Wednesday 5 December 2012

A tribute to veteran mentor Acharya Parvati Kumar - Vijay Shanker

Veteran mentor Acharya Parvati Kumar left for his heavenly abode on 29th November 2012 at his residence in Grant Road in Mumbai. He was 94 and leaves behind his wife Sumatai. A prayer meet was organised at his residence on 2nd December.

Acharya Parvati Kumar trained in Kathak, Kathakali and Bharatanatyam under respected masters. An eminent Bharatanatyam exponent and teacher, he was instrumental in shaping the professional career of several exponents. A stickler for perfection and a great task master, it was not easy to learn the basic 'adavus' or movements as he was very meticulous in his teaching. If you made a mistake, you would be made to do the same movement repeatedly. Only after this was learnt properly would the next step be taught. Hence, to learn the complete Bharatanatyam margam from him was a herculean task but ultimately, one not only became a fine exponent but also acquired knowledge of the theoretical aspects and significance of Indian classical dance which is rare as there are dancers who hardly have any theoretical knowledge.  

Read the tribute in the site


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  2. Om Namo Sree Bhagavathey Vasudevaaayeee........
    The Demise Of Acharya Parvathi Kumar...Words Cannot Replenish This Great Human Soul..N Ardent Devotee Of Nruthya Samrata Sree Chidambareshwara NaatRaaja..May His Soul Immersed & Rest In Peace In Feet Of Naatya Vaaibhava Sree Natya Devata
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    Om Namo Sree Bhagavathey Vasudevaaayeee