Dr. Keerthi Panicker ( Dance, Music & Myself )
“Bharatanatyam is a composite art, whose message is not merely to the senses, but to the soul of the dancer and of the perceiver..”
This art form has all freedom to express the nine rasas in its complete structure and perfection. Keerthi’s entry into the world of Bharatanatyam was at the age of four. She was born in a dance and music loving family, her parents being Mr.P.K.P.Panicker and Mrs.Usha Panicker who discovered her talent in early age of four and then gradually stepped in to the world of Carnatic sangeetham and experimented as a Vainika.
She has been lucky to learn Bharatanatya in its purest form from the renowned gurus. Initially she was under the tutelage of Guru Sri.Sivanandhan Nair (Lect. Swathi Tirunal college of music) and later under Sri. S.B.Pillai (a renowned guru from Delhi and director of ‘Nrithanjali’). She has done Arangetram in 1987 at ‘Nrithanjali’ Punalur Kerala.
As part of her long journey, she had advanced courses from Bhaskara,( Gurukula for arts, Payyanur) and Bharatha Kalanjali (an internationally reputed dance academy of ‘the Dhananjayans’). She has participated in the major productions of Bharatha kalanjali and other prominent Bharatanatyam artiste’s productions. They all insisted Keerthi to confine to Bharatanatyam alone to attain ‘perfection’. They never wanted her to be spoiled in the labyrinth of different techniques and features of various art forms.
Keerthi had several opportunities to participate and attain meritorious awards in Music and Bharathanatyam at various performances in India and abroad. She has been awarded with scholarships from CCRT and Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy.