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Nrityaangan keen on annual workshop in Mangalore
MANGALORE, June 1: This coastal city in Karnataka has many budding talents in the field of dance and music. Initiatives are often taken by artistes in Mangalore to nurture this talent. The objective is to enhance their knowledge and sharpen skills.

As a part of this endeavour, a workshop on Mridangam and Bharatanatyam was held here recently Nrityaangan. The workshop was held from May 2 to May 7 at Shree Sanathana Natyalaya. Senior Mridangist Mannarkoli Balaji and Bharatanatyam exponent Vanishree Ravishankar conducted the workshop. These two senior artistes have been learning and practicing their respective art forms for more than three decades. Their vast knowledge helped the participants from places such as Trivandrum, Puttur, Udupi and Mangalore learn the intricacies of these art forms. Dance students also had an opportunity to learn different aspects of Laya in dance.

This was indeed a first time experience even to the organizer. "It turned out to be something very fruitful to the students,’’ according to a spokesperson of the organizing committee.

While the Mridangam session was conducted in the morning, the Bharatanatyam session was divided into junior and senior categories, depending on the experience of the participants. Junior dance session included children in the age group of 8 to14. They were taught two Nritta-based songs. Senior students began their learning with a Laya session and then continued with two Abhinaya pieces.

The Mridangam students got to learn the intricacies of the instrument from Shri Balaji. Bharatanatyam students had a lot of questions on the Adavus and Abhinaya in Bharatanatyam. These were sufficiently clarified by Smt. Vanishree. Senior dance students had a number of questions to the Mridangam teacher, too, during the Laya session. He also taught the dancers how to connect the Jathis with Uttharangam i.e. Mukthayi with different patterns.

The workshop received a positive response from students, parents and teachers alike. The feedback was good. Many wanted the organizers to make this workshop an annual event. Nrityaangan, it is pointed out, is keen conduct this workshop every year for the benefit of dance and music students in Mangalore. This maiden workshop was held on a small scale. The organizers are hoping to expand it in the years to come with the help of dance gurus and supporters in Mangalore.