2020 Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program: Prasanna Kasthuri and Samanvit Kasthuri
It is with great pleasure that we continue with the roll out profiles of the 2020 Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program (TAAP) teams of master artists and apprentices. Stay tuned for several updates in the next several days. [Be sure to click on hyperlinks for more of the story.]
Prasanna Kasthuri and Samanvita Kasthuri, Bharatanatyam and Kathak Dance
The Kasthuris join a special cadre of TAAP artists–teams who have dedicated time and space to intensively teach and study a tradition that is vital to their families. Guru Prasanna Kasthuri is well-known in St. Louis, in the Indian community and in the metro arts communities, where he has been active in programs supported by the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council. Through his work as an arts presenter and performing artist, Guru Kasthuri has both brought key Indian performing artists and events to Missouri and taken the Indian arts of metro St. Louis across the U.S. and Canada.
We are thankful to him and to his apprentice Samanvita for sharing this video recorded especially for the Missouri Folk Arts Program–an exhibition focusing on traditional dances, as well as her choreography.
Join us for the YouTube premier today, June 26, 2020 at 12 noon.