Main achievements and activities since inception in 2010

  • 2010
    • Sekoto Day 2010 (Johannesburg Art Gallery).
  • 2011
    • Featured along with students on Deaf TV, South Africa – showcase of the idea of mime and dance as a language.
  • 2012
    • Gandhi Walk 2012 (Gandhi Hall).
    • Benoni Seva Samaj 25 Year Anniversary Festival (Benoni Seva Samaj Hall).
    • India Independence Day Celebration (High Commission of India residence)
    • Soweto Carnival (Mofolo Park).
    • Appeared in a short film entitled One Billion Rising in promotion of V-Day 2013; in revolt against women and children abuse. See www.onebillionrising.org. This film is the brain child of Eve Ensler, author of the Vagina Monologues, whose motive is to uplift, make aware and empower women within abusive relationships and situations. V-Day is celebrated on 14 February, this year marked the year of One Billion Rising. The aim of the rising was to engage a billion people around the world to rise up and dance in revolt against abuse and rape towards women. This rising occurred all over the world as individual events throughout the day. The Sarvavidya Natyaalaya, an all women run company, fully supports and encourages events that promote the upliftment and power of women. We believe that we have a social obligation to use our divine art form as a medium to speak against systems that do not treat women and human beings with respect and equality, while at the same time still accessing the sacredness and spiritual nature of this dance.  We feel humbled to have been part of such a powerful message that was seen by billions around the world; a film that awakened the voices of those suffering quietly.
    • Newtown Diwali Festival (Maryfitzgerald Square, Newtown).
    • Chennai Super Kings Welcome  (O R Tambo International Airport)
  • 2013
    • Featured along with students on TOMz on SABC 1 – showcase of Indian Dance.
    • Live performance on national Montenegrin television station (Podgorica, Montenegro) – SVN Artistic Director interviewed on behalf of Team South Africa.
    • BRICS Gala Dinner- (Sandton Convention Centre)
    • Various community/temple festivals – Lenasia and Johannesburg
  • 2014
    • Gandhi Walk 2014 —  hosted by JYM(Gandhi Hall, Lenasia)
    • IDSA’s Charity Bazaar — hosted by the International Diplomatic Spouses Association – (American Community Centre, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria)
    • Natya Sangeeta Mela Banquet — hosted by the Sri Devi Karumariamman Temple (Lenasia South)
    • Festival of Chariots ­­— hosted by ISKCON Lenasia (Lenasia Soccer Stadium)
  • 2015
    • Randburg Hindu Temple Bhangra Fundraiser -  Ferndale 
    • Hindi Eisteddfod –Benoni Seva Samaj
    • Bhairavi Sangum of Springs 23rd Saraswati Celebrations –Bakerton
    • Rotary Club Gala Dinner –Indaba Hotel (Fourways)
    • Festival of Chariots ­­— hosted by ISKCON Lenasia (Lenasia Soccer Stadium)
  • 2016
    • Zindala Zombili African Music & Dance Festival – Constitution Hill
    • NEDBANK Advertisement entitled India – On set in Johannesburg
  • 2017
    • Ayappa Utsav – Ayappa Kshetra – Erasmia
    • Hosted international male dancer Parshwanath S. Upadhye (Lenasia)
    • Workshop with Parshwanath Upadhye (Chennai based)
    • Workshop with Sarveshan Kumar (Chennai and Cape Town based)
  • 2018
    • Guru Vandana – Tribute and celebration of our Artistic Director  Smt. Anusha Pillay – Lenasia
  • 2019
    • Valliamma Commemoration – invited performers - Lenasia

Awards

  • 2013
    • Montenegro Dance Festival 2013 (Herceg-Novi and Tivat, Montenegro) – won the category of folk dance and over all festival winners as Team South Africa.
    • Fine Art Award from the Tamil Federation of Gauteng

 

Major Productions

    • 2012
      • Shakti: the Feminine Force an SVN production (Lenasia)
    • 2013
      • Nritya Arpana: an offering of Classical Dance – an SVN production (Lenasia)
      • Tandava: dancing with Shiva – an SVN production (Lenasia)
    • 2014
      • Dvitiyam/Duality  - an SVN production (Lenasia)
      • Arangetram (Dance Graduation) – Kavisha Pillay, Nishalini Sakalingum and Sigourney Moodley -  an SVN production (Lenasia) – in collaboration with live musicians
    • 2015
      • Parinaama | Evolution – an SVN production (Lenasia)
      • Samyoga: dancing with Shiva Shakti – an SVN production (Durban)
    • 2016
      • Launch of Sarvavidya Dance Ensemble - Samyoga: dancing with Shiva Shakti – an SVN production (The Fringe at Joburg Theatre)
      • Pancha Bhoota | Five Elements - an SVN production (Lenasia)
    • 2017
      • SHrEe: I am more than just my body - an SVN production (Lenasia)
      • Hosted Parshwanath Upadhye (International dancer) Ardhanari – presented performance and workshop in Lenasia
      • Arangetram (Dance Graduation) – Nadine and Natasha Narainsamy, Kamenthea Naidu, Deshanca Moodley and Mikara Rangasamy -  an SVN production (Lenasia)
      • Tribute: memories of Shiva Padiachi – collaborative tribute to local musician and teacher – produced by SVN (Lenasia)
    • 2018
      • SHrEe: I am Shakti - an SVN production (Lenasia)
      • Sati: Shiva’s Beloved – a collaborative production between Sarvavidya Dance Ensemble and Manesh Maharaj (The Fringe at Joburg Theatre)

 

 

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