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Padma Shri DEVAYANI

International BHARATA NATYAM Dance Performer & Choreographer

Dancers

New Delhi, India

Telefax: 00911126910538
Mob: 00919810911944

Devayani is a foremost eminent exponent of the Classical Indian Dance style Bharata Natyam in the world. This celebrated French artist has performed in all parts of India in renowned Cultural Centres & Festivals like The Ellora Ajanta and in the most prestigious Festivals and Concert Halls including in UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, all the Scandinavian countries, Estonia, Korea, Portugal etc .Devayani is an empanelled artist with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations,Govt.of India. Devayani is a pioneer and trendsetter in many ways:
*On the 60th India’s Republic Day of January 26. 2009 Devayani was conferred by the President of India the PADMA SHRI Award which is one of the highest civilian awards given to the most distinguished persons in recognition of their outstanding services & achievements.The Padma Awards Presentation Ceremony was held at Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Indian Presidential Palace on April 14.2009. DEVAYANI is the first French Classical Dancer and Foreign artist to have made it to this elite list in India in Bharata Natyam . Other prestigious awards conferred on Devayani include :
The 2004 IMM Top Cultural Ambassador Award for Excellence
The National Women Excellence Award 2008
* Devayani was given a full page coverage in the TIME & NEWSWEEK magazines (Issues of Dec.29 08 to Jan.05 09) amongst 70 international magazines for the ‘Real People’ campaign of the Government of India. She is the only Indian Artist who has made it to the top international magazines.A 20 feet hoarding with her Bharata Natyam pose against the backdrop of Mahabalipuram was displayed in TIMES SQUARE in 2009-2010 for the ‘Incredible India’ campaign of the Government of India.
*Devayani is the Fisrt Foreign Artist to be given the top billing for her Bharata Natyam performances with the legendary opera singer Luciano PAVAROTTI at the XXIV Algarve International Music Festival in Portugal for the New Millennium Celebrations.
* Devayani is the First Foreign Artist to promote Bharata Natyam through her dance productions & workshops at the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe for several consecutive years.

* Devayani was selected by the Arts Council of England as the First Asian Dancer Artist – in – Residence to promote Indian Dance & Culture in UK.

* Devayani was the First French artist to be the heroine of an Indian Film “America Ammayi” (Telugu). Till date, fans remember her acting as the heroine of the film & her dance sequences shot in the Temple of Chidambaram.

* “As radiant as the divine celestial dancer…. gifted with a figure reminiscent of a Hindu Temple sculpture” Times of India.

* “Devayani has a powerful command of the Music … a sensuous and captivating stage presence” The Scotsman, Edinburgh International Festival

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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

PADMA SHRI DEVAYANI DANCE ACADEMY  |  New Delhi, India

January, 2009 - Present

The Academy is the inspiration of the internationally renowned Bharata Natyam artist Devayani, a Padma Sri Awardee from the Government of India. It aims at promoting and perpetuating the ancient dance form Bharata Natyam in its pristine form and glory.Devayani, Founder and Artistic Director of the Academy has many years of experience and has trained students from all over the world: India, Singapore, U.S., U.K., France and other European Countries, Brazil, Canada different parts of Asia etc.The Academy works towards achieving excellence in the field of Art with the belief that Art knows no frontiers and therefore is universal.It endeavors to bring people together from all over the world through the medium of Art and promotes Indian Dance and Culture internationally. It imparts the mandatory artistic education required for Indian Classical Dance, Music and Culture.Devayani is an empanelled artist with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Government. of India and is in the ‘OUTSTANDING ARTISTS ‘ Category in the Ministry of Culture ,Govt.of India.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

DANCE CITY  |  New Castle, United Kingdom

April, 1990 - November, 1990 (7 Months)

The assignment which enabled her to establish her strong impact on the International cultural scene was when she was selected by the Arts Council of Great Britain in 1990 for a 6 months residence at one of 11 National Dance Agencies, DANCE CITY ,in Newcastle-upon Tyne as the first Asian Dancer ‘Artist-in-Residence’ to promote Indian Dance and Culture in the U.K through her performances both on Stage and on Television especially for British Television, ITV and BBC.
Her performance and lecture – demonstration at the Commonwealth Institute in London gathered over 1000 people. Following this experience and exposure Devayani spent considerable time in the West promoting Indian Dance and Culture including in Paris, her original home town between 1991 and 1996.

Dance City Newcastle

INTERNATIONAL BHARATA NATYAM DANCE PERFORMER

DEVAYANI  |  New Delhi, India

April, 1987 - Present

DEVAYANI Bharata Natyam Dancer & Choreographer

Devayani is a foremost eminent exponent of the Classical Indian Dance style Bharata Natyam in the world. This celebrated French artist has performed in all parts of India in renowned Cultural Centres & Festivals like The Ellora Ajanta, Lucknow Mahotsav,Taj Mahotsav, Buddha Mahotsav, Sri Sankat Mocham Sangeet Samaroh,Chakradhar Samaroh, Modhera Sun Temple Dance Festival, Mahakal Festival Ujjain,Jhansi Mahotsav, Surya Deo Mahotsav, Udai Shankar Ballet & Dance Festival, Rajasthan Diwas etc., and in the most prestigious Festivals and Concert Halls including in UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, the Scandinavian countries, Estonia, Korea, Portugal etc. Devayani is an empanelled artist with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Govt. of India and is a pioneer and trendsetter in many ways.

* On the 60th India’s Republic Day of January 26. 2009 Devayani was conferred by the President of India the PADMA SRI Award which is one of the highest civilian awards given to the most distinguished persons in recognition of their outstanding services & achievements. The Padma Awards Presentation Ceremony was held at Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Indian Presidential Palace on April 14.2009. DEVAYANI is the first French Classical Dancer and Foreign artist to have made it to this elite list in India in Bharata Natyam. Other prestigious awards conferred on Devayani include:

The IMM Top Cultural Ambassador Award for Excellence

The National Women Excellence Award

* Devayani was given a full page coverage in the TIME & NEWSWEEK magazines amongst 70 International magazines for the ‘Real People’ campaign of the Government of India. She is the only Indian Artist who has made it to the top international magazines. A 20 feet hoarding with her Bharata Natyam pose against the backdrop of Mahabalipuram was displayed in TIMES SQUARE in 2009-2010 for the ‘Incredible India’ campaign of the Government of India.

* Devayani is the only Indian Artist and First Foreign Artist who was invited to represent Traditional Indian Dance at the World Culture Open in Seoul, Korea.

* Devayani is the First Foreign Artist to be given the top billing for her Bharata Natyam performances with the legendary opera singer Luciano PAVAROTTI at the XXIV Algarve International Music Festival in Portugal.

* Devayani is the First Foreign Artist to promote Bharata Natyam through her dance productions & workshops at the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe for several consecutive years.

* Devayani was selected by the Arts Council of England as the First Asian Dancer Artist – in – Residence to promote Indian Dance & Culture in UK.

* Devayani was the First French artist to be the heroine of an Indian Film “America Ammayi” (Telugu). Till date, fans remember her acting as the heroine of the film & her dance sequences shot in the Temple of Chidambaram.

* “As radiant as the divine celestial dancer…. gifted with a figure reminiscent of a Hindu Temple sculpture” Times of India.

* “Devayani has a powerful command of the Music … a sensuous and captivating stage presence” The Scotsman, Edinburgh International Festival.

E-mail: devayanidance10@gmail.com;devayani_dance @ rediffmail.com; kumari.devayani@facebook.com
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Telefax: 00 91 11 26910538; Mob: 00 91 9810911944

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Padma Shri Awardee - Bharata Natyam

Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra-India

New Delhi, India

1995 - 2005 (10 year)

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MA Honors,PARIS Sorbonne University-French and English Literature,

Sorbonne. Schola Cantorum, Paris-France

Paris, France

1973 - 1979 (6 year)

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Professional Artist-Bharata Natyam

Guru V.Sadasivam Nattuvanar-India

New Delhi, India

1981 - 1990 (9 year)

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