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Kala Manjiri

“I want to impart this expensive and sophisticated art to the people, as to make it possible for the children of middle class families to learn this dance form. I also want to find a method through the dance form to help out students who are psychologically disturbed or are hyperactive.”

That’s Anuradha Shinde, founder of Kala Manjiri, a dance school where youngsters are taught Bharat Natyam. Shinde started learning dance at an early age. She began with the Manipuri form, which was taught by her school teacher. Later she began learning Bharat Natyam under Rukmini Arundale. She completed her post graduation in Bharat Natyam from Kalakshetra, college of Fine Arts, Chennai. After this she took part in the International Art Festival in Australia, Fiji, Germany and Singapore. She has choreographed songs and dances in several states.

She taught dance at a number of places in the country as she was married to an Air Force officer, who was transferred all over the country. In 1992 her husband retired from service and they settled down in Pune. She began the school in 1995 at the Alpa Bachat Bhavan. The youngest student of her school is four years old whereas the oldest is 65 years old! The school at present has 65 students on its rolls. She has in the past trained foreign students who have stayed with her at her residence and have come for short capsule courses.She has been to Germany, England and the United States where she has conducted dance workshops and courses.

Address: Alpa Bachat Bhavan, Pune 411 001.
Nad Roop

Nad Roop, one of the more active cultural organisations in Pune, Nad Roopaims at all-round development of artistic talent through multi-faceted exposure to classical Indian art forms. Nad Roop embraces vocal and instrumental music, and other dance forms in its activities to bring about complete understanding of this composite art. The Nad Roop platform is now recognised by artistes and the public for its wholesome, traditional attitude to Indian classical art forms. To this end, the organisation has sought to facilitate exchanges between dance schools in the city through Nritya Mahotsavs and conferences. Stalwarts in the field have lent their talents to encourage and foster young practitioners through guidance and workshops. Nationally and internationally known Gurus like Pt Birju Maharaj, the late Pt Shanta Prasad, Guru Rohini Bhate and Pt Suresh Talwalkar are among the many who have contributed to Nad Roop's aesthetic activity.

Address: Nad Roop, 1534, Leela Chambers, Sadashiv Peth, Tilak Road, Pune - 411 030. Phone: 447 7465


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