Mangalore Hosts Dance Fest

InuaguratuionDancer Radhika Shetty presented seniors and dance students in this coastal town of Karnataka

Mangalore, the coastal Karnataka city has a thriving arts and culture world. As is the world of Bharatanatayam.

Though the number of dance academies and students are limited, each in his or her own way makes an effort to host festivals.     

Radhika Shetty, a danseuse from Mangalore has had big intentions of propagating this art form -   her own dance institute. “Nrityaangan” is her dream project.

Radhika says her focus is on the individual performances. To promote this dance form she says Nrityaangan,”is a registered charitable Trust that is established to spread and propagate the Indian classical dance forms.


With this in mind, Nrityaangan organizes workshops and dance festivals that  nurtures the next generation of artistes and provide them opportunities.”

She has also taken up interest in spreading this form by In this direction, a dance festival was organized in Mangalore, on January 18 and 19, and it was called “Samarpan”.

Kavya-Mahesh Prakshila-Jain

This festival was inaugurated by the senior dance proponent and ‘Shantala’ awardee. Jayalakshmi Alva.

This festival was also witnessed by Shantala awardee Sri.K. Muralidhar Rao and many other dance guru’s of coastal Karnataka.

Performers from different places participated The recital of Navia Natarajan from the USA was the central attraction on the first day of the festival.

Shruti--Parshwanath-UpadhyeHer hold over the abhinaya as well as nritta was commendable. Young artiste Mrinalini Biswas, Kolkata, too showcased her talent.

The dance duo Shruthi Gopal and Parshwanath Upadhye kept the audience spellbound with their intricate footsteps and crisp performance. Sinni Joshi from Bengaluru impressed with her abhinaya.

Observation is an important aspect for a learner in performing art. Hence, local dance students had the opportunity to watch the live performances of artistes of different places and the proponents of different styles in Bharathanatyam.

Sinni-Joshi1 Shriya-Maiya

Another important aspect was the involvement of ‘sahrudayas’. Radhika was successful in attaining this, by involving the local budding artistes.

Recitals by the senior students of Gaana Nritya Academy Mangalore, a solo by Prakshila Jain of Mangalore, and the junior students of Radhika’s own Nrityaangan were also part of this festival.

Contact Radhika Shetty at 2-10-812/4, Maithri, 6th Cross, Bejai Main Road, Mangalore. E-mail – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reported by Ayana Perla / Mangalore