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Nupura School of Bharatanatya

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Ode to Dance

Nupura School of Bharatanatya celebrates its 40th anniversary with a series of performances of dance that will ensure your weekend is all things nice.

Students and alumni of Nupura School of Bharatanatya in Malleswaram from all over the world are coming together to celebrate the Ruby Anniversary of the school.  The alumni of Nupura, who have started their own dance schools across the world including USA, Canada, Germany, UK, UAE and India will be performing along with their students at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan on the 29th and 30th December. The Nupura School of Bharathanatyam has built an enviable reputation in Karnataka, to popularize the Mysore school of Bharathanatyam and this event is a celebration of what Nupura has achieved over the last 40 years under the guidance of Guru Lalitha Srinivasan who is herself a dancer, choreographer and a research scholar. “It is all about celebrating this rich and graceful style of Bharathanatyam and a journey of a guru who dedicated her whole life for dance. What makes Nupura different is its strict adherence to the indigenous form of Bharathanatyam on one hand and the innovative spirit it works with to contemporize its highly communicative art on the other. Nupurites not just learn to dance but also learn theory and to teach, sing, do nattuvangam, under the care and personal attention of the Guru,” says Manu Srinivasan, Executive Member of Nupura.

Nupura’s troupe has traveled the world touring UK, USA, & Canada with its many laudable productions including Prem Bhakthi Mukthi; Sri Krishna Parijatha, Chitrangadha, Lasyotsava, Devakannika, Koushika Sukritham, Gowdaramalli, Karnataka Nritya Vahini, Ananda Devi, Natya Tharanga for Doordarshan and modern concepts in Anveshane, Nisha Vibrahma & Kavya Nritya; Sulalitha Nritya, a production based on the research work on Suladi Prabandha of 17th century Damodara Panditha and many more.

Nupura today has become a flag bearer of the Mysore style of rendition and has made it a mission to imbibe its flavor, customize its intricacies and emerge with a style that embodies grace and dignity and a completely different way of rendering the abhinaya or emotive aspect of the repertoire. “Today Karnataka’s dance is very rich and highly active. Large numbers of male and female students learn dancing, even though very few make it to the top. But the energy in the field is palpable and most interesting. Commercialism is still not too strong here. Dancers and teachers hope to keep the old traditions, teaching them with sincerity to their disciples. Younger dancers find the need for newer and contemporary themes and work with intelligence and perseverance, which is a welcome development. The husk will drop off and the healthy grain will prevail for sure,” signs off Manu.

  • When: 29th and 30th December
  • Where: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road.
  • Cost: Free

This story first appeared in Deccan Chronicle Bengaluru dated 28th Dec 2018 here


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