Geeta Chandran and her tryst with Bharatnatyam goes back a long way. She began learning the craft at the age of five under the tutelage of Swarna Saraswathy and has over the years become synonymous with this classical dance form. In her dance presentations, she skilfully weaves abstract notions of joy, beauty, values, aspirations, myth and spirituality.
This celebrated artist and performer is also the Founder-President of Natya-Vriksha, an organisation devoted to the promotion of Bharatanatyam.
She constantly strives to create a niche for the dancers. In order to fulfill the purpose, the World Dance Day was observed and celebrated in the capital recently.
‘For the past five years, I have been spearheading the observance of World Dance Day with a series of intellectual events and performances. Continuing that tradition, this year as well Natya Vriksha brought together dance-related lectures and a Young Dancers’ Fest,’ Geeta points out.
The idea behind the genesis of such a day is significant too. ‘My vision is to inspire and provide young dancers an eclectic opportunity, nurture talent and enable them to spread wings. I believe that dance must be linked to life and that artists must use their unique position in society to make a difference to life and living,’ she says.
‘This year, the World Dance Day celebrated its sixth anniversary through film screenings, a seminar and a dance fest to promote young talent,’ Geeta says.
In a tribute to the young dancers on World Dance Day under the aegis of Natya-Vriksha, the Young Dancers’ Festival was organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and UNESCO every year.