“Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane.”

 

Vishwa’s tryst with Nritarutya and the world of professional dancing began in 2007 when he joined the Company as an out-of-college newbie. Driven by his innate passion for the art and his perseverance, Vishwa has grown with Nritarutya and is currently the principal dancer and trainer at the Company.

Vishwa’s extensive experience in the field of dance — with training in over 12 forms of Indian dance, both classical and folk, and four martial art forms — has equipped him with the freedom to experiment with various Indian dance forms and the dynamism of Indian Contemporary. He has also attended many workshops; the most enriching one being Dance Intense in Toronto where he attended a 20 day residential choreography workshop in the presence of many renowned choreographers.  “I wish to keep learning and keep a curious mind towards the craft.”

Trishanku- his solo piece performed in Prayog-4 was received very well by both, critics and audience.
Santosh Nair, Renown Classical Artist, says, “Trishanku, creates a contrast of dynamism & control. It brings out the artistes’ ability to channelise the movements with definite energy.”

His piece Stone Unturned was premiered at Nritarutya’s home produced festival, Adhyaya.

As a trainer, Vishwa has never restricted himself to teaching only the physicality of movement and technique, which ultimately caters to the Company’s vision of training new dancers. His passion for dance education has resulted in his being the masthead for Nritarutya’s various education-based projects, be it in-house training for the Company’s dancers, community classes, coaching for aspiring dancers or designing and executing dance education modules for Universities.

His journey in dance education started 4 years ago, when he started teaching for Christ University and expanded his reach to Jyoti Nivas College, Mount Carmel College, Azim Premji and St. Joseph’s. He designed a customised syllabus for their performing art courses, based on the fundamentals of Indian contemporary dance. He envisages a future in which dance education plays a far-reaching role in our Universities.

 

 

Being a big fan of Hofesh Shecter, Vishwa enjoys the way he uses the body to communicate. He also follows the styles of dancer & choreographer William Forsythe as well as Dimitris Papaioannou, a Greek experimental stage director & choreographer. Vishwa pays great heed to technology and its influence on dance.

True to his character, Vishwa finds inspiration in several personalities for more than what meets the eye. Aspiring to be a cricketer (we hear he has 4000 cricket cards!), he is a big admirer of Rahul Dravid for his sheer discipline and warrior like spirit.

He has also choreographed two music videos, the music video of ‘Days In The Sun’ by Subra Mania, whose lead vocalist being Bindu Subramanyam, was choreographed by Vishwa with two dancers moving seamlessly in the archaic landscape. The second one ‘Neeye’ , composed by Phani Kalyan, directed by Gomtesh Upadhya. Neeye was a viral hit reaching over a million hits on YouTube.

He has been involved in the theatre vertical too. The first play was Balu Ragudikara directed by B. Jayashree. The play required him to work with the Karnataka folk dance form, Veeragase and ‘Limbo’, directed by Manish Gandhi was the other play Vishwa choreographed in Mumbai.

Vishwa has also been featured as Times Top 25 Most Desirable Men in 2016.

Our star performer is also the biggest fan of How I Met Your Mother, the hit TV series with Neil Patrick Harris rocking a suit in most episodes. Speaking of which he owns 32 jackets (And counting).

Training and Workshops

  • Kickboxing & MMA- Ashwin Mohan
  • Capoeira- The Capoeira Federation
  • Kalaripayattu- Ranjan Mullaratt
  • Kutthuvarise under Sri Mahesh
  • Kathak- Kumudini Lakhia
  • Yakshagana- Tunga Sir
  • Carnatic rhythm under Smt. Ranjani V
  • Attended workshops under Scottish Dance Theater, Hofesh Shecter, Erica Kaufman, 2 faced dance company
  • Modern Dance workshop- Nathaniel Parchment
  • Flying Low workshop- Narendra Patil
  • Contemporary release technique workshop- Swathi Mohan
  • Hip Hop workshop- Shane Mendes
  • Modern & Ballet training- Cheryl Lynn Obal
  • Aerial Silk workshop- Luz Zoni
  • Theatre workshop- Md Pallavi
  • Contact Improvisation workshop- Abhilash Ningappa
  • Bharatanatyam training- Guru Smt Minal Prabhu, Guru Smt Radhika Ramanujan, Guru Sri Praveen Kumar
  • Pilates training- The Zone studio, Anjali Sareen
  • Yoga training- Amrutha Bindu Yoga
  • Silambam workshop
  • Rangath Kunitha workshop
  • Contemporary Dance training- Nakula Somana
  • Body Conditioning & Technique training at Nritarutya studio

 

Projects of Note

  • Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the Queen of England.
  • ‘Celtic Connections’ festival, Glasgow, Scotland in collaboration with the RDP Project.
  • Make in India opening ceremony at Hanover Messe, Germany and Mumbai.
  • Closing ceremony of Pro Kabaddi League 2016 and Opening ceremony of Pro Kabbadi League 2017.
  • Lead dancer in Nritarutya’s artistic production, Prayog 4.
  • Lead dancer in Nritarutya’s artistic production, Prayog 3.
  • “Mirzya” a Bollywood movie directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.
  • Opening ceremony of BRICS summit 2016.
  • Serendipity Arts Festival at Goa.
  • Adiyogi Festival at Isha Foundation.
  • International festivals like-Sama and World Performing Arts Festival.
  • Art festivals like Hampi Utsava and Soorya Festival.
  • Book launch of “India Fantastique” celebrating designer duo Abu Jani- Sandeep Khosla’s 25 years in the fashion industry.
  • 70th birthday celebrations of Mr Amitabh Bachchan in the mega-production titled “Madhushala”.
  • “Madhur Milan” a musical, for the 80th birthday celebrations of Smt. Kokilaben Ambani.
  • Indian Musical- Shakuntala, commissioned by the Vedanta Group.
  • Indian Musical- Navadurga.
  • Collaborative project for the finale episode of The Dewarists Season 3.
  • RDP Nritarutya Colaboration- The great Indian Oct Fest, NH7- Bangalore, Pune, Delhi.
  • 53rd Bangalore Ganesh Utsav.

 

 

Credits: Photographer- Shashank Ramesh | Costume Styling- Mayuri Upadhya and Ashwin Kumar | Makeup- Artistry by Vydurya Lokesh, Ash Wini