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School of classical Indian Dance celebrating 20th anniversary


News from Natraj School of Dance
From a humble beginning, the sheer passion for dance has nourished Natraj School of Dance (NSD) to grow as an institution of excellence in the Wellington region. Two decades of dedication in promoting the classical Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam, has established NSD as a premier school for learning the ancient art form.

The NSD is celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 2019 with two evenings of classical dance extravaganza titled BHAVA RAGA TALAM NATYAM (BHARATANATYAM) on 19 and 20th October at the Little Theatre in Hutt City.

Indian classical dance is not merely moving your body to a rhythm. It is a discovery of your roots, philosophy, mythology and many other facets of life. Every child develops personality and mind by learning this dance. Many youths have benefited immensely through the dance school in learning this art. Over six hundred students have been trained by NSD in the past two decades.

Several students have graduated from the school and held their Arangetram. Arangetram is a two hour first solo performance by a student after several years of training, presenting multiple dance styles to the accompaniment of an orchestra to an appreciative audience.

The school has students from different ethnic backgrounds and age groups who have featured in Wellington, Auckland, Manawatu and Rotorua dance performances and internationally in USA, UK, India, and Australia. It has held several workshops across the Wellington region and a participant of “Beyond the Page” program.

NSD has also been donating part of the proceeds of the dance production to charities. Some of the past year beneficiaries are Wellington Free Ambulance and Red Cross NZ.

NSD, is a Hutt based Indian classical dance school. It was founded by the teacher and choreographer Ms. Prabha Ravi. Prabha is well known for promoting two different styles of Bharatanatyam; Pandanallur and Kanchipuram Ellappa styles.

Prabha was one of the three judges in the first season reality TV Three dance show “The Great New Zealand Dance Masala!!” She is also a panel of judges for Hutt’s Got Talent 2019 and The Hutt City Youth Awards. Prabha also serves as a Justice of the Peace.

For her services to the art she has received recognition and awards – Civic Honour Award by the Hutt City Council in 2012, 2013 Culture Award by Upper Hutt Multicultural Council, in 2019 Indian Newslink Culture Award for Excellence in Indian Classical Dance and 2018 Indian Newslink Community Award for Service to the Tamil Community in Wellington. Receiving the Queen’s Service Medal from the Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy at the Investiture Ceremony on Monday 14th May 2018 is a highest recognition which Prabha dedicates to dance and to her students.

NSD invites you to come along with your family and friends to an evening of full of vibrant dances at their 20th Anniversary celebration.

Tickets for 2019 production can be purchased online via the link below.
Ticket Link: www.iticket.co.nz/events/2019/oct/bharatanatyam
Event Link: www.facebook.com/events/424814038219066/?event_time_id=424814044885732
Saturday, 19 October 2019 from 18:30-20:30 Sunday, 20 October 2019 from 16:00-18:00