Smaran is a dynamic performing ensemble in Bay Area, California. It is very proud to have highly talented performers in the team. Every performer have been selected by auditions conducted by Smaran.
A small introduction about Smaran Performers.
Vibhushitha is one among the founders of Smaran. She started her dance career under tutelage of Guru Smt. Radha, who is an exponent in Vazhuvoor dance style and has been learning from her since more than 2 decades. She did her Arangetram on 28th April 2001 and since then she has performed in various Sabhas /institutions in Chennai and also in many other countries. She has been associated with Smaran since 2010 and have participated in many shows and dance productions.
Aishwarya is a trained in Bharatanatyam since the last 26 years and has gone ahead to win many scholarships and awards.She is the student of Kalaimamani Smt. Thanjavur Rajalakshmi (student of Kitappa Pillai), Chennai and completed her arangetram in 1999. She went ahead to pursue her Diploma in Fine arts (Bharatanatyam) from Kalai Kaviri Institute, Trichy and had the opportunity to work with many Kalakshetra teachers. She is the recipient of the Tamilnadu Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram Award (2005-06), VDS Arts Academy Scholarship , Bharat Kalachar Youth Scholarship for arts . She has to her name many titles and awards most prominent being Natya Kala Bhushanam and Yuva Kala Bharati.She has given more than 25 solo performances in renowned sabhas in India. Aishwarya is associated with Smaran with 2013
Anupama Mayooranathan is a dedicated and passionate Bharathanatyam dancer living in the Bay area in Northern California. She has learnt three different Indian classical dance art forms: Mohiniyattam, Bharathanatyam and Kuchipudi from Guru M.K Giri. She went on to further her training in Bharathanatyam under the tutelage of Smt Nirmala Madhava of Pampa Dance Academy in the Bay area. She enjoys pursuing her art with vigor and hopes to scale new heights in her artistic endeavors.She has been part of many dance productions in the Bay area.
Pallavi Raghavendra started learning Bharathanatyam from guru Smt.Vidya Raman, director of Sourabha Nruthya Kala Parishath, India at the age of 8. As part of getting trained under Smt. Vidya Raman she performed in many Sourabha dance productions in India. She has also been under the guidance of Anitha Addagadde, director of Lasya Ranjani School of dance, California. In addition to actively participating in many dance productions in the bay area, she has also performed in many community and cultural events. She continues to perform for Smaran Ensemble’s productions. Dance is a passion that she hopes to continue through her life. In addition to dance, Pallavi enjoys singing carnatic vocal music. She is associated with Smaran since 2013.
Chaitra Sathyanarayana started learning dance from a very young age from her Guru Smt. Preethi Venkataramuru in Mysore, India. She has been trained in Kalakshetra style of dance and has finished her Junior and Senior level exams. Though she took a break from training to pursue her educational interest to get a Master's degree in Computer Engineering at Maryland, she was also very clear that she wanted to get back to dancing. The relocation to California for a job helped her find Guru Smt. Vidyalatha Jeerage who was willing to take her under her wings. As a result, Chaitra resumed her dancing and is also part of an esteemed group “Smaran Performing Arts” since 2012.
Sharmila Gopinathan started learning Bharathanatyam at age 4 with several teachers in Kalpakkam, India. She had her Bharathanatyam arangetram with late Guru Kalaimamani Shree Shanmugha Sunderam Pillai. After about 10 years of learning Bharathanatyam, she took a break from this dance form and explored various other dance forms such as Kuchipudi, tap, jazz, West African, ballroom and Latin styles, Mexican Ballet Folklorico , kathak, ballet and hip-hop. In April 2001 she went back to taking lessons in Bharathanatyam, first with Ms Aparna Sindhoor in Boston and then with Ms. Hema Rajagopalan in Chicago. She is associated with Smaran since 2011.
Archana Raja is one of the senior most disciples of Smt. Sheela Unnikrishnan in Sridevi Nrithyalaya. Trained in the Melattur style of Bharathanatyam for the past 15 years , she is completed her diploma in fine arts at Kalai Kaviri University in Bharathanatyam . Winner of various state level competitions and CCRT scholarship from 2007 to 2012. She bagged the Nrithya Ratna Award along with a cash award of Rs.25,000 in Natraja Natya Dance Festival held in Peravoor (2011) . Archana has played pivotal roles in all the major productions of Sridevi Nrithyalaya .
Krithika started learning Bharatha Natyam at the young age of 6 from Guru. Smt. Vishal Ramani and performed her Arangetram in 2010. She is currently pursuing dance under the tutelage of Guru Smt. Vidyalatha Jeerage and has performed in various Smaran programs. Krithika has also performed in numerous fund-raisers, dance ballets, KKNC cultural events in bay area and India in last 6-7 years, including ‘Navika’, ‘Prerna’, and ‘Roopa Viroopa’. She is associated with Samran since 2011.
Medha Acharya is currently a senior at Irvington High School, and she has been learning Bharatanatyam since the age of 4. She began under the tutelage of Guru Smt. Vishal Ramani of the Shri Krupa Dance Company, and she performed her arangetram on July 10, 2010. During her time at SKDC, she took part in dance dramas such as “Ramayana” and in competitions such as OSAAT and the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Since 2011, she has been a member of the Smaran Performing Arts Group, and has actively participated in many of the dance productions and performances by the group, including “Roopa Viroopa” and “Aladdin”. She has also performed numerous times for the Kannada Koota of Northern California (KKNC) and the Konkani Association of California (KAOCA). Since joining Smaran, Medha has been continuing her Bharatanatyam training under Guru Smt. Vidyalatha Jeerage, founder of Smaran and Vidya Dance Academy. Medha has also raised $53,010 in the past two years through her annual solo Bharatanatyam dance show and fundraiser “Arpana”, which raises money for the Konkani Charitable Fund to be distributed across various grassroots charities in India. Besides Bharatanatyam, Medha is an avid Bollywood and Latin dancer, and hopes to pursue dance in general in college.