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This profile was last updated on 2/13/05  and contains information from public web pages.
 
Background

Employment History

  • Official Representative of the World's First Off-Campus Degree Program
    Bharatanatyam
  • Arts Management Consultant

Education

  • Masters degree , Business Administration
    Rabindra Bharati University
  • Masters degree , performing arts
Web References
Methil Devika
www.kutcheribuzz.com, 13 Feb 2005 [cached]
In what was her maiden Delhi performance at Habitat Centre, Devika's finish was obvious from the word go,Methil's highly disciplined brilliance pervaded all aspects of the varnum,.the dancer's mature abhinaya with clarity of netrabhinaya and no fidgeting gesture or movement went from Sringar to Bhakti, Piercingly moving was the presentation.Endowed with an arresting stage presence too, Methil Devika has all the makings for a bright future in the dance..
The Hindu/ V.R. Devika
Mohiniyattom is the dance of the enchantress and the dancer did enchant,The deep bends and the circular and semi-circular movements that Mohiniyattom is so well-known for, were etched with clarity by Devika.What adds to her expressive face are the uncluttered hand gestures and the suitable stances that flow gracefully.There is an innate artistry and humility in her dance,The contrasting emotions that Devika showed were eloquent enough to demonstrate her virtuosity in abhinaya.
The Hindu/ Anjana Rajan
Beyond mere enchantment ,Devika changed between the various characters with ease and refrained from over dramatisation.
The Telegraph/ Sruti Banerjee
The movements borrowed from Kuchipudi by Devika to enact Parvati.The performer was sound in her dance training and excelled in her expressions.Devika with her beautiful youthful expressions and perfect gestures stole the show,
The Peninsula
Most enchanting was Devika's Ashtapathi, a Kuchipudi performance based on the famous Krishna-Radhika story in Hindu mythology, where she drew a parallel between divine love and earthly love,
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Over the last few years, Devika has performed across the length of the country at prestigious dance festivals including the Soorya International Dance Festival, Nishagandhi festival in Thiruvananthapuram,Maharaja Swathi Tirunal Music and Dance Festival, ChennaiPondicherry Dance Festival, South Zone Cultural Festival in Tanjavore,Swaralaya Dance Festival in Palakkad, Viswa-Bango Festival in Kolkata.
She played the lead role of Ganga in the Kuchipudi dance drama 'Gangavataranam' directed by Guru Satyapriya Ramana at Amaravathi Dance festival in Andhra Pradesh and for the TTD at Tirupati.
A graded artiste for the Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram Doordarshan for both Kuchipudi and Mohiniyattom, Devika has performed for festivals organised by the Central Sangeeth Nataka Akademy, Delhi; Kerala Tourism, ICCR and the India Habitat Centre, Delhi.
She has also staged performances for various fine arts associations abroad.Devika has also conducted workshops and has been invited by various universities for lec-dems and paper presentations.
Devika's fulfillment as a dancer lies not in the scale of her achievements but in her continuous zeal to learn and research more about an art form she has loved ever since she took that first step on the dance floor at the age of four.
While in school, Devika was awarded the Outstanding Junior Citizen of Palakkad District by the Junior Chamber of Commerce.She has been awarded scholarships by the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademy.
She has won the Kalathilakom title at the school and college youth festival competitions at the state and University levels and was conferred the Nrittamayuri title by the Lions Club in Palakkad.She was awarded the Miss Event title for the management meet held at Hindustan Engineering College, Madras University, 1998.
Devika has Masters degree in Business Administration (gold medallist from Madras University in 1998) and a Masters degree in performing arts (gold medallist, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkatta in 2000).
Rabindra Bharati University awarded her with the Nirod Baran Award for her outstanding performance in the practical and theoretical examinations.She has also qualified the UGC/NET (2000) for eligibility as lecturer in performing arts.Devika is a recipient of the Ministry of Culture scholarship in Kuchipudi and is an empanelled artiste with the ICCR for Mohiniyattom.
She has worked as an arts management consultant for some leading arts organisations in India and is also the official representative of the world's first off-campus degree program in Bharatanatyam conducted by Kalai Kaviri College of Fine Arts (Bharatidasan University), Tiruchirapalli.
A dance writer as well, Devika has been among the panel of judges for the Kerala State Youth Festival, the biggest festival for students in Asia, for the competitions in Mohiniyattom and Kuchipudi.
Devika is currently furthering her orientation for research in classical dance.She runs her dance school called 'Rakendu' the circle of Lasya, in Bangalore.
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