A choreographic idea flows only as fast as the initiator can communicate it to bodies and see them realize it.
MARCIA B. SIEGAL
Aditi Jaitly Jadeja
Aditi began studying bharatanatyam at the age of seven under Leela Samson. She graduated in literature from Delhi University in 1993. From 1990 onwards she began travelling for performances across India and abroad. In 1996 Aditi spent a year with the UK-based Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, which exposed her to performing arts such as ballet, western contemporary dance, kalaripayattu, chau and tai chi. Aditi has been a member of Spanda since 1995 and is also involved in the management of the Spanda Trust. She has taught dance in Delhi for several years.
Christopher was initiated into bharatanatyam by his aunt, Jayalakshmi Raman, at the Kalaivani School of Indian Classical Arts, Western Australia. He came to Chennai in 2005 and went on to complete his post-graduation in bharatanatyam from Kalakshetra. Christopher has performed solo as well as with the Kalakshetra troupe in India and abroad. He has been training in abhinaya with Bragha Bessell. In 2011, he won the first runner-up in the Spirit of Youth event held by Chennai’s Music Academy and performed solo in 2012 at the Krishna Gana Sabha. Christopher has been a member of Spanda since 2012.
Satyapriya Mohan Iyer
Satyapriya’s love for dance brought her from Pune to Kalakshetra, where she was awarded the best student of the year award in 2009 and received a first-class diploma. She also has a post-graduate degree from the same institute. As a member of the Kalakshetra repertory, Satyapriya participated in dance dramas and bharatanatyam margams. She has performed important roles in Sheejith Krishna’s production Masquerade. A part-time teacher of bharatanatyam, she joined Spanda in 2013.
Saisanthosh trained in bharatanatyam at the Bharatha Choodamani with guru Adyar K. Lakshman and Deepa Babaprasad. He currently trains in abhinaya with Bragha Bessell. Saisanthosh has performed at various forums in India and abroad and has worked with several leading dancers. Saisanthosh received the Yuva Kala Bharathi award from Bharat Kalachar in 2012 and the Best Dancer award from the Indian Fine Arts Society in 2010. Saisanthosh has a degree in biotechnology. He joined Spanda in 2012.
Harikrishnan started learning bharatanatyam from Smt. Jayashree in Kerala when very young. He has studied both classical and folk dance forms, including kathakali, kuchipudi and ottamthullal. He later specialised in bharatanatyam and received a post-graduate degree from Kalakshetra. He has performed at several prestigious platforms including the Konarak Dance Festival, Delhi’s Ananya festival and at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai. Also a teacher of bharatanatyam, Harikrishnan has been part of Spanda since 2012.
Ashwini began learning bharatnatyam at the age of seven from Jayanthi Subramaniam. She has also trained in abhinaya with guru Kalanidhi Narayanan. Ashwini has four master’s degrees – in Economics, Fine Arts, Professional Accounting and International Finance. She is the recipient of several honours, including the Best Dancer award from the Indian Fine Arts Society, the Lakshmi Viswanathan award from Krishna Gana Sabha, Natya Chudar from Karthik Fine Arts, Yuva Kala Bharathi from Bharat Kalachar as well as a scholarship from the Iyal Isai Nataka Manram. Ashwini has been a member of Spanda since 2013.
A former student of Shijith Nambiar and Parvathy Menon, Bhavajan continues his study of bharatanatyam with Prof. C.V. Chandrasekhar. He also learns abhinaya from Bragha Bessell. He has received several honours for his dance, including the Vazhuvoor Ramiah Pillai Endowment from the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, the Pandit Durga Lal Endowment from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha and Yuva Kala Bharathi from Bharat Kalachar. Bhavajan has performed and toured extensively in India, Canada, the USA and Europe. Spanda’s newest member, he joined the group in 2014.