Dance is in her blood. At a young age of 21 she has moved audiences worldwide through a myriad of national and international performances, in in Japan, Africa, New Zealand and Russia to name a few and won many prestigious awards and scholarships as well. Dakshina Vaidyanathan, granddaughter of Padmashree Saroja Vaidyanathan and daughter of Kalaimamani Rama Vaidyanathan, recognised and admired for her talented performances and unconventional choreography, passionate for the divine art form – Bharatanatyam.
Dakshina is one of the most promising Bharata Natyam dancers today and an innovative choreographer. Her productions include:
1. Mayurang- a peacock dance choreography in a neo-classical.
2. From Zero To Infinity- it is a choreography describing the evolution of the advancement of technology in India, and how this is related to the social, cultural and spiritual aspects of people's lives.
The most challenging choreography was ‘From Zero to Infinity’ which described the evolution of the advancement of technology in India. The choreography was split into three acts, each describing the technological advancements in one millennium (the first, second and the third millennium respectively). As this choreography was in Bharatanatyam, it was important to bring in the spiritual aspect of technology. For example, in the medieval age, mechanical and civil technology saw its peak in temple architecture. The science behind temple architecture is actually linked with man’s journey from the material world to the ultimate state of ‘nirvana’ or salvation. It was challenging. But that’s what makes the taste of success even sweeter.
3. Nakshatra- its a choreography on astrology. It describes the 12 zodiac signs and explains thier broad categories and characteristics. It debates on weather astrology is science or faith, and weather it is controllable or it is fate.
4. Cleopatra- an episode from the life of the Egyptian queen Cleopatra, done in neo-classical style. It describes her marriage to Mark Antony, her defeat in the Battle of Actium and thereafter, her death.
Tours with Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan - West Africa ICCR Tour
Tours with Rama Vaidyanathan - USA , France, Spain , UK, Japan, Srilanka. Apart from performing she conducted Nattuvangam for her mother and also assisted in several workshops.
Tours undertaken on own merit - Youth Festival in China, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Turkmenisthan, Kyrgysthan, Turkey
Important Performances done recently:
* Performed solo for 'Vande Nrityam' a festival of Young Dancers in New Delhi in December 2012
* Performed solo at the Sai International Arts Festival for young dancers, held in Bangalore in December 2012
* Performed solo for the Soorya Festival in Trivandrum in January 2013
* Performed solo at the Sangeen Natak Academy festival in Jodhpur held by the Jodhpur Sangeet Natak Academy, in January 2013
* Performed solo at the Sahitya Kala Parishad festival- 'Festival of Young Musicians and Dancers' in January 2013
* Performed the role of Yashodhara in Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan's dance drama 'Yashodhara' in July 2013
* The Carthage International Festival at Carthage, Tunisia, a group performance sponsored by he ICCR in July 2013
* Performed solo at the 'Spirit of Youth Festival' at the Music Academy in August 2013, one of the most prestigious festivals for young dancers in India
* Performed at the Lotus Temple in New Delhi in September 2013 for the 'Unity Concert Series'
* Performed for the 'Guru Gopinath Natanagramam Natya Utsavam', Trivanrum in Januay 2014