The Arangetram, a culmination of years of diligent preparation and instruction from her Guru Mrs Nipa Mehta and Mrs Vandana Desai, is a significant event in the realm of traditional Indian dance. For Manasvi Nellisary, the daughter of Mahalaxmi and Tomy Nellisary, this extraordinary occasion celebrated not just her stage debut but also a decade-long journey of unrelenting hard work and passion.
In classical, Bharatanatyam is one of the oldest and most beloved dance genres in India, the Arangetram is a customary rite of passage for young dancers. It is a complex performance where the dancer demonstrates their mastery of the genre, mesmerizing the audience with their talent, grace, and passionate body language.
This was a turning point in Manasvi’s life and evidence of her unwavering dedication to the art she first fell in love with at a young age.
When Manasvi was just seven years old, her parents took her to a Bharatanatyam performance. She declared her wish to master the dance after becoming enthralled by the captivating motions and the tales they told. Manasvi’s parents, Mahalaxmi and Tomy, were fully supportive of her desire and enrolled her in a reputable dancing school after realizing her daughter’s enthusiasm.
The young dancer set out on a difficult but incredibly gratifying journey with the assistance of her Guru. Manasvi committed herself to the craft day after day, spending many hours honing her footwork, hand motions (mudras), and complex facial expressions. The learning process was not without its difficulties, but Manasvi’s tenacity and devotion to Bharatanatyam enabled her to reach beyond those obstacles.
As the years passed, Manasvi’s confidence grew along with her skills. She started taking part in regional dancing contests, where she won praise and acclaim for her performances. Each triumph served as a springboard, inspiring her to pursue excellence.
The much-awaited Arangetram finally took place in her eleventh year of training. Manasvi’s grand debut was being watched by friends, family, and dance enthusiasts, and the Auditorium was humming with excitement and positive energy. Although her heart was racing with anxiety and excitement, she entered the stage with poise and elegance, truly embodying the art that she had grown to love.
Manasvi captivated the audience for more than 2 hours as she told stories of mythology, love, and devotion via her expressive dancing. Her smooth motions seemed to carry the audience to another realm as each stride and gesture told a narrative. Everyone was in awe of her artistry as she performed, allowing emotions to flow effortlessly from her heart.
A resounding round of applause broke out as the music’s concluding notes resounded across the audience. Mahalaxmi and Tomy were overcome with emotion as they saw the results of their daughter’s perseverance and hard work. Not only was the Arangetram a significant achievement for Manasvi, but it was also a source of pride for her supportive parents, grandparents and extended family.
Manasvi’s journey from a young aspirant dancer to a self-assured performer was her loveand determination determination towards this amazing art. The exciting new chapter in her life that would see her continues to delve into the depths of Bharatanatyam and leave her artistic stamp on the globe began with her Arangetram.
Manasvi Nellisary’s life inspires future aspirants by showing us that even the highest goals can be achieved with passion and unflinching dedication. We look forward to the brilliance she will bring to the world of classical dance as she continues on her path and we celebrate the legacy of her debut performance, which will live on in the memories of all who saw her deft skill.