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Gems of classical dances


Dance: a non- verbal way to portray some thoughts, ideas and culture without words. If words would be humans, it would choose dance to express the pathos and glee. Indian classical dance came out to be as one of the way to picture the diversity of India.
We, Art Directory India through a survey came out with some beautiful artists who through their dance have given life to thoughts.

Sonal Mansingh
Coming across Sonal Mansingh who in an expressive way talks through her Odissi and Bharatanatyam dance form, She was the youngest grantee of Padmabhushan and was also awarded padmavibhushan. Her work has been a constant motivation to many young souls and also has inspired many through hee workshops and seminars. It’s her talent which made her one of the ‘Navratan’ in prime minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.

Pandit Birju Maharaj
Talking about the classical dancers and not mentioning Pandit Birju maharaj would make the conversation incomplete. The recipient of many national and international awards among it -padmabhushan and kalidassamman became his major highlights. May it be a field of Hindustani Classical Music or Cinema, he is an awardee of many prizes including Film fare award for his incredible choreography in ‘BajiraoMastani’. This shows how prominent figure he is, not just for the field of dance and music but also for cinema.

Rani Karnaa
Lived a life with her enormous talent, Rani Karnaa was one of the Kathak dancers who will always be remembered. Known for her aesthetic sensibilities, she not only used Tagore’s music but also his literature to polish her talent. She was the one who urged and made sure that Kathak would reach a level, everyone would remember.

Yamini Krishnamurthy
One of the gems of India who was born in Andhra Pradesh, she was known for her Bharatanatyam dance. She was one of the forces, who changed the direction of the wind in favour of classical dance forms. This Artist who is known for her enormous talent has received many awards including Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. This ‘Asthana Narthaki’ was a passionate dancer and had inspired many minds.

Shovana Narayana
Inspired by her Guru ‘panditbirjumaharaj’, she produced many works that has been known till date. She was the bird who made BirjuMaharaj’s dream fly and is known internationally. She fused Kathak with Western Dance form and tried to change the face of classical dance form. Her talent, skill and use of experiment made classical dance renowned.
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By – Komal Ahuja

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