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Bharatnatyam danseuse going strong at 60

art and culture Updated: Jan 17, 2012 17:29 IST
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A city-based Bharatnatyam dancer who turned 60 recently is going strong and is now arranging Arangetram for her 60th disciple here.

Meera Chandrasekaran is a known face in the dancing circles not only in city but in entire central region. Born in a traditional Tamil family, she was brought up in a family of artists and her mother Anandvalli Natarajan was herself an artist of All India Radio in 1950.

Meera learnt Kathak initially and did practice for some time but after seven years, she switched over to Bharatnatyam which she is still practising. She established Meera Nritya Niketan (MNN) in 1974 and poured her heart and soul in totality.

Niketan is a name to name to reckon with in the fine arts world. Since then she has carved a niche and is a recipient of many awards and titles during her illustrious long dancing career.

"I am very happy to impart training in Bharatnatyam to many outsiders including foreign disciples those from UK, USA and Switzerland who come during the summer holidays to learn the finer points of dance," a proud Guru Meera, told PTI.

A lot of young boys and girls under her tutelage have evolved, groomed and performed and are carry forwarding art of Bharatnatyam in various parts of the country.

Many of them have started their own institutions. Her training include choreography, direction, nattuvangam and related areas for deserving disciples, Meera said. She has been actively associated with Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai and Indira Kala Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Khairagarh (CG) in various capacities including examiner for PG courses.

Padmini Ajay Gokhale became her 60th disciple to perform Arangetram in city two days back. An eighth standard student of Jain International School, Padmini was initiated in the classic art of Bharatnatyam at the tender age of six and learnt finer nuances of this typical Indian heritage dance form while blending the values of dedication, devotion an determination and other attributes of life, Meera said.