Uma Memorial Kalalayam was founded in 1997 in Kolkata (India), by Sri Kalamandalam Venkitt in loving memory of his beloved wife Late Smt. Uma Venkitt, has by now established itself as an organisation of repute for imparting South Indian Classical Dance forms - Bharatanatayam, Mohiniattam & Kathakali. The strength behind the organisation is the dedication and the whole hearted devotion of Sri Kalamandalam Venkitt and Smt. Preetha Venkitt.
Sangeetha's journey with dance...
"Connecting dance with life"
I was born to a traditional dance family. My mother Late Smt. Uma Venkitt was a promising Bharatanatyam dancer who had proven her mettle in dance in a very short span of her life.
Started learning Bharatanatyam at the age of 5, under my parents Guru Smt. Preetha Venkitt and Guru Sri. Kalamandalam Venkitt. Later I took advanced training in Mohiniattam from Guru Smt. Preetha Venkitt and Guru Smt. Kalamandalam Padmini, a very well known Mohiniattam dancer/ Former Prinicipal of Kerala Kalamandalam.
I was trained in Kathakali by my Guru Sri Kalamandalam Venkitt and Guru Sri Kalamandalam Murali.
Later, I pursued my Masters in Performing Arts in Hyderabad Central University, specializing in Bharatanatyam under the guidance of Guru Sri Pasumarthi Ramalinga Sastry .
I got an opportunity to perform under the world famous Mohiniattam dancer Guru Smt. Bharati Shivaji in the well known production 'Swan Lake' held in Delhi, Kolkata, Narada Gana Sabha in Chennai and Russia.
I worked in Uma Memorial Kalalayam, Kolkata which is run by my parents, assisted them to train students and being part of their productions.
After moving to Singapore, I joined Apsaras Arts, as full time Stage Performer and Dance Instructor. With the mentorship of Smt. Neila Sathyalingam (Mami), Sri Aravinth Kumaraswamy and Sri Mohanapriyan Thavarajah, I was part of great productions like" Anjasa", "Alapadma", "Sita's Magical Forest","Heroines of Raja Ravi Varma"," Aadum Arul Jyothi","Agathi" and "Anjaneyam", which we presented in Singapore, Malaysia, India, United Kingdom and Sri Lanka.
Classes We Offer
Don’t Think. Just Dance.
My main focus will be on the different aspects of abhinaya, techniques, gestures & postures in all the 3 classical forms.
My vision is to spread the aesthetic beauty of the Indian Classical Dance forms and continue my parents legacy here in Adelaide.
For further details regarding my classes, you can get in touch with me.
Workshops and lecture demonstration will be conducted by Sri Kalamandalam Venkitt (Kathakali) and Smt. Preetha Venkitt (Mohiniattam/ Bharatanatyam) from Uma Memorial Kalalayam, Kolkata, India in near future.