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Tapping young talent

Wednesday, May 08, 2019
By Vijay Shanker

Atharva School of Fine Arts recently presented "Atharotsav" festival of classical dances to mark the International Dance Day. It was interesting to watch senior and young dancers on the same platform, dancing with honesty and sincerity at the Mysore Association auditorium in Matunga.

Atharva School of Fine Arts was established in 2003 and has been functioning for the last sixteen years and has been established by Guru Shamal Pawar, who is an accomplished exponent of Bharata Natyam and folk dances. She has trained several students and they have performed for various festivals both in India and abroad. Shamal has been mentored by varied teachers which includes the veteran dancer and choreographer Indumati Lele.

Students of Atharva School performed varied items from the Bharata Natyam repertoire which included an extract from Tulsidas Shree Ramchatira Manas that vividly describes the complete 'Charitram" of Lord Rama and the highlights of the Ramayana. Students danced with lot of excitement and enacted varied episodes with "Abhinaya" and varied movements in the Bharata Natyam style. With better concern over the complexity of the technique and with more practise, they can definetely do better.

Dancers from varied dance academies performed, which included Nrityaranga group for Kathak, Nrityasadhana academy for Bharata Natyam, Natraj Institute, Nupur academy, disciples of Geetha VS, Nritya Veda, Aruna academy, Shambunath, Gaurav Vyas group. It was entertaining to watch folk dances being performed on the same platform, Kudos to Shamal Pawar of Atharva Achool of Fine Arts for organising a festival of such a magnitude.

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