Dance School award for Bharatakala
Raghunat, New York
July 29, 2008
Ninth Indian American Festival dance competition organized by the Hindu
Temple and Cultural Society in North Branch Park, NJ was a grand success.
Hundreds of spectators gathered on the 26th and 27th of July to enjoy the
dance performances of over 400 participants.
Bharatakala School of Dance of Edison New Jersey, bagged the Outstanding
Dance School award, the most prestigious award of the two-day competition.
"This is a great achievement for our dance school" says artistic director
Divya Nayar. A nearly flawless rendering of the popular Ambujam Krishna
song 'Adinaye Kanna' was presented by performers Jaya Chinnaya, Shruti
Deshpande, Ishani Haldar, Sheryl Jacob, Sherine Olickal, Stephy Olickal,
Navya Ramagiri, and Atmika Vaseeharan.
of Bharatakala also won the second place in the junior group folk category.
Participants were: Shruti Deshpande, Ishani Haldar, Sheryl Jacob, Ashika
Kumar, and Atmika Vaseeharan.
a graduate of the Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts has been teaching Bharatanatyam
for the last three years in Edison, New Jersey. "I'm blessed to have such
dedicated students, and this award has honored their hard work and passion,"
says an ecstatic Divya.
Raghunat is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer and Carnatic vocalist from Chennai,
India. She presently resides, and works as a software professional in New