Saseedaran Anandan

Saseedaran Anandan started learning Bharata Natyam under the tutelage of Srimathi Bhanu Krishnan, in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Inspired by the “Science in the Arts”, he pursued further training under the guidance of Srimathi Kamakshi Jayaraman in Singapore and went on to complete his arangetram under her tutelage at TFA Coimbatore, India in 1997. He was awarded the title of Yogyata Patra by His Holiness Swami Shantanand Saraswathi and conferred the title of Nrityanjali in Bharata Natyam by the Temple of Fine Arts International. For his dedication Sasee has also received International Research Award (2002- 2004) – Australia, World Stage Design and Performance, Toronto (Presentation Award) 2005 and Fellowship Award (2008) – International Society for Performing Arts, New York.

Teaching for 25 years in Bharata Natyam and folk dance, Sasee also had training in Odissi and performed under the guidance of Geeta Shankaran Lam. He has participated in workshops in Kathakali, Kathak and ethnic dance from pioneer gurus of TFA International as well as from renowned gurus from India. Besides dance, he also received vocal training from Pandit Chandrakant Kapileshwari in Singapore.

His work experience as Architecture Officer in Singapore sparked him to explore ‘space, form and the body’ in many of TFA’s production. This quest brought him to Perth, where he completed his degree at the Edith Cowan University and subsequently a PhD from Murdoch University, WA. As a dancer, teacher and creative director, Sasee has been instrumental in exploring and creating various production design and presentation in TFA as well as for other community events in Western Australia.

Sasee’s goals for students: As he was inspired by his spiritual guru he hopes to share what he has received, and enrich students’ experience and inculcate passion.

Further, inspiring them to achieve excellence in performance and presentation, whilst understanding dance as visual poetry and connect themselves to this lovely art form.

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