Nrityanjali is a bharatnatyam classes in pune with its origins in Kolkata. Having started out in a garage with a few students, it rapidly grew to huge proportions imparting training in Bharatnatyam to more than 200 students at a time.
More than 150 of Nrityanjali’s students have performed their Arangetrams in the last 30 years. Students are rigorously trained in all the nuances of Bharatnatyam such as Bhavam, Abhinayam and Talam. Practical training is accompanied by a thorough grounding in the theory of Bharatnatyam. Thanks to the strong foundation, Nrityanjali’s students regularly appear for examinations conducted by Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth and Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya and perform very well.
Nrityanjali’s students participate in all the eminent dance competitions such as Mood Indigo, Kalyani Karandak, etc. and are usually the winners of all top prizes.
Nrityanjali’s students have given several prestigious programs before dignitaries like the King of Sweden, Shri Shankaracharya of Dwarkapeeth and others. They have performed on important occasions such as Pune Festival, All India Scientists Conference, All India Medical Conference etc. Nrityanjali is an active member of the Indo Nippon Friendship Association and its students have performed at their cultural exchange events.
Mrs. Aparna Sreedharan
To open the minds of the students and increase their awareness, they are taken on study tours to Chennai where they may witness the programs and workshops of eminent artists. Students visit temples at Satara & Kancheepuram and are taught to interpret dance through the sculpture on the temple walls. Students are trained in folk dances and have gone on tours to Gujarat during Navratri to learn the traditional folk dance forms. Besides dance, students are trained in the associated areas of music, choreography and make-up.
Nrityanjali’s most notable dance productions include Kalidasa’s Meghadootam. Shri Krishna Leela based on the life of Lord Krishna and Shakti Prabhavam with the empowerment of women as its theme. Nrityanjali is one of the best Bharatnatyam Institute of Pune with a keen sense of social responsibility. Nrityanjali has donated the proceeds of its productions such as Shakti Prabhavam and Sapta Swaranjali to institutes like Pune Blind School and Jeevan Jyot Mandal’s. Tharte Muktashala for mentally challenged children. Nrityanjali students performed at Kandy in Sri Lanka, under the auspices of Central Province Hindu Association. The recital was broadcast by Sri Lanka’s TV channel Roopavahini. The proceeds of this program were used for the education of children of 40 farmer families.
In the last 40 years, Nrityanjali has grown from strength to strength and is today, one of the premier bharatnatyam classes in pune. It hopes to continue on its path to spread cultural and social awareness.