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Indian arts . . . Indian dancer Pavithra Ravi, who started dance classes in Timaru two months ago, says the sessions have been going well. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Greta Yeoman

Indian dance classes have proved popular with South Canterbury residents, a Timaru teacher says.

Dance instructor Pavithra Ravi, who started dance classes in Timaru two months ago, said she was running three classes teaching traditional Indian dancing for South Canterbury residents.

“It’s something I never expected,” she said.

Two of the classes were held on Monday and Wednesday evenings for children, and another, for adults, was held on Monday mornings.

Pavithra Ravi

Mrs Ravi started the Timaru lessons two months ago and had been teaching in Christchurch on the weekends for several months, as well.

She had also been holding a natya aerobics class on Friday evenings, but has had to cancel classes for now as she is less than two months out from having her first child.

Mrs Ravi planned to restart the natya aerobics classes, which she previously described as “Indian zumba”, in February.

She was also open to holding an evening Indian classical dance class if people who worked fulltime were interested.

Her classical dance students were now working on a show for Anzac Day.

The “Indian classical dance drama” would be performed in Christchurch and maybe Timaru, if Mrs Ravi could get funding, as a tribute to the “unsung heroes” of war, particularly mothers and other people who remained at home.

For more information on Pavithra Ravi’s Zealandia Academy of Indian Arts (ZAIA) phone 022 469-9089 or email learnatzaia@gmail.com