The Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), High Commission of India, Colombo, will be holding an Online Bharatha Natyam performance, by Mohanapriyan Thavarajah on Friday 11, September 2020 at 6.00 p.m. on SVCC, Colombo FACEBOOKpage

Mohanapriyan Thavarajah is recognized as one of the world’s young male dance artiste of Bharata Natyam. Deeply rooted in tradition yet innovative in his approach, Mohanapriyan revitalizes the dance form to create an exceptional style that is distinct to his personality, earning acclaim as a very refreshing artiste by audiences across the world. He is a principal dancer and resident choreographer at Apsaras Arts dance Company.

Originally from Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, he has completed his Bachelors & Masters in Fine Arts (2005-2012) at Kalai Kaviri College of Fine Arts, affiliate of Bharathidasan University, India under the tutelage of Ogeswari Shanmuganathan (Alumni of Kalakshetra Foundation, and has earned his MPhil (2014-2016) from Tanjavur Tamil University, India.

His MPhil dissertation researched Cambodia’s Angkor Wat from a dancer’s perspective. A book on this is currently in the midst of being published. He is currently pursuing his PhD on the study of the influence of the roots of Indian culture and religion in Indonesian & Thai dance forms. Besides being a Bharata Natyam practitioner and researcher, he has also been trained in Kuchipudi under the tutelage of Kishore Mosalikanti.

Since 2007, Mohanapriyan has received numerous awards and titles such as “Narthana Vithakan” and “Bharatha Kala Mani” for his performance proficiency in Bharatanatyam from various organisations in India, Sri Lanka and Singapore.

He has worked with Aru Sri Art theatre Sri Lanka for its iconic productions as a lead dancer and choreographer. He has received significant critical acclaim for his imaginative and innovative choreography for both his ensemble and solo work that bring together the traditional vocabulary of the tenants of Bharatha Natyam while retaining a vitalized interpretation and relevance to modern audiences. His in-depth research and deep understanding of South East Asian dance traditions has also made him a gifted & comprehensive designer of production costumes, headgear, jewellery and makeup.

His deep aesthetic sense and creative knowledge in craft and design has enabled him to create spellbinding visual spectacles for many Apsaras Arts productions. Mohanapriyan has presented many research topics in dance at seminars and workshops and is a well-regarded mentor and sought-after teacher for many young & upcoming dancers in France, USA, India, and Singapore.

Award winning Batticaloa born dancer 
Thavarajah's MPhil dissertation researched Cambodia’s Angkor Wat from a dancer’s perspective.