Kartik Poornima - Over The Years


This festival in the past has been celebrated with great splendour. It is our privilege that some of the world’s most renowned artists have performed here in the past.


Uma Sharma
(Jagmandir Island Palace, Udaipur - 2014)

Uma Sharma is renowned classical dancer who has been awarded Padma Bhushan for her unique contribution to the cultural tradition of this country. She has revolutionised the repertoire of the classical form of her chosen field of dance "Kathak" by enriching it with literary and intellectual substance by drawing upon and interpreting the works of great poets of our country from ancient to modern time. In spearheading the transformation of this art form, Uma Sharma has been at the centre stage of events in the country. Her themes have etched out the color of concern about issues that matter.


Dakshina Vaidyanathan
(Jagmandir Island Palace, Udaipur - 2013)

Dakshina Vaidyanathan belongs to a family of eminent Bharatanatyam dancers. She has undergone rigorous training in her own home Ganesa Natyalaya under the able tutelage of her Grand Mother Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan and her mother Rama Vaidyanathan. She was awarded the CCRT scholarship by the Department of Culture Govt.Of India in 2003, The Kalpana Chawala Award, in the Young Achievers' category in 2005 and the Sahitya Kala Parishad Scholarship in 2012. She is a Diploma holder in Bharatanatyam from Indira kala Sangit Vidyalaya and a B.Tech degree holder in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology. Right from age 10 Dakshina has been accompanying her Grand Mother and her Mother for various performance tours in India and abroad. She has also traveled individually on her own merit for various youth Festivals.


Rama Vaidyanathan
(Jagmandir Island Palace, Udaipur - 2013)

A leading exponent of Bharatanatyam, a popular classical dance form of India. She is undoubtedly one of the most sought after artistes of her generation having carved a name for herself in the Bharatanatyam World. She has trained intensively under the legendary dancer Yamini Krishnamurthy and the renowned Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan. Everyone who has seen Rama perform is struck by her unique thought process and fresh approach to dance. While deeply routed in tradition She has evolved her own individual style without forsaking the core principles of Bharata Natyam. She brings to her dance a rare sense of devotion and dedication, which leaves the audience with a sense of spiritual fulfillment.


Manjari Chaturvedi
(Jagmandir Island Palace, Udaipur - 2012)

'Radha Raas' - sufi kathak and qawwali conceptualized, directed and performed by Sufi Kathak Danseuse Ms. Manjari Chaturvedi along with Qawwals from Awadh and classical musicians from Delhi was performed. An initiative of the Sufi Kathak Foundation, the concept of 'Radha Raas' defines how a secular cultural spirit emerges when Hindu and Muslim identities merge into one another and transcend into love beyond the confines of religion, which is very relevant in today's time and is an idea that we think would find resonance with the vision and belief.


Jeff Lang and Bobby Singh
(Jagmandir Island Palace, Udaipur - 2011)

Jeff Lang and Bobby Singh first joined music forces in the Aria award winning world music super group, Djan Djan, with Malian kora virtuoso, Mamadou Diabate. However, the pairs' musical meeting has extended even further to a highly acclaimed duo performance at the Adelaide International Guitar festival. This rare duo performance is a true cross-cultural collaboration highlighting how modern composition, song writing and blues/roots infused guitar playing can blend seamlessly with classical Indian music. Creating a musical language that can only be described as a miraculous and non-clichéd fusion.


Bernard Wacheux with The Madras Chamber Orchestra and Bernard Wystraëte
(The Manek Chowk, The City Palace Complex, Udaipur - 2010)

In 2008 Bernard Wacheux created The Chamber Orchestra of Madras (India), which he conducted and with which he performed as a soloist. Bernard Wacheux is a co-producer and artistic director of the Theater Mozart, association for which he produced and managed seven representations of the Don Giovanni by Mozart.

The western classical musicians of the city, recognizing Monsieur's Wacheux's rare capacity and vision, have now gathered under his leadership and formed the city's first string orchestra 'MADRAS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA' having 24 professional musicians. Under his leadership the Orchestra has resumed strength and vigor and for nearly two years, the majority of the best western classical musicians in Chennai have decided to pool their talents around him.

Bernard Wystraëte, a Multi-instrumentalist, award winner of the National Superior Conservatory of Paris, improviser and flute specialist, including the most bass 'octobass' flute. Founder and musical director of the 'FLUTE ORCHESTRA', a 12 flutists staff, playing an exclusive and eclectic repertoire; 'FLUTAMANIA' with Realcimo 'NENÊ' Filha. As a soloist, he has already created more than fifty works, as a dedicatee. He is a graduate of State for flute teaching. He is territorial Director of artistique teaching institution agreed by French Culture Department.


Pandit Ronu Majumdar
(Jagmandir Island Palace, Udaipur - 2009)

India's Ace Flutist, by virtue of his phenomenal talent, he and the Bansuri are literally synonymous. Ronu Majumdar began playing the flute under the guidance of his father Dr. Bhanu Majumdar, late Pandit Lakshman Prasad Jaipurwale and finally the revered Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao. He was also fortunate to receive training from his grand guru Pandit Ravi Shankar. A powerhouse performer, Ronu Majumdar is firmly rooted in the Maihar Gharana which has also given shape to sturdy musical oaks like Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

Ronuji has created an enviable niche for himself in the field of contemporary popular music which is exemplified by his Grammy Nomination in 1996.


Shree Biru Bireshwar Gautam
(Jagmandir Island Palace, Udaipur - 2009)

A performing artist of Kathak Dance and Thumri / Dadra / Khayal style of singing. A rare quality of being an ace Kathak dancer and an accomplished Thumri / Dadra vocalist.

His first Guru was Smt. Bandana Sen who cultivated in him the desire to excel in the classical dance form; Kathak. The late Padmashree Pandit Gopi Krishna imparted the knowledge of Benaras Gharana in Kathak. Padmashree Damayanti Joshi has been training him for many years in the intricacies and nuances of the dance form, and is the one who has sculpted and fine-tuned all his ability in it.

He was awarded a fellowship by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, for further research in the history of Kathak dance and Thumri. He is the Founder Director of the institution, Kathak Darpan, through which he conduct workshops, and instruct many students in Kathak, thus training them individually as future artists.


Zia Lambrou
(Jagmandir Island Palace, Udaipur - 2008)

Zia Lambrou is a teacher and performing artist of The Sacred Dances. Zia specializes in the rare and ancient dance form of the Sufi Sacred Dances and The Gurdjieff Movements. Originated in the Sufi ancient esoteric temples of the middle east and brought out into the world by Armenian mystic George Gurdjieff, these dances were originally used as a language to transpire and preserve ancient truths. Zia has been involved in these dances since the past 15 years. Actively teaching in Mumbai, Pune and South Africa, Zia has now a team of professional dancers from Mumbai with whom she presents the Sacred Dances on a more glamourous platform. In the past, these dance forms were appreciated in spiritual retreats, ashrams and meditation centers.

Zia also specializes in Sufi Whirling, in which she has given several performances. Recently Zia has also embraced the study and performances of the Odissi dance form. This gives her unlimited vistas for choreography and creation of The Sacred Dances.


Manjari Chaturvedi
(Jagmandir Island Palace, Udaipur - 2006)

The theme for Kartik Poornima 2006 was Sufism, the global theme for the 21st century. The theme was introduced by Ms. Zia Lambrou, a teacher of sacred Sufi dances. The audience listened to the soulful poetry of the mysticpoet Rumi as well as the stories of the witty Mullah Naseeruddin. Connecting the thread of the Creator, Creation and Creativity, the performing art for the evening was Sufi Kathak - A moving meditation' performed by Ms. Manjari Chaturvedi, the pioneer of this stunning dance form. A danseuse representing Lucknow Gharana of Kathak, Manjari is trained in classical Kathak by Guru Pandit Arjun Mishra. In her efforts to rediscover Kathak from its classical form Manjari has introduced the mystique of Sufism. Manjari, a performing artist for over a decade has performed in more than two hundred concerts.


Shree Biru Bireshwar Gautam
(Jagmandir Island Palace -16th November 2005)

Day two of the Kartik Poornima Festival 2005 featured the multi-talented performer, Guru Bireshwar Gautam. Guruji, a Kathak dancer and an accomplished vocalist has been a regular performer at music concerts and festivals at home and abroad. He has performed at prestigious festivals like Vitaan - Bombay, Ellora, Puri, Vrindavan, Pune, Haridas Sammelan, Kala Ghoda, Rain Drops - Bombay, Nehru Centre, ISKCON, Gopi Krishna festival - Nashik, Sarat Chandrika - Delhi, Spirit of Unity Concerts for International Integration- Chennai and Kalidas Festival - Nagpur to name a few.

He has been honored by the All India Radio, Doordarshan and the National Centre of performing Arts (N.C.P.A.) as a performing artiste of distinction.


Hema Malini
(Jagmandir Island Palace - 15th November 2005)

Hema Malini has emerged as a consummate artiste, par excellence. A keenly sought-after danseuse, Hema Malini holds audiences in India and overseas spell-bound for hours together. Hema Malini exploded on the Indian film scene while she was at the pinnacle of her dancing career.

Drawing from her vast knowledge of classical dance, she has choreographed stage musicals such as the Ramayana, Meera, Savitri, Durga, Mahalakshmi, Radha Krishna, Geet Govind and Draupadi. At the two day Kartik Poornima festival 2005, Hema Malini performed 'Yashoda Krishna' on the first day, demonstrating one of the strongest and enduring emotions as between a mother and her child. The child here happens to be the child-god Krishna, and the emotions of the mother, Yashoda transcend the human boundaries, engulfing her and the audience in a totally divine experience.


Ranjana Gauhar
(The Manek Chowk, The City Palace Complex - 2004)

As one of the leading exponents of the 'Odissi' style, Ranjana has been honoured with the prestigious Padamshree award by the President of India. Ranjana has, trained and experimented with chhau, successfully blending it with her inimitable style of odissi. Enchanted audiences have raved that watching her is an experience in sublime spiritual odyssey.

Ranjana views life as an extension of her dance. While her other interest include theatre, painting and choreography, she is also actively involved in projects for disabled children. She had produced and directed a number of Ballets depicting modern and mythological themes. She is also an independent film producer, researcher and scriptwriter and has successfully produced many television serials, films and documentaries.


Rosella Fanelli
(The Manek Chowk, The City Palace Complex - 2003)

An Italian by birth, Rosella's desire to explore spirituality brought her to India in 1986. She traveled extensively studying the scriptures, staying in ashrams and mastering Indian Classical Dance and Yoga. Destiny brought her to Lucknow, the cultural capital of India. Here she saw a Kathak performance by Pandit Arjun Mishra and was completely captivated. Since then, Rosella has dedicated her life to Kathak, finding a medium to express her emotions and space to explore the dynamism of the body. Rosella has performed at most Indian Dance Festivals across the globe for television, international meets and award ceremonies. She has been presenting Solo Kathak Recital for more than eleven years now.


Shanta Rati Misra
(The Manek Chowk, The City Palace Complex - 2002)

She is a multi-faceted danseuse of repute. Driven with a passion for the arts, versatile artist Shanta has been practicing Bharatnatyam, Kathakali and Kuchipudi with equal grace and has been concentrating on Kuchipudi dance at the moment. She took her early training in Kuchipudi under the well-known dance duo, Padmabhushan Raja and Radha Reddy as well as from Padmabhushan Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam. She is among the few women to perform Kathakali. Brought up in Singapore, Shanta was attracted to the artistic environment in India and her love for its art and culture pulled her back to her roots in India.


Sharmistha Mukherjee
(The Manek Chowk, The City Palace Complex - 2001)

Sharmistha Mukherjee, highly accomplished Kathak dancer, with over fifteen years of performing experience with unique personal style, which is natural, spontaneous and full of joyous abandon. She has performed extensively in India and abroad. She also conceptualised and directed a 6-episode Indian Tele Serial 'Taal Mel' on dance. To tap the inner potential of each child and help them channelise and express their talent through creative means she has laid the foundation of an institution for children named 'Jagriti: Center for Creative Learning through Visual and Performing Arts.'


Gangaur Ghoomar Group
(The Manek Chowk, The City Palace Complex -1999 and 2000)

Ghoomar, a traditional ladies dance from the state of Rajasthan was facing the danger of extinction. To meet this challenge, Rajmata Govardhan Kumariji established the Gangaur Ghoomar Group. Being the princess of Kishangarh, the erstwhile princely state of Rajasthan famed for its lyrical miniature paintings, she had ample opportunity to learn and participate in different forms of Ghoomar from various parts of Rajasthan. In order to revive and preserve it, she has researched all the different aspects of Ghoomar. From a humble beginning in 1984, the Gangaur Ghoomar Group has come a long way. Today, the Rajmata has several students learning under her and several successful performances to her credit, both in India and abroad.


Tripti Bhupen
(The Manek Chowk, The City Palace Complex -1998)

Tripti started learning Kathak at a very early age but later turned to Bharat Natyam after witnessing the recital of Smt. Yamini Krishnamoorthi. Tripti was invited to join the famous Dance Institute Kalakshetra, founded by Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale in 1936. In 1987, Tripti was selected to participate in the Festival of India in Russia. She has also performed for various Associations, Cultural Organisations in the UAE. Besides all this, Tripti has choreographed a number of Folk and Classical Dances.


Reela Hota
(The Manek Chowk, The City Palace Complex -1997)

Reela Hota started learning the Odissi dance at the Odissi Dance Academy under the tutelage of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan at the age of eight and continued to learn from him till she was twelve. Later she learnt this dance form under the guidance of Padmashree Madhavji Mudgal at Gandharva Mahavidyalaya in New Delhi.


Nirmala Seshadri
(The Manek Chowk, The City Palace Complex - 1996)

From the age of eleven, Nirmala has appeared regularly in the Singapore dance scene for her unusual talent in the classical dance, Bharat Natyam. She has performed in various cities in India and has also performed at the annual Dance Festival of Madras and on Doordarshan. sur Singar Sansad - Mumbai awarded Nirmala the title of ‘Singar Mani’ in 1990. Nirmala was the first Indian dancer to receive the Young Artists from the National Arts Council of Singapore.


Dr. Mallika Sarabhai
(The Manek Chowk, The City Palace Complex - 1995)

She is a famous Kuchipudi dancer and has performed all over India, Western Europe, Japan, China and the United States. In 1984, she was chosen to create the role of Draupadi in an International production of Mahabharat, which was staged, in several European countries. In 1991, Mallika Sarabhai received the ‘Gaurav Puraskar’ for her contributions to arts.


Maestro Sergio Synder
(Jagmandir Island Palace - 1992 and 1993)

Born in Mexico City, he studied with eminent Professor Jose F. Velaquez and continued at Juilliard School of Music in New York where, for three consecutive years, he was awarded the coveted First Place. In addition, over 60 prizes in America and Europe have been awarded to him. Twice awarded the 'Domenico Scarlatti' prize in Italy in acknowledgment of his excellence, he is the only pianist awarded with the prestigious title ‘Holder to the Keys to Britain’ (London 1980).