Rema Shrikant – A dancer with a passion
Rema Shrikant, a Gujarat Gaurav Puraskar awardee for Classical Dance by Sangeet Natak Academy, is an accomplished dancer an evolved choreographer and also an established teacher in Bharatanatyam. She has completed her Masters in Bharatanatyam from the M.S. University, Vadodara; securing the University Gold Medal for classical dance.
Dance is a passion with Rema and even after having had traditional training from her father Guru Krishna Panicker and under Guru Kittappa Pillai, she took further training in the Kalakshetra style under Prof. C.V. Chandrasekhar, Padmabhushan awardee. She has also learnt Mohiniyattam, Kuchipudi and Kathakali styles from veteran masters.
From her first public performance at the tender age of six, Rema has to her credit hundreds and hundreds of performances. She has performed all over India and also abroad. Rema is empanelled with the ICCR and she with her disciples was invited to perform in the recent “Year of India festival” in Russia – 2009.
A dancer matures when and only when she comes on her in the field of choreography. Rema’s choreography has the unique blend of dramatization, histrionic mobility and nritta perfection. Al l this when added with her own vision, innovative approach makes her efforts of choreography, a panorama of visual delight and successful effort in communication through the art. She has choreographed more than a dozen dance dramas based on traditional themes and contemporary themes.
Rema after marriage to Srikant Nair, son of late Padmashri Vazhenkada Kunchu Nair, Kathakali exponent and first Principal of Kerala Kalamandalam, established her dancing institute, Ellora Center for Performing Arts in 1975 for training students at Vadodara where she has trained many disciples who have brought credit to her. She is a great teacher and her greatness lies in her dreams for others – her students. She can inspire the most ordinary of the students to achieve heights hitherto unknown to them, only through her selfless, sincere and dedicated efforts highlighted by discipline.
Rema has a long association with the state government; she has worked in various vibrant Gujarat, as Choreographer. She was the Chief Coordinator in choreography in the Swarnim Jayanti Celebration, 1st May, 2010 where 4000 dancers participated. Rema who is professionally well qualified has exhibited her exemplary leadership, devotion and dedication in making the Event successful.
Rema Shrikant is an all round achiever in performance, choreography and training of students. She has done a wonderful service to the nation in promoting and propagating the great cultural heritage through the medium of dance. Her contribution in popularizing classical dance is immense and she is a role model to future generations.