Chennai danseuse gets popular in virtual world

By Karthikeyan Halan Published on Jul 26, 2018 03:53 PM IST

Chennai: At a time many dancers don’t want to publicise their classes/concerts on social media fearing that others would copy their hardwork, here is Vanee Gayathri Bala from K K Nagar, in the city, who has uploaded her videos on YouTube channel - Vanee Kalalaya.

“Two of my students in Singapore and US wanted me to send dances choreographed by me. Later, many dance teachers in the city wanted to see my work. So, on their request, I uploaded six videos (Thillana, Varnam, Mallari, Siva Thandavam and two fusion songs) on World Dance Day (29 April) this year,” says Vanee, who has been teaching Bharatanatyam for the last two decades.

“There has been good response for the videos and 83 persons have subscribed to the channel. Those who wish to learn can utilise this opportunity,” she says.

Vanee is the daughter of P V Madhavan and P M Vyjayanthimala, and is a resident of K K Nagar since 1980.

She had her schooling at M A Krishnaswamy Matriculation Higher Secondary School. She completed B Com, masters in Bharatanatyam, M Phil and is presently pursuing PhD in Bharatanatytam at Tamil University, Thanjavur.

Vanee has many records to her credit. It includes largest Bharatanatyam dance consisting of 4,525 participants performing Thirukural couplets for 21 minutes on 14 April 2017 at Vels University, Pallavaram and ‘Longest ancient rhythm system teaching through Bharatanatyam’ held on 1 April this year at Bharath Kalachar, YGP Auditorium.

Asked about her future ambition, Vanee says, “There are many talented dancers and they don’t have space to showcase their work. We are planning to visit schools and teach them at their premises.”

Vanee runs her own institute ‘Vanee Kalalaya Heaven of Fine Arts’. She has choreographed for more than 200 items and around 100 students are undergoing training under her now.

Vanee can be contacted at No 734, 59th Street, 10th Sector, K K Nagar.