Dance, evolved out of the first form of language "gestures", has now fell into the rampant commercialisation, excellence and experimentation making it more complex for the ordinary people to aspire for. Competition is severe and unless there is sound support it is tough to follow a course which is not "a paying one." Kalakshethra Malavika , stands quite clearly at this turning point in the new direction with the aim of making dance reachable to the talented. Having been trained in authentic Bharathanatyam from renowned gurus she feels the need of devoting time to teach the original style to those talented and interested students and with this intention started up the Sivaparvathy School of performing Arts at the outskirts of Venjaramoodu.
The school aims at identifying the young talent at early age of 7 to 8 years, nurturing them in the right direction towards sustaining in the field, capable enough of imparting knowledge and uplifting their living standards enhancing art in rural areas.
Kalakshetra Malavika began her dance studies at the age of 4 and Ms. Chandralekha Jose , a renowned dancer from Trivandrum was her initial guru for Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Mohiniyattom. She also got trained in regional art forms like Kathakali and Ottamthullal by reputed artists like Nelliyodu Vasudevan Nampoothiri famous for his Kathi veshams in Kathakali and Hari Nelliyodu an expert in Ottamthullal . Her tryst with art extends to being a vocalist and Mridangam player. In her childhood itself, she had won Balareshmi award and several other competitions at sub-district and district level.
Ms. Malavika had been the Kalathilakam in Trivandrum district for 3 consecutive years and four times in subdistrict level Youth festival, which is considered as a prominent mela in Asian subcontinent.
A central government scholarship for Mohiniyattam, recognising the real talent in her, led Malavika to pursue her studies in Kalamandalam. Being an ardent admirer of Bharatanatyam ,she shifted her gears to Chennai in 1999 and got admission in prestigious Kalakshetra Rukmini College of Fine arts, an international centre for arts. While learning the intricate nuances of dance form under the tutelage of Maestros like Janardhanan, Thomas and Jyotsana, Malavika realised how back home pursuant of this dance form are deprived of learning the real techniques.
Other acclaims that has come her way over the years include MGF award in 2006 , being an accredited Performing artist of South Zone cultural centre at Thanjavur representing India in Berlin ITB, and performing in Surya festivals in 2005.
All these had led her to establish herself as a teacher of Bharatanatyam in its pure form of technique to her native talents. Her institution "Sivaparvathy School of Performing Arts" support children from economically backward families, in their pursuit of art as passion and means to earn a living, and sponsor their smaller strides towards this otherwise formidable world of art.
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