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Sampada Pillai

Kathak dancer

Sampada Pillai
   Biography
A graceful Kathak dancer who possesses a sound sense of rhythm, understanding of the complexities of ‘Talas’,
 has a feeling for music and  a creative ability to express herself through the language of movement. 
Sampada was initiated into Kathak at 6 yrs of age and is an alumni of Kala Academy, Goa having trained under Guru Smt. Amala Suri Patkar. 
Having successfully completed the Parangat diploma in Kathak at Kala Academy, Sampada moved to Pune and came under the tutelage of 
renowned Kathak legend late Pandita Dr. Rohini Bhate at Nrityabharati Kathak Dance Academy. 
Sampada brings forth a repertoire in Lucknow-Jaipur gharana of Kathak as established by Guru Rohini ji.
In 2012 Sampada settled in Bangalore and established ‘RIDDHAM – Kathak School’ where she aims to create an awareness on this dance form 
and train her disciples to the best of her ability. Riddham is located in Yelahanka New Town.

Sampada has many solo and group performances to her credits such as performances in the dance festivals at Somnathpur and Halebid-Belur 
in Karnataka, Nakshatra Utsav, Goa, Nimhan dance festival, Madhya Pradesh to name a few. She has been the lead artiste for all productions 
of Kala Academy Goa such Kathak Panorama, Krishna Leela, Bharat Darshan and various Kathak choreographies. She has worked in association 
with German artistes and the fusion choreography titled Music from Air and Water received much acclaim in Goa. 
In Pune, she has performed through the Nrityabharati group performances. Sampada has co-choreographed a short film- Radha Bhakti Sudha 
in 2007 which received the Jury’s Special Mention Award at the New York Short Film Festival in 2008. 
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Durga Vandana by Sampada Pillai
Durga Vandana by Sampada Pillai
Pralhad by Sampada
Pralhad by Sampada
Kaliyadaman
Kaliyadaman
Sampada Pillai
Sampada Pillai
   Career
Solo performance in World Dance Day, org by Prof Ashish Mohan Khokar and Alliance Francaise. Bengaluru, April - 2015
Solo performances at various cultural events in Yelahanka New Town. Sep – Nov 2015
Established RIDDHAM – Kathak School in Yelahanka New Town, Bangalore  - 2012
Solo  Kathak performance – ‘Tribute to Dr. Rohini Bhate’ at Goa State Auditorium Museum, Goa - 2009
Choreographed and performed in the short film Radha Bhakti Sudha shot in FTII, Pune - 2007
Group Kathak performance at Japanese Taiko Drum show, Shaniwarwada, Pune - 2007
Group Kathak performance at Japanese Taiko Drum show, Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden, Pune - 2007
Solo at the Indo-Japanese Youth Seminar at Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden, Pune -2006
Group Kathak Performance in ‘Parvani’at SM Joshi Sabhagriha, Pune - 2005
Group Kathak performance in production – Rachana at Tilak Sarak Mandir and Bharata Natya Mandir, Pune -  2004 & 2005
Group Kathak performance at the ‘Nimhan Dance Festival’, Maheshwar, MP - 2004
Kathak & Fusion dance performance with German Artistes – ‘Music from Air and Water’ at International Center, Goa - 2001
Solo performance for Goa Doordarshan - 2001
Solo performance at PORSEC 2000, organized by NIO, at Kala Academy - Goa 2000
Lead dancer in Kathak Ballet – ‘Krishna Leela’, a Kala Academy Production at Dinanath Mangeshkar Auditorium, Goa
Solo Performance at ‘Nakshatra Utsav’, Goa - 1999
Duet performance at ‘Goa Vision 2000’, in Goa - 1999
Performed in Gomant Darshan, a Kala Academy production, in Goa, Mumbai and Pune 1992-1993
Performed in ‘Kathak Panorama’, a Kala Academy production at the Dinanath Mangeshkar Auditorium, Goa - 1991
Solo Kathak performance at the Classical Dance festival in Halebid, Karnataka - 1989
Solo Kathak performance at the Classical Dance festival in Somnathpur, Karnataka -1987
Performed in Bharat Darshan a ballet on the diversity in India at the Dinanath Mangeshkar Auditorium, Goa -  1986

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Sampada Pillai presents Kathak solo performance

Sampada has many solo and group performances to her credits such as performances in the dance festivals at Somnathpur and Halebid-Belur in Karnataka, Nakshatra Utsav, Goa, Nimhan dance festival, Madhya Pradesh to name a few. She has been the lead artiste for all productions of Kala Academy Goa such Kathak Panorama, Krishna Leela, Bharat Darshan and various Kathak choreographies. She has worked in association with German artistes and the fusion choreography titled Music from Air and Water received much acclaim in Goa.
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