Renjith & Vijna


The Duo

Renjith & Vijna

One of the most sought after young Bharatanatyam duo, trained under eminent Gurus in Kalakshetra style; Renjith and Vijna, have been performing, choreographing and teaching for the past two decades. Their mission as practitioners of Bharatanatyam is to extend the boundaries of Indian traditional dance and create a new benchmark in the aesthetics of presentation by using innovative dance techniques. They strive to inculcate a higher quality in their performances that inspires, entertains and educates a diverse audience. They have travelled extensively and have performed in India, Europe, USA, Canada, Middle East and South-East Asia. Some of their notable performances have been at Madras Music Academy’s Annual Dance Festival, The Darbar Dance Festival in London, Soorya Dance Festival, Kerala Sangeeta NatakaAkademi, Nishagandhi Festival.

Their collaborative works include ‘TARU’ of Korzo Theatre, in The Hague which was co-supported by Jiri Kylian Foundation and ‘HISTOIRES VRAIES’, choreographed by French Contemporary Dancer, Cécile Loyer, for the Tamil Nadu Government and Theatre D’Orleans. The duo have been recognised with the ‘NatyaRatna’ from Trinity Arts Festival, Chennai, in 2017 and the prestigious 'Ustad Bismillah Khan YuvaPuraskar' for 2018 by The Sangeet NatakAkademi, New Delhi, for Bharatanatyam. Known for their nuanced dancing, inspiring workshops and collaborations with leading dancers, choreographers and musicians, the couple works together as creative partners in moulding complete individuals through their brainchild: Sāraswatham Foundation. They are undoubtedly a perfect couple in the younger generation of prominent ‘Dance Duos’ in India, representing the élan that signifies the principle of Shakti and Shiva in spiritual parlance.


Renjith Babu

An artiste who exemplifies the best in Bharatanatyam, yoga, and martial arts; Renjith Babu combines his artistic excellence with a scientific understanding of the human body and its movements. The perfection and stylistic accessibility of his performances are extolled not just by critics and connoisseurs, but also by audiences uninitiated with the finer points of the dance form.

He started his training at the age of 5, under the tutelage of Smt. Prasanna Prakash (Kerala, India) and later he joined the world renowned Kalakshetra (Chennai, India) where he acquired his dance diploma in the year 2000. He began his advanced training under the veteran Guru Prof. C.V. Chandrasekhar and continues till date. He has studied abhinaya in the ‘Navarasa Sadhana’ - Phase 1, acting methodology developed by Kathakali and Kudiyattam artist, Sri. G Venu.

Renjith has been featured as the principal dancer in acclaimed dance productions of senior gurus including Prof. C.V. Chandrasekhar and The Dhananjayans to name a few. His collaborations with leading artists have also resulted in the creation of some very widely appreciated productions.

Renjith’s expertise has been enlisted by several dance schools in India, Australia and the United States where he has conducted both Bharatanatyam and Yoga classes. His ability to teach the nuances of Bharatanatyam, Theory and Nattuvangam makes him one of the most sought after teachers in the field. An imaginative and vivid choreographer, Renjith’s creative works have received accolades the world over among the Indian and International Dance Diaspora.

Vijna Vasudevan

Gifted with fluid grace, an innate sense of rhythm and a vibrant sense of expression, Vijna was formally initiated into the world of Bharatanatyam at the young age of three and a half years.

Vijna commenced her training in Bharatanatyam under Smt. Sujatha Chandramohan (disciple of Adyar K.Lakshmanan) in Muscat, Oman. In 1996, she came under the tutelage of the world-renowned dancers, The Dhananjayans at Bharata Kalanjali, Chennai. Since 2011, she has been under the able guidance of Veteran Bharatanatyam artiste, Guru Prof. C.V.Chandrasekhar. She is trained in abhinaya by Smt. Indira Kadambi and in the ‘Navarasa Sadhana’ - Phase 1, acting methodology developed by Kathakali and Kudiyattam artist, Sri. G Venu.

Entranced by this dance form as a little girl, Vijna has followed her calling with single-minded vision, rigorous training and above all, a passion for the craft. Today, she is an accomplished danseuse of the Kalakshetra Bani and has been enthralling audiences both in India and abroad.

Vijna, an empanelled artiste of ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations), has given several solo performances at premier dance festivals and venues across the globe. Her repertoire of performances also includes many group recitals and dance productions. Her lucid expressions and talent have earned her acclaim from several critics. Good command over rhythm, great felicity of expression and pleasing stage presence are her forte. What began as a childhood fascination has matured into a lifelong quest for Vijna to seek the essence of Bharatanatyam as embodied in the play of Bhava, Raga and Thala.



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