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I am a classical dancer first, says Vyshnavie Sainath

Dancer Vyshnavie Sainath

Dancer Vyshnavie Sainath   | Photo Credit: G_RAMAKRISHNA

Vyshnavie Sainath has filled her Season with a plethora of performances after receiving the Jashn-e-Youngistan award, a few weeks ago, in New Delhi.

“I’m extremely inquisitive,” Vyshnavie admits. That would explain why the daughter of Bharatanatyam dancer Rajeswari Sainath has trained in Odissi and Kuchipudi, after the foundational Bharatanatyam training during her formative years in Hyderabad.

Undergoing intensive, ‘gurukulam-style’ training in everything from classical dance forms and Kalaripayattu to contemporary dance in the heart of New York City, her myriad artistic pursuits have served her well, including fetching her News24’s Jashn-e-Youngistan Award, which she received along with achievers from others fields.

She feels that the recognition is huge for the field of classical dance, which is often overshadowed by more commercial forms of art.

Dancer Vyshnavie Sainath

Dancer Vyshnavie Sainath   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Talking about her productions that blend classical, martial and modern arts, Vyshnavie says, “Infusing my dance with different styles began as an effort to move beyond the repertoire, but I noticed, especially in Hyderabad, that it is also well-received by the audience, so I continue to experiment in that realm.

“The recognition comes as a validation of my creative vision, inspiring me to go ahead with what I love doing. It also goes to show that diversifying doesn’t necessarily mean compromising on my foundation or basics,” she explains.

Having spent over a decade of Margazhi season immersed in dance, this one has been no different. “Nowadays, I present my own choreographies, although my mother oversees them and helps me understand the nuances.” The mother-daughter, guru-sishya relationship is one that Vyshnavie says took time to grow into a comfort zone that she keeps coming back to when in need of guidance and solace.

Though she enjoys her tryst with other art forms, Vyshnavie says, “I want to be known as a Indian classical dancer; the beauty of our art is matchless and timeless. I feel blessed to be able to appreciate it.”

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