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Theatre performing with prestigious groups, plays like Jean Paul Satre’s “Men without Shadows”, Utpal Dutt’s “Chhayanat”, Dinesh Thakur’s An Artiste’s Repertoire at venues like Prithvi Theatre.  Jamuna then progressed to the Bollywood Film Industry working in approximately 75 Indian films, Hindi and Regional combined, as a Leading Actress or Main Dancer exposing her to the experience of numerous Film and Folk Choreographers, enhancing her knowledge in All India Folk Styles, Indian Classical and the now famous Bollywood style of dancing.

 

After settling in New York, Jamuna has been teaching Bharatanatyam, Kathak and various Indian Folk dances for the past 20 years with belief in sharing her passion for the art and entrusting our enriched culture and traditions to the next generation.  Jamuna has trained several talented students and is one of the rare teachers who has performed students Bharatanatyam Arangetram and Kathak Rang Pravesh.

 

Jamuna and her students have participated in cultural events for the Indian Association of Long Island, Gujarati Samaj, Jain Group Association, Vishwa Hindu Samiti, Hindu Center, and Geeta Mandir. The have also performed at numerous fundraisers, competitions, and dance showcases throughout NYC, including for the United Nations Writers & Artist Association, MTV3 and more!

 

GURU SHRI. JAMUNA CHOKHANI-MITCHAM started her education in Bharatanatyam of the Tanjavur family at the tender age of three under the guidance of Guru Chandrakant Hadkar and Guru Venu Gopal and Guru Smt. Jayashree V. Gopal.  Simultaneously along with Bharatanatyam, at the age of 7, she began learning Kathak from Late Guru Chaubey Maharaj and later from Late Shri Atma Ram who was the disciple of late Guru Gopi Krishna in both Lucknow and Benaras Gharanas, respectively.  Lately she is venturing to congregate with Shri Vaibhav Joshi, also a disciple of late Guru Gopi Krishna. Trained under the age old traditions and principle of ‘Guru-Shishya parampara’ i.e. teacher-disciple relation, she earned her ‘VISHARAD” in Bharatanatyam from Bharatiya Sangeet Samiti, Bombay.  She has also learned Jazz, Tap and basics of Ballet from prominent film choreographers and dance teachers Vijay and Oscar.

 

Jamuna started performing on the All Indian Folk and Classical stage at the young age of 11, giving her first classical recitation in the classical ballet “Shiv Parvati” at the age of 13.  Subsequently, Jamuna ventured into the realm of

Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu

   Guru Devo Maheshwaraha

Guru Saakshat Para Brahma

   Tasmai Shri Gurave Namaha

 Meaning:
Guru is verily the representative of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. He creates, sustains knowledge and destroys the weeds of ignorance. I salute such a Guru.

Guru Smt. Jamuna Mitcham