Dancers are the messengers of the gods. - Martha Graham
Natyalaya 40th Anniversary Alumni Reunion: A Student Perspective – Inchara Kashyap

Natyalaya 40th Anniversary Alumni Reunion: A Student Perspective – Inchara Kashyap

“Alaya” meaning abode in Sanskrit, implies “Natyalaya”, the home for dance, is such an apt name for our dynamic and vibrant dance school founded by Smt. Vinitha Subramanian. Natyalaya is not just a dance institution; it is a beacon of passion, love and empathy, deeply anchored in Indian cultural and traditional values. Guru Vinitha stands tall like a majestic tree, her vast knowledge forming a canopy that generously offers shade of wisdom to her students. Lucky and blessed are the students who have flourished under the guidance and care of such a nurturing mother.

The pillar of Natyalaya, Guru Smt. Kanaka Sathasivan, diligently stewards the dance school’s legacy and excellence with unwavering commitment. I had the distinct privilege of being Kanaka akka’s first arangetram student in 2018. My arangetram was a meticulously orchestrated celebration, manifesting the results of her relentless dedication. The choreography for each of my dances by Kanaka akka emerged as a masterpiece, earning significant applause.

One of the most heart touching moments of my arangetram was the cherished tradition of Natyalaya, where the guru bestows the nose ring upon the shishya. I was profoundly honored to receive it from Kanaka akka.

My family and I extend our heartfelt gratitude to Guru Smt. Vinitha and Guru Smt. Kanaka for imparting to me the invaluable education in bharatanatyam and bestowing upon us an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. It fills me with immense pride and profound emotions to be a part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of Natyalaya!