Nrityayatri presented workshop by the Dhananjayans on May31 & June 1, 2013 at Abhinav Primary School, Pune.

Report of the workshop
Pune city based entrepreneur and noted Bharatnatyam dancer Meghana Sababde’s “Nrityayatri”, a unique concept of dance educational tours, where the young dancers get closer to their art by visiting the places of origin of their dance - an effort just to make every young artist aware of their roots, the rich history of their dance form, traditional values with a hope that they pursue their passion for this great art form a little longer.

Founded in Pune in the year 2011, Nrityayatri has toured to Chennai, Chidambaram and Tanjavur. We have visited great institutes like Kalakshetra, Bharatakalanjali. Also visited temples like Chidambaram and Tanjavur where we find origin of Bharatnatyam, the beautiful sculptures, the Karanas- dance postures of Shiva. The students get an opportunity of performing in the golden hall of Chidambaram temple where Shiva performed his Ananda Tandavam and much more.

After the remarkable success of ‘Nritya Yatri’, Meghana Sabade is expanding its scope by organizing various dance related workshops and seminars lectures and demonstrations. Meeting great Gurus like Padmabhushan Dhananjayan Sir, Shanta Akka and Anitha Guha was indeed a very rare opportunity. As a result of Nritya Yatri Tour, a workshop was conducted on 31st May and 1st June in Pune .Only few days after the announcement of this workshop, the registrations were full.

 One of the participant of the workshop quoted her experience as “I am one extremely lucky girl to have seen, experienced and for sometime lived in the presence of great Sir Dhananjayan and Akka”. They say Old is Gold and it is very true as students have witnessed an immense treasure of grace and perfection during the the  workshop.

The duration of the workshop was three hours but Shantakka has a fabulous stamina that will match any young dancer. Dhananjayan sir’s  expert  guidance helped students to understand the meaning of Tamil verses better. Every movement brought joy and a marvelous experience among students. Gopu, Sir’s senior disciple, showed students the steps with his fast and rigorous movements in perfect Aramandi.  It was inspiration to be better and grow more to achieve some place in this vast ocean of knowledge of Bharatnatyam.

Workshop on 30th May

Pose for Reclining Vishnu

On 2nd June the spectators of Pune witnessed a beautiful performance by the ‘Bharat Kalanjali’ students and the maestros-Dhananjayans. The character Manthara was played by Shantakka and that of Dasharatha played by Dhananjayan was a complete lesson in Abhinaya itself. “There was nothing less or more than perfection, every performance brought tears to the eyes, sometimes of sorrow but mostly of joy.  "I am so fortunate to see and experience such marvelous performance” - these were the thoughts expressed by one of the students after witnessing the performance of Dhananjayans. In spite of not knowing the language everyone from kid to adult could understand the story through expressions and performance. Undoubtedly it was an unforgettable experience.

Nrityayatri plans to widen its scope by organizing workshops, lecture demonstrations, interactive sessions by inviting great Gurus to Pune. Nrityayatri aims to give you the best. On the tours you create your own experiences of the world of dance and here in the city we give you a chance to explore the nuances of your own dance with the help of these stalwarts.
Here is a glimpse of upcoming events by Nritya Yatri in 2013 - in August, a workshop by Taal yogi Shree Suresh Talwalkar on “Lay-Taal”. In October a workshop by renowned Bharatnatyam Dancer Priyadarshani Govind. Nritya Yatri will also continue to offer its innovative tours in forthcoming years.

Felicitation of Dhananjayans by Meghana Sabade, Sir Suresh Talwalkar and Maniktai Ambike

Interview by Parimal Phadke


Conversation between Kaikai-Manthara, Kaikai-Dasharath

Artists of Bharatkanlanjali

All the artists of Nritya-taringini programme along with Nritya-Yatri organizers Meghana Sabade and Shraddha Palsule