‘Dance forms should be included in syllabus’


Nashik: The boundaries of education are limited due to many subjects and problems. There is a need to expand them through various arts. As one gets positive energy through dance form, human life will prosper. Considering this, dance form should not be limited to dancers only, but all components in society should adopt it, opined experts in a seminar organised on the subject ‘dance – inseparable education’.

The seminar under senior classical artiste Nalini Asthana was held on second day of dance convention. Vaishali Balajiwale interviewed Prof. Medha Divekar, Dr. Swati Daithankar, Prof. Aviraj Tayade, senior danseuse Rekha Nadgouda and Dr. Nandini Patil.

Dr. Nandini Patil stated that there is a need to include dance form in syllabi as a subject. Swati Daithankar said that as students will get 10-15 marks for arts in SSC examination, its importance is increased. Dance form and other art forms are seeing good days, she added.

As students will get marks for various art forms, they will take efforts to learn them, Daithankar stated. Art form will get encouragement after SSC too, else there will be no meaning to this decision, Medha Divekar said. Aviraj Tayade expressed a need to give musical education to students along with primary education. If students learn music and dance form from a single teacher through a gurukool method, they will get a different height, opined Rekha Nadgouda.

While expressing the need for availability of separate option based on various arts in syllabi, president of the convention Nalini Asthana confided that human life will be prosperous through medium of art, if this happens.

Audience gave overwhelming response to various dance forms presented by various organisations. Dr. Nandini Patil and her followers presented Kuchipudi dance form. The 2nd all India dance convention was concluded at Parshuram Saykhedkar auditorium with presentation of dances by Kalasiddhi Nrutyalaya, Saswad, Karmaveer Bhausaheb Hiray Pratishthan, Mumbai, Smitatai Hiray College of Performing Arts and Kirti Kalamandir dance institute.

In next stage of the programme, Srija Wariar from Kalyan presented Mohiniattam dance form. Guru Padma Sharma showed a visual based on classical dance form and danseuse from Pune Leena Ketkar presented a classical dance. Thereafter Sonali Karandikar, Shilpa Deshmukh and others presented Bharatnatyam.

Swanand Kala Prasarak Kendra presented classical dance in afternoon session. A visual based on life Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra was shown later. Audience was overwhelmed by Odisi dance form presented by danseuse Sangita Pethkar and her colleagues.

The programme concluded with Bharatnatyam presented by Dr. Swati Daithankar at the end. It was announced that international dance convention will be held at Aurangabad next year.