The word Rang Pravesh literally means "ascending or entering the stage". This is the first full length on- stage solo recital by a student of Indian classical dance. It marks the graduation of a student onto the professional performance stage. A Rang Pravesh is an outcome of many years of disciplined training and hard work and marks an important milestone both in the life of the dancer and their Guru.
Below are some Sri Shakti Academy's students who have completed their Rang Pravesh in the past years.
Menka Purswaney Amin
Menka Purswaney Amin directed many school dance shows for fundraisers where she was part of the creative and choreography team. Formal dance training began when she started learning Flamenco in Spain at the age of 18. Tracing the roots of Flamenco she started Kathak under Guru Neesha Jhaveri. She completed her Rang Pravesh in 2007 and Visharad In 2019 under Smt. Neeshaji and Smt. Sunayana Hazarilaljis guidance. Currently Menka teaches kathak and teaches yoga, mindfulness and meditation to children.
An IIM grad and investment banker by profession, Anuradha has kept up her passion for dancing over the years ! As a teenager, she was trained in the Tanjore style of Bharatanatyam under Smt. Rajeshwari Natarajan . Alongside a work stint in New York (2013), she joined Navatman Dance Company as a professional Bharatanatyam dancer and performed extensively in their productions in the U.S. Subsequently she began training in the Jankiprasad Gharana of Kathak under Guru Neesha Jhaveri ji in HK (with mentorship from Guru Padmashree Sunayana Hazarilalji) and completed her Rangrapvesh in 2018 . She has been performing extensively as a part of Sri Shakti Academy at various events in HK, Taiwan and India
Aruna Bharti Swamy
An IITD Allumini, a hands-on mother of two and a lifetime dance devotee, Aruna performed her Kathak RangPravesh in Hong Kong in 2019 under the able guidance of Guru Neesha Jhaveriji of Sri Shakti Academy. Aruna also had the good fortune of recieving intermittent training directly under Padmashri Guru Sunayana Hazarilalji, the doyen of Benaras Gharana of Kathak. Over the last eight years, she has given over 15 performance in HK , Taiwan and India, which include Republic Day Celebrations at the Consulate General of India HK (2020), Performances at City University and Baptist University HK (2017-18), Ethnic Cultural Day RTHK-eTV HK (2016), Tribute to Guru Pt. Hazarilalji by Natwari, Nehru Center Mumbai (2018), Dance Exchange at Dream Community Taipei (2018).