POOJA KUMAR, a vibrant and dynamic dancer had her initial lessons in Bharathanatyam from Smt. Sujatha Srinivasan at the age of six. She took further training from Sri A. Lakshman (Chennai, India). Currently she is taking advanced lessons under the able guidance of Smt. Savithri Jagannatha Rao (Chennai, India). She also takes abhinaya lessons from Smt. Indira Kadambi (Chennai, India).
Pooja was the 1st Prize Winner in the Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana and was invited to perform at Narada Gana Sabha Main Auditorium, Chennai in the December Season 2008.
She has received
title of "Nrithya Yuva Rathna" by Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial
Foundation (Chennai, India) in December 2007 for her splendid performance
in Bharathanatyam, in the august presence of Smt. Ambika Buch (Kalakshetra).
She was awarded the "Lakshmi Vishwanathan endowment prize for ABHINAYA" for her excellent performance in Bharathanatyam- talent promotion dance of the Pongal dance festival in Jan. 2006, at Shri Krishna Gana Sabha (Chennai India).
She was the youngest prizewinner at the Lumbini Arts Society bharatanatyam dance competition in Ottawa, Canada in 2001 and was selected to go to Europe by a panel of international judges and was awarded a cash prize.
In the December 2000 arts festival in Chennai, she was awarded the title of 'NATYA KALA BHUSHANAM' by Natyanjali Trust
She has given various performances and fundraisers in Chennai (India), USA, and Canada. She performs every year for the December Arts Festival in Chennai and has danced at the prestigious venues in India.
Pooja has been presenting thematic concerts, collaborative presentations, innovative workshops and lecture demonstrations to enlighten others with this art form. She obtains continuing education from illustrious gurus in India. Pooja is also a dedicated teacher who is conveying this art form to aspiring students in Cleveland, OH, USA.
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