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The 29th OMC Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award Festival

P Praveen Kumar, Bharatanatyam teacher and a dancer par excellence. his angashuddhi is remarkable, he is well versed with the grammar of Bharatanatyam, and is a committed dancer known for his dedication. The studied stillness when he froze momentarily was eloquent. At that point he resembled a piece of sculpture that adorns temple walls.

Tapati Chowdhurie

Praveen Kumar’s convincing depiction of various characters was engaging

Flawlessly executed jathis were mostly set in chatusra nadai (as in the old version), while the abhinaya portrayed vignettes of Krishna in a refreshing manner. Praveen has imbibed from his gurus Narmada and Prof. C.V. Chandrasekhar an integrated approach to Bharatanatyam — his impeccable movement blending well with interpretative dance.

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Leela Venkatraman, (The Hindu) 20240401

Delectable platter of goodies

His performance spoke volumes. His dance vocabulary & phrases were perfect to the last detail. His choice of compositions were of High Standard. He used his eyes & eyebrows expression in a most telling way.

Tapati Chowdhurie 20240403

Madras Music Academy 2022

His Nritta Combines the visranti with quick flashes of fast footwork and movements, adding punch to the familiar & traditional adavus. Sensitive to the music, his movements reflect the swaras & the music, in familiar yet novel application.

Sujatha Vijayaraghavan (Sruti magazine)

Rtu Vismruthi

Strong concept, seamless music, Skillful lighting & well choreographed movements, every aspect of Praveen Kumar’s new production was brilliantly woven together. The nritta segments were marked by clarity, grace & well imagined poses.

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V.V.Ramani (The Hindu_

14th Edition of Madras Music Academy

Praveen explored a variety of footwork, crisscrossing legs with playfulness and unusual mnemonics. The images of Shankari and Chandrakaladhari were choreographed imaginatively, displaying the gentle aspect of the goddess. He often took sitting position while dancing and sprung to action with alacrity. His nritta was sparkling, and teermanams full of punch.

Sunil Kothari (www.narthaki,.com)

Random Recollections (2020)

His spontaneous handling of each item with a visible simplicity had a profound impact on the audience.

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V.Kaladharan (www.narthaki.com)

Natya Darshan (2020)

Devi Saraswati as portrayed by Bengaluru’s Praveen Kumar was a highlight.Starting with Agastyamuni’s slokam Yakundendu tushara hara dawala, Praveen in muzhumandi squat began his salutation with lines from well-known lyrics on Saraswati artfully strung together , the immaculate dance lines and body balance a pleasure to see.. Movements caught the ecstatic flow of the river through different rhythmic were all portrayed with dance expression exuding freshness and originality.

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Leela Venkatraman (Asian Age)

The Madras Music Academy Dance Festival 2019

Praveen Kumar’s recital was perhaps, the highlight of this year’s Music Academy festival. In line & profile of movement & excellent choice of items in rhythmic exactitude & choreographic uniqueness spoke of the interpretative excellence of this dancer……

Leela Venkatraman (Asian Age)

The Madras Music Academy Dance Festival 2019

He was in great form and from the word go to the final Tillana he gave a performance of a very high standard. He chose Veena Sheshaiyer's varnam Devadideva Nataraja . Using the sollus tam dhi tam Praveen created exquisite visuals. Praveen's nritta is full of sparkle, with clean lines and geometric beauty. His teermanams have a punch and easy resolutions. Alternating with abhinaya and nritta, he excels in offering his best. Praveen is of slight build, but is a powerhouse of energy. He won a long standing ovation for his performance. He was in great form and from the word go to the final Tillana he gave a performance of a very high standard. He chose Veena Sheshaiyer's varnam Devadideva Nataraja . Using the sollus tam dhi tam Praveen created exquisite visuals. Praveen's nritta is full of sparkle, with clean lines and geometric beauty. His teermanams have a punch and easy resolutions. Alternating with abhinaya and nritta, he excels in offering his best. Praveen is of slight build, but is a powerhouse of energy. He won a long standing ovation for his performance.

Dr.Sunil Kothari (http://www.narthaki.com)

The Music Academy dance Festival 2018

Praveen Kumar goes from strength to strength. His excellent light footed nritta & dance lines apart , he has now acquired a feel for interpretative dance too. The beautifully executed sarukkais & some original movements in corporated with ease in his adavus were features to reckon with.

Leela Venkatraman, Sruti magazine

From the Hero’s lens……..

His Performance was held together by captivating imagery.

Sammitha sreevathsa (The Hindu)

MALE DANCERS IMPRESS……

The other fine Male dancer to make a mark in the festival was P.Praveen Kumar from Bengaluru whose rendition of a jathiswara made an arresting start. Praveen responded immaculately profiled nritta & subtly expressive abhinaya. All the items were chosen with a male perspective…

Leela Venkatraman, (Sruti magazine)

Excelling in both Nritya & abhinaya….

Bharatanatyam performer P Praveen Kumar, who has honed his skills from the veteran gurus Narmada and CV Chandrasekhar, created an instant rapport with the audience with the varnam, Vadane Navaneeta Gandha in ragam hindolam and talam adi. Delineation of his komala tandava nritya was endearing and beautifully emoted by the dancer. He did receive a standing ovation

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Tapati Chowdhurie 2017 (The Statesman)

Performing in the sub-senior slot in the morning, Praveen was a breath of fresh air in the morning show. Opening with a Jatiswaram composed by Kameshwaran in ragam Abhogi and adi talam, Praveen was a bundle of energy. Taking excerpts from Bilvamangala’s Srikrishna Karnamritam, , it was a delight to watch Praveen performing With great subtlety and masterful grasp of technique, Praveen is easily Bangalore’s finest Bharatanatyam dancers. He and his blue brigade of musicians from Bangalore were the first to get a standing ovation at the festival.

Veejai Sai (www.narthaki.com)

ELOQUENT EXPRESSIONS.....

Choreographed beautifully, the piece was replete with exacting jathis and interpretative interludes that were entirely appropriate to the warrior like and heroic nature of the central character. The item bore testimony to rhythmic precision, considerable emotive skills, and high levels of energy that coalesced with admirable control over the idiom.

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MADHAVI RAMKUMAR, The Hindu

The next morning saw an excellent performance of the first male soloist for the festival. In his main piece, Praveen took up the challenge of choreographing the famous daru varnam ‘Mathe malaya dhwaja’ .Praveen explored various stories of the Devi in his sancharis. Praveen’s clever choreography made it exciting to watch. Even the fast paced jathis were gracefully managed.

Veejai Sai (www.narthaki.com)

Graceful Movements….

Praveen Kumar was the main attraction & his abhinaya revealed a depth & maturity of a senior dancer. All his students performed with ease & graceful movments & appealingly. The good performance was concluded with a thillana.

Mysore. V.Subramanya, Deccan Herald,

From the MALE perspective……

Apart from clean lines & sound footwork, it is the subtlety of expression that stood out in his recital. Especially in Javali, Praveen charmingly navigated the intricate emotions…….He succeeded in striking a balance between externalizing the nayaka’s thoughts & portraying his reactions.

Archana Nathna., The Hindu

Redefining agility….

A supple Praveen Kumar showed deftness with excellent adavus, geometry & timing. Praveen’s nritta carries an ‘excellent tag- excellent adavus, excellent geometry, excellent agility & excellent timing. He redefines agility.

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Rupa Srikanth, The Hindu

Praveen Kumar of Bangalore, one of the best male dancers in Bharatanatyam currently, dances with the most unbelievably perfect nritta. The opening “Mahadeva Shiva Shambho” with Natesa Kavutvan passages strung into the choreography, had stunning impact. The jatis in the Krishnaanjali in Reetigowla had a razor sharp clarity of line and rhythm...

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Leela Venkatraman – The Hindu, Delhi

Tailored to perfection…

Praveen Kumar's Bharatanatyam, in the style of his guru, was one of the high points of the festival. One of the high points of the Music Academy Dance Festival was the recital by young Praveen Kumar of Bangalore. The uncluttered simplicity and immaculate Bharatanatyam was in the style of his Guru Prof. C.V.Chandrasekhar. Praveen's masterly rendition made it one of the finest presentations of the festival.

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Leela Venkatraman – The Hindu, Chennai

Forays into the Unusual…

…… clean lines, clear foot work & impeccable finishes. He captured the context with sensitivity especially in the charanam sahithya when described the physical beauty of the nayika..Praveen’s nritta shone with accuracy. The sparkling theermanas set with nadai bedams In some cases with doubling speeds as in the opening trikala jathi were intoned with authority.

Rupa Srikanth – The Hindu 20081219

Praveen’s sleek lines and agile footwork combined with a serenity of countenance and gave a pleasing look to his recital. the dancer managed to show the anguish of the sensitive man without losing clarity of mudras.

Anjana Rajan- The Hindu (Delhi) 20080718

Vibes of Pandharpur, after R. Krishnaswami’s introduction, were well caught in Praveen Kumar’s recital. In a narrative inclusive of dialogue, with the dancer effecting quick changes of head-gear and other little details, donning one role after another, Praveen never lost control over measured aesthetics of both nritta and interpretative dance. ..The dancer’s nritta with its immaculate sarukkai adavus was a delight.

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Leela Venkataraman (‘Devotion in delightful contours’ - The Hindu)

Noteworthy abhinaya and graceful dancing by the young and talented Praveen kept the audience spellbound throughout the show.

India Monitor (New York)

This young dancer has considerable skill coupled with grace and beauty in movements as well as a confident approach in the execution of technique. Neat lines, firm footwork, graceful hasta delineations and a pleasant portrayal of the different narrations by the dancer, created a calm, leisurely atmosphere that is becoming a rare feature in the present dance scene.

Nandini Ramani (‘Combines skill and grace’- The Hindu)

Textbook Bharatanatyam at its best……..

Praveen's selection of items for the NCPA event showed his imagination and ingenuity. His perfect adavus and mudras were straight from the textbook. Endowed with a winsome personality he is a dancer to the manner born.

A.Seshan (www.narthaki.com)