A phenomenal stage performance was given by Lucrezia Maniscotti of Italy on the third day of Trinity Arts Festival of India at the Rasika Ranjani Sabha. This was her second stage performance in India, after her debut in Assam a few years back.
Lucrezia Maniscotti is an Italian Bharatanatyam artist, graduated with masters degree in Indology from the University of Milan. She is a Student of Late Adyar K. Lakshman and Smt Indira Kadambi. Her passion towards dance made her develop an interest in bharathanatyam in which she has gained 20 years of experience. She expressed that she cherish dancing in front of Tamil audience rather than in front of Italians, who understand the joy expressed by bharathanatyam more.
At present, she is continuing her journey in dance under the sage guidance of Prof. CV Chandrashekar, Miss Leela Samson and Renjith & Vijna.
While speaking to Makkal Kural and Trinity Mirror:
“Though my initial days of learning bharathanatyam was tough, I made sure that I learnt the entire art. Nothing can be gained easily and moreover to learn a wonderful art like barathanatyam I am willing to take up even more difficulties. One should feel the music from heart to give out a beautiful dance as output, therefore it is a must for all the classical dancers to have knowledge over carnatic music also.
I also feel happy that bharathanatyam is being well acclaimed even in foreign countries nowadays.” With a tinge of naughtiness, she expressed that bharathanatyam should be made compulsory for everyone around the world as it is something that has to be cherished and experienced by all.
Lucrezia is founder and teacher of Sangam Academy – a cultural association for promoting Indian classical performing arts in Italy where she inculcates the interest towards bharathanatyam among the foreign students, which surely is a proud moment for the entire Tamil Nadu to see its art and culture being well lauded even among foreign countries.
She has around 30 students at present whom she has planned to take around to various places in Tamil Nadu to make them witness its actual culture and tradition which form the basis of Bharathanatyam.