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About Mudra


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Mudra School of Indian classical dances (Estd. 1973)


 

Aspirations dreams hopes and hard work have been responsible for milestones galore. One such aspirations and dreams have lead to the foundation of Mudra school Of Indian classical dances in Ahmedabad, Gujarat India at a time when classical dance was not household name .It was a hope , devotion and earnestness of Gurus Shri Bhaskar andSmt. Radha Bhaskar Menon that lead them to take the first step in order to fulfill their dream. Their dream was to bring classical dance to every individual who had inclination, interest and passion for the art and art should not be restricted and associated with certain class of people only where. Mudra School of Indian classical Dances was inaugurated on 27th August 1973 by former His Excellency Governor of Gujarat. Late Shri. K.K Vishwanathan. Since then Mudra has become a household name promoting and performing classical dances in Gujarat. Today Mudra is one among the rare and govt. Registered institution of India which teaches and performs four classical dances like Bharatanatyam (Pandanallur style) , Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam and Kathakali , in its purest form under one Institutional roof. Thus, Mudra has created a place in the hierarchy of the classical Indian dance institutions community in India.


Today Mudra has branched out at four places at Drive In area, Maninagar, Naranpura and Chandkheda in Ahmedabad and at ONGC Nagar in Mehsana (80 kms. From Ahmedabad). Today Mudra is competently supported by young dynamic Guru's Ananth , Aparna kiran Menon and Smidha Menon along with the third generation Vaishnavi Menon.Talented Gurus. Aparna Kiran Menon and Ananth Menon who are carrying ahead the legacy of senior Guru. At present the gurus are guiding around 900 student in Bharatanatyam , Kuchipud i, Mohiniattam and Kathakali dance forms. Around 16,000 students must have been trained under Mudra since 1972.

 

In total students at Mudra have training in practical as well as theory which is indeed a treat to watch youngsters reciting and enacting the difficult Sanskrit shlokas from Natyashastra and Abhinaya darpanam with ease and fluency fusing tradition and academics. Many students have consistently fared well in dance examinations (theory and practical) conducted every year by Bruhad Gujarat Sangeet Samithi. Many of students are recipients of gold medal for Visharad (B.A, Dance) Alankar (M.A, dance) exams and currently guiding Nritya Praveen (Phd.) aspirants. Couple of students have received dance scholarships from CCRT. Delhi. As much as 30 students have won "Kal K Kalakar" competition held by Sangeet natak academy, Gujarat. Many students from abroad take training in various dance forms at Mudra. Mudra has innumerable traditional items in 'Margam' to its credit to give the student training under the institution.


Till date around 1200 hundred students have performed their Arangetrams under the able guidance of the Gurus. Over the years Mudra has produced innumerable dancing talents, performers, teachers and able choreographers. Many students of Mudra themselves have opened up their own dancing classes in different parts of the country and all over the world. Every alternate years Mudra Conducts a two day Annual Day Function to promote and encourage young students from The Basic Year students to seniors giving them a platform to perform and gain experience and confidence.

 

 

 

Mudra Institution of Performing Arts

 

Mudra has a well trained, experienced and professional artists under the name of Mudra Institution for performing Arts. With Guru's Smt. Aparna kiran and Shri. Ananth Menon as the leading senior performers of the performing wing of Mudra. Mudra a senior performing wing with well trained students performing all the four classical dance forms. In addition, a junior performing wing which gives platform to young aspiring students wanting to gain experience as a performers. As Choreographers Mudra troupe has given innumerable solo recitals and group dance productions. Solo choreographies for the repture


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Some Dance Productions

 

  • Premanand's Akhyan 'Chandrahasa'
  • Geethopadesham
  • Venkateshwara Kalyanam
  • 'Meera'
  • Kalidasa's 'Shakuntalam 'and 'Meghadootam'
  • 'Tulsi'
  • 'Shiva Tandavams' (Navarasa natyam)
  • 'Krishan leela tarangini'
  • Tulsidasji's 'Ramayanam'
  • Shrishti Stithi Samharam
  • 'Om Bhuvaneshwari'
  • Bhama kalapam
  • Ma Kalaratri
  • Tamaso ma Jyothir Gamaya
  • Narsinh mehtaji's 'Bhajan Sanghraha'

Experimentations fusing pure Hindustani and carnatic music to languages like Sanskrit, Hindi and Gujarati has been an attraction with Mudra Dance productions.


Troupe has given innumerable performances in and around Gujarat and India. Troupe has performed for various foreign delegations with IPR and dance workshops at CCRT, Institutions, and major Universities. Troupe has performed for some very prestigious shows like Sur Singar Samsad (Mumbai), Haridas Sammelan, many Gujarat Sangeet Natak Academy programs, The Diamond Jubilee celebration of Kerala Kalamandalam, Millenium Dance Festival at kankaria , Gujarats most prestigious dance festivals like "Uttarardh Festival" at Sun temple Modhera, Rann Utsav 2011, Vibrant Gujarat '2007','08' and Swarnim Gujarat '10', 'Somnath MahaShivratri purva' at Somnath temple, world peace conference arranged by the Gujarat University, performed for Poonam Festival at Ambaji temple , Ahmedabad Muncipal Corporation festival , Durga Pooja Mahotsav ,Gandhinagar to name a few.

 

 

 


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