It is my proud privilege to be associated with my alma voter ever since 1974 till date. My relationship with my dear Guru Kanakben is an unconditional bond not only of this birth but many more births, if we believe in rebirth. I have groomed as a fine artiste only because of her. For me she is my ideal and shall remain till my last breath.
I remember the day when first I stepped into her office at Nalanda, I was astounded by her magnetic personality, I have yet to meet a person who has the best combination of Beauty and Intelligence. The entire credit of my upbringing in the world of Dance goes to her only. What I am today is just the reflection and I am proud that in the world of Classical Dance only breathe her in and out over these years the flow of knowledge has never ceased and I can never quench my thirst of understanding the nuances from the ocean that she is, In true sense “Nāalamdā” means the same “never can you quench the thirst of knowledge”.
♦ Masters in Performing Arts: - With Distinction 1982
♦ Teaching Faculty: 1982 to 1989 in Nalanda
♦ Member of Governing Council and Board of Trustees of Nalanda Dance Research Centre.
♦ Member of Ad-hoc Board of Studies of Dance – University of Mumbai.
♦ Have been teaching Ms.NitaAmbani since more than 20 years.
♦ Have been composing and choreographing specially for Smt.HemaMalini since more than 30 years
♦ Have been Guru of Gracy Singh since 15 years.
♦ I have been a humble recipient of the Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar and SangeetNatak Akademi Awardee 2019.
Sharada Ganesan, daughter of Guru Shri Kalasadan Mani graduated in Bharatanatyam - B F A, from Nalanda Mahavidyalaya in the year 1981-82.
At present, as a senior teacher in Kalasadan Institute of Fine Arts, founded by her father in 1954, she is engaged in training numerous students in Bharatanatyam and in choreographing group & dance drama presentations.
In the early part of her career, she has given solo performances and played leading roles in dance dramas like Thulasi Mahatmyam, Shiva Shakti Natanam etc., that were staged by Kalasadan. Now, for almost forty years, she has been teaching dance at several centers in Mumbai and at times, she has also trained cine artistes & celebrities for their dance-oriented roles.
She has been honored by organizations like Inner Wheel Club & Maharashtra Seva Sangh, Mulund, for her contribution in promoting Indian culture. She has been a member in the panel of examiners for degree level in Mumbai University.
In pursuance of her father‘s desire that she learns different classical forms of dance, besides being trained in Bharatanatyam at Nalanda College under the stewardship of Dr. Kanak Rele, she learnt Kuchipudi from Guru C R Acharyalu, Odissi from Guru Shankar Behra and Kathak from Guru Shrivatsava.
Dr Kanak Rele, who has always been an inspiration to her, had this to say about Sharada – “ Her style is chaste and marked with rare dignity with no razzle dazzle of speed or showmanship. The concept of ‘ Sharanagati Bhakti’ which is the guiding spirit
of this temple art is developed to a high degree in her renditions. One can look forward to her, also as an accomplished lady nattuvanar, to take a rightful place in the firmament of nattuvanars . Her dedication is equally matched by her deep sense of respect and loyalty to her Gurus and Institution”.
Her husband Ganesan who works for Dabur India Ltd. is a moorsing artiste and her daughter Nandini is also a Bharatanatyam dancer who is a Doordarshan graded artiste and an empaneled artiste with the ICCR.
Year of passing MPA : 2014 Passed with Distinction
Current occupation :
♦ Completed MA in Professional Practice -Dance Technique Pedagogy from Middlesex University London. 2018.
Awards acquired :
♦ 'Nritya Nipuna' received from Nalanda Nritytotsav 2014.
List of performances in last two years :
♦ Participated in "Nalanda Nrityotsav" 2014 and "Sanatwani" in 2013.
Being the Artistic Director of "Kalavahini Dance Academy" based in the UK and an approved tutor for ISTD
( Imperial Society for Teachers of Dance) London, I guide students to accomplish ISTD qualified examinations across North Wales, England.
I conducted Bharatanatyam workshops at Chester, as well as associated with "Sanjhi Indian associations" Chester, UK.
I am an empanelled artist of ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations)
Performed at various prestigious venues such as "Shaniwarawada festival",Pune, Kala Academy Goa, "Natyajanli" Dubai, "Sai Nrityotsav" -Bangalore.
I am proud to be a part of the Nalanda family.