Satya Pradeep is a dancer, teacher and a choreographer in the Classical Indian dance forms of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi. She received her training in Bharatanatyam under Padmabhushan Kamala Narayan and Sangeet Natak Academy recipient Smt. R. Rhadha and in Kuchipudi under Padmabhushan Vempati Chinna Satyam, in Chennai, India. Satya has won numerous accolades and awards in the New York Metropolitan area. To mention a few, she received the Congressional Certificate of Merit from Congressman Steve Israel, in recognition of her contributions in promoting cultural awareness throughout the community. She also received: an outstanding services award from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (Institute of Indian Culture), and a title of “Natya Kala Seva Rathna” from the Kanchi Kamakoti foundation.
Satya has given many solo and group performances in the USA and in India. She was featured on “Channel 7’s Eyewitness News” for their special on India during the multi-cultural celebrations at a Public School in Long Island. In 2006, she was interviewed for the ‘Arts Scene on Long Island’, a television program aired on the Cablevision Network of Long Island. Satya was featured in the Arts section of The New York Times for her performance and lecture demonstration held at the Long Island Children’s Museum in 2007. Satya is a member of the Oyster Bay Arts Council and the Long Island Dance Consortium.
A couple of Satya’s noteworthy dance productions include “Navarasa Maalika”, a dance ballet featuring the nine main expressions in Classical Indian dance, and “Triyee,” a unique dance drama on Lord Dattatreya, who represents the primordial ideas of Creation, Preservation, and Destruction. Apart from her dance productions, Satya also performed at various festivals, such as the Festival of Indian Dances at the Newark Symphony Hall, “The First Asian American Cultural Festival” held at Stony Brook University, the “Celebration of Dance” organized by the Long Island Dance Consortium, consisting of different dance companies on Long Island, and a feature performance at the Schimmel Theater at Pace University, in New York City, as part of the University’s Centennial Celebrations. In 2011 Satya along with her students, presented “Margam” in the dance repertoire format from Alarippu to Thillana. “Vishwa Kshemam” – a thematic presentation on Universal Well Being was presented in April 2013.
Satya, along with a few of her senior students, was invited to perform at the United Nations in front of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council in 2005. Through her dance, Satya was able to benefit charity organizations and raise awareness of the importance of preserving Indian culture in the community. Some of her performances for these causes include: the Very Special Arts Festival held in Dallas, Texas in 1987, a benefit at the First Presbyterian Church in Smithtown, NY in 2004 to raise money for Children’s Education in India, the Long Island Multi-Faith Festival at the C.W. Post Center at the Long Island University, among others.
Satya Pradeep established her dance school, Nritya Saagaram Dance Academy, in 1993, to keep the Indian culture alive through these dance forms. She uses dance as a medium of expression to raise cultural awareness in the community. Satya has the unique talent to bring out the best in all her students, living up to the motto of her dance school - dance is an ocean of learning. Along with her students, she has conducted several lecture demonstrations and dance workshop, including for the Long Island Yoga Association, for nursing homes, for the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, and also for many public and private schools in New York. Her students have taken part and won in prestigious dance competitions. Many of her students have graduated (after 5 to 7 years of training) and continued advanced training. In March, 2012, Satya was selected as one of 5 outstanding women in Long Island, NY by the Indian American Forum.
Nritya Saagaram Dance Academy is located in Syosset, Long Island, New York. Satya Pradeep, the Artistic Director can be contacted at 516-681-2048 or 516-633-2897. Her web site is www.satyapradeep.com