The audience was left spellbound at their skill.The students of Sri Ganesh Kalaniketan, a dance and martial arts school presented 25 dances at Fascination 2006, the 21st anniversary of the school held in ADA Rangamandira recently. The martial art display by the students astonished the audience.While children danced without any inhibition, their performance was keenly observed by the directors of the Kannada film industry present at the auditorium to look for future stars. It was not without reason as many old students of the Kalaniketan have earned name and fame in the Kannada film world and television serials.
Variety programmesThe school was founded in 1985 by D. R. Ganesh and the sole intention, he says was to impart intensive training in the fields of film acting, drama, western and classical dance, music and martial arts. The school has trained more than 15,000 students and some have made it big as choreographers, actors and stunt masters. It conducts many stage shows and gives an opportunity for students to showcase their talent and their anniversary celebration is one such occasion wherein the bigwigs from the Kannada filmdom will be present. "I am happy that many of my students have excelled in various fields with sheer hard work and dedication," says Mr. Ganesh. Students are keen to learn both forms of dances - western and Indian classical. Girls do take considerable interest in learning martial arts.
Contemporary artActivities such as these help them excel in academics too, he says. Mr. Ganesh opines that any art to be appreciable must give renovated feeling. "It should have the inspiration of the time in which it exists. It must be contemporary," he says.
At present, Kalaniketan has four branches in Bangalore and Mr. Ganesh intends to open more branches to encourage talented children. Kannada film director Sai Prakash inaugurated the programme and praised the efforts of the Kalaniketan.