NATYA – Dance, Theatre, and Music originating
from the ancient Natya Sastra of India
Natya Nectar International Dance Company
Natya, taken from the Natya Shastra, the Bible of Indian classical dance, stands for dance, theatre and music, Nectar is the charnamrita drink of the Gods. This name implies that the arts are dripping with nectar – a fruit from the Gods.
Natya Nectar is an Experience! As the only international performing arts company of its kind, it alone brings together Indian Dance, Music and Art with circus acts under one umbrella. Founded in Delhi in 2008 by American dancer/choreographer Goura Prema Riggan, Natya Nectar’s performances include Aerial Silk, Aerial Cube, Aerial Hoop, Acro Yoga, Parkour, Gymnastics, Hip Hop, Breakdancing, Contemporary, and the Indian Classical dance forms of Kathak, Odissi, Bharat Natyam, Chhau, Kalari and many more.
“We want Natya Nectar to attain that sort of caliber that India gets its own Cirque du Soleil. My troupe would not just dazzle the viewers with acrobatics, but fuse in the culture, mythology, history, dance and music of India” – Goura Prema
Natya Nectar’s innovative and high caliber performers are always enhanced by the best of the best in set design, costume design, sound design and lighting. Great artists who have collaborated with Goura Prema’s brilliant vision include Tarun Tahiliani, Gaurav Gupta, Arjun Saluja, Karsh Kale, Suneet Varma, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Ritu Kumar and Malini Ramani.
The goal of every performance is to enliven audiences with thought-provoking messages as exhilarating entertainment! Natya Nectar has received standing ovations from sold out audiences in Hong Kong, China, Japan, Nepal, Italy and all throughout India.
“The classic histories of ancient India have been written for all time periods. There are so many messages interwoven in them that appeal to all walks of life. India is going through a transition and now the classics are more relevant than ever before, and need to be told and followed. The retelling of these classics by a foreigner makes a deep impact on audiences throughout this country. But I’m not just a foreigner – I grew up a pure vegetarian and a Krishna devotee. I have been living these classics my entire life. Practically every day, I hear someone say, ‘You’re more Indian than us. “ – Goura Prema
Natya Nectar has opened for Lady GaGa at the launch of the Delhi F1 RaceTrack as well as performing for the following celebrities and noted personalities: *Amitabh Bachchan and his family, *the Vice president of India, *the King of Bhutan and the Royal Family, *the Maharaja of Udaipur, The King of Jodhpur, Tiger Woods, and has collaborated with *Karsh Kale and other popular musicians.
At the American Center of Delhi, Natya Nectar’s presented their 2010’s 4th of July performance on the national Rajya Sabha TV show. Natya Nectar has been featured on Zee and Colors TV as well. Natya Nectar stunned India with an outstanding performance of a scene from the historical Mahabharata, the Disrobing of Draupadi, and was awarded the position of a semi-finalist on India’s Got Talent. Karan Johar was visibly impressed with Goura prema’s vision saying to her personally, “Goura, you have the body of an American but the heart of India.”
Natya Nectar stunned a packed audience on November 5, 2013 in the prestigious Kamani Auditorium of Delhi, performing their debut “Broadway-like” production of Bhumi – an astounding choreography of 7 Indian Classical Arts that illustrated an emotional story of the plight of Mother Earth. They received a standing ovation and many excellent reviews from all over India.
Natya Nectar are currently seeking sponsorships for touring America with their shows.
GOURA PREMA - Performer & Artistic Director
Goura Prema is the visionary behind Natya Nectar. Her unique upbringing (in the Hare Krsna community) , paired with her insatiable desire to express the beauty and depth of Indian spiritual culture in increasingly innovative groundbreaking ways explain why Natya Nectar is a force to be reckoned with.
Bhakti became a way of life to her, and the great epics of Mahabharata, Ramayana, Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-Gita were her bedtime stories. Beginning at the age of three, Goura began to tell these stories through classical Indian dance, and she has never stopped.
Making her move to India, Goura studied in the renowned Sri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra of Delhi. One of her first Kathak gurus was Srimati Kavita Thakur (a devoted disciple of Sri Munno Lal Shukla). Goura has since studied with Birju Maharaj, Pandit Rajendra Gangani and is currently training under the guidance of Kumudini Lakhia at her Kadamb center in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
In 2005, tragedy struck. In Delhi an accident almost derailed her journey of dance when a hit and run car ran over her leg and foot, completely crushing her foot and ankle. The doctors said she would never dance again. Ever determined however, Goura never gave up. After three operations, arduous yoga and physiotherapy, a lot of pain and a lot of prayer, Goura emerged stronger than ever!
In addition to dance, Goura studied and became very adept at Aerial Silks, and Acro Yoga she has incorporated these, and many other styles of dance and circus acts to create breathtaking productions for Natya Nectar.
Her artistic design in costumes, set, sound and lighting have facilitated ingenuity and opportunity for top quality artists around the world, bringing their skills to Natya Nectar. Although running a performance art company in India as an American has its many challenges, Goura keeps to her vision: “To create messages in our presentations and productions, that leave the audience more evolved then when they walked into the theater”
Jayant Luthra - Music Director & Composer
Talent speaks for itself. It doesn’t scream or shout, it settles in quietly and rages a storm for the world to see. And nobody embodies that degree of talent better than Jayant.
A DJ, Producer and Music Composer who has been in the industry for over 15years, Jayant is a multi-faceted artist.Undeniably identified as India’s most versatile DJ and music producer.
Jayant’s obsession with creating music started at an early age. His curiosity and eagerness has not waned ever since the first time he manipulated sounds to his whim.
Jayant began producing music in 2003 and has done numerous projects since then, working with internationally acclaimed artists such as Anoushka Shankar, Cheb-i Sabah, Karsh Kale and Midieval Punditz to name a few.
His boundaries as an artist are practically limitless, and that ethos reflects in all his work. His influences come from a wide spectrum of artists and musicians ranging from Indian classical, electronica, rock, techno and ambient – and Jayant has fused all of them to develop a unique style of music, all his own.
He is also a part of Karsh Kale’s band and has been touring with them since early 2012, the same year he was voted as the No.2 Dj in a DJ Mag India poll.
Nathaniel Parchment - Performer, Choreographer & Contemporary dance teacher
Nathaniel has been a professional dancer for over 15 years, working within dance theatre, film, fashion, music and education. Since graduating from The London Contemporary Dance School he has worked with dance companies in the UK and Europe, including DV8 Physical Theatre and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company. Nathaniel combines his passion for teaching professional performance and technical training with his current enquiries into therapeutic dance, somatic movement practices and dance within a yogic context Nathaniel teaches a range of classes including Modern (Graham & Limon) Contemporary, (Cunningham, Release) to Improvisation, Choreography, Jazz and commercial dance styles
These workshops will be an introduction to the Modern Dance techniques of American dance pioneers Martha Graham, José Limon and Merce Cunningham.
Rigorous technical vocabulary and practice will combine with a focus on performance, musicality and creative expression in choreography