Awarded for life long dedication to spiritual arts through dance
Bharatanatyam exponent Dr Guru Sharad Pandya Dr Guru Sharad Pandya has been awarded the most prestigious award of 2019 by magic India spiritual festival and Natya yoga company “Natya Gaura Award” for life long dedication to spiritual arts through dance.
The award was conferred to him on November 30th 2019, Brazil time, 8:00 pm at Palais des Artes, at Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil. His disciple Shweta Patel is awarded with Natya yoga annual award.
The audience received Dr Guru Sharad Pandya after their Bharatanatyam concert with great appreciation, sentiments and respect. During their visit to Brazil Dr. Guru Sharad Pandya conducts workshops and classical dance performances at various cities spreading the Indian classical arts in the country.
On Dec 1st and 2nd Dr Guru Sharad Pandya conducting workshops on technical aspects of Abhinaya Darpana for the Portuguese Brazilian musicians and artists. Also the tala (rhythm system) in Indian classical arts for flamenco dancers, ballets dancers, modern dancers and instrumentalists.
Currently in Brazil he is working closely to promote Indian classical dance to the artists of Brazil as well as to the artists of other South American countries, who are visiting Brazil, to take part in the presentations being done by him.
Touring cities in Brazil, such as Atibaia, Sau Paulo, Brazilia, Rio de Janerio and Belo Horizonte, he conduct workshops, lecture demonstrations, master classes and performances for musicians, dancers and theatre as well as yoga aspirants and practitioners from Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile at Brazil.
His itinerary included Interview and documentary at the Minsitry of Culture, Govt of Brazil at Atibaia with Prof. Andrea Albergaria, Ms. Roberta, The cultural secretary and Ms. Carla the PRO.
He has associated his lecture demonstrations with leading artists who are collaborating with him such as Prof Andrea Albergaria founder-director “Devi”, Danseuse and film actor Ms Irani, Teacher and educator Ms Cassiana Rodriguez, Yoga instructor Ms. Legia, Karen Veloso Founder Natya Yoga and Magic India festival, Isckon Belo Horizonte and Allesandra Veloso theatre and movie actor and Bharatanatyam dancer.
Dr. Guru Sharad Pandya’s senior disciple Shweta Patel assisting him for all the performances, workshops and lecture demonstrations.
Some of the moments to mention are,
1. Being received at Sau Paulo airport Brazil, by Amazing artist Andrea and her disciple Lucia.
2. A visit to the city of Atibaia, and seeing the local culture. And workshops for students of Devi.
3. At cultural center for interview and documentary by Ministry of culture, Atibaia.
4. Perform of jugalbandhi with Brazilian Odissi dancers and Dr Sharad Pandya and Shweta Patel in Bharatanatyam. Choreography by the Guru for Atibaia grand day festival.
5. Lecture demonstration for yoga people in Brazil.
6. Invitated by A Mexican restaurant in honour of our arts and respects for us. For a grand get-together and dinner.
7. Invited by Italian restaurant for lunch and to honour our visit at Brazil.
Dr Guru Sharad Pandya is an exponent of Bharatanatyam and is the founder director of Purva School of Bharatanatyam, operational in Vadodara since 4 decades. He is the founder of Purva International classical dance festival, which was instituted in 2007 and other festival which support revival of the dying or lesser known dance forms from 1990.
He is the author of Nrutya Shastra, which states the history and theory of classical dance. He has worked hard to spread the love and respect of Indian arts in India and abroad, including at Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Kampuchea, Vietnam, Philippines, USSR, USA, Mauritius, Pakistan, Singapore and many more.