SHRAVANTHI PENNATHUR

UntitledShravanthi Pennathur’s love and passion for Bharatanatyam started at the young age of five under the tutelage of Guru Smt. Prabha Raghavan. With numerous years of training and support from her guru, family and friends, Shravanthi developed a glowing passion for this art form. This journey eventually climaxed into the completion of her Arangetram in 2014. Since then, Shravanthi has played an active role in the academy, performing in numerous shows and productions such as Rangoli, Brihu Garva Bangam, Padmavati Kalyanam and played the role of Sita in Sri Ram Katha in 2017. Shravanthi’s involvement with the arts continues to grow with the participation in Gaana Warriors, a university led Bharatanatyam dance team, training in Carnatic music under Smt. Archana Sriram and her continued commitment to teaching at Sri Sanskriti Dance Academy. Shravanthi also taught beginner-intermediate level Bharatanatyam classes at Vaishnodevi Temple and has led workshops at her university. While continuing to receive advanced level training, Shravanthi is also a trained lifeguard, lacrosse player and active member of the Pre-Law Society. Shravanthi graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a BA Honours in Political Science in 2020 and plans on pursuing a career in the legal field.

PRIYA MENON

received_1158170814327479Priya Menon has been learning Bharatanatyam from the age of six. After 15 years of training, volunteering and performing, Priya completed her arangetram in June 2012. Priya has performed at numerous community cultural events, as well as major Sri Sanskriti Dance Academy productions such as Rangoli, Bhrihu Garva Bangam and Padmavati Kalyanam and Sri Ram Katha. She has been teaching at the Academy for over 5 years and hopes to continue her training under her guru’s guidance. Priya is currently working as an engineering associate at Baylis Medical Company, and enjoys.

VAISHALI KANNAN

vaishali kannansVaishali Kannan’s journey in Bharatanatyam commenced at a very young age of 6. Under the dedicated guidance of her Guru. Smt. Prabha Raghavan and with motivation from her mother, she developed a deep passion for the art. The journey reached an important milestone in September 2010 when she performed her Arangetram. She has represented Sri Sanskriti Dance Academy for numerous community events. Successfully balancing the IBT program at school, she actively participated in major productions for the Academy including Brihu Garva Bangam, Padmavati Kalyanam, Sri Ram Katha and Rangoli. She also participated in Sivagamiyin Sabadham, a dance drama by Sri. Madurai Muralidharan. She also continued teaching as a volunteer at the Academy prior to and after her Arangetram. Vaishali is trained in Carnatic music under Smt. Radhika Anand and Smt. Archana Sriram. Her artistic passion extends to single stroke painting, photography, playing the clarinet, and cooking. A badminton player and a trained swimmer, Vaishali is at the University of Guelph pursuing Honors BSc program with specialization in Mathematics.

GOBINAA MANOHARAN

gobinaa_manoharanGobinaa Manoharan has been learning and performing the divine art of Bharathanatyam since the age of five under the guidance of her Guru Smt. Prabha Raghavan. After 13 years of training, she completed her arangetram in 2008. Gobinaa has performed at a number of community cultural events and participated in 3 dance productions with Sri Sanskriti Dance Academy; Brihu Garva Bangam & Padmavati Kalyanam, Shiva Shakthi, and Sri Ram Katha. In the summer of 2011 she attended the advanced level 10-day Naatya Adhyayana Gurukulam camp in Virginia, USA, and had the privilege of learning under the legendary dancing couple of India, “The Dhananjayans.” She had the opportunity to learn and perform items with fellow dance teachers across the USA. She also participated in Sivagamiyin Sabadham, a dance drama by Sri. Madurai Muralidharan. Gobinaa continues to receive training to hone her skills as a Bharathanatyam dancer and teacher. Gobinaa graduated from the University of Waterloo with a B.Sc. in Honours Health Studies in 2012 and is working towards a Master of Public Health degree.

SIDDIKA VENKATACHALAM

17121358_755194807962999_336024934_o (1)Siddika Venkatachalam’s passion for dance started at a young age of 6, when she began learning Bharathanatyam. She continued to hone and develop her skills under the tutelage of Guru Smt. Prabha Raghavan. This journey culminated in the completion of her Arangetram in 2011. As an active dancer with Sri Sanskriti Dance Academy, Siddika has performed in major productions such as Rangoli, Brihu Garva Bangam & Padmavati Kalyanam, and Sri Ram Katha. She has also represented the Academy at several community events and charities. Siddika’s keen involvement in the performing arts includes participation in local dance-dramas and musicals. As the president and choreographer of her university’s cultural dance team, she successfully led the team to its maiden placement (third) at the Annual North American Culture Show (NACS). Siddika continues to be an active teacher and dancer at Sri Sanskriti Dance Academy, as she advances her Bharathanatyam training. Siddika is a graduate from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours B.Sc. in Genetics. She is looking to pursue a career in Genetic Counselling.

SRINITHI RAGHAVAN

srinithi_raghavanSrinithi Raghavan began learning Bharathanatyam under the guidance of her mother and Guru Smt. Prabha Raghavan. Over the past decade, she has performed at numerous community events and charities across the GTA. In 2009, Srinithi completed her Bharathanatyam Arangetram, Since then, she has performed at several Sri Sanskriti Productions including Rangoli, Brihu Garva Bangam & Padmavati Kalyanam, Shiva Shakthi, and Sri Ram Katha. She also participated in Sivagamiyin Sabadham, a dance drama by Sri. Madurai Muralidharan. She conducted two introductory dance Workshops at McMaster University. Srinithi is also a trained Carnatic vocalist from Smt. Raji Gopalakrishnan, and has provided vocal support for several Bharathanatyam Arangetrams. She learnt the Nattuvangam from Smt. Prabha Raghavan, and studied the Mridangam from Sri Gana Ganapathy. Srinithi has been a regular teaching face at the academy for over 5 years, and she continutes to recieve advanced level training. Srinithi is currently a Retail & Credit Risk Auditor at a Canadian Bank, and enjoys drawing, painting & graphic design in her spare time.