Monday, 24 April 2017

Generation Next

By Nandini Ramani

Pavitra Bhatt

Among young and up-and-coming male Bharatanatyam dancers, Pavitra Bhatt stands out for his commitment and dedication to his art. With his immense talent and sincere, hard work Pavitra has worked his way to establish himself in the dance scene. Having trained initially with Vasantha of Kalanjali, Mumbai, Pavitra Bhatt further honed his skills with Deepak Mazumdar of the same city.

Watching Pavitra in solo and group numbers at a major event in Pune, provided a pleasant insight into his innate skill. He is a brilliant dancer endowed with ample grip in both nritta and abhinaya – he has rich potential to handle the various aspects of a performance with maturity, be it the technical or the interpretative layers of Bharatanatyam. He adds a graceful extension to his delineations while communicating the nuances of the concept. His ability to improvise spontaneously gives his work an electrifying touch, as a soloist. 

One of Pavitra’s strengths is his handsome stage presence which creates a charismatic impact. He is an intelligent and thinking dancer-choreographer whose sincerity and commitment are reflected in his artistic endeavours. He seems to have an in-built note of propriety or auchitya, based on his conviction and confidence that show up in his delineations. He has evolved into an impressive dancer of merit, building up gradually from his early training. His participation in the productions of Chennai-based dance teacher Anita Guha has added further dimensions to his choreographic skills.

Pavitra Bhatt has a gold medal in Dance Studies from Mumbai University. From 2003, he has been performing for several prestigious cultural organisations in India and travelled abroad several times, to the U.S.A., Canada, France and Malaysia for solo performances and group productions. These have received good response. He is credited with productions like Krishna Leela Tarangini, and Radhey Radhey Govinda, to name a few. He is also well trained in nattuvangam. He established the Pavitra Art Visual Instititute (PAVI) in Mumbai, with a branch in Pune. It has earned a good name and has a strength of 300 students.

Pavitra Bhatt has received several awards, prominent among them being the Yuva Kala Bharati from Bharat Kalachar, Chennai, and Singar Mani, Mumbai, apart from awards from well known organisations in Maharashtra. He is an “A” grade artist of Mumbai Doordarshan.

(Reproduced from Sruti 366, March 2015)

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