Maharashtra’s Aavya Gupta Secures Third Place in All India Bharatnatyam Dance Competition

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Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh), 30th May 2024: 8-year-old Aavya Gupta has recently clinched the third spot in the prestigious Shreenrityanjali All India Dance Competition in the sub-junior category for Bharatnatyam. This remarkable achievement not only brings pride to Mumbai but also highlights the immense talent present in Maharashtra.

The event was held as part of the Shri Mahakaleshwaray Sanskriti Mahotsav 2024 at Kalidas Academy in Ujjain on May 25-26. It saw the participation of 253 contestants from 17 states and three countries. Despite the stiff competition, Aavya distinguished herself in the Bharatnatyam sub-junior category, emerging as the youngest contestant to secure a place on the winners’ podium. She was also honored with the “Shashikala Pravin Samman” title for her mesmerizing performance at the Mahotsav.

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Under the guidance of her Guru, Shri Shubham Khowal, Aavya has dedicatedly honed her Bharatnatyam skills over the past three years, beginning her journey during the COVID era with online classes. Her unwavering dedication is evident through her rigorous practice regimen.

A class 3 student at Rajhans Vidyalaya School in Mumbai, Aavya’s passion for this traditional art form shines through in her performances. Her consistent commitment and reverence for her art and mentor have earned her recognition not only this year but also in previous competitions.

Aavya previously received a Special Appreciation Award for her performance at the 68th All India Dance Drama Competition in Shimla, where she was the youngest among 380 participants from 19 states. Her performances continue to draw admiration from peers and seasoned practitioners alike, who foresee a bright future for this young talent as she continues to pursue excellence in Bharatnatyam.

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