anavarata dance institute

WATCH: Mzansi India by Anavarata

MzansIndia (Mzansi India) by Anavarata Dance Institute another brand new production! Indianspice a proud sponsor of Anavarata Dance Institute.

The Anavarata Dance Institute (ADI) [Registration No.044-238-NPO] is a community-based, non-profit organization constituted on 10 October 1993. We celebrate our 50th anniversary, and our UNESCO CID membership in 2011.  We are renewing our outreach initiative, by seeking partners and promoters outside our country.

 Our History began in 1959, when Rani and her sister Prema were amongst the first 3 South African girls to study Bharata Natyam in Madras, at the “Saraswathy Gnana Nilayam” under the tutelage of Srimathi K. Lalitha, and also  took lessons from Dr. Padma Subramanium. They returned to India in 1965 to study Kathak under Guru Krishna Kumar, a member of the Mysore State Nataka Academy.While in India, South African dancers were such a rarity that they were interviewed by the BBC on their experiences, and were  invited to tea with Prime Minister Nehru.  They ran the “Nydoo Sister’s School of Dance”, which later changed in 1993 when Prema emigrated to India, to ADI.

Anusia Pillay, the current Chairperson and Artistic Director;  studied Bharata Natyam and Kathak under both her mother  and aunt, since childhood and attended the same schools as her mother, in India.  This resulted in Anusia, literally, following in her mother’s famous footsteps.  Both Rani and Anusia advanced their Kathak knowledge under Guru Rajender Gangani of Kathak Kendra, in New Delhi, the son of Guru Kundanlall Gangani of the Jaipur Gharana.

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