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Mangaluru: 100 days of online classical dance series by 125 artists | Mangaluru News

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MANGALURU: The lockdowns had put a sudden brake on classical dance shows as well as classes across the country. However, using online platforms like Facebook, was the best answer for many dance maestros to run a dance series, when the whole world was witnessing lockdowns and restrictions. ‘Nrithya Nirantaram-T20’, an online classical dance series hosted by Natanam Academy Of Dance in the coastal city has gone on for 100 days with the participation of 125 dancers from across India and abroad, through the Facebook page ‘Natanam Live’.
As part of the hundred days celebration on Thursday, Elizi Ojha from Assam presented ‘Sattriya’, Barsha Mohini from Odisha performed ‘Odissi’ and Deepa Bhat from Bengaluru as well as Dr Manjari Chandra from Udupi rendered Bharatanatyam recitals. On the next day, Keya Chanda and troupe presented ‘Kathak’, Bhavya Kumaran from USA gave a ‘Bharatanatyam’ performance, Krishna Babu from New Delhi performed ‘Mohiniyattam’ and Lipika Sinha’s troupe presented a Manipuri recital.
Veteran maestro Dr M R Krishnamurthy from Bangalore, who was a part of the show said, “It is a good development as online platforms like ‘Nrithya Nirantaram’ have widened the scope for bringing hidden talents and dance aspirants to the limelight.” Krishnamurthy is former colleague of Bharat Ratna M S Subbulakshmi as well as a disciple of Bharatanatyam legend Rukmini Arundel.
Congratulating ‘Nrithya Nirantaram-T20’ for its success, Yoko Matsushita, a Bharatanatyam trainer from Japan and a participant of the show said, “Online platforms of this kind bridges culture and tradition of two nations, it is meant to get to know people from different countries, augments brotherhood, harmony and alliance.” He is the disciple of ‘Padma Bhushan’ awardee C V Chandrashekar.
Organisers from Natanam Academy Of Dance, Ramyachandra and B N Ramachandra said, “Not only Bharatanatyam, but we have given a platform for all dance forms across India. Exhibiting unity, integrity and imparting mutual co-operation is the need of the hour amidst this catastrophe that the world is undergoing right now.”

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