Dr Neena Prasad, Mohiniyattam @ Nritya Bharati Festival 2012, a set on Flickr.
Dr Neena Prasad, researcher, academician and performer extraordinaire pursued over 12 years of extensive training at the feet of renowned masters such as Adyar Lakshmanan and Vempatti Chinnasatyam.
Dr Neena Prasad was an acclaimed performer of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi before deciding to concentrate on Mohiniyattam. Her doctorate in dance from Rabindrabharati University, and her research fellowships with the Department of Culture has sharpened her academic interests.
Dr Neena has recently completed a post doctoral fellowship from the AHRB Research Centre for Cross Cultural Music and Dance Performance, University of Surrey. UK.
Festival – 2012
Sri Geetagovinda Pratisthana, Puducherry is presenting the Third Edition of The Nritya Bharati Festival at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi from the 23rd thru 25th March 2012.
For the Third Edition of Nritya Bharati, some of the very senior practitioners of Indian classical dance along with some the promising young artistes will perform. Renowned dancers Padma Bhusan Swapnasundari will present Vilasini Natyam and Prerana Shrimali Kathak, established artistes Sujata Mohapatra and Neena Prasad will perform Odissi and Mohiniyattam respectively while from the younger generation Jyotsna Jagannathan will present Bharata Natyam and this year’s Bismillah Khan Puraskar awardee Naren Boruah will present Sattariya dance of Assam. Dr Subas Pani, writer, translator and scholar with research interest in Jagannatha, Jayadeva and Geetagovinda has curated the Festival as its Creative Director.
As in previous editions the Festival will present a Complete Experience of Indian Classical Dance forms. This unique cultural event has already carved a niche for itself as a major platform for Solo Dance presentations and since it has moved to the national capital last year, it has become a part of the cultural calendar of Delhi.