LIST OF EVENTS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
Secured a scholarship from the Karnataka Sangeetha Nruthya Academy for Bharathanatyam at age 13.
1982-84 – INDIA
Performed in New Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow, Cochin, Chennai with the troupe of Guru Lalitha Srinivasan
Accompanied the group of Nupura as a nattuvangist and performed in Nithya Nruthya festival of dances, Bangalore,
Formal debut of Prasanna under the able guidance of Guru Lalitha Srinivasan, Bangalore.
Completed Vidwath (professional) grade exam conducted by the Karnataka Secondary Education Board and secured third rank.
Established Shanthala Arts Academy, a cultural institution in Bangalore to promote classical Indian arts.
1986 – INDIA
Created a world record by performing a marathon bharathanatyam performance for 24 hours with live orchestra.
Best dancer award from the Karnataka Sangeetha Nruthya Academy.
Continued advanced dance education under Guru Narmada, a student of Kittappa Pillai
Started to learn Kathak under the able guidance of Guru Mayarao, a student of Shambhu Maharaj.
Represented State of Karnataka in the Inter state Cultural exchange program at Manipur, India
Represented State of Karnataka in the Inter state Cultural exchange program at Himachal Pradesh, India. Performed with Anjali Jay, famous movie star/actress/Bharathanatym Performer.
Organized a national level dance festival at Vijayapura, a historically important place 50 kms from Bangalore. Continued to organize these festivals till 1992.
Presented Kavya Kinkini a dance presentation of the works of Kannada literature.
II national Shanthala Dance festival at Kanakapura.
II national Shanthala Dance festival at Kanakapura.
1990- United Kingdom (UK)
Invited by Lasya dance company UK to perform in their dance productions
Prasanna was invited by the Arathi School of dances, USA to perform for their dance productions.
Performed in Indian temple Troy-Michigan, Phoenix, Arizona, Dallas- Texas for various cultural organizations.
Conducted dance workshops in San Antonio, Phoenix and Dallas.
Performed at Soorya Dance Festival at Trivandram with Guru Maya Rao
1991 – Europe
Prasanna leads his dancers & musicians group “Tribhang” and tours Switzerland, France, and UK.
Ms. Padmaja Patil, the first student of Prasanna performs arangetram in Bangalore
Presented Subhadra Parinaya for Alliance Francaise and Aurobindo Ashram at Pondicherry
1993 – Holland, France and USA
Dance tour of Holland, France and USA with musicians.
“Subhadra Parinaya a dance production choreographed by Prasanna is performed under the auspices of Soleil D r of Paris and well received in France.
Arangetram of second student – Ms. Roopa Kodandram
Presentation of Srungaara Naayakaru at Kaivaara for Karnataka Sangeetha Nruthya Academy annual Festival
Organized and performed in Nandi Dance Festival
Conducts Arangetram of Ms. Shanti Nulu
Conducts Arangetram of Ms. Anupama Vishwamitra
Performed in Texas Dance Teachers Dance presentation conducted in San Antonio, Texas
1995 – USA
Worked as honorary guru at Arathi school of Indian dances, San Antonio, Texas and conducted many arangetrams.
Presented “War and Peace a contemporary dance presentation on drug addiction in San Antonio.
Performed Kathak & Bharathanatyam in Barsana Dham – Austin, Texas; Hindu Temple, Pittsburgh; Tamil association, New Jersey
Choreographed and produced “War & Peace” for Asia India Association.
Invited by Rangoli foundation, CA for the arts to participate in their dance productions. Performed in UCLA
Conducts arangetram of Ms. Sheetal Kanjee
Creates new dances – “Rasavinyasa” and “Gati Vinyasa” for the arangetram of Pulikeshi Kasthuri and Sushma Kasthuri
Invited by Hindu temple of Houston to participate in the symposium of dancer teachers and presented a talk on “Nayakas”
Arangetram of Second student – Ms. Vijayashri
Composed, choreographed and presented “Rasa-Gati” – through Pulikeshi Kasthuri and Sushma Kasthuri’s arangetram in Bangalore.
1999 – USA
Choreographed “ParaBhakthi a meta-physical dance drama for the Kumbhabhishekam of Hindu Temple in St.Louis.
2000 – USA
Presented “Samarpan” – a depiction of Indian Freedom Movement – for India Association of Saint Louis, MO.
Presented “Avataara at St.Louis with artists from India.
2001 – USA
Invited by the International Bengali association to perform at the International Bengali conference held at St.Louis. Presented works of Rabindranath Tagore, Nasrul Islam and other eminent Bengali poets
2002 – USA
Presented “Maarga” – A complete set of Bharathanatyam repertoire
Presented “Thoughts” – A production based on collection of Indian literature
Choreographed “Silambu” – Based on the first Tamil Epic “Silappadikkaran” – for arathi School of Indian dances
Presented “Anubhava Mantapa’ for North American Veerashaiva sammelana based on 12th Century Veerashaiva literature from South India
2003 – USA
Presenting “Karnataka Vaibhava” – A representation of history of Karnataka State through dance , drama , music for Ugadhi celebration
Om Ganesha – A production on Hindu Deity Ganesha
Journeys from India to Spain – An experimental Flamenco- Bharathanatyam performance
Anubhava Mantapa for Annual Fund Raiser Event for Education organized by Kannada Kuta of Illinois.
2004 – USA/INDIA
Performed “Ekalavya” in Bangalore in Venakateshwara Vidyalaya Festival, Satya’s Festival, Indian Republic Day Festival in Indian Dance tour.
Performs in Asian Festival, Columbus, Ohio
Presents Ms. Shaon Ghosh in St. Louis’s first arangetram
Presents Anubhava Mantapa in COCA, St. Louis
Presents Rainbow I – a Solo presentation of English poems
Dec 3rd – Katha Kahe Kathaka
2005 – USA
Performs in Diversity Festival – Marquette High school
Performs in Brick Library, New jersey
Performs in Asian Heritage Week – Citi Bank, St.Louis
Presents Rhythm in Motion – COCA
Participates in Bharathanatyam – Kuchipudi Jugalbandi presented by Kuchipudi Arts Academy
2006 – USA/INDIA
Works on Ameer Khusro’s (12th Century AD) poems lead to Ms. Sumi’s Arangetram
Works on Kannada literature leads to the arangetram of Ms.Anisha Gururaj
Presents Ms. Sneha BagavanDoss in a scintillating performance.
Visited France for Cultural exchange
December Season – Hamsadhwani Festival
2007 – USA Tour
Performed Ekalavya in Tyaga Brahma Gana Sabha – Chennai
Performed RAINBOW-II in Chowdaiaha Memorial Hall, Bangalore, Felicitated Guru Narmada
Organized Midwest Drama Competition – Nataka
Presented YAATRA – Library Performance Series performed in 19 locations
Performs “Ekalavya” – Houston Kannada Sangha
Performs “Ekalavya” – Nashville Temple
Performs “Ekalavya” – Atlanta Hindu Temple, Georgia
Performs RAINBOW-II – New Jersey for fundraising of ASHA
Performs “Ekalavya” – Nritya School of Dancing
Performs RAINBOW-II – Columbia Performing Arts Center (PAC) , Columbia, MO
Performs “Ekalavya” – San Antonio, Texas – Arathi School of Indian Dances
Presented arangetrams of Mrs. Mrunal Desai – all the dances were created in Gujarati language
Presented Mrs. Divya SivaKumar – all the dances were in Tamil
Presented Mrs. Rucha Kharod – all the dances were in Gujarati.
Presented Call of the Flute – First ever Indian Dance Opera in USA
2008 – USA
Performed in Oklahoma Tap Festival
Performed in Kaveri Kannada Sangha, Washington DC
Performed in Pittsburgh Hindu Temple
Conducted Arangetram of Vidya Mantrala, MO
Conducted arangetram of Chaitasi Nayak
Presented Call of the flute in Chicago – World Kannada Conference
Performed Call of the flute in St. Louis Indian Dance Festival
2009 – USA
Performed in Nrityotsava – Omaha, Nebraska
Natya Conference – Baltimore, MD
Presented Baisakhi-Vaishakha in St. Louis
Performed Bahulya in History Museum
Performed Bahulya in 25th Anniversary celebration of Ananya, Bangalore
Directed Om Ganesha – a dance drama on deity Ganesh
2010 – USA
Presented – Dance Musical – “FANAA” – based on Hindi movie
Gave Carnatic music concert in St. Louis and Columbia
Performed Kathak _ Bharathanatyam Jugalbandhi with Shila Mehta
Conducted Arangetram of Annuja Mathivanan – in Toronto, Canada
Conducted arangetram of Shalini Subbarao
Presented “Karnataka Vaibhava” – a dance drama on history of Karnataka – World Kannada Conference
Presented “Karnataka Vaibhava” – for Sangama Kannada Sangha of St. Louis
Presented “Zero” – a mathematical dance production on mathematician Aryabhatta
2011 – USA
Summer Bharathanatyam Workshop – June 19th – July 2nd 2011 – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM – Only Bharathanatyam Intensive workshop
Summer Kathak Workshop – July 11th – July 22nd – 2011 – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM – Only Kathak Intensive Workshop
Aug 6th 2011 – Dance Arangetram (Dance Debut) of Ms. Prerna Srinivasan, Columbia, Missouri – Hickman High School Auditorium, 1104 N. Providence Rd. Columbia, MO 65203
Aug 13th 2011 – Dance Arangetram of Ms. Maya Ramachandran and Ms. Mythili Ramachandran – Missouri Theater, 203 S. 9th Street, Columbia, MO-65201
Aug 20th 2011 – Dance Performance of “Call of the flute” in Austin, Texas – Radha Madhav Dham, 400 Barsana Dham, Austin, TX – 78737
Aug 27th 2011 – 1st St. Louis Indian Music Festival, St. Louis, Missouri – Ethical Society, 9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63117-1003
Sep 3rd 2011 – Dance Performance of “Call of the flute” – India Religious and Cultural Center, 2940 N. Peoria Rd, Springfield, IL 62705
Sep 10th 2011 – Soorya Dance-Music Series – 1 – History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO – 63112
Sep 23rd 2011 – Dance Performance of “Call of the flute” in Nritya Dance School, Kansas City – 11801 England St, Overland Park, KS 66210
Oct 7th – 2011 – Presentation of Dances of India such as Kathak, Bharathanatyam and Folk dances in Center for Contemporary Arts
Oct 15th 2011 – Indianapolis Indian Dance Festival
Dec 3rd 2011 – Soorya Dance-Music Series – 3 – Katha Kahe so Kathaka – Gandhi Center
Dec 8th – Jan 5th – Guru Prasanna Kasthuri and Seema Kasthuri perform in India
2012 – USA
Summer Bharathanatyam Workshop – July 9th – July 18 2012 – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM – Only Kathak Bharathanatyam Intensive workshop
Summer Kathak Workshop – July 16th – July 28nd – 2012 – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM – Only Bharathanatyam Intensive Workshop
Arranged seminar and invited scholars and artists to participate in – “Future of Indian Dances in USA/CANADA”
Presented “Tagore-Shakespeare –Angelou” – Poetical Bharathanatyam – in 4th St. Louis Indian Dane Festival
Sep 1rd 2012 – AKKA Sammelana – Performance of “Mruchcha Katika”
Sep 8th – Soorya Dance-Music Series 1 – Bharathanatyam Performances – History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO – 63112
Sep 9th 2012 – Performance of “Mruchcha Katika”
Sep 13,14,15 – Three evenings of “Mruchchakatika” – Mahthma Gandhi Center, St. Louis
Sep 21rd 2012 – Performance of “Mruchchakatika” – Kansas City
Sep 29rd 2012 – Performance of “Mruchchakatika” in Los Angeles
Oct 6th – 2012 – Finals of Workshop – Concerts by Students of Workshop of Mrudangam, Flute and Violin
Dec 2nd 2012 – Soorya Performing Series – 2 – Gandhi Center
2013 – USA/INDIA
Presented PASSAGE to INDIA – APRIL 14 – The Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas city
Organized 5th St. Louis Indian Dance Festival successfully
Presented new production – DHUN in 5th St. Louis Indian Festival – April 20 2013
DHUN – May 19 -2013 – Clayton High School
DHUN in Shanthala Dance Festival, Bangalore, India – July 22 2013
Organizing 3rd St. Louis Indian Music Festival – Sept 14, 15 – 2013
Presented Indian Classical Dance Workshops in Webster University
Presented dance shows in World Day in Wydown Middle School, St. Louis – Nov 2013
2014 – USA
Feb 2014 – Presented Nireeksha Dance Show in Chicago in Vidyaranya Kannada Koota.
March 2014 – Presented two days of contemporary production – “Vismaya” in Clayton School little theater. – Feb 28 and Mar 1 2014.
April 11,12,13 – Organized 6th St. Louis Indian Dance Festival. Invited more than 22 dance troupes across USA and India – Clayton High School, #1 Mark Twain Circle, St. Louis, MO 63021
May 10 2014 – Gave Indian Classical Music vocal concert in Composer’s day – Midwest Music Conservatory
June 14 2014 – Performed Ekalavya as a part of DASHAKA – 10th year celebration of Soorya Performing Arts.
2015 – USA and India
Organized 7th St. Louis Indian Dance and Music Festival on June 12, 13, 14
Presented Tulsi das Ramayana – Baal Khand – on May 3rd 20`5
May 4th – Presented Dashavataaram
Directed and choreographed three arangetrams in July – special choreography for Narasimha Avataaram based on Kambha Ramayanam
Performed Vismaya in Los Angeles Indian Dance Festival
Performed Vismaya in Bangalore – for Mathrunamana Dance Festival
Dec 19 2015 Performed for Naatya Taranga National Dance Festival
Dec 28 2015 Performed in Arudhra Dance Festival
Jan-1-2016 – Received Artist Support Grant from Regional Arts Commission
Jan 2nd and 3rd – Performed in “Maatru Namana” dance festival – Bengaluru, India
Jan 4th 2016 – performed Sambhrama dance and music festival, Bengaluru, India
April 23rd 2016 – Presentation of Anubhava Mantapa in 8th American Natya Festival, St. Louis, MO
May 15th 2016 – Performed in Noopura Geetha in Chicago, IL
July 9th 2016 – Presented Kathak Arangetram of Ms. Samanvita Kasthuri, ST. Louis, USA
October 2nd 2016 – Presented “Aindri” – a dance production based on Goddess Durga, as a part of Navaratri, Gandhi Center, St. Louis, USA
April 28th 2017 – Subhadra Parinaya – Sanskrit Dance Drama Presentation
June 24, 2017 – Bharathanatyam Arangetram of Ms. Samanvita Kasthuri
July 22, 2017 – Performing in Guru Smarane – hosted by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Nupura, in Bengaluru
July 29th 2017 – Performing in Shanthala International Dance Festival – presenting Chandralekha