Accomplished classical dancer returns from India

2013-05-06 00:00

AFTER four years of rigorous training in the art form of Bharathnatyam (classical Indian dancing) at a prestigious dance institute in Chennai, Nicholyn Dayanand returned to her home in Pietermaritzburg last week.

On Saturday night an arangetram (graduation ceremony) was held at the Heather Hall in Northdale.

Dayanand’s teacher of two years, Shirmathi Nandini Nagaraj, flew from India to attend the graduation.

Dayanand went to Chennai with the help of the Indian Consulate in Durban to further her studies in Bharathnatyam more than four years ago.

She had studied in South Africa under another guru, Shrimati Kantharuby Moonsamy, and her daughter, Yshrene Moodley of the Dance Academy, both of whom spent several years in Chennai learning the art.

Dayanand matriculated in 2007 and was awarded a scholarship by the Indian Consulate in Durban to study dance at the prestigious Rukmani College of Fine Arts Kalakshetra. There she trained under gurus Sri Mohan and Sri Rakesh and in the last two years under the watchful eye of Nandini Nagaraj.

Durban-born Karthiegasen Pillay, an MA graduate from Madras University and a disciple of the late Tanjore S. Kal Sangita Kalanidhi Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan and his troupe performed the music for the evening.

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