Dr Sanjay Shantaram(Director)
Guru Dr. Sanjay Shantaram
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF SHIVAPRIYA
Dr. Sanjay was initiated from the nuances of Bharatanatyam at the tender age of 7 under the guidance of Guru Smt. G.S. Rajalakshmi and in the later years Guru Smt. Narmada. With constant support from his parents,Dr. Shantaram and Mrs.Swarna Shantaram, he never looked back but excelled in the field of art as well as academically. A Dentist by qualification, he never stopped dancing at any point of his life and his passion got him several awards and accolades. He holds the credit of securing first rank in both Junior and Senior levels of Bharatanatyam conducted by the Karnataka Secondary Examination Board, and also won the prestigious gold medal at the ALL INDIA LEVEL DANCE COMPETITION, Navyanataka Samithi, Hyderabad.
He has exclusively toured America in 1986, 1989, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010 and twice in 2011, owing to his skills as a dancer, conducted several workshops at Phoenix Oklahoma, Raleigh, New Jersey, San Jose, St.Louis, Austin, San Antonio, Washington University etc. Also he had toured United Kingdom exclusively in 1988, for the company INDIA DANCE WALES and Muscat in 1996. He also performed at Bali, Indonesia, Srilanka, Singapore, Andamans and Bern, Switzerland.
In India has performed at prestigious National festivals such as –
- HAMPI UTSAVA
- Natarajotsava, pallavotsava, purandarotsava – Mysore
- Shivali festival – Chennai and Delhi
- Island festival – Andaman and Nicobar Island twice
- Rani Chennamma festival – Dharward
- Mysore Dusshera festival
- Bruhan Natyanjali festival – Tanjore
- Natyanjali festival – Chidambaram
He is also a recipient of State Government Scholarship and has the credit of giving more than 2000 shows for various organisations/companies/conferences. He is also a recipient of the prestigious ARYABHATA as well as the ROTARY vocational award in the field of art. As a Kuchipudi dancer, he received training from his gurus, SUNANDA DEVI and VEENA MURTHY VIJAY and forayed into this type of dancing too, giving both the styles and their dues and making sure both the styles are executed authentically. Recently he has benched out into a vocalist by singing for several arangatrums within his school as well as outside, even at the United States making him multi-dimensional not to forget his skills as a Natuvanar. Through SHIVAPRIYA, his premier dance school, he is imparting the knowledge of Bharatanatyam to nearly 200 students in Bangalore and Kunigal.
To him dance is not just a profession or passion, but a medium to serve God and elevate him to the point of blissful happiness everytime he performs or teaches. He, as a dancer feels he still has a lot to learn as this is a mighty ocean and would like to leave no stone unturned and propagate the art.
Sanjay’s another dimension is acting. He has to his credit many tele-serials, which have won accolades. Below is a clipping from a telugu serial.