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Breaking the barrier by educating Bharatanatyam to Irula ladies

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Kausalya Srinivasan determined to show underprivileged youngsters after collaborating in Millennium Stage

Kausalya Srinivasan determined to show underprivileged youngsters after collaborating in Millennium Stage

It seems like an unlikely setting for a Bharatanatyam class. The stamping of ft on the ground in tune with the jathis of Bharatanatyam fills the small corridor with a tin roof of the Thai Tamil Palli at Tindivanam.

Bharatanatyam dancer and Fulbright Scholar in Residence Kausalya Srinivasan beats the thattu palakai and a bunch of seven ladies belonging to the Irular group are studying their first classes in dancing.

“It’s the conventional dance of Tamil Nadu and take delight in studying it,” Ms. Srinivasan tells the scholars as she continually corrects their posture.

“The way in which you stand, the way in which to talk, and the way in which you make gestures matter rather a lot. It can enhance your physique language, confidence and persona,” reiterates Ms. Srinivasan, who seeks to interrupt the barrier by educating classical dance to the ladies on the margins of society.

The women are attentive although it takes a while for them to regulate themselves to the discomforts of the brand new apparel of the dancers dropped at them by Ms. Srinivasan.

“I by no means thought I’d study Bharatanatyam in my life. Who would have taught us? I wished to bop when different college students in my faculty participated in cultural programmes. Sooner or later, I can even dance on the dais,” mentioned I. Sakthi, who research B.Sc physics on the A. Govindsamy Authorities Arts Faculty, Tindivanam.

“I’m wondering how she [Ms. Srinivasan] at all times has a cheerful manner and sounds assured. I really feel I may also be [always cheerful] like her if I dance,” she mentioned.

For Ok. Bhuvana and M. Gunasundarai, the Class 9 college students, the dream has come true. “I favored to bop in school capabilities. However by no means had the chance or confidence. I’ll study it nicely,” Bhuvana mentioned on Sunday.

Ms. Srinivasan determined to show Bharatanatyam to underprivileged youngsters after collaborating within the Millennium Stage created with the target of constructing performing arts accessible to everybody in achievement of the U.S.-based Kennedy Centre’s mission to its group and the nation.

When she approached retired Madras Excessive Court docket decide Ok. Chandru, he suggested her to satisfy Professor Kalyani, founding father of Thai Tamil Palli, who works among the many Irulas and fights for his or her rights. After a few conferences with Mr. Kalyani, she determined to go forward.

“I favored the concept as a result of I really feel an individual’s persona won’t be full with out studying an artwork. Artwork will give confidence to college students,” mentioned Mr. Kalyani, who additionally wished Ms. Srinvasan to incorporate some college students from his faculty [in her classes].

Requested whether or not these college students might get an area on stage, particularly when classical dances stay an unique area of a privileged part, Ms. Srinivasan mentioned she would create an area for them. “We now have to start someplace. I’ll organise their arangetram in the future. Since they’re college students, I’ll advocate their identify for the Fulbright scholarship in order that they might examine within the U.S.,” she added.

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