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Chandni Raatein ~ Feb'16

Pernia has promoted India’s classical dance forms - Kathak & Kuchipudi through her dance recitals in India and abroad. Her recent recital, ‘Chandni Raatein – Love and Dance under the Moonlight’ was held in Delhi on 12th February at the India Habitat Centre, and in Mumbai on 26th February at the NCPA. The 50 minute recital saw a live orchestra with musicians and singers. Pernia has been a disciple of Kuchipudi gurus Raja Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy and has also trained with Guru Kumudini Lakhia, who choreographed her dance steps in the film, Jaanisaar. All pieces in ‘Chandni Raatein’ were conceptualized and choreographed by these gurus. The costumes were designed by ace fashion designer, Sanjay Garg from Raw Mango. ‘Chandni Raatein’ is a celebration of love and its myriad emotions depicted through dance.

The Grace of Dance

Pernia has been an Indian classical dancer from a very young age. She started her training in Kathak from the Lucknow Gharana since the age of 4. She was under the mentorship of Pandit Tirath Ram Azad, who has received the 2005 Sangeet Natak Akademi award in Kathak. At George Washington University, Pernia pursued a minor degree in Dance to get a holistic education in the field. During college, Pernia started learning Kuchipudi under Gurus Raja Radha Reddy & Kaushalya Reddy. Raja & Radha Reddy are renowned Kuchipudi dancers who founded the Natya Tarangini Institute, New Delhi. Credited with giving Kuchipudi a new dimension without compromising its traditional virtues, the Government of India awarded them the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Awards. Amongst numerous recitals, Pernia’s performances include the Common Wealth Games Opening Ceremony in 2010 and the Jahaan E Khusrao Festival in Delhi. More recently, Pernia has trained under Kathak greats Pandit Birju Maharaj and Guru Kumudini Lakhia for her character Noor, the fiery courtesan in her upcoming film, Jaanisaar, due to be released later this year.

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