About Behnaz S Todiwala
Behnaz S Todiwala is an ordent follower devotee of Lord Shiva and director of Utkarsh Dance Academy , who has been practicing Bharat Natyam classical dance since last 38 years.
- Started learning Bharat Natyam from the age of 4 from Gurus Smt. Neelaben and Reenaben Raval of "Felicity Art" (Surat).
- She is further taking her training under the Professional Guidance of Guru SHIVRAMKRISHNAN popularly known as Prof. K. A. Gnaesh Iyer.
- In 1988 she was felicitated by The Parsee Pragati Mandal of Surat for her Outstanding contribution in Bharat Natyam.
- In 1988 and 1989 represented India in International Dance Festival - Mondial des culture de Drommonville - Quebec, Canada. Fetes de la Vigne de Dijon, France & in Turkey.
- In 1991 successfully performed her "Arangetram".
- In 1993 completed her B.A (Visharad) from Bruhad Gujarat Sangit Samiti, Ahmedabad and stood 1st in Gujarat.
- In 1994 stood 1st in Gujarat in Youth Festival held by Surat Municipal Corporation.
- In 1999 completed her M.A (Alankar) in dance from Bruhad Gujarat Sangit Samiti, Ahmedabad and stood 1st in Gujarat with a gold medal.
- In 2002 she has been fecilitated by "Ujas Award" and 2005 by "Rashtriya Kala Kendra Award" in Surat for her contribution as a young artist in the field of Bharat Natyam.
- She is the 1st one to introduce the concept Group Arangetram in Surat and made it affordable to even middle class people.
- She has been successful in giving International exposure to many students by giving them an opportunity to represent India in various Children &Youth, International Folk Dance Festival held in across various countries such as China, Malaysiya, Spain, Itlay, Austria, France, Belgium, Greece, Korea, Taiwan, U.S.A. and Canada.
The inspiration behind Mrs. Behnaz S Todiwala is her mother Late Mrs. Jaloo R. Variavaa. Today, Utkarsh Dance Academy is the version created by her mother.
Guru Shri. K.A.S Krishnan (Ganeshanji)
Guru Smt. Neelaben Raval
Mother. Late. Jaloo R. Variava