December 5, 2021
Shirisha Shashank - Danseuse
Eight year old Shirisha stunned onlookers by her spectacular debut Bharathanatyam performance held at Bangalore in 1990.
This was the beginning of her bright career in professional dancing. Acclaimed by critics as a very intuitive performer, Shirisha is an established performer and a teacher. She began training at her five under under Radha Sridhar of Bangalore. Shirisha acquired skills of performance and won appreciations both as a soloist and also as a major component of over 200 ballet productions. She has choreographed several dance dramas. Her grace, swiftness and unique personality have left deep impressions of her talent.
Later, Gurus Narmada, C.V. Chandrashekar and Priyadarshini Govind enriched Shiri’s repertoire and helped refine her dancing style.
She has enthralled audiences both in India and abroad. She has performed in prestigious venues such as Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Brahma Gana Sabha, Bharat Kalachar, SPIC MACAY, Hampi Utsav, Kadambotsav, Tunga festival, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan - London, Surdhwani at Wolverhampton and for Milap at Salford Quays in Manchester, Asian Art Museum-San Francisco, Mexican Hertage Center- San Jose, Live music in Schools, a Danish Govt initiative, University of Texas-College Station, just to name a few. Her performance in London during April 2005 was in conjunction with the visit of Prince Charles to the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan where she won the appreciation of the London elites including several luminaries. An ICCR sponsored performance tour of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, in 2004, was another success story in her career.
Shirisha has been a regular performer during the Music Season of Chennai and was a featured performer at The Kalakshetra as part of Chennai Day Celebrations. She was also honoured with the Rukmini Devi Arundale award by the Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai during December of 2009.
Shirisha, apart from being a performer, has scores of disciples the world over.