Kalamandalam Vinodini came to perform at the Natyanjali in Chidambaram over 20 years ago. As a solo Mohiniattam dancer.
On Tuesday, she was back, with her husband who has been a huge support and 11 young dancers and the music troupe to offer anjali the way she had.
Vinodini has over 400 students back home in north Kerala. Her husband says that on weekends she runs her classes from 8 am to close to 10 pm.
Yes, the rave of campus arts fests where the stakes are high for young artistes has driven teenagers to dance classes but Vinodini says she now asks her students to join if they are really keen.
The series of arts fests in Kerala create the opportunities for the young dancers though few go on to pursue the arts as a profession.
The troupe enjoyed performing at the Kumbakonam Natyanjali and had to skip Thanjavur because they have to get back home.