Bharatanatyam Performances by eminent artistes Dr RajashreeWarrier and Ms Uma Govind and a Kathakali performance led by Sri R L V Pramod, Sri SadanamSadanandan, Sri KalamandalamAdityan and Sri KalamandalamArunRaju marked the second phase of the ATMA Nrityotsav – organised from Dec 26th– 29that Chengamanad. The venue was SaraswathiVidyaNikethanChengamanadu, and the audience consisted of the young campers at the ATMA Youth Leadership Camp, and the general public.
Dr Rajashree later interacted with the campers, educating them about the beauty and the nuances of Classical Dance. The Kathakali performance was preceded by a lecture-demonstration to the campers, which helped the youngsters understand and better appreciate the performance.
ATMA decided to organsie the Nrityotsav in a flood – hit area after realising that, in most such areas, regular cultural festivals had to be cancelled due to the devastation caused by the flood.
The first phase of the ATMA Nrityotsav consisted of campus performances by upcoming artistes Kalakshetraraghisatheesh, KalamandalamAkshayaAyyappan and Ms. Sandra S Nair.
The third and final phase involves a two-day Bharatanatyam Workshop by Ms Uma Govind and KalakshetraRaghiSatheesh.
Over 40 young leaders and leadership aspirants from different schools participated in the 5-day Leadership Development Workshop ‘Turning Point’ organised by ATMA Foundation at SaraswathiVidyaNikethan, Chengamanadu, from 26th– 30th December 2018.
Simultaneously, a 5-day residential training programme on ‘Adolescent mentoring & Basic Counselling Skills’ was organised for teachers and helping professionals. Apart from classes by an expert faculty panel led by Sri C K Suresh, the participants also got an opportunity to interact with the adolescent students in the camp, and hence gain a hands-on training experience.