Artistic Director

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Deepa P Mani has distinguished herself as a talented and versatile dancer in both Classical Bharatanatyam and Contemporary dance. With thirty plus (30+) years of training and experience, Deepa is a consummate dancer with acclaimed performances in India, United States and Australia.

Deepa derives her roots from Chennai, India where she started her training in Bharatanatyam at the age of 6, under the tutelage of Kalaimamani Srimathi. Padmini Dorairajan. She is trained in the Pandanallur and Kalakshetra styles, graduating in 1998 with the title “Nritya Kala Ranjini”. Deepa has performed in acclaimed establishments in India including the National Dance Festival, Mamallapuram Dance Festival, Bharathiya Vidhya Bhavan and Tamil Sangam.
 

Deepa moved to United States in early 2000 and delivered several successful performances travelling widely within the country. Deepa diversified into the contemporary dance when she joined Tehreema Mitha Dance Company (TMDC),well known for its highly athletic and contemporary dance styles. As one of the lead dancers, Deepa performed in eminent productions including Metro DC Dance, Capitol Fringe and Alexandria Performing Arts, to name a few.

In 2008, Deepa moved to Melbourne to join her partner and continued her passion for dance under Dr. Chandrabhanu, renowned artist and performer in Australia and Order of Australia recipient in 2006. Deepa continued to perform in many shows and produced her first Melbourne solo show “Daya” under the Jamudvipa Productions and Chandrabhanu Bharatalaya Academy.

Some of Deepa’s acclaimed moments include the T.C. Parthasarathy award for best danseuse at the Spirit of Youth Dance Festival, Music Academy and the Chandrabhanu Bharatalaya Academy Excellence Award for her performance in Daya. Deepa holds a Diploma in Abhinaya Darpana (Dance Theory) from the Association of Bharatanatyam Artistes of India and has taught Bharatanatyam for several years in Chennai.

Performances

  • "Varshaya" Prayer for Downpours, Shiva Vishnu Temple  Melbourne 2020

  • Sangam Festival- Ganga Crossings Bunjil Place Melbourne 2019

  • Diwali Festival - Space 2 Be St Kilda  Melbourne 2019

  • Navarathiri Festival - Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple Melbourne 2019

  • International Women's Day, Australian Tamil Literary Arts Society, Melbourne 2019

  • Multicultural Harvest Festival, Valluvar Foundation & Australian Tamil Academy, Melbourne,  2019

  • RAW REFLECT  Artist Showcase , Melbourne,  2019

  • Indian Summer Festival , MCG, Melbourne 2018

  • 17th Diwali Fair, Australian Indian Innovations (AIII) Inc., Melbourne 2018

  • Hume Diwali Festival, Multicultural  Festival Group and Sahiba Productions, Melbourne 2018

  • Artscape Festival, The Modell Performing Arts Centre at the Lyric, Maryland 2013

  • Daya Jambudvipa & Chandrabhanu Bharatalaya Academy, Renaissance

  • Theatre Melbourne 2011

  • Bharatalaya Dance show(s), Melbourne 2008-2010

  • Metro DC Dance Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 2008

  • Capitol Fringe Festival Shakespeare Theatre Company, Harman Centre, 2008

  • Artomatic Capitol Plaza, Washington DC, 2008

  • Asian Dance Festival Atlas Performing Arts Centre, DC, May 2008

  • Alexandria Performing Arts Association & Empowered Women International, Virginia 2008

  • Happening at the Harman, Harman Centre for Arts, Washington DC 2008

  • TMDC Performance Black Rock Centre for Arts, Washington DC 2007

  • Dance Place Washington DC 2007 (2-day show)

  • Capitol Fringe Festival, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington DC 2007 (4-day show)

  • An evening with TMDC Jack Guidone Theatre, Washington DC 2007 (2-day show)

  • 25th Annual Winter Dance Concert, The Theatre Malz, Washington DC, 2007

  • Atlas Performing Arts Centre, Washington DC 2006 (2-day show)

  • Metro DC Dance Awards Nominate Now! -Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Maryland 2006

  • Jack Guidone Theatre, Washington DC 2006 (2-day show)

  • Waddell Theatre, Northern Virginia 2005

  • Clarice Smith Performing Arts Centre, Dance Theatre 2005

  • Annual ceremony for Abinaya Natya Sala, Maryland 2004

  • Bharatanatyam recital, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia 2002

  • Introduction to Bharatanatyam, New Mexico 2001

  • Bharatanatyam recital, Indian Association of Dance, New Mexico 2001

  • Golden Jubilee at Christian Medical College, India 2000

  • National Dance Festival, Mamallapuram, India 1998-2001

  • Spirit of Youth Festival, Music Academy, India 1999

  • Tamil Sangam Festival, India 1999-2001

  • Bharathiya Vidhya Bhavan Festival, India 1999

  • Bharatha Shakthi, Karthik Fine Arts, India 1998-1999

  • Bharatha Shakthi Premiere, Bharathiya Vidhya Bhavan, India 1998

  • Arangetram, Museum Theatre, India 1998

  • Annual Kalaanjali Festival, India 1996-2001