Bharatanatyam dancer T Harshitha Reddy, student of Guru Savithri Vijayakumar of Abhinaya Group of Performing Arts and Guru Parshwanath Upadhye, Guru Shruthi Gopal, and Guru Aditya P.V of Upadhye School of Dance, has been lighting up the stage since the last 10 years. Speaking exclusively to Natyahasini, the Bengaluru-based artiste T Harshita Reddy expresses her wish to be a student of dance, and a champion of social causes in the future. Harshita, who has been imparting the art form since the last two years at Abhinaya Group of Performing Arts, dreams of doing full justice to the beautiful art form that she is learning under her Gurus.
Recalling her dance journey, Harshita says it all began while watching her brother’s classmate learn and her mother wishing that she too should learn it. “Thus began my baby steps into dance,” she says, with a twinkle in her eye. As learning Bharatanatyam was not her choice, but entirely her mom’s, Harshita did justice to it by attending the classes regularly with dedication. “I took a break for writing my Class X Boards and came back to dancing only after completing PUC, realising that dance was my passion,” she says.
The artiste in her says that if she was not learning dance, she would have learnt anything connected to dance, be it flute or mridangam. Harshita, who has appeared for Bharatanatyam Grade Exams at Bridge Academy and Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology.
Sharing about her learning under various Gurus, Harshita says: “Learning under Parshwanath Anna, Shruthi Akka and Aditya Anna has been really one of the best things for me. I have learnt a lot of things from them which includes dance and theory of dance etc. As I joined under them over a year ago, I haven’t got any chance to perform in their productions,” she says and adds that she has performed at renowned temples in and around Bangalore and Chennai. “I have performed at Odakathur Temple, Vidhana Soudha Bangalore, to name a few and for DD Chandana for the Navaratri festival,” says the youngster.
The Bharatanatyam dancer made best use of her time during the COVID lockdown. “During the first lockdown, we used to make weekly series. I used to make dance videos and post in our channels, also post videos of other dance friends in our channel. Along with these, I was understanding few spiritual books,” she says.
Harshita, who has participated in various competitions won the first prize, Shri Harsha Natya Kendra and third prize with title Natya Kala Mani, and recently performed in Muvva Nritya Raga Nigamam’s Season 2 of Parichay, an online dance recital. “I got to know about Parichay through my Guru Savithri Vijayakumar, who encourages and supports students to attend many programs and online series or festivals, this was one as such my guru asked me to take part. Performing online was also a good experience,” she reveals.
Currently, Harshita is engrossed in understanding the book Natyashastra under the guidance of Guru Arjun Bharadwaj.