Dr Ananda Shankar Jayant - Convenor

Dancer, choreographer, writer, scholar and cultural commentator, Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant, with an acclaimed and intense body of artistic work, that spans rich mythologies and historical chronicles, searing commentary on gender issues, as well as secular & philosophical presentations, continues to stretch the outer realms of artistic endeavor, using the grammar, idiom and space-time construct of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi making it at once contemporary and communicative.

Dancing with joy, Ananda, one of the renowned dancers of the country; imbues technique and grammar with a sparkling quality, bristling with life. Hailed as an intelligent and thinking dancer with contemporary sensibility, Ananda, with her grace, vivacity and inner luminescence draws the viewer into the inner spaces that she paints, leaving the audience deeply touched.


A breathtaking performer, brilliant choreographer and erudite scholar, Ananda has polished her art to a fine pitch, where the rigor and intensity of training, deep dedication and commitment meets a finely tuned intellect, that blends with ease traditional structures with contemporary inputs.

She was conferred with the prestigious Padmashri, in 2007 by His Excellency the President of India, Shri APJ Abdul Kalam in recognition of her distinguished service in the field of art. She was also conferred with the sought after title of Nritya – Choodamani by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, the Kalaimamani from the Govt of Tamil Nadu and the award of Kalaratna from the Govt of Andhra Pradesh

Trained under Rukmini Devi Arundale at Kalakshetra, Ananda holds a Masters Degree in Archaeology and History, a M. Phil in Art History (Development of Bharatanatyam – Role of Kalakshetra), and a PhD in Tourism. Her deep interest in scholarly inquiry and research has seen her conceive, organise and chair conferences and seminars on dance , art and its related areas. ( A Colloquium on ‘ Bharatanatyam in the New Millenium’, in 1999 and ‘Criticism in Performing Arts’ in 2002, are some of the conferences organised by her.)

She is also a much sought after speaker on dance, art addressing social issues, classical arts in a contemporary society, gender issues, women studies, multi tasking, climate change and breast cancer.

She brings her multi hued talents and strengths to this prestigious conference, seeking to bring together some of the classical dance styles and musical traditions on one platform exploring Rama and Ramayana.

Website: www.anandashankarjayant.com