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Vaibhav Arekar

Bharatnatyam dancer, choreographer

Vaibhav Arekar
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Vaibhav Arekar
Bharatnatyam dancer & choreographer


Vaibhav Arekar says "I dance.. to experience that romance of movement - to reach the pinnacle of intoxication where realisation fails me, if i am dancing or dance is moving me." 

'Arekar casts a spell. Vaibhav revealed immense virtuosity in delineating a rere Swathi Tirunal composition. He almost enacted a one-man ballet. The impact was there for everyone to see.' - Subbudu, The Sunday Statesman, Delhi

"I was spellbound by “Narmade Har Har”. Fantastic dancing, superb energy and distinct choreography." _ Jhelum Paranjape


Sankhya Dance Creation founded by Vaibhav Arekar, its artistic director, is a professional dance company which has showcased its works on national and international platforms.

Vaibhav is indebted to have collaborated with some highly gifted artistes. He has been fortunate to have, simultaneously trained and collaborated with Rajashree Shirke and Chetan Datar.

YATRA: International Dance Day Festival-Vaibhav has co-founded in 2002 an annual national dance festival- YATRA which is a genuine effort to bring together various dance styles, voices, visions of innovative choreographers to celebrate the eternal relation between the artiste and the art.

Vaibhav has been instrumental in designing the Diploma courses in Kathak and Bharatanatyam (affiliated to Department of Continuing and Adult Education and Extension Work, SNDT Women’s University) at Lasya Centre for Dance Education and Research, a leading dance institute of Mumbai, founded by Rajashree Shirke.

Vaibhav, apart from conducting the Bharatanatyam course at Lasya, also imparts dance training to aspiring youngsters and professional dancers at various centers in Thane, Kandivli/Borivali and Vakola.

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Vaibhav Arekar
Vaibhav Arekar
Vaibhav Arekar - Bharatnatyam dancer
Vaibhav Arekar - Bharatnatyam dancer
Vaibhav Arekar - Choreographer
Vaibhav Arekar - Choreographer
Vaibhav performing in his program 'Mukti'
Vaibhav performing in his program 'Mukti'
Vaibhav performing in 'Naachu Keertanache Rangee'
Vaibhav performing in 'Naachu Keertanache Rangee'
Vaibhav performing in program 'Narmade_hara_hara'
Vaibhav performing in program 'Narmade_hara_hara'
Vaibhav Arekar
Vaibhav Arekar
Vaibhav performing in ' Fragrance'
Vaibhav performing in ' Fragrance'
Vaibhav performing in 'Shiva'
Vaibhav performing in 'Shiva'
Vaibhav performing in ' Ekatatva '
Vaibhav performing in ' Ekatatva '
   Career
An intense yet a calm approach along with a strong masculine style marks Vaibhav’s Bharatanatyam.

He has performed at some prestigious venues and Festivals viz. Khajuraho, SNA’s Nritya-Sangam, Kala Ghoda Festival, Prithvi Theatre 25th anniversary Festival, Modhera Festival, Natyarangam Fest, Chennai, Yajnaraman Festival-Chennai, Urja-Masters in Making, Agra Mahotsav, NSD Bharata Rangotsav etc.

As a leading dancer of the Nalanda troupe, he has performed across India and abroad. Dr. Kanak Rele’s dance productions like Santavani, Shilappadikaram, Kalyani, Kanchan Mrig, Svapna Vasavadatta, Prateek have featured Vaibhav as the male lead.

Audio-Visual Perfomances -

Vaibhav is prominently featured in dance-video’s produced by Nalanda such as ‘Learning Bharat Natyam’, ‘Nritya Bodh I & II’, ‘Nritya Bharati – an internationally acclaimed dance film’. Vaibhav has himself produced, choreographed and performed in ‘Nritya Prabha’.

Foreign Tours -

Vaibhav’s dancing has taken him to U.S.A., Canada, Singapore, North Korea, Hong Kong, Poland, Hungary, Germany and France.

Chorerography -

Impressions and experiences from wide avenue of performances along with Vaibhav's creative impulse have deeply influenced his choreographic works. At Lasya he has danced in different ventures which were traditional, abstract and experimental -in form as well as in content.

His traditional dance works include Samyak (1993), Bhakti Bhava (1994), Naachu Keertanache Rangee (1997) - a highly acclaimed work, Damayanti Swayamvara (1998), Rukmini Svayamvara (1999), Ritu Shringar (2000) and Ritu Vilasa (2004). Manush Biradari (2002) , Mukti (2004), Akkamahadevi (2004). Shiva- facets of HIM (2007) and Narmade Hara Hara- (2008) have received critical accolades.

A fruitful collaboration of Rajashree Shirke and Chetan Datar along with Vaibhav created the genre of Range Nritya (theatre – dance), a meaningful and symbiotic presentation of spoken words and dance – body movements. Shyam Sakhi (1999), Dvanda (2000), Mata-Hidimba (2002), a black humour play Haravlele Pratibimba (2004) and Katha Collage- Ek Yathaartha (2008) are Ranga-nritya endeavours.

Learning arts, then be it performing or plastic, is a one-to-one process. In India Guru-shishya parampara has always been a vital to all the performing arts. Hence, beyond the purview of an academic course too, Vaibhav gains immense satisfaction in training and guiding dance students and professional dancers. Vaibhav also conducts residency programme for outstation students who seek his guidance.

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Vaibhav Arekar presents Bharatnatyam recital

Vaibhav Arekar belongs to the new generation of intense dance artists, whose art and life is guided by the vision of promoting, producing and projecting Indian classical dance as a contemporaneous art.
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