"Sangeet, Natyam and  Expressive Arts Therapy at LIOTA"

"Sangeet, Natyam and Expressive Arts Therapy at LIOTA"

This coverage is based on the interview conducted by TimesNowBusiness news correspondent  Priya Sharma.


Shashi Ramesh  the founder  and director of LIOTA has always been keen on giving back to society and has therefore been working with different  populations since 2008 at hospitals ,schools,colleges and even corporates to spread the beauty of the Dance and music. Through her dancing career Shashi  has gone through rigorous training in Bharatanatyam in which she hold a master degree witha  gold medal. She has been trained in different forms of therapy practices. 

She is a qualified  Zen counsellor  and is a practitioner of Expressive  Arts therapy, methods of which includes  in her sessions with her clients at the LIOTA centre. Shashi believes that the arts have the inherent  quality to heal and practitioners must be trained in different  forms of therapy to enable healing.

Smt Shashi Ramesh and Shri Sivaprasad NN of LIOTA (Laavanya Institute of Traditional Arts) at a grand Arts and Awards ceremony, humbly presented the awards for these categories:

Dr Sandhya Purecha ji 

*" Nritya Lavanyam:* 

For her contribution in Natyam and Sanskrit  literature.

Abhanga Ratna 

Shri Ganesh Kumar

*"Swara Lavanyam"*

For his contribution in Devotional music.

Dr Y A Mathceswala 

*"Karma Lavanyam"*

For the service in the field of Psychiatry and Mental health awareness.

Sakhashree Neeta

*:Manasa Lavanyam"*

For being an expert Rudraksh expert  and Chakra Yog healer.

 Architect Neha Chopra

*" Lakshya Lavanyam:*

For empowering young women  offering free design courses and jobs.

Satish Krishnamurthy 

*"Laya Lavanyam:*

For his expertise in percussion music.

Yogesh Patkar

*"Udaya Lavanyam"*

For  Bollywood choreography.

Shri Ganesh Kumar expressed the tenacity and dedication of the teachers of LIOTA in sharing the knowledge of the classical Arts to all the students at LIOTA and the sheer effort that goes into the training by the teachers in achieving a performance level of the students he witnessed during the show.  The audience was mesmerized by Shri Ganesh Kumar’s impromptu rendition of a shloka on Lord Krishna," Kasturi Tilakam…..". 

The show started with the grand  vocal music presentation with  Sivaprasad ji in carnatic shaili and Smt Madhushree ji in the Hindustani shaili and their students.

The students of LIOTA showcased all forms of Indian classical dances like Kathak Mohiniattam and Odissi and music like Hindustani  and Carnatic vocal. 

*"Lavanyam"* is the celebration of Arts and an opportunity  to honour the very meritorious achievers   in their respective fields. LIOTA conducted its Annual day in a very special way and for the first time recognized many champions from different fields of Music  Dance, architecture,mental health, spirituality and Choreography. 

Sakhashree Neeta expressed her gratitude and said that music is the path to divinity.  "Music includes  chanting  of mantras and rendering of shlokas which create positive  vibration", She was astounded to the extent of training the students of Liota had received and congratulated  Shashi and Sivaprasad  for bringing such a wonderful  centre of the Arts  in the Vidyavihar and ghatkopar  areas. She urged the parents to continue to send their children to learn the divine art forms from LIOTA.

Shri Satish Krishnamurthy  humbly accepted the award and shared an anecdote, "when I was a young  20 something in shorts, Sivaprasad ji  told me that I need more practice and today I am here because of that practice." 

Satish ji then rendered a tala laya sequence in his inimitable style  and won the hearts of the people.  Sivaprasad ji and Satish ji have accompanied Shashi Ramesh  for her Bharatanatyam presentations in  many programs across the country. 

The most wonderful aspect at the Lavanyam Arts & Awards  hosted by LIOTA was the respect with which  each faculty of LIOTA  honoured their own guru marking the Guru Shishya parampara. It was so touching and overwhelming  to witness the faculty of LIOTA taking blessings from their Gurus who were present for the show. These were precious moments that the guests and the audience experienced. The Guests of honour included Bhavana Shah ji who heads the Tejas Foundation which does a lot of philanthropic  work towards classical dance and the Arts.

Guru  Smt Mukta Joshi ji  a kathak artist par excellence, Guru Smt Geeta Vijayshankar ji  a  Mohiniattam artist, representing  Guru Smt Asha Nambiar an Odissi exponent was her senior disciple  Ms. Komal Joglekar ji who came to support LIOTA. 

Shri M K.Patel graced the event as a  special guest for Liota's LAVANYAM !

This was a one-of-a-kind Annual day  celebration never before done for any of the dance and Music  schools. Parents were very emotional to watch their  children perform to live music by the very renowned  Shri Sivaprasad  NN on vocal, Shri Satish Krishnamurthy  on the Mrudangam with Smt. Shashi a senior disciple of SNA Awardee  

Dr.Vasundhara  Doraswamy on the nattuvangam.This showed the dedication of the teacher to train little children perform to live orchestra.

In kathak Shri koustubh Talekar accompanied the Smt. Anjali on  padhant.

Smt Sangeetha Rajiv and Ms Urja Desai offered their support to their students  of Liota  in Mohiniattam  and Odissi respectively.

There was also a Bollywood dance performance with some differently abled children with regular students of LIOTA.  This was supported by SFA (Shrutilaya Fine Arts foundation) and Ms Richa Mukherjee.

Other performing artistes were Smt Surabhi Rao, Smt. Pooja Gunduka,Rakesh Gunduka , Dhruv Balajiwale, Bhakti Uday Pandav, Mitali Joshi, Jui D, Bhargavi T Nikita  M, Arjun Ezhamalai on Ghatam, Ankit on harmonium and  Smt Sahana Bharadwaj.

The master of ceremonies Shri Hans Dev ji engaged the audience and led them through the event with panache.Make up for all artists were done by Shri Himanshu Barodawale.

LIOTA offers both offline and online classes for dance and music ,therapy  and counselling for all ages for mental and emotional challenges faced by school going children and adults in the corporate world.

For enquiries  visit www.liota.in or contact 9820464229

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