“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
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
Nad Roop, one of the more active cultural organisations
in Pune, aims
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