According to sources on the stage, dancers stand in rows facing the teacher and as the teacher explains each step, the students practise it with vigour, correcting each other. So far, it might sound like any other dance class, but you will be surprised to learn the age of the students. They all are above 50 and their teacher is younger than them. For the students, it is a second chance to realise their dreams. This dance class at Kochi’s Changampuzha Park was organised by the Edappally Nrita Aaswadaka Sadas, a wing of the Changampuzha Samskarika Kendram in Edappally, the class intends to rekindle the passion of women who had to put family above their interests. The oldest member of the group is 75. They are taught Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam.
Furthermore the classes began in october last year on Vijayadasami day. Mallika, president of Nrita Aaswadaka Sadas, who supports the programme, says they did not expect such a great response. “We decided to give it a shot when we realised that there are a few persons above 50 who were keen to learn dance. We started it as a trial. To our surprise, the idea was well-received.”
As per report the sessions are going on swiftly as the team wishes to perform on the anniversary of the Nrita Aaswadaka Sadas in May. mallika says she has requested a stage. Midhuna is contemplating a theme-based sequence for their performance. She explained “That will be easy for them as it requires more abhinaya (acting) than adavu (steps) and the students are more than happy to be on stage. “We are confident and want to set an example for the younger generation. We can’t wait for the day".