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Ganna Smirnova is possibly Ukraine's most well known Bharatanatyam classical dancer. Smitten by a Bharatanatyam performance during the Festival of India in Russia, she followed her dreams by landing in India to understand and learn this art form. Starting with a scholarship-funded training in India and having learnt yoga and meditation too, she has learnt the best that India can offer, including learning under senior guru Jayalakshmi Eshwer.

Indian music and dance, the cosmology and the sacred literature, Ganna's deep conviction has been that dance is not just a performing art but a sacred art and to pursue this conviction she has spent time learning and performing since the time she graduated in Bharatanatyam.

In Ukraine, Ganna has focussed strongly on Bharatanatyam - performing it, teaching the art to others and choreographing productions under the banner of The Indian Theatre Nakshatra. She is also deeply involved in art education and in showcasing Indian art in her native Ukraine. She continues to visit India to learn and upgrade her knowledge.
At present Ganna is doing her research work on the subject of 'Aesthetics of Indian Temple Dances - Tradition and Contemporary World at the Department of Arts and Aesthetics in the T. G. Shevchenko National University Kiev, Ukraine.

She was empanelled in the distinguished artistes list of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in 2004

She holds a post graduate diploma in Indian classical dance (Bharatnatyam) under the ICCR scholarship from Triveni Kala Sangam. She learnt Bharatnatyam under the legendary guru Jayalakshmi Eshwar - 1998-2003.

She has also learnt Yoga at the National Institute of Yoga in New Delhi for five years - 1998-2003.

She holds a post graduate diploma in Choreography from Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts - 1993-1997.

She attended a Certificate Course from the University of Physical Culture with specialisation in Aerobics, Shaping, Athletics and Gymnastics - 1994.
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Ganna Smirnova is a busy dancer, having recitals in Ukraine as well as in India. In March 2010, she performed solo at the Lord Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram, south India at the annual Natyanjali Dance Festival. This is an annual event where dancers from all parts of India and from abroad pay homage to the Lord of Dance. Ganna performed at similar Natyanjali Fests at Kumbakonam and Thanjavur.
She has presented a solo dance recital at the Epic Centre, Gurgaon, India and at Russian Science and Culture Center in Delhi in 2009 and later that year, was awarded the National Artist award by The Department of culture of the Government of Ukraine; she was the first one in the Indian art category for achieving this distinction Later in 2009, at the National Palace of Ukraine, The Indian Theatre Nakshatra performed for the 175th anniversary of the University and the dancers received a standing ovation.
As a soloist, Ganna has always strived for perfection in Nritta, Nritya and Abhinaya and received rave reviews for her performances from India's leading dance critics.
In June, 2009, she presented her second dance drama ballet named 'Dasavatraram' at the Greek Amphitheatre at Chersoneses, Ukraine.
Ganna has performed and represented India at the prestigious Kyiv international Carnival in 2008 and performed and choreographed the Ukrainian adaptation of the poet Kalidasa’s Kumarsambhawam at the T.G. Shevchenko National University in 2007.
She composed, conceived and produced the dance drama 'Devadarpana the Mirror of Gods' in 2004.
Ganna has perfected the Kalakshetra bani (style) of Bharatanatyam under one of India's most respected gurus, Jayalakshmi Eshwar and the execution of this style at her recitals has impressed audiences in india, in Ukraine and elsewhere.
Ganna has had performances at India Habitat Center, Kamani Auditorium, Tagore Hall, Triveni Kala Sangam, Delhi Tamil Sangam which are all prestigious performances spaces in India's capital,Delhi.
Being the Artistic & Director of 'Nakshatra, Ganna has achieved many firsts about Indian performing arts in Ukraine. In May 2009, she organised celebrations to mark the birth anniversary of National poet of India's national po poet, Rabindranath Tagore in the historical Anton Chekhov Theatre in Yalta.
She has organized a Indian classical music festival 'Raaganjali' in 2006 and in 2009.
In December, she organised the highly successful concert at the National Opera House in Ukraine of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his troupe consisting his two sons Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan and the internationally acclaimed Tabla maestro Tanmoy Bose.
The Nakshatra group performed and won the first place in the international dance competition called Summer of Yalta in 2008. Nakshatra became the first oriental theatre to enact the performance in the ancient Greek Theatre which is in the UNESCO Heritage list at the Chersonese (Crimea) in June 2008.
She has organized 'Roerich Revisited', a painting exhibition of the Vladimir Andriyvich Kozar in 2007 and also organized the painting exhibition in 2006 on the sidelines of the Nrityaanjali festival in 2006. The painting exhibition was a collaborative endeavor of Indian and Ukrainian artists.
She has conceived, conceptualized and organized with the help of Indian Embassy and Indian community in Ukraine, the highly successful International festivals of Indian classical dances - Nrityaanjali in 2005 and 2006, the first ever international festival of its kind in the whole of CIS region with artists from USA, France, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Russia, Malaysia and India comprising maestros such as Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pt. Bhajan Sopori and Pt. Subhankar Banerjee.
She also organized photo exhibition of the dance festival in 2005 at the state visit of the then President of India Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in Ukraine.
I was particularly swept off my feet by the superb dancing by Ganna Smirnova, by her stunning execution of the tandavas. I was deeply impressed by her discipline and devotion. It was delightful to witness her comprehending the intricacies and nuances of the idiom and mastering them so thoroughly.
- Subbudu (Well known dance critic of India). Reported on 19th May, 2000 in The Statesman
Ganna, a disciple of Jayalakshmi Eshwer made the audience sit up with the prestine quality of her Bharatnatyam that was a new expression of Bhakti. Apart from the grammatical clean rendition one appreciated the intense devotional involvement in the dance episode Ganna is a tribute to Jayalakshmi's teaching.
- Leela VenkatRaman, Distinguished Dance Critic writing in 'The Hindu', dated 25th April 2003newspaper
Ganna with her natural gifts and good looks created a favourable impression all over India with her performances reflecting her thorough training in Kalakshetra bani
- 'Padma Sri' Dr. Sunil Kothari in the Nartanam Quarterly Magazine, 2005 Ganna has made a sincere effort to infuse the western enchanting ‘Grace’ in the rhythmic beauty and explosive energy of Bharatnatyam
- Manjari Sinha, Distinguished Art Critic, TIMES OF INDIA 17th May 2002
I have played music in almost all parts of the world. But the warmth and the experience here is just unparalleled.
- Padma Vibhushan Hari Prasad Chaurasia, 2006

It was great feeling and immense pleasure playing here. I pray to the Almighty for our long term relationship to follow.
- Noted Tabla player Subhankar Banerjee, 2006

I am extremely happy that Ganna one of my extremely committed disciples and is contributing to the growth of the Indian culture in UKRAINE. I wish your life is always filled with dance and music. You have extended our vision to Ukraine.
- Sharon Lowen, famous Odissi dancer, 2006
Presented papers in the scientific conferences at the Academy of Sciences in 2007 on the subject of the Metaphysics in the Indian temple dances.
Presented paper in 2008 at the National Kyiv Mohyala Academy on the 'Triangles and Geometrical pattern in the Indian classical dances'.
Participated in round table conference in the Institute of International Relations on the subject 'Soft power of India Ð the cultural diplomacy - post 1947.
Conceived and helped organize the round table on the birth centenary of Anand Kentish Kumaraswamy in the National Academy of Sciences and one of the distinguished scholars of Indian studies Konstatin Rigmey of Switzerland.
Presented lecture demonstration at Ivano - Franko National University in Lvov on the subject of the Nataraja- Understanding the enigma of the Indian performing arts.
Member of the CID (UNESCO) since 2005 - this is the apex body of dance in UN.
Ganna Smirnova
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Kiev 03087.
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