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Therapeutic Value of Indian Classical Dances

with Radhika Phanse

Turn your suffering into art, art into awareness and awareness into action through Dance

- Radhika Phanse

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Radhika is Nritya Alankar (post graduation in Kathak dance form) of the Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, trained under Guru late Smt. Asha Joglekar. She is an empanelled artist of Indian Council for Cultural Relations.(ICCR) Radhika has also trained under famous dance exponents like Pandit Birju Maharajaji ( Lucknow gharana), Pandit Ranjendra Gangani ( Jaipur gharana), Dr.Kanak Rele( Nritya Abhinaya) Smt.Indumati Lele ( Folk dance), J.J. Rodrigues ( Latin American and ballroom dance ). She is the founder of Navras Art Academy and has since trained a large number of students in the kathak dance form including some deaf and mute students. Is on the panel of judges of Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. Has judged competitions on television channels, schools and colleges.

Gyan session

How is Natyashashtra and dance therapy connected?

In ancient India, Classical Dances were aimed at the betterment of health of dancers. How and why did it digress? What is making it come back as a therapy?

One of your article reads, “turn your suffering into art, art into awareness and awareness into action”.Based on this I have few questions.
How can one think of dance when they are in pain?

Is this possible for a person to get out of depression?
What are the steps you take to bring the person in suffering to at least step on the dance floor?

If dance form is so ecstatic and one loses a state of awareness, how can one concentrate and work on his or her sufferings?

Where do you see Dance therapy going in the future. May be 50 years down the line?