Navapallava is a classical dance festival series which aims to promote young, talented dancers who have not got enough exposure on stage.
In Chennai, dancer and guru Sailaja who performs Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi and runs a dance academy in this city has taken it on herself to promote the idea.
This festival series was launched on Saturday, June 15 with recitals at one of the city's most popular temple - Sri Kapali Temple, Mylapore.
Sailaja, the artistic director of Saila Sudha Academy says festivals of this nature have been launched in other parts of the country.
She says that the ‘pay and perform’ practice that many city sabhas follow allows for dancers with money to get performing opportunities while the talented ones are left behind.
The performing artistes at the festival on Saturday were Sarita Mishra
(Odissi) from Bangalore and Vithya Arasu (Bharathanatyam) from Pondicherry.
Dance gurus like Padma Subrahmanyam and Roja Kannan were at the event to encourage the effort.