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Utsav 2018

Utsav 2018 Pragathi-Utsav aims at showcasing the vibrant Indian Dance and Music forms. Utsav brings the culture of India to the Washington DC metro.

Utsav is a festival for celebrating 67th Indian republic day with dazzling and enchanted variety of rich Indian Traditional and Folk Music and Dance performances. Pragathi USA’s objective is to create a platform for our local artist to showcase their talent and share our Indian culture with communities in DC Metro Area. This event is to commemorate the 67th year of the Indian Republic. We warmly welcome all the DMV Art-Lovers, Artists, families and friends to participate in this event.

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Pragathi USA & Kings Indian Chess starting our classes from this week . As you all know funds raised by our activities w...
09/07/2018

Pragathi USA & Kings Indian Chess starting our classes from this week . As you all know funds raised by our activities will be used to educate kids and make a positive impact in someone life.

From 2015 we supported more than 300 kids to continue their education and will continue to do with you support.

Please support this great cause by registering your kids and spread word to your friends and encourage their kids to enroll.

Herndon Chess Classes starts from Septh 16th.

Ashburn Chess Classes starts from Sept 9th.

Thank you🙏

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Ganesha has the unique distinction that his name is always invoked before any other  name in any prayer service. Legend ...
04/27/2018

Ganesha has the unique distinction that his name is always invoked before any other name in any prayer service. Legend has it that Lord Ganesha received this distinction as a blessing from his parents, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He is designated as the chief (-eesha) of all of Lord Shiva's ganas (servers) - hence the name, Ganesha.

The invocatory dance on Lord Ganesha for Pragathi UTSAV 2018 is done by students of Charu Narasimhan. Shivani Ramani, Sheetal Stalin, Lakshmi Shastry & Riddhi Simhadri will perform ‘Vinayaka Kautuvam’.
Welcome Nrityakalpana team to UTSAV 2018!

Charu Narasimhan is the founder and director of Nrityakalpana dance school of Bharatanatyam. She has been a familiar figure in several major community events of Virginia. She is known for her dance invocation offered in Bharatanatyam for Gandhi Jayanti in Gandhi Memorial Centre for many years, which is now being done by her senior students. Her contribution towards Indian Cultural awareness is tremendous.

Garba is a dance form which originated in the state of Gujarat in India. The name is derived from the Sanskrit term Garb...
04/27/2018

Garba is a dance form which originated in the state of Gujarat in India. The name is derived from the Sanskrit term Garbha ("womb") and Deep ("a small earthenware lamp"). Many traditional garbas are performed around centrally lit lamp or a picture or statue of the Goddess Shakti.

For Pragathi UTSAV 2018, Garba will be performed by an enthusiastic group of ladies who is passionate about dancing. Let us welcome them & encourage their joyful performance.
The performers are Rashmi Singh, Raghaveni Lalaji, Deepa Malgan, Veena Kiran Kothakonda, Vidya Dasaradi and Sucharita Khanderao.

Watch this beautiful folk dance done in circular pattern and characterized by a sweeping action from side to side.
The collective effort of these working mothers towards supporting PragathiUSA activities is tremendous and need special mention.

Spirituality and music are inseparable in all cultures. The ideal way of worship is through music and a devotee cannot o...
04/27/2018

Spirituality and music are inseparable in all cultures. The ideal way of worship is through music and a devotee cannot offer a prayer without melody, intonation or rhythm.

The Euphony Group will render a few devotional songs in Carnatic Music genre for UTSAV 2018 under the guidance of Shailaja Chari & take us to spiritual music world. Shailaja, an IT professional, is the founder of The Euphony Group. She is an avid singer, always been very active in community activities and passionate about training school children for public appearances, music performances, conducting leadership skills workshops & science classes.
She has been the coordinator of Prajna Program in JETWashingtonDC and regularly leads & coordinates the multilingual music teams in Ganesh Mela held annually in Northern Virginia.

Shailaja is coming forward to present to us Pragathi UTSAV 2018 with her student volunteers Ananya Chilakamarri, Srikar Vadgantam, Anshu Buchipudi and Akanksh Sahu.

Pragathi is excited to have Shailaja & her team and acknowledge their interest & hard work towards UTSAV 2018.

Bharatanatyam is known for its grace, purity, tenderness, and sculpturesque poses and it is considered the Cosmic Dance ...
04/26/2018

Bharatanatyam is known for its grace, purity, tenderness, and sculpturesque poses and it is considered the Cosmic Dance of Lord Shiva.

The young dancers from Kalavaridhi will adorn the UTSAV stage with ‘Thodayam’, an invocation dance, where the dancer offers salutations to Nataraja, the guru, the stage, to the musical ensemble and to the audience.

Welcome team ‘Kalavaridhi’ to Pragathi UTSAV 2018!

The performers are Manasi Badrinarayanan, Sara Elanchezian, Nandita Iyengar, Devda Nair &
Jiya Manalel and the dance is choreographed by Guru Bhanumati.

Sheela Ramnath is the founder of Kalavaridhi, one of the premier Bharatanatyam Institutions in Virginia since 2001. She explores the musicality in dance and the dance in music. Although always aiming at perfection, she believes that the true spirit of dance is not limited to it. She along with her dedicated students tirelessly work towards their mission of spreading peace and unity through dance.

A short Jugalbandi by the guest artists of UTSAV 2018 evening!Tabla Maestro Monir Hossain & eminent Sarodiya Sowmya Chak...
04/26/2018

A short Jugalbandi by the guest artists of UTSAV 2018 evening!

Tabla Maestro Monir Hossain & eminent Sarodiya Sowmya Chakraverty would perform a short Jugalbandi as part of PragathiUTSAV 2018. PragathiUSA would be extremely honored to have the duo on stage and privileged to listen to them converse in Sarod & Tabla bols.


Monir Hossain, a tabla soloist, accompanist and teacher, was born into a musical family including his father, classical vocalist Ustad Hafiz Hossain, and his grandfather, North Indian classical vocal and tabla researcher the late Ustad Kader Buksh of West Bengal. Monir has primarily learned in the Beneras style from his Guru Pt. Samar Saha of Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata, India. Proressively, he established himself as a noted prominent Tabla player of the present generations, having accompanied numerous best known classical musicians of India, including the likes of (Late) Ustad Vilayak Khan, Pandit Budhadev Das Gupta, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Srimati Lakshmi Shankar, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan and Ustad Imrat Khan and many others. He has continued his passion of performance and teaching along with a career in Electrical Engineering. www.youtube.com/mxhossai

Soumya Chakraverty was born into a family of music lovers. He turned to playing the Sarod when he was eleven under the tutelage of the highly respected Pt. Samarendranath Sikdar, a senior disciple of the late Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra of the Shahjahanpur Gharana. For nearly thirty years he has received extensive training under his guru in a multitude of north Indian Ragas.
His playing style highlights a perfect blend between the Rababiya and Gayaki styles that is unique to the Shahjahanpur Gharana.
Soumya blossomed as a young artist on All India Radio Calcutta between 1990 and 1995. During a brief stint in Australia in the nineties while pursuing his MBA, he established himself as a mature instrumentalist, and began to collaborate with other forms of world music.
For nearly two decades, Soumya has been performing throughout the US, as well as touring Australia and Mexico. In addition to pure Hindustani he continues to work with other music genres such Classical Carnatic (south Indian), flamenco, jazz and latin American percussion. His recent concert and interview at the Library of Congress has gone into the archives of this prestigious institution. Other performances of note, include Hindustani-Carnatic Jugalbandi at the Embassy of India in Washington DC, a collaboration with Ghazal in a program series titled From Ghalib to Gulzar, and a fusion project combining Rabindrasangeet (Tagore songs), Hindusthani classical music, classical Jazz, and West African percussion in a concert titled ‘Sea Thy Melody’.

Soumya balances his busy music schedule alongside a full-time career in banking and risk management. He also teaches a number of students of Sarod and other stringed instruments, passing the tradition of the Shahjahanpur Gharana to the next generation.

The presence of these great artists would certainly be an inspiration to all the young performers & help them believe in the power of arts, creativity and culture in transforming one’s lives as well as develop a wider perspective about the difference one can bring into the community as artists.

Salangai Arts which was established in 1998 by classical Bharatanatyam dancer Akila Subramanyam, who specializes in Kala...
04/25/2018

Salangai Arts which was established in 1998 by classical Bharatanatyam dancer Akila Subramanyam, who specializes in Kalakshetra style is excited to be a part of Pragathi Utsav again this year to help raise funds for the under privileged and differently able children in India to provide them with education and other amenities to help them taste success and achieve their dreams.

The incredible student artists from Salangai Arts are ready to perform a beautiful Bharatanatyam composition choreograph...
04/25/2018

The incredible student artists from Salangai Arts are ready to perform a beautiful Bharatanatyam composition choreographed by Guru Akhila Subramaniam and Poornima Gururaja,

‘Pragathi-USA’ is extremely glad to introduce the brilliant Salangai Arts team with infectious energy.

Let us look forward to the performers Sandhya Mohan, Sridevi Rangarajan and Sowmya Prahlad dance to a song composed by the famous musician and devotee, Sri Purandara Dasar in praise of Lord Krishna.

Salangai Arts was established in 1998 by Classical Bharatanatyam dancer Akhila Subramanyam who specializes in Kalakshetra style. She and her team perform frequently in numerous cultural and community events in Virginia and Maryland.
Thank you for supporting PragathiUSA activities by taking part in UTSAV 2018.

When we listen to instrumental music, the absence of words allows us to focus solely on the music. We can contemplate th...
04/25/2018

When we listen to instrumental music, the absence of words allows us to focus solely on the music. We can contemplate the melodies, rhythms and musical design, much as we might gaze at a great building and enjoy the architecture.

Pragathi UTSAV 2018 audience is to witness a group violin performance by the students of “Violin" Vidwan, Sriman Nallan Chakravartula Narasimhan. They will be accompanied by his brother Sriman Nallan Chakravartula Jagannadh on Mridangam.

"PragathiUSA" is honored to have the brother duo with the student artists !

The performers are Sirinandini Amperayani, Smera Ayyagari, Shreyas Dasaradi, Atreya Duraiswamy, Aneesh Joysula, Anirudh Kandadai, Sridhar Kandadai, SrimanNarayana Meduri, Vasman Miriyala, Nayan Nathi, Jahnavi Nandanavanam, Aparna Peri, Chidvilas Raju, Neha Sanampudi, Deeksh*tha Sanampudi, Rupa Nallani Chakravartula, Sriram Nallani Chakravartula, Sahana Venkat, Sreyas Vinjamuri & Krishna Vishnubhotla.

Sri. Narasimhan is an IT Consultant by profession whereas brother Sri. Jagannadh is a PLM Engineer.
The world of Carnatic music was opened before them during childhood by father Sri Nallan Chakravatula Ramanujacharyulu who is a popular violinist in India.
Sri. Narasimhan has been teaching Violin to students in USA irrespective of age, for the past 15 years. He teaches violin to Pragathi Vidyalaya students & has been performing in concerts and religious events in both India and USA.
Sri Jagannadh accompanies on Mridangam and Tabla for several Aradhanotsavams, Harikathas, devotional programs and Arangetrams etc. in USA and India.

04/24/2018
Lalitha Kumari Rampalli’s gorgeous & strong voice is quite familiar to the artist community of Northern Virginia. As a s...
04/24/2018

Lalitha Kumari Rampalli’s gorgeous & strong voice is quite familiar to the artist community of Northern Virginia. As a singer, she has been doing her mission of opening the doors of classical vocal training to students irrespective of age. She has been a disciple of Smt. Sudha Rani Manda of Visakhapatnam.

Guru Lalitha’s students will perform Sankarabharanam Raagamaala for PragathiUTSAV 2018 !
We welcome her along with her talented group of young singers to UTSAV stage.

The performers are Raaga Sathvika Karri, Sravya Geethika Karri, Swetha Sai Vasabhaktula , Sneha Sai Vasabhaktula, Advithi Chandra Goli, Shresta Vishnu Bhotla , Abhinav Maddala,Adithi Maddala, Eeshani Uppuluri, Virika golem, Athula K Cheboli & Sharanya Mallamula.

One might get amazed at the way Jayantee Paine-Ganguly explores, experiments  & utilize  the power of dance. Apart from ...
04/23/2018

One might get amazed at the way Jayantee Paine-Ganguly explores, experiments & utilize the power of dance. Apart from the many social, political and religious community related projects, her teaching experience include working with seniors in private home settings to teach therapy through dance to seniors from age 65 to 80!! Jayantee teaches children from the ages of 3 to 45 at KONARK DANCE SCHOOL.

The KONARK team is to share the PragathiUTSAV stage for a brilliant Odissi and Kathak performance.
Welcome Jayantee & team to PragathiUTSAV 2018!

The performers are Nirlipta Daschaudhury, Simi Das, Cynthia Nair, Jayantee Paine Ganguly, Ehina, Parnika and Alina.

We humbly acknowledge Konark team for coming forward to spread knowledge and awareness of Indian culture & perform for a great cause.

Who doesn’t enjoy a full fledged concert accompanied with Saraswathi Veena &Mridangam! Time to listen & enjoy the Carnat...
04/21/2018

Who doesn’t enjoy a full fledged concert accompanied with Saraswathi Veena &Mridangam!
Time to listen & enjoy the Carnatic musical ensemble by Madhura Sangeetham.

‘Welcome to Madhavi Mylavarapu & her MadhuraSangeetham team to UTSAV 2018.’

Carnatic music is usually performed by a small ensemble of musicians, consisting of a principal performer or vocalist, a melodic accompaniment (veena or violin) & a rhythm accompaniment (mridangam).
Sahiti V, Sridevi S, Pushpa G, Lavanya N, Suchismita P, Kanchana V, Prema G, Poorni K, Sirisha J, Sahaja Y, Jahnavi P, Neelima & Madhavi herself will be doing Vocal accompanied on Veena by
Saujanya & Rajeswari and Mrudangam by Aswath K.

Madhavi Mylavarapu is a Carnatic Music Teacher involved in training and coordinating groups to take part in local musical events and also a performer herself.

‘Everything about dancing is amazing.’Study after study has shown that children who are exposed to rhythm learn better. ...
04/20/2018

‘Everything about dancing is amazing.’Study after study has shown that children who are exposed to rhythm learn better. It releases endorphins, which makes us happy, keeps us active and be the best stress reliever.

At Abhinaya Tharangini, Krishnaveni Miryala use the exquisite Kuchipudi dance as a therapeutic form to help young artists in all areas of their development. She is back with her highly energetic student performers, Srinidhi Satish, Amrutha Sindhu Voddepalli, Shriya Botlaguduru & Neha Bhusarapu for UTSAV 2018.

‘Pragathi UTSAV team welcomes Abhinaya Tharangini !

Let us watch them take the audience on a journey of ultimate emotional experience with their graceful movements and gestures.

Bharathanatyam, ‘The dance of Desire’ is a culturally rooted, traditional classical dance form from the state of Tamil N...
04/18/2018

Bharathanatyam, ‘The dance of Desire’ is a culturally rooted, traditional classical dance form from the state of Tamil Nadu in South India.
It is a literal interpretation of the lyrics making the dance a visual moving poetry performed with grace, expression and beauty. Just as a Carnatic musician gets to improvise and elaborate within the melodic structure of the composition, the Bharatanatyam dancer elaborates and improvises within its lyrical structure.

For UTSAV 2018, Team Nrityaniketan will present to us this highly complex movement language, Bharathanatyam.

Welcome Nrityaniketan to 'Pragathi UTSAV 2018' & being part of Pragathi USA's journey towards development.

The team includes Viswapriya Baskar, Yukta Ramanan, Megana Ramya Balaji & Srinija Kovvali.
These talented artists are trained by none other than "Nadanamamani" Dr.Janaki Rangarajan. She is an accomplished dancer & a gifted dance choreographer. Janaki's performances have taken her across the globe.
As a teacher,she devotes time and energy into developing a new generation of dancers who are dedicated to Bharathanatyam.

One need not be a singer or a performer but just a music lover to enjoy music. Music can accompany us in every walk of l...
04/12/2018

One need not be a singer or a performer but just a music lover to enjoy music. Music can accompany us in every walk of life starting from mom’s lullaby through tunes of nature that could make us go into a trance.

At PragathiUSA’s class, the notes of Hindustani music, defined, described and demonstrated by the Master, pulls the students into singing with a deeper understanding.
UTSAV 2018 will be incomplete without a glimpse into Pragathi USA’s own Hindustani music students recital. They are trained by one of the most respected musician of classical Afghan & North Indian music, Humayun Khan.

Humayun Khan received formal training in classical vocal music under Ustad Vilayat Khan, the most influential sitarist of his generation.He is known for his brilliant performances as a vocalist and harmonium player. He has spent decades mastering his unique style of blending Persian Poetry with Indian classical Ragas. Humayun Khan has been performing live since 1993 with a debut at the Library of Congress in the Neptune Series. Since that time he has performed internationally and has graced the stages of the Asilah International Festival in Morocco, The Kennedy Center, The National Cathedral, and many other concerts. He has shared the stage with some of the greatest legends of Indian Classical music such as Vilayat Khan, Fateh Ali Khan, & tabla wizard Zakir Hussain. In addition to performances of traditional music, Humayun Khan regularly collaborates with some of the most well known artists in the world music scene; Grammy winning Harmonica great Howard Levy, Guitarist/Producer Shahin Shahida, Guitar Virtuoso Lawson Rollins, Grammy winning drummer Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, and Oud master Haj Youness. He is known for his expertise and deep knowledge of raga and as a teacher he has held master classes at several well known universities. His seminar “The Music of Rumi” is popular globally.
PragathiUSA is extremely grateful to have him teach PragathiVidyalaya students.

First group of students for Pragathi UTSAV 2018, consists of Ajay Nayak, Keerthi Nair, Sreeja Punuru, Jyotsna Vasudevan, Vajra Vasudevan, Saanvi Dodly, Riddhi Simhadri, Reya Simhadri, Rishima Sahoo, Saanvi Jain, Atharva Tiwari and Mahika Damaraju. Secondly, we have a group of advanced student artists of the Master ready with a few mind-blowing renditions for the audience. They are Amrita Sahu, Aarzu Rawal, Aaryan Rawal, Spandan Das, Sauman Das, Suhani Chopra, Sanjana Das & Omisha Mondal.
We are excited to have these gifted singers perform for a great cause.

‘PragathiUSA’ welcomes an amazing group of youngsters trained by Ms.Rani Babu, for a group performance of Mohiniyattom, ...
03/31/2018

‘PragathiUSA’ welcomes an amazing group of youngsters trained by Ms.Rani Babu, for a group performance of Mohiniyattom, ‘The Dance of the Enchantress’, in UTSAV 2018.

Our UTSAV audience has witnessed the effortless Mohiniyattom rendition by Rani Babu in former Pragathi events. She is a professional dancer and teacher of Mohiniyattom who has been performing in various stages in USA and India since 2004. Rani joins hands with her own Guru Padmashree Kalamandalam Kshemavathy, in exploring & experimenting the dance form, yet leaving the basics of the art form untarnished. She tirelessly works towards reviving this traditional dance form of Kerala, through her dance studio, workshops & performances.

Watch the subtle gestures and graceful swaying movements of Mohiniyattom, rendered by Elin Bejoy, Ritika Venketesh, Kripa Menon, Sruthika Pillai, Sarah Cheeran, Arya Menon & Yamini Babu. They will be performing an excerpt of Cholkettu, an inevitable part in the performance repertoire of Mohiniyattom.

Bratati Saha and Arpan Dance Academy is back to perform in UTSAV 2018 with a delightful ensemble of Kathak, folk and fus...
03/28/2018

Bratati Saha and Arpan Dance Academy is back to perform in UTSAV 2018 with a delightful ensemble of Kathak, folk and fusion dances. They are ready to mesmerize the audience with their stunning performances.

Dances are choreographed by Guru Bratati Saha who provides extraordinary training and care to her disciples. They will be performing

1.Shiva Tandav ,
2. Mahishasura Mardini Stotra(Aigiri Nandini),
3. Bright & colorful 'Titli' dance &
4. Kathak Fusion to Mangalam

Pragathi Welcomes Arpan Dance Academy Team to Pragathi UTSAV 2018 !

The four groups of performers are
1) Vandita Singh, Sumona Das, Maithili Bhandarkar, Jillian Graham & Debarati Bhattacharjee
2)Tanya Ravindran, Priyanka Veeramachaneni, Sitara Tepley, Saranya L Maddukuri, Roshni Das, Sahana Girish Kharat
3)Ahana Jain, Vidhi Reddy, Mahika Sharma, Saanvi Harish, Anika Chaudhari, Aamukta Sai Nistala, Bedanshi Sahu, Anoushka Aggarwal, Aashka Vaja, Anika Kallur, Pranjal Jha
4)Suhina Sharma, Prama Mukherjee, Nina Saluja, Rishika Randev, Namitha Kapa, Vyomika Gandhi, Stuti Gupta, Bhavya Jha, Deetya Gupta, Harsh*ta Chaudhari, Ishan Saha

Bratati Saha is the director of Arpan Dance Academy. She is an accomplished Kathak dancer and has performed extensively all over India and United States. She is second to none in her commitment towards developing Indian Dance.

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With Utsav, Pragathi USA honors all DMV Artists, and Guru’s for their outstanding contribution and dedication provided to community service and Indian Culture. Also would like to create a platform which bring all Indian to showcase and enjoy all Indian Traditional,Semi Classical and Folk arts.

Utsav brings the culture of India to the Washington DC metro with dazzling and enchanted variety of rich Indian Traditional and Folk Music and Dance performances.

We warmly welcome all the DMV Art-Lovers, Artists, families and friends to participate in this event.

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