KARNATAKA

Love for classical dance brings him fame

Awe inspiring: Sridhar

Awe inspiring: Sridhar  

Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: It is in recognition of his commitment to art and culture. And an acknowledgement of the talented artist from Mysore who has the potential to keep the flame of classical dance burning in all its glory.

Sridhar Jain will be honoured with the Youth Excellence Award instituted by the Akhila Karnataka Jain Youth Federation. The award is normally bestowed on artistes known for their mastery over the form and dedication to spread classical arts and values in society. He is one among the 20 artistes to be felicitated by the federation and the only dance artiste from the State.

The award is normally given away at Shravanabelagola during the Mahamastabhisheka, which is held once in 12 years, but has been advanced by one year by the federation to avoid organisational hiccups during the mega event. For Mr. Sridhar nothing could have been more fulfilling as he has a penchant for performing themes drawn from events associated with the Jain religion and mythology.

Born in 1972 in a Jain family, he spurned the traditional family business as his love for art and things artistic drove him to master Bharatnayam. Today, he is reckoned to be one of the first Bharanatyam exponents from the Jain community. With training in the dance form, he graduated from the University College of Fine Arts in Mysore and went on to establish Nimishamba Dance School here.

His penchant for dabbling in various art forms and delve into them has now taken him to Sheela Sridhar for advanced training in classical Indian dance in general and Bharatnatyam in particular. However, his contribution is not confined to classical dance alone. He has starred in the Kannada blockbuster Aptamitra in which he rendered a classical dance with Soundarya.

And for the record, Mr. Sridhar has choreographed and performed in unique dance-dramas such as Mohini-Bhasmasura, Bahubali, and Soubhagya Lalita.

A recipient of many awards, Mr. Sridhar performed at the Calcutta Youth Festival in 1996-97 and during the National Games in Bangalore and Mysore in 1998.

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