006
  • International arts festival, Pakistan 2005
  • Western Railways International Womens day celebrations, Baroda, 2006
  • Indian Institute of Technology conference, IIT, Kanpur, 2005.
  • Vibrant Gujarat, International Garba Festival - Baroda, 2004
  • International AIESEC Seminar - NLDS, New Delhi, 2004
  • The Mondei- Nabarangur 2003 & 2004
  • Lok Mahotsav- Sambalpur 2004
  • N.S.S.-Swami Vivekananda Youth week- Baroda 2004.
  • 4th Nritya Mahotsava, Nimapara, 2004
  • Fraternity- Baroda 2004.
  • The Shishu Mahotsav & Raja Utsav- Konark 2003
  • Annual Celebrations of National fertilizer ltd. Bhatinda Punjab 2003.
  • Department of French Annual celebration, Baroda 2003
  • Kavi Samelan & Chandrabhaga Mahotsav- Orissa 2003
  • National women's conference, Jabalpur 2003
  • Orissa Mela -Tejas school- Baroda 2002
  • Manasi presented her "Manch Pravesh" in Odissi dance style on the 14th of December 2002 at the C.C.Mehta auditorium- Baroda.
  • National convention of world class Management- Baroda 1998
  • The national festival of Classical Dance Drama- Vadodara 1997.
  • The Konark dance & Music festival-Orissa 1997,99,2003.
  • Indira Gandhi Centre of Indian Culture- Mauritius 1999.

Manasi has recorded performances for:

  • E.T.V. Gujarati Sakhi, E.T.V.Oriya Aaji Ra Naari.
  • Also for: Doordarshan, O.T.V.,V.N.M T.V., Mauritius College of Air, P.TV., Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation.
  • Recently Manasi's performance has also been recorded by the Discovery Channel under the programme of the 'Fantastic festivals of the world'.

Manasi is a member of Purva performing group as well as Konark performing group. She is an assistant teacher at 'Purva' School of Bharatanatyam, Baroda. She is also a member of World MIFA, Italy

Contact Details

Manasi Pandya,
62 / C Satyen Socitey - 2,
VIP Road, Karelibaug,
Vadodara 390 018, Gujarat.

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