Rasadhwani is one of the leading institutes in Ahmedabad imparting training in Bharatanatyam. It was established 1990 with the objective of promoting excellence in the field of Bharatanatyam. Under the directorship of Dr. (Mrs.) Uma Anantani, Rasadhwani has reached a major milestone and is celebrating 25 years soon.
To celebrate this, Rasadhwani participated in the ‘Joy of Giving Week’ during the first week of October and imparted training to a team of youth members from the urban poor section of the society. The result is ‘Rasa ke Saath’, a fundraising event organized by Rasadhwani, in aid of SAATH Charitable Trust.
Dr. Anantani says, “The idea was to experiment against myth. At Rasadhwani, dance is first a joyful exercise and then a rigorous one, which is the demand of any classical art form. We wanted our friends from SAATH to experience this joy of expression through the medium of dance. We mould an individual according to their potential. This enables us to help students understand that classical art is not conformist and boring. One need not be limited by the barrier of language. This self-realization is the need of the hour.”
Ms. Shivangee Vikram, lead dancer at Rasadhwani, has spent the last three weeks training and observing the youth team. She says, “It has been a very humbling experience. All that these young men and women need are the right kind of resources and the right amount of motivation and they are ready to face the world!”
SAATH’s manager for fundraising, Ms. Vama Rajpal, is convinced that this is a very unique affair. “Aspiring dancers from the slums are going to perform alongside trained students and senior performers of Rasadhwani. Money raised from this event will be used to provide informal education and nutritional support to children of vulnerable communities”, she says.
‘Rasa ke Saath’ will feature a ‘Mangalam’ performed by the youth team from SAATH. Students of Rasadhwani will present the traditional repertoire of Bharatanatyam as well as ‘Ek Shloki Ramayana’.
Rasadhwani is giving back in a small way and in so doing, giving the youth exposure to India’s rich cultural heritage. Do come and show your support!
Date: 26th October 2013, Saturday
Time: 6:30 PM
Venue: CEE Auditorium, Nehru Foundation, Thaltej