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Emi Komatsuzaki received her early training at Kanemitsu Dance School and Matsuyama Ballet School in Japan. She completed a two-year independent program at The Alvin Ailey School in 2006. She is also certified as a Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis instructor. Her performance experiences include Chinese New Year Global Gala 2006 performed in 13 cities including such venues as Radio City Music Hall, The Grand Opera House, D.C. and Arie Crown Theater, Chicago, The Elan Awards, Empty Sky, and The Rising (a tribute to the victims of 9/11) at Two River Theater, Red Bank, 92nd Street Y, and The Best-Of Performance Outlet at Hunter College. She joined PDDC in 2006 and has also worked with Nina Buisson Contemporary Dance and Notes In Motion Dance Company.
Riyo Mito was born in Japan. She began training in classical ballet at an early age and started modern dance in 2001. She also studied drama, rhythmic gymnastics, and traditional Japanese arts (Nichibu and Nou-Kyogen) at Takarazuka-kita High School in Takarazuka, Japan. Riyo came to NYC in 2006 and is currently studying at The Alvin Ailey School. Recently, she performed as student of The Ailey School at the American Museum of Natural History (NYC), in a tribute to Katherine Dunham choreographed by Joan Peters. Riyo begin working with the Parijat Desai Dance Company in 2006.
Shobana Ram, Vocalist/Dancer
Shobana Ram received her initial bharata natyam training from Padma Bhushan Kamala Narayan, and continues her training under guru Smt. Rhadha of Madras. In addition to solo recitals in New York and Madras, Ram has performed in Smt. Rhadha's productions of Shiva Shakti (North American tour), and Jaya Jaya Gokula Bala. Shobana danced with choreographers Ananya Chatterjea (A Wife's Letter) and Rajika Puri (Bharata Natyam Variations). She also performed at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Music Festival in a presentation of the dance compositions by violin maestro, Padma Bhushan Lalgudi G. Jayaraman. In December 2004, she performed with Parijat Desai and Dancers in The Other Festival, Chennai. Most recently, Ram has been awarded a 2005-2006 Individual Artist Grant by the Indiana Arts Commission, toward advanced training and performance. Ram has an M.A. in International Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is an arts educator, offering dance and storytelling workshops in schools in the Indiana area. Shobana is also a student of Carnatic vocal music.
Sanjay Cherubala, Mridangam/Percussion
Sameer Gupta, Tabla/Drumset
Arun Ramamurthy, Violin