A talk with Dakshina Vaidyanathan, the third generation dancer from Vaidyanathan family
Dakshina Vaidyanathan Baghel, the third generation dancer from the Vaidyanathan family can make her audience dwell in the magic of dance with her charismatic movements, elegant abhinaya and incredibly beautiful choreography. One can not forget her charming performance even after days of watching the recital. It will remain with you for some time and constantly reminds you the beauty of Bharatanatyam. Being the granddaughter of veteran dancer-guru-choreographer Saroja Vaidyanathan and daughter of renowned dancer Rama Vaidyanathan, Dakshina is also known for her graceful and creative choreographies.
Dakshina was trained by both her mother and grandmother and it’s not surprising that she is an instinctive dancer. It was a very big responsibility on her shoulders to continue the legacy of the family and with no doubt we can say that she has done justice to it. Not every dancer we come across can be termed as a natural performer but she is a born artist.
Apart from dance, she has completed B.Tech in Electronics and Communication from Vellore Institute of Technology. She has incorporated the elements of science in her dance productions like Nakshatra, Newton's third Law of Karma and so on.
As her father is from Tamil Nadu, mother from Kerala and husband from Madhya Pradesh, it was easy for her to adapt different cultures in her performance. She says, dance is a spiritual path and competitions will only demean the entire value system of Indian classical dance. So according to her, dance is something which should not be compared. It is the mirror of heart. She advises the upcoming artists to be good at heart as it will reflect on the performance.
Dakshina also holds a diploma in Bharatanatyam from Indira Kala Sangeet Vidyalaya. She is also the recipient of CCRT scholarship by the Department of Culture Govt. of India in 2003 and also Kalpana Chawla Award, in the Young Achievers' category in 2005.