There was a time when classical dances remained only in the realms of a section of society which dominated the cultural scene.
Today, however, that art has spread its wings to take in its fold a large section of the youth, which has chosen to take it up professionally.
To foster the spread of the art, schools such as the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya had begun training students since 1939.
"We issue a notification every March on upcoming admissions. The forms are then issued by June after which auditions are held for all those students who have applied for the various dance forms. Thereafter, classes begin on July 1 each year," said a Gandharva official.
At Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, classical dance forms such as Odissi, Kathak and Bharatnayam are taught by stalwarts such as Madhavi Mudgal, Moumala Nayak and Monisha Nayak.
While Gandharva takes in a select few students every year, professionals believe that it is pure talent and passion that sees a student through.
"The number of students and young people who are taking up the classical dance forms is swelling. While not all of them become professional dancers, the base of people who are training, is broadening each day. However, at the end of the day, it is the dancer's determination that pushes them forward," said Shovana Narayan, who is a professional Kathak
Societies such as the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth (Spic Macay) have also been working to promote Indian classical dance forms amongst the youth through annual performances such as Virasat.