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The complete guide to Bharatanatyam “adavus”


“Art has to be spread and not kept to oneself”.

Srishti Productions and Srishti School of Classical Dance (Kuwait) has initiated a new project beneficial for Bharatanatyam dancers - “ Sampoornam - The complete guide to Bharatanatyam  adavus” that aims to compile all the Bharatanatyam Adavus in a Sampoornamsequential order with high quality audio and videography which will be made available “Online” free of cost. This is to encourage the students, teachers and parents to realize the importance of knowing the basics and will serve as a reference guide of the adavus. One must essentially know the adavus in order to understand this dance form. Just like how alphabets are important to form words and phrases, adavus are very important and form the foundation of any classical dance form. Several students learn dance for a few years and keep it aside as they get busy in studies and move into different walks of life.  After several years, when they realize their inner calling to get back into art, they are lost and don’t know where to start. This guide will be the best way they can start off even after a long gap. Knowing the adavus can help the students and teachers enter the world of choreography. Freedom must be used in art forms and the knowledge of the basics is essential in order for us to exploit the myriad aspects of classical dance.

This compilation will consist of around 70 adavus and a few choreographed korvais that are traditionally used in Bharatanatyam dance numbers. This is not a tutorial or a learning tool as we believe that learning must be strictly done under the guidance of a teacher. This is strictly for reference only. The audio for practice will also be uploaded on the internet. This can be used by the dance teachers also thereby bringing a sense of compulsion of practicing the adavus. Practicing the adavus keeps the mind focused and instills a balance between the mind and body. These adavus also enhance concentration and help the participants attain a relaxed state of mind. The adavus being a rigorous form of practice is one of the best forms of work outs that will certainly result in the release of endorphins thus making the dancers feel happy at all times.

The students of Srishti School of Classical Dance who have been a part of this project are Kaavya Vaidyanathan, Dheera Ragesh, Anjali Nair and Anandika Dilip. The first episode will be released on

Youtube on Thursday , April 11th 2019 in the channel Vinitha Srishti.

Vinitha Pratish   (Artistic Director)

Srishti School of Classical Dance & Srishti Productions

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About Vinitha Pratish

Vinitha Pratish is a Bharatanatyam dancer, Choreographer and teacher who formed Srishti Productions in 2005 – A platform to promote Indian Classical Dance in the Gulf. Srishti School of Classical Dance was initiated in Kuwait in 2017 by Vinitha, through which children and adults are being trained in Bharatanatyam. Vinitha has attained training in Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattom and Kuchipudi from the tender age of 4 but decided to take a step deeper into Bharatanatyam and underwent intense training in Bharatanatyam from renowned gurus and stalwarts like Padma Bhushan Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan, Padma Shri Prof. Smt Sudharani Raghupathy, Sri Kalamandiram Mohan, Sri Sahadevan, Kalamandalam Sumathy, Smt. Asha Sharath, Smt. Deepa Ganesh (student of Sri. Adayar Lakshman) and Sri Unnikrishnan of Kalakshetra.

A Computer Science Engineer by profession, Vinitha continued to pursue her passion of learning and teaching students of various age groups and molded them into passionate dancers. A Diploma holder in Bharatanatyam, Vinitha is currently pursuing her M.A. in Bharatanatyam. Vinitha has been conducting shows in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait and has set her own niche where she has trained and molded budding artists to reach a professional level.

Srishti Productions and Srishti School of Classical Dance

Srishti Productions is a non-profitable organization which was formed to promote Indian Classical dance in this part of the world. Srishti launched its maiden show in 2005 – A classical Dance Recital portraying the different dance forms of India. Since then Srishti has not looked back.

Srishti had launched its Kuwait chapter in 2016 with the show “My Name is Bhagyalakshmi”. This show was inaugurated by Sri Soorya Krishnamoorthy. The story of the distraught girl is a true story of a girl who was assaulted by her own father’s friend. Srishti Productions presented Bhagyalakshmi, an epic dance drama in Bharatanatyam that has been compiled and choreographed by Vinitha Pratish, for the cause of creating awareness among each and every girl child in today’s world.


The various feathers to Srishti’s cap are:

❖ 2005 – Srishti was launched and a performance was made in the most popular dance forms of India.

❖ 2006 – The story of Lord Murugan.

❖ 2008 – Sthreethvam, the faces of a woman

❖ 2009 – Pancharathna, the dance of life

❖ 2011–Dance drama “Naaraanathu Branthan” choreographed for the famous poet Shri Madhusoodanan Nair’s poem.

❖ 2012 – Sapthanjali – A traditional Bharatanatyam recital combined with the presentation of Kutrala Kuravanji presented for the first time in the UAE.

❖ 2013 – Krishna Kathamrutham, a series of stories based on Lord Krishna.

❖ 2014 – My name is BHAGYALAKSHMI

❖ 2016 – My Name is Bhagyalakshmi (Kuwait Chapter)

❖ 2017 – The story of Lord Murugan (Kuwait Chapter)

❖ 2018 – Aarambh – The maiden programme of Srishti School of Classical Dance that was based on the underlying theme – “An ideal Family”.



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