Vyjayanthi Kashi is popularly known as the dynamic force in Kuchipudi. For nearly three decades now she has been instrumental in preserving and spreading Kuchipudi round the globe. Her dancejathre which is India's one and only dance fair has created history. Her performances and workshops has inspired many a dance aspirants round the world. Shambhavi School of Dance and Shambhavi Dance Theater located in Kengeri Satellite Town, Bangalore is a unique Gurukul, attracting many Indians and foreigners to persue the art form. She was recently honored by His Excellency H R Bharadwaj ,the Governor of Karnataka for her outstanding contribution to Kuchipudi
"The strength, Power and Beauty of dance form lies in its ability to integrate the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual dimensions of mankind."
It is as if saturated with this indomitable spirit of creativity and an intense passion in her search for the sublime, Vyjayanthi Kashi realizes destiny is playing court to her and she is a worthy scion of the legendary stage actor Dr. Gubbi Veeranna.
One of India's most respected classical dancers, Vyjayanthi Kashi is also a choreographer, dance guru, dance therapist, researcher and organizer. Twenty years in the field of dance and now in twilight, Vyjayanthi remains undaunted, vibrant and committed. Well known as the dynamic force in Kuchipudi, she steps to conquer unfettered by anything but dance. She has firmly stamped her arresting presence on the contemporary Kuchipudi scene in an incredibly individualistic and totally personal style.
Her early training was with Guru Ramanna in Bharatanatyam and later specialized in Kuchipudi and Temple Ritual Dances under legendary Gurus Late Guru C.R. Acharyalu, Late Vedantham Prahlada Sharma, Padma Bhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam, Padmashree Vedantham Satyanarayana Sharma, Guru Korada Narasimha Rao and others. Later she also studied Yoga and Martial Arts. Vyjayanthi has conceived and conducted thought provoking workshops, lecture demonstrations, paper presentations and has performed in India, UK, UAE, Germany, Italy, Africa, Singapore, Korea, Spain, Switzerland and other countries. Vyjayanthi Kashi possesses an open mindedness for both the old and new. Her fluid choreography and repertoire of solo and group performances reflect both her Indian heritage and cross cultural experimentations. She has choreographed mythological, historical, Sanskrit and contemporary Ballets.
Vyjayanthi is a creator and a visionary in this art who sees unity in diversity of all artistic endeavors. With a vision to promote artistic and professional excellence she established the Shambavi School of Dance, a premier arts organization in 1993. Vyjayanthi has always envisioned her creativity as a total experience, one that transcends national boundaries. For Vyjayanthi, theatre is the all-encompassing universal vehicle for her creative vision: it expresses life itself in the richness of all its myths and rituals.
Vyjayanthi Kashi became the pioneer in the field of Indian Dance Therapy and founded Shambhavi Dance Center, which opens its door to various Dance, Movement, and Art Therapists, Institutions and Universities to collaborate their therapy projects and act as a referral centre for Asian Dance, Drama, Music, and Yoga Therapy. Her devotion and dedication to special need children elevated her as an Iconoclast in this field. Vyjayanthi has successfully conducted thought provoking Therapeutic workshops for special educators, therapists, mental health professionals, Universities, Special needs institutions in India and Abroad. Through her innovative choreography, she has conceived and efficiently executed "Therapeutic Theatre Projects" which have won international acclaim.
As a Founder and Director of Shambhavi Dance Center she is working as a consultant Dance Therapist and directing Therapeutic Theatre Projects at many special need institutions.Her focus is to carry out diverse-dynamic training programs for special educators, dance therapists, social workers and mental health professionals focusing on unique methodology of Asian Dance, Drama, Music, and Yoga Therapy through innovative and effective Therapeutic Theatre Projects.