Two sisters, One art, Two countries
Daveena resides in USA and youngest Christina moved to Australia. The distance has apart them but their aim is one, to spread this art all over the world, by devoting themselves as an Instructor, Performer and Choreographer.
Daveena Langton (Pakianathan)
Daveena Langton a Talented Bharathanatyam Artist with Innovative Ideas was born to Capt.Hugh vijayanathan and Mrs.Jannet Pakianathan. She started learning Dance Under the Renowned Guru Smt.Vasugy Jegatheeswaran at the tender age of 3 in Colombo.
Later she was trained by Smt.Husseini Hariram a diciple of Dr.Padma Subramaniyam. Thereafter, She Joined Smt. Anusha Tharmarajah , A postgratuate Diploma Holder from Kalakshetra.
She received her Advanced training in Dance from the well Renowned Guru, Smt. Suryakala Jeevananthan, A Post Gratuate Diploma Holder in Bharathanatyam from Bharathiya Kala Kendra, New-Delhi and the Founder of Shri Ram Shristi School of Dance in Colombo.
Daveena and her sister Christina are the first pupils of this prestigious Institute and they both performed their Ranga Pravesham/Debut under the guidance of the Guru (2002)
Daveena has learnt Kathak & Bharatanatyam from Sri. Hari, the Kathak Dancer and the Founder of the Noopur Performing arts Centre, Bangalore. Who is a great Kathak performer (Hari & Chetana) and a Bharatanatyam dancer in Bangalore India and a pupil of the Legend Late Dr. Maya Rao.
She continued learning and performing under Smt. Geetha Raaj in USA. Daveena completed her Bachelors in Business Management under The University of Bangaore (India) and an MBA with specialization in Finance from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, (IUP), USA.
Daveena has conferred the title 'Natya Visharadha' from 'Bhathkande sangeeth Vidhyapeet', Lucknow.
She has also been trained in Carnatic Vocal Music under Smt.Arundathi Sriranganathan at Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo.
Daveena was a Journalist working for the Sunday Observer Paper (Lake House) a Government owned corporation in Sri-Lanka, and has also worked for the American Insurance Group, New-York as a Financial Analyst.
Daveena resides in Florida, USA with her Husband Stephen Langton and two children Jaden and Samantha.
Her first Guru Danseuse Smt. Husseini Hariram, a pupil of the Legend Padma Subramanian, identified her talent and insisted her to take up Bharatanatyam classes.
Christina did her 1st Bharatanatyam performance at the age of 2 1/2, under the Guru, during the annual concert in Colombo.
Later she was trained by an amazing Dance Teacher, Smt. Anusha Tharmarajah, A Post graduate Diploma Holder from Kalakshetra.
Under the tutelage of Smt. Suryakala Jeevananthan, Christina and her sister Mary Daveena, performed their Arangetram in Colombo, in year 2002. Christina has to her credit being a participant of several performances, workshops and Dance Competitions.
She later joined ‘Attakalari Centre for Movement Arts’, Bangalore and was trained by the Dancer and Performer, Ms.Hemabharathy Palani in Bharathanatyam and Kuchipudi.
Christina imparts knowledge in Nattuvangam and Abhinaya under the Danseuse Smt. Indra Kadambi.
She is also trained in Carnatic Vocal Music under Smt. Arundhathi Sriranganathan at the Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo.
Studied at St. Bridget's Convent, Colombo 7 (1992/2005)
Bachelors in Computer Applications (BCA) , studied at Dayananda Sagar College of Information Technology, Bangalore. Under Bangalore University. (2005/2008)
Masters in Business Administration (MBA), specialising in Human Resources Management under The University of Wales, UK ( 2008/2010)
Diploma in Speech and Drama at the Institute of Music, Speech and Speaking Skills, Colombo, Sri-Lanka ( IMSSS) under the guidance of Mrs. Kamini Perera ( 2005)
Conferred the title 'Natya Visharadha' from the University of Lucknow. (2000)
Noted Participations and Awards:
Received the 'Outstanding Achievers Award' for Dance for performing well in the Bharathanatyam Final Examinations throughout the High School years. ( 2003)
1st Runner Up in the Western Province Dance Competition, Sri-Lanka (1997)
was a Semi-Finalist in the Reality TV show 'Dhimithakatha' - Season 1, hosted by Shakthi TV ( 2004)
was in the Top 5 Dancers of the 1st Naatiya Mazil Dance competition, Colombo, Sri-Lanka. (2004)
Has performed and assisted her Guru Smt. Suryakala during the Workshops at the Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo and Kandy (1997/2005)
Has performed for the (Former) President of Sri-Lanka Her Excellency Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumaratunga at the Centenary Prize Giving Day of St. Bridget's Convent 2002 at the BMICH.
Has received the 'Outstanding Achievers Award' in the subject of 'Organisational Development' - MBA, for topping across 4 campuses of TASMAC Bangalore, Pune, Chennai and London. (2010).
Acted in a UNICEF TV commercial based on the country's civilian war. (1995)
Acted in a Documentary based on Culture and Bharathanatyam for the BBC TV production under the able guidance of Smt. Suryakala Jeevananthan (1999).
Performed for the Tsunami Aid show in 2004 to support the Children and the devastated families in the Northern part of Sri-Lanka.