Original Story, Script and Ideation

JOYCE PAUL SIAMAK

Choreographer & Director

JOYCE PAUL SIAMAK

Casting & Auditions

JOYCE PAUL SIAMAK

MEERA KRISHNA

Rehearsal Coordinator

MEERA KRISHNA

Rehearsal Direction

JOYCE PAUL SIAMAK

MEERA KRISHNA

Script & Ideation Support

MEERA KRISHNA

SIAMAK POURSABAHIAN

Production Manager

SHIKHA JAIN

Makeup Artist

VIDYA SEKHAR

Costume Team

MEENA SUBRAMANIAM

MAYA SUBRAMANIAM

SWAROOP RANE

AARATHI NARASIMHAN

SUMITHRA VENKAT

NAGASHREE YAGATI

MAHIMA SRIRAM

PAVITHRA THIRUVENGADAM

MENKA SONI

VIDYA SEKHAR

Posters & Fliers

SIAMAK POURSABAHIAN

JOYCE PAUL SIAMAK

Props

SIAMAK POURSABAHIAN

JOYCE PAUL SIAMAK

Stage Management

SHIKHA JAIN

ROBERT FRANKLIN

Welcome & Hospitality

RADHA SELVARAJ

SHARANYA KRISHNAN

NEETHA TULURI

MAHIMA SRIRAM

SUMITHRA VENKAT

NAGASHREE YAGATI

VANI JAIN

DEEPIKA CHANDER

Music Composer

MURALI PAVITHRAN

Music Advisor & Co-Composer

MEERA KRISHNA

Music Team

NIRANJAN BALACHANDRAN (keyboard|production)

OLIVER LEE (keyboard |production | mixing)

SEAN KUMAR (production & mixing)

T.R. SUNDARESAN (percussions)

VASANTHA KUMARI BATCHU (veena)

MURALI PAVITHRAN (violin| percussion| production)

Singers

MURALI PAVITHRAN

MEERA KRISHNA

JOYCE PAUL SIAMAK (Voice & Jati)

Photography

SIAMAK POURSABAHIAN

ASHOK KADAVAKOLLU

Light Designer

ROBERT FRANKLIN

Promo Reels

ASHOK KADAVAKOLLU

Paintings

RASHMI THIRTHA

Foyer decor

DHARINI VASUDEVAN

BHAVANA SETHU LAKSHMI

Videography

GORDON MODIN

ASHOK KADAVAKOLLU

SIAMAK POURSABAHIAN

Writer / Editorial

GAURI SHRINGARPURE

ARATHI SRIKANTAIAH

Poetry

SIAMAK POURSABAHIAN (author)

NEELESH KAMKOLKAR (on-stage recitation)

Publicity

KRIS McREA (KPC)

RAHUL GUPTA

MADHURI KUDARAVALLI

SHIKHA JAIN

JOYCE PAUL SIAMAK

Fund Drive

ANJULIE GANTI

BIPASHA MUKHERJEE

JOYCE PAUL SIAMAK

VIDYA SEKHAR

AARTHI NARASIMHAN

Aarthi Narasimhan is a part-time teacher, a part-time designer and a full-time mom. She loves to design and creates beaded-jewelry with a focus on simplicity and elegance as her design mantra. She is passionate about colors and architecture. Her major design inspirations come from temples from all around the world and especially South India. She grew up in Chennai, India and lives in Redmond, WA with her husband and 2 kids and her daughter Amrita, has been learning dance from Joyce for the past few years.  Aarthi is very excited and happy to be a part of the costume team in Yavanika where she is working on adorning the dancer's costumes with designs using different mediums such as dimensional paint and duck tape. She was drawn instantly to the enigmatic theory of Yavanika, the veiled perspectives, and that propelled her to sign up for it. Its been a nourishing experience to be working with other artists and the synergy is amazing and has a very positive effect on her creativity.

ANJULIE GANTI

ARATHI SRIKANTAIAH

ASHOK KADAVAKOLLU

BIPASHA MUKHERJEE

BHAVANA SETHU LAKSHMI

Hi! I'm Bhavana. Creative to the core with boundless imagination, I think I took experimentation rather too seriously..I'm a researcher! Art to me is a fun way to express and rejuvenate myself, be it with vibrant colors, swaying with music or singing my heart out. Its an experiment to discover myself and a medium to share my perspective on life.

I was introduced to Yavanika through my friend Dharini. We had to work together on a rangoli for Yavanika. And yes, it was exciting..merging traditional art with unconventional style.

DEEPIKA CHANDER

DHARINI VASUDEVAN

Hi! I'm Dharini -  a creative/ creativity enthusiast, nature lover and a poet by heart! Art to me is not just a bundle of talent/ skills, it is a medium of expression and a tool to heal , inspire and evolve in life - a way of life!

I got to know about Yavanika through an artist friend of mine who is also participating in the show - Rashmi. I was intrigued and drawn to the concept of Yavanika - veiled perspectives. And when I got an opportunity to be a part of a 'Creative Project' I was excited! We ( myself and Bhavana) worked on the foyer design, and thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating a unique piece of rangoli art.

GAURI SHRINGARPURE

GORDON MODIN

KRIS McREA

MADHURI KUDARAVALLI

MAHIMA SRIRAM

MAYA SUBRAMANIAM

Maya and Maya’s mom, Meena, love creating beautiful things, and haven’t yet come across an art or a craft that they don’t like. Whether it is designing jewelry, trying out a new recipe, or making scrapbooks, they are drawn to it, almost to the point of forgetting to eat and sleep. This is the their first time making costumes for a major production and they love the challenge and opportunity to contribute to something wonderful that will touch many, many people. Rumor has it that Maya did the talking, signing up, and scheduling, and it is really Meena that created each and every costume, and well, without a doubt, it is entirely true. The sewing machine is like a magic wand for Meena, and she has been unleashing her creativity for years, dressing up her daughters, family, and now, her little granddaughters.

MEENA SUBRAMANIAM

Maya and Maya’s mom, Meena, love creating beautiful things, and haven’t yet come across an art or a craft that they don’t like. Whether it is designing jewelry, trying out a new recipe, or making scrapbooks, they are drawn to it, almost to the point of forgetting to eat and sleep. This is the their first time making costumes for a major production and they love the challenge and opportunity to contribute to something wonderful that will touch many, many people. Rumor has it that Maya did the talking, signing up, and scheduling, and it is really Meena that created each and every costume, and well, without a doubt, it is entirely true. The sewing machine is like a magic wand for Meena, and she has been unleashing her creativity for years, dressing up her daughters, family, and now, her little granddaughters.

MEERA  KRISHNA

A Carnatic classical singer and Bharatanatyam dancer, Meera immensely enjoys practicing and honing her twin passions in the field of fine arts. She was trained in music by her mother Smt. RadhaKrishna and in Bharatanatyam by PadmaVibhushan Smt. Sonal Mansingh. Along with the rigor of their training, both her gurus imparted to Meera a strong desire to nurture and propagate their art forms, and she continues in their footsteps today training a small number of committed students.  Meera’s other interests include hiking, mountaineering, yoga, healthy living and learning about different cultures. Her favorite interest though is raising her son Rasan and spending quality time with her husband Neelesh. These pillars in her life support her in all her avatars and help her be a better person.

Meera is happy to work on YAVANIKA with her longtime friend and dance colleague Joyce whose choreographic works Meera greatly admires. They have collaborated frequently in the past - performing together, creating new works for which Meera scored the music while Joyce choreographed the dance, and supported each other through the ebb and flow of life J. YAVANIKA brings together their collaborative energies and a strong desire for artistic excellence to create an impactful dance offering – one that builds on their strong training and pushes its boundaries some to bring a groundbreaking contemporary theme to life.

Fun fact: Meera always exclaims “Krishna!” when jolted by sudden noises or movement which never fails to bring on the giggles in practices J.

MENKA SONI

As founder of Ravishing Marketplace and working on concept of promoting & encouraging women entrepreneurs & artists I came across Joyce Paul and her concept of Yavanika. The whole concept is really dynamic and I was highly impressed with her deep thoughts put into making of Yavanika. I told Joyce that she is like an incense stick that is just spreading fragrance of joy around with her slow & silent spark of energy. 

I am also designing costumes for the lead characters of Yavanika and we had long discussions to come up the right design to match with the characters. I felt as if I know the character much better after working with Joyce on the designs. She has an eye for details and with every cut, every stitch and every color combination we discussed it was tied to the character on the stage. After long hours of discussion and drawings put together by Joyce we finally came up with the designs that are going to showcase the theme very well on the stage. I have designed so many costumes so far, but designing for Yavanika crew along with Joyce is a memorable experience. I have learnt a lot and I am looking forward to see the lead characters with Ravishing costumes on the stage.

MURALI PAVITHRAN VASUDEVAN

Murali Pavithran (aka Murali Manohar as Joyce puts it) wears the musical hat for Yavanika. He is the music composer and director for Yavanika while also being a regular violinist for Arpan. His connection with Joyce was made through a mutual friend Paulomi Pandit in LA while Joyce was researching violinists in 2010 for an upcoming Arpan arangetram.

Murali had the good fortune of being tuned to the scales of South Indian Classical music since his birth. His mother and all 4 sisters learnt music and there were a myriad of instruments in the house ranging from sitar to tanpuras to mridangam, ghatam, kanjeera, veena, violin. He started his violin lessons at the age of 9 from Poosarla Manorama and later came under the tutelage of Peri Sri Rama Murthy. He obtained his certificate & diploma with honors distinction in violin from SBR Govt. College of Music and Dance, Hyderabad.

He won Kalasagaram 3 years in a row and is also the recipient of the Govt. of India scholarship for excellence in music (Violin) for 7 years from 1993-2000.

He has learnt vocal music from Sri. Kollegal R Subramanyam (Hyderabad) and Smt. T R Balamani (Mumbai). He has also taken advance training from Shri. Neyveli Santhanagopalan. Murali received the Best Violinist Award from Parthasarathy Swami Sabha and often features in the chennai music season both as a vocalist and violinist.

Working with semi classical, light, western classical, fusion vocal and instrumental music at IIT Bombay, he ended up as the music director for 3 years at the theatrical productions at the Performing Arts Festival in IIT and he was a founding member of the fusion band in IIT.

He holds a sound engineering diploma and composes music in classical and contemporary genres. Murali is a graduate of IIT Bombay and UCLA. He currently works as the Director of Business Intelligence and lives in Los Angeles, California.

Yavanika - I believe everyone has two (or more) sides to their persona. Yavanika brings out this nature very well and I am able to liken it to real life and therefore appreciate the effort. When Joyce asked me to explore the aspects of music direction for Yavanika, I was excited and thought it would definitely broaden my artistic horizons and bring me back to my undergraduate days in IIT when I composed and directed music.

NAGASHREE YAGATI

NEELESH KAMKOLKAR

NEETHA TULURI

NIRANJAN BALACHANDRAN

Niranjan, who currently is a resident of Mumbai, India, has dabbled with aspects of music composition, production and programming for a few years now. He has composed and produced tracks for the dance group 'Jhumoor' (which was an Indian classical dance group based out of Baltimore during the years 2005-2008), and has collaborated with Murali Pavithran Vasudevan on a few projects over the past three years. He prefers to work on contemporizing Indian classical music styles by infusing it with western idioms from classical, rock and jazz genres. Niranjan is a self taught musician who loves all genres ranging from Carnatic, Hindustani, Western Classical, Rock, Jazz, and last but not least, Maestro Ilaiyaraaja!

" The theme of 'Yavanika' had enough elements of abstraction and also a range of emotions that was going to make working on it an exciting prospect.  Murali and I have worked together earlier on some other projects, and we know our musical sensibilities very well. It was great getting back to working with Murali after a hiatus of about 2 years."

OLIVER LEE

RADA SELVARAJ

RAHUL GUPTA

RASHMI THIRTHA

I am a mystic and a clairvoyant awakening to the artist, healer and creator in the Self and every being that crosses my path in this lifetime. I met Joyce through a friend and connected to the artist and the creator in her and thus unfolded the journey of creating art for Yavanika.

Energy healing and colors fascinate me. The day I stood in front of a blank canvas, I realized that I could easily express energy through color and shapes, than through words. This led me to explore the possibility of intentional healing through creative expression which unfolded the story of Courageous Blossoming, a sacred space where healing meets art and storytelling. I support women to create and design their healing stories through movement, energy work and colors. I am blessed to be able to do this work I love. I am blessed to be a part of this journey with brave women who blossom courageously through joy and tears. I also cherish the blessing of a loving husband, amazing teachers and wonderful friends and family. Life is indeed beautiful. Look up for more of me and my work at www.courageousblossoming.wordpress.com.

ROBERT FRANKLIN

Robert Franklin designed the lighting and stage managed for Yavanika. He was drawn to the piece because it lies at the intersection of his interest in narrative and visual arts, using the grace and simplicity of movement to engage in complex social discourse. Elsewhere, Robert has enjoyed work with the American Dance Festival, Monica Bill Barnes & Company, Portland Stage Company, and New York Stage and Film. He recently graduated with a B.A. in Drama from Vassar College, and is currently the Lighting Design Intern at the Seattle Repertory Theatre.

SEAN KUMAR

Sean Kumar is a music producer/audio engineer and vocalist currently living in Southern California.

"Although I primarily work with Western music, I was excited to be immersed in the innovative Classical Indian music composed for Yavanika. It was a pleasure to collaborate with Murali, the music director. Congratulations to the whole team for putting together this feast for the eyes and ears!"

SHARANYA KRISHNAN

SHIKHA JAIN

I'm Shikha, a student of life who thrives on learning new things and making new connections. I met Joyce recently at a common friend's place and had few nostalgic talks, wherein I learnt about her art, school and upcoming show. 

I have a passion for art (music, dance, poetry, painting) -  although to clarify, barring being a hobbyist photographer, I'm a living speci(wo)men to Ogden Nash's Confessions of a born spectator; IOW I have been good at watching performances and co-coordinating/volunteering at events. So when I read more about YAVANIKA, more I was drawn to it - an universal story essayed via traditional platform in contemporary form. And I wanted to contribute ! Reached out to Joyce and she found use for me :) 

Now by way of profession, I currently play program manager role in technology space. So I will be bringing those PM skills and drive tasks/ schedules and various activities. I will be the alarm clock with a 1 sec snooze button ;) 

SIAMAK POURSABAHIAN

SUMITHRA VENKAT

SWAROOP RANE

T.R. SUNDARESAN

VANI JAIN

VASANTHA KUMARI BATCHU

Vasantha Kumari Batchu has a Master's degree from Andhra University, India. She received her "Sangeetham Vidwan" degree from the Central College of Carnatic Music, Chennai, India. She specializes in vocal music, veena, keyboard and musicology. She has taught music at several institutions including the Thriveni Academy and CBSE schools in India. Vasantha teaches vocals, veena and keyboard in the carnatic music genre in Cerritos and Irvine.

VIDYA SEKHAR

I feel  Yavanika marks an evolutionary shift for classical Indian dance from its earlier stage of dramatic storytelling of traditional epics, to a new phase - one of thoughtful, mature expression of experience and philosophy. I felt drawn to the dream from the very beginning, from the initial concept that Joyce and Meera discussed. With open hearts and mindfulness, this dedication to humanity by this team of beautiful artists became compelling. It was something I wanted to help bring to fruition in some small way. I am humbled and  thilled to have the opportunity to lend my years of background and skills in makeup to adorn the artists who will bring the vision to life.

Vidya has been doing makeup for about 30 years. She has done makeup for TV, stage and film, indoor/outdoor photo shoots, pageants and weddings. She specializes in stage makeup and enjoys the challenge of keeping live dancers looking fresh through vigorous performance most of all.




PHASE I




Production Manager

ANJULIE GANTI

Music Vocals

SUHASINI RAMAKRISHNA

GANGA NARAYANAN

Costume & Props Team - PHASE 1

RANJINI RAJAN

TAHIRA DEEN

Poster

MANISH MANGRULKAR

ANJULIE GANTI

Anjulie began dancing at the age of 5 with Guru Smt. Vishal Ramani, founder and director of Shri Krupa Dance Company in San Jose, CA.  Her dance training was temporarily paused just months before the planning for her Arrangetram, when her family moved to Bellevue, WA.  Being one of very few Bharatanatyam dancers in the area, Anjulie performed widely through 2000 at many functions in the Puget Sound region. Sadly, her regular dance training ended in 1990 when she could no longer spend summers with her guru in San Jose.

In 1999, Anjulie graduated with BA degrees in Sociology and Social Work from UW and went on to become a massage therapist. Simultaneously, Anjulie worked for numerous women’s organizations advocating for reproductive justice. Anjulie continued her involvement with dance, as a producer and stage manager of numerous performing arts programs.  

In 2002 Anjulie was blessed to meet Guru Joyce Paul Siamak, with whom she studied with before returning to graduate work in Social Work at the UW and Public Health at Columbia University.  Currently, Anjulie is faculty at the University of Washington School of Social where she teaches in the Masters program and writes training curriculum for social workers.  Anjulie is thrilled to be reunited with Guru Joyce Paul Siamak and Arpan Arts in her role to help produce Yavanika, Veiled Perspectives. 

Anjulie lives in Ballard (Seattle) with her husband, Rahul Gupta and their two daughters Arundhati (6) and Ishani (2). Anjulie enjoys hanging with her family, knitting, pretending she can dance and being a "trouble-maker" for social justice.

PAVITHRA THIRUVENGADAM

RANJINI RAJAN

TAHIRA DEEN