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SARGAM is very excited to announce the UTSAV season 3, virtual solo Bharatanatyam competition.

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Season 3

SARGAM is very excited to announce the UTSAV, a dance competition for solo Bharatanatyam. This is the third season of SARGAM UTSAV with participants from the USA and Canada.

This year’s virtual competition is judged by renowned Bharatanatyam artists. The competition is organized into four age categories. All the videos will undergo two rounds of judging. The top 10 finalists from each category will proceed to the final round of judging and will also enter into the popular choice award by the viewers. Winners will be announced in the Grand Finale!!

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To view the premiere, visit live.sargam.us

announcement & Telecast

Sub-Junior Category Premiere & Top 10 Announcement - April 16, 2022

Session 1: 9:00 AM PST & Session 2: 1:30 PM PST

Junior Category Premiere & Top 10 Announcement - April 23,2022

Session 1: 9:00 AM PST & Session 2: 1:30 PM PST

Senior Category Premiere & Top 10 Announcement - April 30, 2022

Session 1: 9:00 AM PST & Session 2: 1:30 PM PST

Adult Category Premiere & Top 10 Announcement - May 1, 2022

Session 1: 9:00 AM PST

GRANT FINALE - May 15, 2022 @ 4:00 PM PST

popular vote contest

Top 10 participants from each category qualifies for popular vote contest. Voting begins on telecast day at 9:00 PM PST.

Voting Method: Maximum number of likes on YouTube

For all updates and live streaming of videos, please subscribe to Sargam Youtube Channel. Advising all participants to subscribe and share the videos.

All qualifying videos will be uploaded to Sargam YouTube channel for popular voting during the prescribed timeline.

program REgistration

Registration Closed

Registration closes on February 28, 2022, or at the maximum allowed participants.

Video Submission Deadline on February 28, 2022

categories

Sub-Junior : 5 - 10 years

Junior : 11 - 14 years

Senior : 15 - 19 years

Adult : 20 and above

EXCITING CASH PRIZES

First place - USD 250

Second place - USD 150

Third place - USD 100

Popular award - USD 100


dance workshop with

Dr. Rajashree warrier

The top 10 contestants from each of the junior, senior, and adult categories are eligible for a workshop(*) with Dr. Rajashree Warrier.

Dr. Rajashree Warrier is a Bharatanatyam dancer, educator, and media person from Kerala. A top-grade artist of Doordarshan in Bharatanatyam. Rajashree is an empanelled artist of ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations). She is also a writer in Malayalam and an acclaimed vocalist.

She holds a Ph.D. in Music for her research in Varnas in Dual Forms: Tana Varnas and Pada Varnas from the Department of Music, Faculty of fine arts, Kerala University. She is the founder-director of UTTARIKA, Centre for Performing Arts, focusing on Research and training in Bharatanatyam, Carnatic Music, and Experimental Theatre. Rajashree has written two books, 'Narthaki' published by DC Books in Nov 2013 and 'Nruthakala' compiled by Chinatha Publications(2011). Dr. Rajashree Warrier is a Supervisor to Ph.D. scholars in dance at Kerala Kalamandalam. She is also a Post Graduate Diploma holder in Journalism from the Institute of Journalism, Press Club, Thiruvananthapuram.

* will require separate registration

FINAL ROUND JUDGING PANEL

GURU. GIRIJA CHANDRAN

“Some are born teachers and some are made teachers. Dance instructor Girija Chandran was born to teach” said The Hindu.

After basic training under Guru Kalakshetram Bhaskar and Guru Sucheendram M M Pillai in Kerala, Girija later went to Chennai, the capital of Bharatanatyam dance. There she trained with the famous Guru Adyar Lakshmanan, one of Rukminidevi Arundale’s early proteges from Kalakshetra. In addition to Bharatanatyam, Girija also trained under the legendary Kuchipudi Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam.

Smt. Girija returned to Kerala and founded the ‘Regatta Natya Sangeetha Kendra’ in 1972. Over the last four and half decades, Regatta has become a go-to reference point for anything to do with Indian classical dance and music in the capital city of Kerala.

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SHRI PAVITRA BHAT


“Clarity and geometry marked this slim dancer’s movements, while his footwork was powerful” said The Hindu

One of the most distinguished disciples of the renowned Bharatanatyam exponent Guru Shri Deepak Mazumdar, he took his initial training from Kalanjali under Kumari Vasantha.

Termed as an effortless dancer with precise movements Pavitra is appreciated for his pure dance and sensitive Abhinaya by critics, connoisseurs and peers. An ICCR em-panelled artist and ‘A Grade’ artist of Doordarshan, Pavitra is an extremely vibrant and graceful performer. It is a treat to watch him live on stage

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DR. SHEELA UNNIKRISHNAN

A perfect example of a successful Acharya, Sheela Unnikrishnan is one who makes learning Bharathanatyam interesting and blissful.

An untiring hard worker, talented choreographer, dedicated teacher and energetic performer, Sheela adapts to all her aforesaid roles naturally and excels in each of them. Having done her research on the topic 'Dance Aspects in Sitrilakkiyam', she was conferred Doctorate by Tamizh University, Tanjavur, in 2017.


Sheela stands as a unique role model for all her students, who are now making a mark in national and international arenas. Four of her students have been honored with the prestigious 'Balshree' award and Sheela has been accredited for many of her group thematic presentations and dance drama productions by critics and connoisseurs alike.

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first ROUND JUDGING PANEL

SMT. SMITHA S. NAIR

Smitha is a classical dancer, teacher and choreographer based in Chennai. She started learning dance at a young age in her native place, Thiruvanathapuram. Sha has undergone training in Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam, Kathakali and Ottanthullal under eminent Gurus like Master G. Sanil Kumar and Master Nelliyodu Vasudeva Namboothiri. Her passion of dance brought her to the the temple of dance, Kalashetra in Chennai.

She is a dance teacher at Chennai Harishree Vidyalayam for last 12 years. Apart from this she has running her own dance class for more than 10 years.

SMT. POOJA SHANTHOSH

Pooja Shanthosh, a trained Bharatanatyam artist in Vazhuvoor Bani began her carrier as a child under the guidance of Smt Yogeshwari.S (disciple of Guru Smt. K.J. Sarasa) and now continues to learn and explore the art form under the world renowned performer, Guru. Smt. Priyadarshini Govind and Sri. Lokesh Raj. Over the years with intense training, inherent commitment and a rigorous discipline, she has evolved as a performing artiste, presenting across cultural organizations in India.

As a passionate teacher Pooja Shanthosh runs her Dance School “Anantaah, School of Bharatanatyam” at Anna Nagar since 2013 which provides training in Bharatanatyam, theory and talam.

SMT. liya jeevan

A dedicated artist, teacher, and choreographer, blessed with inborn as well as inherited talents and with multifaceted capabilities nurtured under the stalwarts of classical dance. She was under the tutelage of Smt Kalamandalam Malathi (Director-Barada Dance and Music Accademi-U.A.E), Smt Kalamandalam RangaNayaki and Smt Kalamandalam HusnaBhanu since 1992.

She has represented her school and college at various levels and won the title of "Kalathilakam’ by achieving first prizes in Bharathnatyam, Kuchippudi, and Mohiniyattom.

A British Keralite, Liya has settled in the south-west of London and has started teaching Bharathnatyam in the UK since 2008. She has been on the judgement panel of ‘Asianet Europe Talent Show" and national level competitions held during the period 2008 to 2018 for Bharathnatyam in the United Kingdom. Affiliated member of prestigious organisation – Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing(ISTD) for South Asian Dance Faculty in London since 2019.

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Season 2 Winners

akshath piram

Junior Category

sujena soumyanath

Senior Category

Ananga Manjari Malatesta

Adult Category

You can watch the Season 2 participants dance and finale at sargam youtube channel. click here

Get in Touch

program INFORMATION SESSION

Coordinators will hold an information session to discuss the program details, including registration, judging rounds, premiere, finale, workshop, and answer any questions.

Time: Jan 22, 2022 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

If you are looking for the zoom session recording, please contact us at utsav@sargam.us