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The Shruti Foundation proudly presents

A Special Evening with Dance and Live Music

Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 4:00pm-07:00pm

Sickles High School Auditorium,

7950 Gunn Hwy, Tampa, FL 33626

Ticket Price:


Front Row (VIP) - $250,

$100 (Couples)

$25 (Single)

$15 (Students)

Online booking


Contact: 813.549.9288



A Special evening with Indian Dance and Live opening performance by Wahh World Fusion Band. Nrithya Milana presenting four greatest Dance styles from India.


Tara Priyadarshini Bikkasani. -Bharathanatyam-Tampa,FL

Tara Priyadarshini Bikkasani is a professional Bharathanatyam dancer. She mastered her intricacies of Bharatanatyam under the tutelage of Nrithya Choodamani Smt.Krishnaveni Lakshnam of Kalakshetra ,Smt.Uma Sundaram, and Smt.Uma Rao of Kalakshetra, Chennai, India. Tara also had the privilege of learning Abhinayam from Padma Shri. Dr.Nataraja Ramakrishna and Smt.Saride Manikyamma who is a legendary exponent of “Temple Dance form” from Hyderabad, India. 

Tara has been the center of attention of media and Connoisseurs of Art by virtue of several hundreds of performances in India and abroad. The schedule she keeps is a testimony of her outstanding calibre and total commitment to her chosen field. She has remarkable appearances at important National and International Dance Festivals.

Tara has gotten an invitation from several universities like Purdue, South Bend, Indianapolis, and other midwest schools to conduct workshops, lectures, demonstrations, and performances. Tara also taught at University of Florida in Gainesville for a few semesters. Tara runs “Rudram Dance Company”, which is a premier dance school where she teaches and trains students for performances. To her credit, several of her students had their Arangetram and continue to dance at the Rudram Company. Also to her credit, Tara has choreographed Ramayana, Krishnam Vande Jagat Guru, Dhasavatharam, and recently Draupadi. RUDRAM DANCE COMPANY - A professional Bharathanatyam dance company. 


Shambhavi Dandekar-Kathak-San Francisco,CA

Shambhavi is the Indian classical Kathak dancer par excellence who has dazzled the world with her performances and choreography. Her institution Shambhavi’s International School of Kathak aka SISK has made its presence felt around the world with branches in India and USA, over 400 students and a staff of 10 teachers trained by Shambhavi.

Her forte is her pure traditional solo rendition which was nurtured from training with her own mother Guru Maneesha Sathe and from Tabla virtuoso Taalyogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. With her solid academic achievements– Bachelors in Commerce and two Masters in Dance as well as Diplomas in French and Sanskrit, she brings a unique vision to the dance style.Her solo performances and  collaborative productions like Nritya Sangam, Pravahee, Strings n Beats have received great appreciation from critics, connoisseurs and audiences all over the world.

    She has traversed international shores like Japan, China, Bahrain, Muscat, Canada, Australia and Singapore; needless to mention many reputed cities and venues in India. She has performed ‘Nritya Sangam’ in more than 60 cities of the United States, with Bharatanatyam exponent Parimal Phadke. She is known for her excellent rapport with audiences of all ages and of all nationalities. She is a member of the International Dance Council of UNESCO. ‘Singaar Mani’, ‘Nritya Ratna’, ‘Bharatashree’, ‘Kala Teertha’ are some of the prestigious titles awarded to her in India. She is also a proud recipient of ‘Pu La Deshpande Youth Award’. She is an A grade artist of Indian National Television. Her performances and interviews have been telecast on TV channels of USA, Australia, Japan, Singapore and India.

     She has a vast experience of teaching at undergraduate and graduate level at various dance education institutions and universities in India including the Performing Arts Centers at Pune University and Bharati Vidyapeeth University. Her intellectual analysis of the form and content of Kathak clubbed with rigorous teaching regime has resulted in producing talented students who are making a mark on the scene of Kathak, as young professionals. She guides performers and students all over the world through workshops and master classes.  


Aparupa Chetterjee - Odissi, Austin

A PhD in how Performing arts may be used in Int'l Development in developing nations, a disciple of Guru Ratikant and Sujata Mohapatra, and a former repertory of Odisha’s 'Srjan', my dance background started off at an early age of seven. I had brought Odissi to Texas in 2007 when I founded the Int'l Institute for Culture and Performing Arts development (IICPD) at Texas A&M University, as the curator and organiser of the North American Odissi Convention. For past 20 years,I have been studying and performing the nuances of technique, choreography and aesthetics in Odissi. I have performed at numerous prestigious festivals of India, Bangladesh, US and abroad. Among national and international awards, I had received the prestigious Regents Fellowship, Indo-American Arts council grants, National Scholarship from Govt of India, Sur Sansad Mumbai's Singar Mani, Padmavati Pratibha Samman, Calcutta University Scholarship, etc. Solo and group performances were featured for Arts council of Houston, Dancing with the Stars on USA'S ABC, Tarang- Disney's best 3D Film, etc. I have guest lectured at several dance departments and arts initiatives. I am currently the Artistic Director of the Texas based non-profit 'ODC'- Odissi Dance Company, recently featured for season 10 of America's Got Talent.


Smitha Rajan -  Mohiniattam , St. Louis

Smitha Rajan started her training in dance at her maternal grandparent’s residence inTripunithura off Kochi. Blessed with the perfect ambiance of dance and music, for young Smitha, learning dance was something that was as natural as learning to speak in her mother tongue. Smitha’s aunt, Kala Vijayan (a recipient of the Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Award for Mohiniyattam) was the first person to watch the talent in young Smitha. During a master class at her grand parent’s institution, Kerala Kalalayam in Tripunithura, her aunt saw little Smitha performing a full Cholkettu (the first item in a typical Mohiniyattam repertoire) along with the senior students. From then Guru Kala Vijayan started training her in Bharatanatyam and Smitha did her Arangetram in Bharatanatyam at the age of 4. Her mother, Guru Sreedevi Rajan, taught Smitha her first lessons in Mohiniyattam and Smitha performed her Arangetram in Mohiniyattam at the age of 6. She later mastered in Mohiniyattam from her legendary grand mother. Her grand father, Guru Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair, taught her Kathakali and fine-tuned her Mukhajabhinaya (facial expressions).[1] Smitha has also undergone training in Classical Carnatic Music under Professor Kalyanasundaram. She taught at the parent institution Kerala Kalalayam from 1983 at the age of 14 which she continued till 1990. She turned professional dancer at the age of 12 and had accompanied her grand mother, her mother, and her aunt all over India and abroad to numerous venues during the pursuit of popularizing Mohiniyattam in 1980. She was the leading performer of Kerala Kalalayam from 1979 to 1992. She has assisted her mother, grandmother and her aunt in teaching Mohiniyattam to a number of today’s Mohiniyattam performers. She is recognized in the field of Mohiniyattam as the complete essence of her grandmother’s teachings and considered the flagship student and performer of the Mohiniyattam style which Guru Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma had enhanced and popularized from the teachings at Kalamandalam.[2] Today, Smitha lives in St. Louis, Missouri, along with her family and is running the institution Nrithyakshetra “Temple of Dance”[3] as a branch of the institution Guru Sreedevi Rajan had started at Kochi, in association with the parent institution Kerala Kalalayam.


Wahh World Fusion Band - East Meets West 

'Best of the Bay' 2016 winner WAHH World Fusion Band is a unique 'East Meets West' World Fusion Band that is based out of the Tampa Bay area. We have all original music that features contemporary style Music with Indian and Eastern Influences. Uniquely captivating and fully dynamic  'Vocal Percussion' and Indian Raga flavors weave with Rock, Jazz and Funk Music to create our unique and one-of-a-kind sound. We also feature prominent, world-touring musicians and optional Kathak/Bollywood Dancers in our band who have international performing experience as well as experience performing with high profile musicians around the World to offer a more complete experience for the audiences. Our Band is high-energy, audience interactive and totally unique. We have performed for many Festivals and Public Concerts as well as well-known venues such as the prestigious  'House of Blues' and 'The Mint' in L.A, California.  

     At home in the Tampa Bay Area, we have performed at the prestigious Straz Center for Performing Arts, Tampa Bay's famous 'Gasparilla Music Fest', WMNF's Tropical Heatwave Festival 2014 and 2015 , the  2015 'Lights on Tampa Bay'  event (where our music was exclusively featured on the television commercial ads for the event), India Festivals , Large Corporate Events and numerous other public and private events that have given us the opportunity to perform for all kinds of people in all kinds of settings. 

   Our first CD, 'Liberation' debuted at #8 in the ' Top 10' in just the first week on WMNF's 88.5 Radio. 

   We believe we have a distinct global appeal and far-reaching ability to grow and bring more people together- across cultures, through the power of Music which is one of our aims.


Friday, 04 December 2015 02:58

Rajib Karmakar

Rajib Karmakar is undoubtedly one of the finest young sitar players  today. Years of learning have resulted in an extensive techniqueand deep understanding of diverse musical styles. His open mind has led to an extension of his musical horizon to incorporate imaginative experiments in world music styles that delight the young and the old. He has performed all over the world, in prestigious music concerts and festivals. He is the creator of the world’s first double necked electric Sitar ” Mayur Tantri” .rajib_15Rajib’s versatility has ably adapted his classical knowledge and skill in his fusion projects like Wahh(USA), Fuzorhythm(India), Loop Science(Germany), Nada Naissance(France) etc.

He is currently residing in Los Angeles, California as a performer, educator and digital artiste Rajib is performing frequently in India and abroad including USA, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland etc. and has given performances in Festival of India(Ottawa), Boom Festival(Portugal), Hip-Hop Connection Festival (Austria), Festival De Papillotes(France), Ministry of Culture(Spain), European Yoga Congress(Switzerland), Ganesh Mahotsav(India), ARS Musica(Germany) etc and was awarded numerous awards including “Surmasitarrajibni” , California Institute of the Arts Scholarship.

Already at this young age he is well appreciated by his audience and critics for his artistic aspects & nuances of diverse styles and a mastery of technical skill. His concerts are always smarked for their aesthetic appeal and improvisation blended with a fine command of technical expertise. Rajib is an instrumentalist with an unique musical sense, innovative skills and the touch of swift, agile fingers. Be it at his Indian Classical Music Concerts or his World Music Concerts, he can almost immediately mesmerize audience of all ages.


Awards and Achievements:

Adjudged 1st in All India Youth Festival (Eastern Zone) in the year 2004.

Adjudged 2nd in National Youth Festival in the year 2005.

Adjudged 2nd in Paschimbangya Rajya Sangeet Academy,2006.

Adjudged 1st in Maya Mitra Memorial Instrumental Competition hosted by Aurobindo Institute of Culture in the year 2008.

Adjudged 2nd in 1st International Youth Festival, 2009 hosted by M.D.S.University, Ajmer, Rajasthan.

Awarded title “SURMANI” by Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai in the year 2010.

Other than these he had performed in various places of India like Delhi , Beneras , Kolkata , Rajasthan , Jharkhand etc. and in various places of Europe and also performed in Radio and TV in various countries .

Past Concerts:


• Wahh! Live in Concert at Bengali Society of Florida, Orlando, Florida, Jan 31

• Wahh! Live in Concert at House of Blues, Los Angeles, California, Jan 24

• Wahh! Live in Concert at The Mint, Los Angeles, California, Jan 22

• Concert in NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Anaheim, California, Jan 22, 2014

• Concert in Theatre Rogue Du Conservatoire, Montreal, Canada, Dec 6

• Concert in Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, Halifax, Canada, Nov 15

• Concert in Burhamthorpe Library Theatre, Mississauga, Canada, Nov 14

• DharaWorld Music Concert at Blue Whale Jazz, Los Angeles, USA, Oct 21

• Concert in Heilingenkreuz im Lafnitzal, Austria, Oct 18

• LA India Ensemble Concert at Disney, CA, USA, Sept 24

• Wahh! CD Release Concert in Springhill, Florida, USA, Aug 17

• Concert in Festival of India, Ottawa, Canada, Aug 9

• Concert in Toronto Music Garden, Toronto, Canada, July 24

• Concert in Castello Di Romeo, Montecchio Maggiore, Italy, June 12

• Concert in Point De Basculle, Marseille, France, May 17

• Concert in CalArts World Music and Dance Festival, CA, USA, May 3

• Concert in Indian Culture Center, Tampa, Florida, April 16

• DharaWorld Music Concert, CalArts, Valencia, CA, USA, January 27

• Concert in India Cultural Center, Tampa, Florida, January 4

• Wahh! World Music Concert for WNMF Radio, Clearwater, Florida, January 3


• Indian Classical Music and Dance concert in Roy O. Disney Hall, CalArts, Valencia, CA, December 9

• Sringara Indian Classical Trio Concert in Festival Yoga sur l’Atlantique, La Rochelle, France, June 1

• Concert in Festsaal der Ayur Veda Klinik, Kassel, Germany, May 18

• Concert in Espacio Rhonda, Madrid, Spain, May 11

• Hip-Hop Connection Festival, Wien, Austria, April 20

• Festival de Papillotes, Brest, France, April 6


• IndiaSphere Diwali festival, Graz, Austria, November 11

• Boom Festival, Lisbon, Portugal, July 28–August 4

• Nada-Naissance Concert, Durgapur, India, March 10

• Concert in Mondial Centrum, Haarlem, Holland, February 11

• Concert in Casa De La India for Ministry of Culture, Valladolid, Spain, March 31

2011 and before

• European Yoga Congress, Zinal, Switzerland, August 26, 2011

• Buhne im Burgertreff, Hamburg, Germany, May 7, 2011

• Theatre im Waaghaus, Winterthur, Switzerland, November 27, 2010

• Le Cazard, Lausanne, Switzerland, November 18, 2010

• Theatre Palazzo, Liestal, Switzerland, November 12, 2010

• Sanskar Bharati Concert, Bokaro, India, April 20, 2008

• Fuzorhythm Concert in Tollygunj Club, Kolkata, India, October 13, 2007

• Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, March 20, 2007

• Ganesh Mahotsav, Varanasi, India, August 20, 2004

• A.I.R (All-India-Radio) Concert, Kolkata, India, February 5, 1998

Thursday, 03 December 2015 03:36

Anupam Shobhakar

Anupam Shobhakar, is an Indian musician, composer, instrumentalist, record producer, and classically trained sarodist currently living in Brooklyn, New York. He has released three World Fusion albums, and one classical Indian music album. He has performed live around the world at various venues and for charitable causes. Shobhakar's track "Water" made it to the first round of the Grammy Awards.Shobhakar met Ustad Aashish Khan briefly when he came to do a concert in Bombay and stayed at Shobhakar's apartment. Shobhakar states that he was "blown away by Khan's command over the Sarode," and has been studying with him ever since. Shobhakar lists Khan, and his father, Ustad Allaudin Khan (guru to Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan), as his main playing style influences: "Slightly aggressive in approach, but never at the cost of the melodic charm." Shobhakar was recognized for his talents as an Indian Classical Music performer by the Priyadarshni Academy, who awarded him the Best Young Artist Award. Shobhakar's current focus is World Fusion and Jazz Fusion.


2004Shobhakar recorded his first album "Mysterious Awakening," in 2004. He handled every aspect of production on the record, including tracking the guitars with a "goose neck internet chat mic." Shobhakar describes the sound of the music on the album as "the best of both worlds." He explains, "Most Indian musicians do not understand harmony as it's not a part of the musical system — it's a melodic and rhythmic tradition — whereas a lot of western music is based on harmony. The album was released by Saregama HMV.2005Anupam Shobhakar says, "Apart from being a traditional concert sarod­ist, I want to really explore world music, and I've been wanting to do that for a while. I've been pretty much producing on my own: making all the music, adding all the MIDI instrumentation in my studio at home. But here it's better, because I can meet a lot of different musicians, a lot of different, diverse people." Shobhakar released a subsequent World Fusion album, "Wine of the Mystic" in 20052009In 2009, Times Music released Anupam Shobhakar's Indian Classical album, "Dream Theory."PresentShobhakar is currently working on a new project, "The Joel Harrison - Anupam Shobhakar Quintet" with noted New York jazz guitarist Joel Harrison along with Dan Weiss (Drums/Tabla), Hans Glawaschnig (Bass), Gary Versace (Keyboards).


Thursday, 03 December 2015 03:27

Heather DeRego Lahiri

Drummer/ Percussionist for WAHH! World Fusion Band Heather DeRigo is CoFounder and Assistant Director of Shruti A.I.M. Born into a musical family, where both her parents, as well as many other family members were professional, touring musicians, Heather naturally took to the world of music. She has performed with many leading musicians in various genres of Music and also has performed in India with various Indian Fusion Bands. She was selected to perform at the prestigious Coke Studio with Ash King under the Musical Direction of world renowned Drummer, Ranjit Barot.

Saturday, 26 September 2015 23:37

Shankhachur Lahiri

The inspiration behind the The Shruti Foundation concept blossomed from the Shruti School of Music in Mumbai, a non-profit organization and family run school by Shankh and his sister and brother - (both highly respected musicians in the Indian Classical field of Music). Shankh has held a key role as a Founding Member and Director from its very inception.