About Shashikala Ravi

Renowned danseuse Dr. Shashikala Ravi is the founder director of Amritanjali School of Bharatanatyam in Pune. Shashikala Ravi is the senior disciple of the legendary dancer Natya Kalanidhi late Smt Swarna Saraswathy of Bharatanatya Academy, Delhi under whom she trained for several long years. Her Guru was from the Tanjavore Devadasi Parampara. Shashikala is also a student of Padmabhushan late Smt Kalanidhi Narayan and has had the rare opportunity to study aspects of Abhinaya under her.

Dr. Shashikala Ravi has completed her PhD in Bharatanatyam under Dr Malati Agniswaran, Head of Bharatanatyam Dept, Nalanda Institute, Mumbai. She researched for 5 years in the temples of Kumbakonam, studying the sculptures of the temples in relation to dance. She is also trained in Carnatic vocal music by her mother Smt Thanga Varadarajan. Shashikala Ravi is a recipient of  Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Natya Prishad award, Rotary Leadership Excellence Award, Citadel Honour for Performing Arts and National Nritya Ratna - Life  time achievement Award for her contribution to Bharatanatyam. She has been conferred with the titles of Natya Ratna and Nrithya Choodamani for her proficiency in the art. She is an empanelled artiste with the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, New Delhi and IRCEN - India International Rural Cultural Centre. She is also a member of the International Dance Council – CID, UNESCO and ABHAI. She is a graded artiste with the Doordarshan. She has been featured in magazines like Citadel, Pune  and Business India. She and her dance school have also been featured in the Japanese magazine ‘World Okeiko Report’, a magazine for the youth of Japan.

Dr. Shashikala Ravi is the owner of the Amritanjali Dance Studio which is a fully air conditioned sound proof studio which has been established to promote culture in Pune. It has a wooden stage, motorized curtains, light,audio and slide projector facilities. The yearly Amritanjali Festival of Classical Dance and Music is conducted in Amritanjali Studio.

She has released two DVD’s of Bharatanatyam titled
I. The Dance of Shiva – Exploring some of the Cosmic dances of Lord Shiva
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDidNcTEjtA

II. TyāgaBrahmānjali – a tribute to ŚrīTyāgarāja
www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEl7yvP_GPo

Both the DVD’s are released and marketed by Swathi Soft Solutions, Chennai as a part of their Sanskriti series.

The DVD is available in several outlets all over India.

Mrs Ravi has performed widely  in major Dance Festivals in India like -

Pune Festival, Pune, Nadaneerajanam in Tirupathi, Natyanjali in Chidambaram, Brihan Natyanjali in Tanjavore, Nritya Utsav, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai, Bharata Nritya Utsav, Parthasarathy Swami Sabha,Chennai, Uday Shankar Festival in Kolkata, Shaniwarwada Festival in Pune, Parangatotsav in Mysore, Durga Festival, Mumbai, Cuttack Mahotsav, Cuttack, Karthik Fine Arts, Dance Festival, Chennai, Natyanjali Festival, Mumbai, Samskriti Festival, Aurangabad, Horizon series, ICCR Delhi, Mumbai and Pune, Amritanjali Festival, Pune, Independence Day Celebrations, Vashi Fine Arts Society, Mumbai, International Women’s Day celebrations, Chembur Fine Arts Society, Mumbai, Kumbh Utsav a festival of Classical Dance and Music at Ujjain organized by Sangeet Natak Academy, International Dance Day Celebrations – ‘Become the Poem’organised by International Dance Council, Mumbai Chapter.........to name a few

She has also performed abroad in countries like Germany, Greece, Sri Lanka, UK, Malaysia and Japan.

Besides achievements in the field of dance Shashikala Ravi also holds MSc and MEd degrees.