Archive for October, 2010

Interview with Shalini Srivatsan & Shruthi Srivatsan – Bharatanatyam Dancers from Nairobi, Kenya

Shalini Srivatsan and Shruthi SrivatsanShalini Srivatsan is a Medical Electronics Engineer and Shruthi Srivatsan is an IT Professional. Both sisters have pursued their art form of Bharatanatyam dance, a classical dance from South India, since they were 3-4 years old. They also teach the art form to other aspiring young children in Nairobi, Kenya.

You can connect with Shalini and Shruthi on Facebook. You can also view photos of some of their performances.

ExtraImaginary: Please give us a little background about yourselves and your dance.

Shalini & Shruthi: In the real world (LOL … as in working world) we both are graduates. Shalini in medical electronics engineering and Shruthi in Information systems and technology. We both work in Nairobi; Shallu is a product specialist at Nairobi X-Ray Supplies Ltd and Shruthi the head of IT at Kenya Data Networks (KDN).

In our world, we are dancers … and dreamers … As far as dance goes, we’ve been learning right here at home since we were 4 and 3. Dance pretty much defines a huge part of us! We are Bharatanatyam dancers.

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Interview with Julie Mancia – Artist from Southern California, USA

Julie ManciaJulie Mancia is an artist based in Southern California. Her artwork is inspired by her favorite movies and her emotions at a particular moment in time. You can connect with Julie on Facebook to learn more about her and to purchase her art.

View Julie’s art portfolio or see it after the interview below

ExtraImaginary: Julie, could you please give us a little background about yourself and your art?

Julie Mancia: I’m Julie Mancia. I’m 28 years old. I was born and raised in Southern California. I went to Occidental college and have a BA in Psychology. In addition, I received a minor in Studio art. My focus initially was on print making. After I graduated from Occidental, I got a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. With a full time job and full time school, I found it difficult to incorporate art into my life. It was about two years ago with the encouragement and support of my boyfriend that I began to pick up art once again…. This time I decided to explore the world of painting. I just love it! I paint with oil on canvas and every painting is done in one sitting. A unique thing about my painting style is that I paint while watching my favorite movies playing in the background. I am a huge Disney fan, which you may have noticed inspired most of my current artwork. I’ve done a series of about 15 canvases and it has been a wonderful experience. I’ve just had my first showing about a month ago. I am stepping out there and putting my art out for others to enjoy and see.

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