MAHAGAMI artists create artistic waves in various cities
MAHAGAMI artists led by Parwati Dutta experienced a rich line up of artistic events ranging from elating performances to talks, workshops and seminars revolving around different aspects of Dance. Some of the recent achievements in Feb end and 1st week of March 2020 are as below:
Odissi performance by Parwati Dutta and disciples at Bhojpur temple Bhopal – the largest Shivalinga in Asia and a magnificent heritage monument on 21 Feb (Shivaratri). 
Greensboro Dance Film festival, North Carolina University USA recently travelled to MAHAGAMI to share some of the path breaking dance films from the world. Prof Robin Gee, the curator of the festival and professor of dance and film specially came from USA to interact with the dance and film fraternity here. The concept of dance films is not yet widely introduced in the Indian scene despite having a rich dance heritage ranging from classical to folk and contemporary. Hence this initiative of MAHAGAMI was a great start for the creative youth to work towards these directions. Prof Robin thanked Parwati Dutta for making the film screening and talk a meaningful ground and opportunity for the creative minds. She has agreed to accept original dance films from Aurangabad for the forthcoming International screening of dance films.





IIG: India’s International Groovefest (IIGF) is an international competitive event that aims to provide a global platform to the dance enthusiasts across the country. The competition is open to both amateurs as well as trained professionals who are passionate about dancing. Those selected for the finale and the winners will be awarded by Certificate, Medals, Trophies, Cash prizes that will add a significant boost to their careers.Padanyaas entertainment.
India’s International Groovefest 2018

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We are happy to share that MAHAGAMI , a Gurukul-based Arts organization situated in the historical and heritage city of Aurangabad has completed 23 years of its service towards furtherance of Indian Dance and Music Heritage. In addition to our core areas of dedication with respect to nurturing younger dance-seekers and producing next generation of promising performing artists through teaching in Guru-shishya tradition; MAHAGAMI seeks to create a ‘Culturally Awakened Society’ through its social outreach, cultural immersions, collaborative, research and dissemination projects that have benefited more than 10,000 seekers over the past two decades.

In line with our ongoing efforts to generate more interest and understanding about Aurangabad Heritage, we at MAHAGAMI have been presenting a unique dance concert series named ‘Aura Aurangabad’ conceptualised as a tribute to Aurangabad Heritage through Dance Heritage. These concerts held on weekends (Saturdays & Sundays) during the tourist season (November-December) have been an enriching cultural treat for the cultural seekers, visitors and tourists who take back sublime memories of the ethereal dance performances that bring alive the spirit of Aurangabad heritage through depictions of various legends of the World Heritage monuments. It gives us immense pleasure in sharing with you that Aura Aurangabad has completed 6 triumphant seasons that presented around 150 concerts catering to the aesthetic and cultural quest of more than 5000 connoisseurs and tourists.  

We wish to invite you along with your friends and family to the launch of Aura Aurangabad Season 7 on 9 November 2019, 7 pm at MAHAGAMI GURUKUL, Aurangabad. Accredited under the MahaBhraman Tourism Initiative of Maharashtra Tourism Corporation (MTDC) as an important center for experiencing culture, tradition, gurukul lifestyle and Indian art forms; MAHAGAMI campus awaits the warm and enthusiastic presence of Cultural seekers and Tourists during the concerts that will be held every Saturday-Sunday starting from 9 November 2019.

Here are few links for your ready reference :

AuraAurangabad Blog | Web-link | Media Coverage | Facebook | AuraAurangabad TripAdvisor | MAHAGAMI-TripAdvisor | MAHAGAMI | Location Map | 

We will be happy to assist you regarding booking of tickets / donor passes/ group passes / season passes of this Cultural Tourism Initiative for your organisation. You are welcome to spend a day for Cultural Immersion at MAHAGAMI while planning to attend AURA Aurangabad concert in the evening. Kindly disseminate this information amongst travelers, heritage lovers and concert goers who are planning to visit the Heritage city of Aurangabad in the following weeks.

Looking forward to your presence, support and guidance in our endeavors aimed at furtherance of Indian Heritage and creating a global arts community,

With Cultural Regards

Team AuraAurangabad



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Greetings from Mahagami Gurukul.
With great pleasure, I wish to share that the newly formed university MGM UNIVERSITY (Mahatma Gandhi Mission) is launching a unique 4-year under graduate programme: Bachelors of Performing Arts (BPA) in Kathak/ Odissi based on Gurukul system.
I am happy to announce that this 4-year University Graduation programme BPA in Odissi / Kathak will start from 1 August 2019
Candidates who have learnt the chosen dance for 5 or more years and have passed 12th class are eligible to apply. Hostel facility is available for outside students who have learnt outside and wish to enroll for the Degree programme. 
We are happy to share that Mahagami announces Admission for the session 2019-20 for its regular Gurukul-based training in Kathak / Odissi in ARAMBHA (Foundation), UDBHAV(Intermediate) and SAMARPAN (Advanced). Aspirants between age 5-50 years are eligible to apply. An Introductory workshop for applicants is being arranged on Saturday 27 July 6-8 pm and Sunday 28 July 10-12 am at Mahagami (MGM Campus). Selected candidates may enroll as learners on 29 July. 
Contact details are mentioned in the poster. Kindly feel free to call during office time.  Please share this information so that the information reaches the worthy seekers.
Mahagami Team

With great pleasure, we announce the formation of MGM University (Mahatma Gandhi Mission) under which we are introducing the following courses from August 2019:
BA Kathak | BA Hons Kathak | Foundation Certificate in Kathak |   
BA Odissi | BA Hons Odissi | Foundation Certificate in Odissi | 
Dance Appreciation Diploma (for non-dancers)
The eligibility for BA courses is mentioned in the poster. Dance students learning under any recognised Guru of Kathak / Odissi can apply for these courses
All above courses will be in Gurukul tradition and affiliated to MGM University.
Sushri Parwati Dutta is the Guru & Mentor of these courses in which many other Gurus, scholars and artists will be associated.
Regular training at MAHAGAMI based on Gurukul tradition in Kathak and Odissi will be offered like before to aspirants of age 5 to 50 years. 
The modules include 4-years Foundation named ARAMBHA, 6-years Intermediate UDBHAV and Advanced training SAMARPAN
Those who have completed UDBHAV at MAHAGAMI and have completed Class 12th are eligible for BA courses. 
Residential facility is available for outstation students.
Please drop an email to or WhatsApp 7083652636
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Kindly forward this information amongst dance aspirants and Odissi dancers.
MAHAGAMI Education






Performed by – Krti Academy of Art & Culture, India 
City – Ghaziabad, India
Choreographed by – Ms.Shivanjali
Director, Editor & DOP – Kumar Shivank Shrivastava
Date : 14th August 2019

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PFA the invitation to Nivedita-a cultural festival dedicated to Sister Nivedita. Aatmalaya academy since four years has been commemorating the heroes (mostly unsung) who relentlessly have served the nation and were either themselves poets and litterateurs or inspired others to write on them.

The past festivals were on Dr Kalam Dr Munshi and Sarojini the nightingale and this year’s icon is Margaret Noble reincarnated as Sister Nivedita. Artists will present both traditional dancing of their respective dance forms as well as one piece specially composed for the occasion. Aatmalaya through its well-wishers has also been making a humble offering to chosen senior artists in economic duress from different parts of India with cash awards and felicitations every year. We also try and include members from erstwhile Devadasi community.

Looking  forward to your blessings 

We take immense pleasure to introduce the INTERNATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL being organised during 9th – 15th October, 2019 in Bengaluru, India. With over 500 FOLKLORE artists travelling from different parts of India & World to showcase their performing arts. We are expecting 100000+ people to eye- witness and 5 Million Digital Audience access these rich cultural heritage of India & World in this festival. We have already created world record on LARGEST FAN FOLLOWING FACEBOOK PAGE IN THE WORLD (FOLKLORE CATEGORY) with almost 1.2 Millions active Followers on our Facebook page

An event with such huge potential is not only opening its gate for Once in a lifetime experience but also creating a great opportunity for FOLKLORE GROUPS like you to connect with other folklore artists from across the world through cultural exchange festival. Hence, having support from a prestigious FOLKLORE GROUP like you will help the event shine brighter.

Enclosing the terms & conditions for participation. Looking forward to join hands with you in making this event a memorable one.

Thanks & regards

ANUP TARAFDAR, Festival Director, International Folk Festival, Email:, +91-9742332211


Kaustubha Ballet
Ms. Giovanna Leva Joglekar
VENUE : THE VEDA FACTORY ART SHOW/ Bungalow n. 120/Aram Nagar Part 2/Versova/Mumbai/India
DATE : Sunday the 15th of December
TIME : 3 pm
Ticket Info : 9930930401

An ode to empathy through dance, a visual poetry that connects through communion

In the sea of artistes today there are some who are great performers, some who are superb with their PR skills, some have amazing organisational abilities but there are very few who have all that it takes to be the best. One such artist is Bharatanatyam exponent, teacher, choreographer and art curator Kalashri Lata Surendra, who is blessed to have it all — she is not just a jaw dropping performer but has the divine ability to get the dance community together and bind them together with her warmth and creativity.

Recently, Lataji did just that, she got all the well-known dancers of Mumbai on one stage — together celebrating dance like never before, using the didactic potency of dance to stir the human spirit and hearts in a unique and unusual dance program — “Ode to Empathy” — featuring several dancers in varied disciplines aptly organised by Lataji. She is the section president of the Dadar-Mumbai section of the International Dance Council which is affiliated to secretariat Athens and the Council of International Dance (CID) headquarters in Paris, France. For those who are not aware of CID, recently it just concluded the mega 52nd world congress of dance research with delegates from all over the world in Mumbai.

One witnessed the visual quilt of words, chords and rhythms merge to define empathy — the theme of the festival. The absorbing afternoon had dancing feet in various styles gather the souls of saints and poets and bringing them to life through their chosen dance forms. The presiding guest, the legendary Manipuri exponent Padmashri Darshana Jhaveri set the prelude with Radhabhav through Manipuri dance. Program head, dance of the National Centre of Performing Arts (NCPA) Swapnokalpa Dasgupta mirrored the love that sometimes seeks no definition nor can be given a name through the verses of Rabindranath Tagore etching his love for Kadambaridevi.

Renowned Manipuri exponents Latasanadevi and Purbita Mukherjee presented oneness through the synergy of rhythms draped in the gracefully executed Telena choreographed by Guru Bipin Singh. The dance form of Mohiniattam saw its unfolding grace through the disciples of renowned mentor and exponent Geetha Vijayshanker urging the Lord to answer the call of his devotees and assuage the grief inherent in the flux of life. Talented disciples of Guru Lata Raman, Anjali Satheeskumar and Krishika Venkatesh awakened hearts to the anchoring relief in the chanting of Shivashtakam. Mayurbhanj chau through the seasoned performer Ankit Pahadia merited an applause from the audience in the controlled dexterity of displayed kinesthetics. Meera’s urging of the Lord to relieve the world of its ongoing refrain of misery and challenges was evocatively mirrored by the disciples of renowned Bharatanatyam exponent and teacher Padmini Radhakrishnan.


The heart as a huge home of emotions housing temporary visitors and its foolish concern with transience was reflected through contemporary folds by established performer Abhishek Rathod and team and it was followed by a visual treat of two elements in synchronised harmony through an abstract duet kathak performance by Sanjukta Wagh’s Beej Dance Company. Bharatanatyam exponent Nandini Ganesan, disciple of Guru Kalasadan Mani and Guru Chitra Visweswaran beautifully delineated the celebration of life through the devotion and surrender of the young and eternal Maarkandeya. Grief and pride — a tribute to our armed forces was sheathed through Bharatanatyam by Dr Suman Badami and her disciples whereas Kuchipudi became the medium to bring to life the curtaining tears in Shabari’s eyes upon meeting her Lord Rama by Dr Sailaja Desai and her disciple Sindhuja Desai. Accomplished Manipuri exponent and teacher Anusua Roy presented Mandila Nartan with her students. Talented Bharatanatyam performer and teacher Jenita K. Pillai with Alina Mathew of Natana Kalaa Academy responded with the rhythms dancing through the endearing form of Lord Ganesha followed by the rhythms coming to a climax through an energised folk dance by Jigar and Suhrad Soni’s School of Garba.

Kathak by disciples of Manisha Jeet stole everybody’s hearts with the choreography bringing to life the Marathi poem Aagadi ani jamin by Kusumaagraj where the conundrum of man and machine violating the earth is depicted through the arrogance of the train and the patient Mother Earth. Guru Moli Siddharth and disciples of Kalangan mirrored an ode to the oneness that is India, bringing together the myriad folk and classical dance forms. Kathak defined the ode to empathy through the senior exponent Paullumi B. Mukherjee, whereas Richard’s Academy of Dance and Arts had its founder Richard, through the contemporary folds, bringing to life empathy through a poem penned by him. Dr Sunil Sunkara and Rohan Waghmare, two dancing scientists from the institute of chemical technology, Mumbai presented Tears of empathy, drawing a parallel between Meghnad and Laxman and Charushila Golam with Shyam Bhagat combined theatre and dance to etch the saga of debt-ridden farmers. Pandari, the crown of all as the Teertha Khshetra was defined by disciples through the well-knit choreography of Pavitra Bhat and the euphoria of the magical flute of the Lord brought to life by disciples of Nisha Gilbert.

The saga of Salabega, the Muslim religious poet, was depicted with an astute awareness of the kinesthetics of Odissi by renowned exponent and teacher Ankur Ballal. Kathak by a seasoned performer, the beautiful Nidhi Prabhu etched the loneliness of a husband who realises how indispensable his wife is through a poem — Akelapan — and the graceful exponent and teacher, Vrunda Shukla, reached out to the theme through the Bharatanatyam disciples of mentor Prema Nagasunderam and highlighted the fact that man may be destroyed but not defeated through Bharatanatyam. Dr Jayashree Rajagopalan, renowned teacher, choreographer and a research scholar, underlined empathy through Bharatanatyam. Disciples of Mentor Sushma Gopinath of Navarasa Dance Academy evocatively etched Kunti through Mohiniattam followed by colourful kathak choreography by Anu Harshal with other disciples of the Late Taalmani Brijraj Mishra complimented by absorbing Kuchipudi by disciples of kalamandalam Vijayshree Pillai, a kathak solo by senior exponent and teacher Smriti Raj, a meticulously executed Bharatanatyam solo by Snigdha Menon from Guru G.V. Ramani, Natya Kala foundation, synchronised and gracefully presented Kathak by Rashmi Mishra and disciples, semi-classical and fusion by Urban Clicks — folk fusion with a message by disciples of K.V. Rajan ultimately rounded off with a splendorous folk by CID member Mukesh Darbar that had all joining in defining dance truly as a bridging metaphor — connecting hearts.

The highlight of the show was an evocatively executed Lavani by Nilesh Auti, a passionate artist, painter and dancer, who depicted the transformation of a young girl as she steps into womanhood. Kudos to Kalashri Lata Surendra for coming up with innovative themes to have dance practitioners awaken to the didactic potency of dance that could bring to life through empathy — all that is life!

Organising a show of this stature was not simple at all, speaking about the show, Lataji said, “Sympathy transforms to empathy when another’s suffering becomes one’s own. As dancers we are always gathering existence within us, in an inside out journey that sheds the world’s tears and mirrors the world’s joys through dance. Dancers define empathy through the unfolding visual poetry of movements sheathed in diverse styles, a language that connects through communion and not communication.”

Lata Surendra is one rare artist who has the ability to impress one and all not only with her talent of dance but also through her impeccable words and ideas. One thing I am sad about is that I could not be a part of her show as I was travelling for another event, but I hope that the next time the dancing diva calls me I am available to execute her idea on the floor.

Sandip Soparrkar holds a doctorate in world mythology folklore, is a World Book Record holder, a well known Ballroom dancer and a Bollywood choreographer who has been honoured with Dada Saheb Phalke award, three National Excellence awards and one National Achievement Award by the Government of India. He can be contacted on


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