SHATHAVADHANI DR. R. GANESH
Scholar, Mentor, ADC
A Bachelor of Engineering ( Mechanical ) M.Sc ( Engineer) M.A in Sanskrit & D.Litt in Kannada, Dr. Ganesh is a Poet, Scholar, Polymath, Polyglot well versed in Sciences & Arts of Indian culture. He has done research in Engineering, Literature, Fine Arts & many allied subjects in Indology. Dr Ganesh holds the senior research fellowship by the Ministry of Human Resource Development for studies in Dance.
Dr Ganesh is a renowned 'Shathavadhani' and has performed over 600 Avadhanams, a rare poetic feat of memory & wits in several languages. He has delivered over 6000 lectures and discourses on various subjects at many forums of eminence. He holds a world record for 24 hours of spontaneous versification in 6 languages and has been the recipient of coveted honours such as President’s Award (Badarayan Vyas Puraskar by the Govt of India) for excellence in Sanskrit studies & also Karnataka's State Government Rajyothsava Award. He has also been honoured by numerous cultural and religious organizations.
For almost two decades, Dr. Ganesh has been the chief mentor and a pillar of strength for Nirupama & Rajendra. The name "Abhinava” (the 'novel one') was chosen by Dr. Ganesh to guide the Company towards novelty in all its artistic endeavours. He has provided literary research material for numerous productions of Abhinava. He has also written lyrics for several dance compositions presented by ADC. Currently, Dr. Ganesh teaches 'Values' at the Academy for Creative Teaching, Bangalore.
Praveen Rao is a versatile instrumentalist with an international reputation. Praveen is adept at playing a wide range of Indian and Global percussion, keyboard & electronic instruments. As a composer, Praveen integrates Indian classical with western techniques thereby creating a whole new genre of music, connecting traditions with contemporary sensibilities. His collaboration with ADC has generated over 20 original scores.
He has extensively toured to perform at prestigious festivals in India, UK & USA. He has nurtured his musical skills through intensive residential work with UK & Canada based companies involving performances, workshops & collaborations with other art forms.
His recently launched band EARTH 'N' BEAT premiered at the Saddlers Wells Theatre in London and has been featured in festival of London, Birmingham Arts Fest 2006 and The Liverpool Tourism Awards Ceremony 2006.
Praveen has received the ARYABHATTA AWARD, SWARAMANDARA AWARD, G. V. ATHRI AWARD (UPASANA) & THE SILICON JAYCEES AWARD.
One of the leading flautists & music composers of India, Pravin learnt his first flute lessons from his father Pandit Venkatesh Godkhindi, an eminent vocalist and flautist of India.
ADC's first collaboration with Pravin was 'Swar-Saakar'- a unique dialogue of Flute with Kathak. His composition for 'Varsha – Images of Monsoon' won high accolades in India and abroad. 'Tarang' and 'Ubhayaabhisaarika' are his other works for ADC.
Apart from solo concerts at major musical festivals in India and abroad, Pravin has performed & collaborated with Western Classical, Jazz & Rock musicians. He has regularly collaborated with the well known Holland based band - BLOF, and has numerous albums to his credit, comprising of his solo & collaborative works with renowned Maestros from India & Europe. He has been honoured with the 'Surmani' Award by Sur-Singar Samsad Mumbai and as 'naad-nidhi' ('National Treasure') by the Kalachetana Organization. He has also worked as a music composer for television & several National Award winning films.
ANOOR ANANTHA KRISHNA SHARMA (Shivu)
A renowned and versatile percussionist (Mridangam), Shivu is also a much sought after music composer from Karnataka. His musical versatility includes vocal singing and mastery over several percussive instruments like Thavil, Tabla & Pakhawaj.
He has accompanied many greats in the field of Carnatic Classical Music like Dr.Balamurali Krishna, R.K.Srikantan, M.L.V, T.N.Seshagopalan, Bombay Jayashree, Sudha Raghunatan, violin-duo Kumaresh-Ganesh, Kadri Gopalanath, U.Srinivas and many other eminent musicians from different parts of India.
He has traveled extensively, performing to packed audiences at Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, UK & USA. He has been honored with prestigious awards like "Best Mridangam Artist", "Laya Kala Prathibhamani", "Nada Jyothi", "Nada Laya Samrat", "Ganakala Shree". He has composed music for lassical music CDs & Cassettes. As a Guru, he is imparting percussion based lessons to several young & leading musicians of Karnataka. His work with ADC includes several musical scores that are featured in the repertoire of the company.
His work with ADC includes several musical scores that are featured in the repertoire of the company.
A professional Animator & filmmaker in the making Vinod operates as an artistic designer who communicates through various visual mediums and formats. In the last ten years he has worked in the areas of classical animated short films, graphic design, print and motion design, web design, scientific visualization, instructional design, Photography, animation and even live action pre-production, and production design work for several well known India, USA and UK based companies.
Graduated in animation filmmaking from the ZED Institute of Creative Arts, Hyderabad, he has worked as a Senior Compositor (Video) at Maximage Sg, Singapore and Jadoo Works Pvt. Ltd, India. He has been collaborating with ADC for several years to bring out the web designs, multimedia visuals, posters, brochures, invites & other publicity materials.