Månadens artist: Riya, bharata nattam och mohini attam dansös

riyaHär kommer en text skriven av månadens artist, Riya Raju. En skicklig bharata natyam dansare numera bosatt i Sverige.

Bharathanatyam was always my favourite dance form, though I am trained in Bharathanatyam, Mohiniyattam and folk dances ! Bharathanatyam was infact my first love… Maybe because that was the first classical dance form I learned, or maybe because I loved the quick rhythm of the bharathanatyam varnams and jathis . And as I child, I always thought mohiniyattam was a tougher art form to get trained in ! In my childhood, I never had confidence in mohiniyattam when it came to bhavams/ expressions which were a key part in that dance form which emphasises more on lasya bhavam. But later on it was Mohiniyattam in which I won more prizes / awards!!! Lol.. That’s how training makes you more and more used to art forms! It takes years and years to master different forms of classical dance, and finally it gets into your body and soul that it will never go apart from you!

I started learning dance when I was 2 years. It was my mom who took me to a folk dance teacher and my first performance was at the age of 3. I started learning bharathanatyam at the age of 6 with kalamandalam Sugandhi, who is a disciple of Dr Padma Subramanyam.

“Kalamandalam Sugandhi is an exponent in the field of Mohiniyattam in India and a fine mentor to numerous disciples. She is a recepient of numerous awards and her Group choreography, bringing together 1200 Mohiniyattam dancers in Kerala won her a place in the Guiness book of world records. Her translation of Dr. Padma Subramaniam’s work ‘Bharata Kala Lakshanam’ into Malayalam has been praiseworthy.

The best part of having been able to train under Sugandhi teacher was that we had numerous opportunities to perform in various stages and theatres across south of India.

I began teaching dance in 2005, when I moved to Copenhagen. It was a wonderful experience to train kids and adults. I also used to perform in various stages in Denmark till 2010.

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