2013 Yuva Workshops 13Yuva

Dance with Love: Workshop on Kathakali and Bharatanatyam

Paris Laxmi and Pallipuram Sunil performed and demonstrated both Bharatanatyam and Kathakali. They performed and shared the Navarasas and various mudras of Kathakali and gave practical sessions of basic steps of Bharatanatyam. During their session, they spoke about Rhythm which is a basic component of dance. They spoke about how practice makes perfection, and the learning an art form requires passion, dedication and hard work. In the end, they presented ‘Gitopadesham’.


The very important aspect of the life is to enjoy your passion and practice to be happy.
– Aswathi TS

Their performance proved that any difficult thing can be made easy if it’s done with dedication and love.
– Pranav S

Wow, dance!!! No words to express. After years I am dancing Bharatanatyam in the stage. I was very happy. But the great wonder was that she is only years elder than me!
– Amrita Sindhu M

It was a good experience to see her dance.
– Thiru Ramakrishnan T

She took my fear away and she gave me the love and passion to dance on the stage. She also took me to heaven with my Gitamritam family. Thank you ji.
– Prabu Vignesh S

Whatever you do, do it with sincerity and you have a purpose in your life. I was thankful to be dressed up as a Katakali artist. It was amazing.
– Vasudevan N

This workshop made me realize that verbal communication is not the only form of communication. Dance is a more creative and innovative style of communication.
– Jayadev HR

With this we got to know how we to enjoy the arts and intricacies of them.
– Mopuri Saitheja

I like to dance but I don’t know how dancers make it so beautiful. But after seeing her dance, I came to know that we can make anything beautiful by doing it with love. Kathakali was really amazing because by seeing him I came to know we can express anything without talking. I remembered that “action speaks louder than words”.
– Priyadharshini J

The dancer and the dance are not different, we were mesmerized with both of their dedication and how they complemented each other. The Vasudev makeup session was the highlight.
– Daamini Visaalaakshi

I was amazed to hear a foreign lady know so much about our dance form and adopt our custom. I totally agree that our traditional attires go well on anyone in the world.
– Neeraja Valsan

Her expressions, beauty and dedication to the dance was really noteworthy. The thing which I learned from her was ‘to do everything with a smile and enjoy every moment, live that role to perfection’.
– Prarthana Shedge

It was amazing. Seriously I cried after seeing her performance.
– Ruxana VP

She was amazing. She just became the roles she played!! It felt so real and inspiring. Her husband was also great, the basic exercises were real fun.
– Geethanjali VS

Wow. Never seen such lively expressions on a dancer. They were living their respective roles. Saw the various mudras of Kathakali as well as Bharathanatyam.
– Akhila A

Practice makes a man perfect. So I decided to put away my laziness of not practicing dance. Also we should be passionate, then only we can have perfection, and that leads to happiness.
– Aarathy ER

Blending of two art-forms. Indeed it was a mind blowing session.
– Aswathi Krishna RL

Superb, loved it a lot.
– Silpasree SJ

This session was truly mesmerizing. We were all taken away by the dancers.. The expressions of the Kathakali artist was amazing. And Paris Lakshmi swept us away with her gorgeous dance performance!
– Anjali Anil

Ma’am, I am not a dancer, but I enjoy it. You gave me the courage to try this art form and gave me the perspective of the fusion as communication between both styles. You showed us the importance of passion and devotion to our goals.
– Arjun CB

It was great. The message she conveyed inspired me a lot.
– Harisankar KH

In this class, mainly I liked the art of expression and I want to exercise the facial expressions that the sir taught in the class.
– Abhishek Suratkal

The dance program was amazing especially the Kathakali facial expressions and when Lakshmiji taught me some steps of Bharatanatyam. I learned that you don’t need a language to communicate. You just need love to communicate.
– Sujith P Shaju

It is an awesome thing to dance with Lakshmi, such an awesome dancer. Actually I am very bad at dancing, but I enjoyed it. It is all that matters. And I am happy that I could dance.
– Rahul Kowshik R

It was overwhelming to see a girl of almost our age achieving so much in the field of dance. The fusion of Bharatanatyam and Kathakali was a very good idea.
– Nishanth Bhat K

Wonderful pair, I saw good understanding in them. I will try to adopt it in my life to keep my family environment clean and healthy.
– Koushik KKS

Complete dedications to their art.
– Sathyamoorthy A

I came to know how we have to learn Kathakali deeply with minute expressions and how we have to place the leg.
– Ram Prasath VR

Really when they walked in I realized beauty is not permanent. It’s only “love” that is permanent. The concentration in their work and that they were enjoying what they were doing taught me, and I’ll try to enjoy my work.
– Prashanth S

I learnt what is passion and how to achieve it.
– Divyaprasaath S

I love to dance but I don’t like Kathakali, Bharathanatyam etc. But when she showed some steps I was very interested in that. Now I love dances like Kathakali and Bharathanatyam.
– Sreeragh

A couple who complemented each other in a very unique way, in their own individual sense. Words fall short to describe the way the two popular dance forms of South India blended – Kathakali and Bharatanatyam.
– Hrishikesh Sivanandan

I learnt what is passion from her and to be happy in whatever we do.
– Balakrishnaveni A

It was beautiful. The expressions, the feel of enjoyment, was amazing. Above all I was taken aback by their humble and friendly mind.
– Gayathri PS

Amazing to see an outsider take up an Indian dance style as her passion. Since we had lot of participants, both boys and girls on stage it was loads of fun see all of them learn to dance!
– Medhini Menon

Totally an amazing session. We were mesmerized by their performance. Learned that to reach your goal, we require pure dedication and faith in ourselves.
– Parvathy Venugopal

Was an awesome dance. It gave an insight into the classical dance forms of India. Really appreciate Lakshmi ma’am’s passion for dance and that too a classical dance. Great couple and really enjoyed their session. They taught me that no matter what, follow your passion and through hard work and dedication achieve your goal.
– Anjanikumar Pathak