Nrityalaya, a school for classical dances functioning in Kozhikode, Kerala, hosted two major events recently.
One was Natyanubhava, a 'wholesome' workshop for aspiring dancers and students of dance.
The other was the inauguration of the Kerala chapter of ABHAI (Assn. of Bharatanatyam Artistes of India) within its premises.
The workshop had sixty participants divided into two
categories. The senior category was under the guidance of Chennai-based guru and dancer Roja Kannan and the juniors were under the mentorship of K. P. Rakesh who is an instructor in Kalakshetra, Chennai.
Students were also treated to 3 sessions of lecture-demonstrations of native art forms of Kerala such as Kathakali, Kutiyattam and Thullal. The students got an opportunity to experience the techniques of abhinaya and other techniques of these forms as well as interact closely with the performing artistes.
Nrityalaya, established by veteran dancer Kalamandalam Saraswathy in 1972 offers training in Bharatanatyam and in Mohiniattam. The Bharatanatyam wing is now being led by dancing duo Srikanth and Aswathy.
The Kerala chapter of ABHAI was started under their initiative and they hope that
dancers of Kerala can come together for better learning experiences as they hope to conduct more Abhivriddhisalas under the auspices of ABHAI which is based in Chennai.