Biodata of Guru Smt. Sridevi Jagannath
Sridevi Jagannath founded the Laasya School of Dance and Music a decade ago. Sridevi originally hails from Bangalore, India and comes from a family of connoisseurs of music and dance.
A teacher and a performer par excellence, Smt. Jagannath was one of the first few students of her guru Smt. Padmini Ravi at the Pradhan Dance Center in Bangalore, India, a widely acclaimed school in the Vazhavoor style of Bharatanatyam. She began her career as a dancer at the tender age of five. Ever since, she has enthralled the hearts of many dance lovers far and beyond. Her mom Karnataka Kalashree Smt. Ranganayaki Rajan, who is an internationally acclaimed artist herself, introduced her to the world of music. She also had the privilege of getting trained under some world famous dance personalities like K.J. Sarasa, Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayan, and Smt. Banumathi. Before leaving India, she was an auditioned artiste for the Indian TV channel Doordarshan and performed on T.V in lead roles on several occasions.
She has performed both locally and internationally for organizations such as the Florida chapter of SPICMACAY, Stevens Point, WI, Balaji Temple, Chicago, IL, the SAARC Summit, Hindu Society of North Carolina, ICMDS, NC and International Dance Alliance, Chennai, India. Dashavataram, Krishna Smaranam, Women of India are some of her productions that were very well received. Her recent innovative experiment "ANANYA" performed under the HUMSUB banner was very well received by the art-lovers of the Triangle area. This was an experiment where the technique of Bharatanatyam remained untouched, but the concepts portrayed were unique. She was recently invited to perform at the Oregon State University for India festival, the biggest ever in the entire northwestern region of the United States.
Ms. Jagannath has conducted several lecture demonstrations at Lees McRae Performing Arts School, Boone, NC and other educational institutions locally. She is also known for her Tala-Gnana and precision in Nattuvangam. She has been training students for the past ten years in the Triangle area and has performed several Arangetrams of her senior students. In the recent past, she was bestowed with Outstanding Artist and Teacher Award at 2004 Heritage India Festival in Raleigh, NC. She is also very proud of her students who won the prestigious Presidential scholarship award.
"Great dancers aren't great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion."