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Curing mental illness through fine arts

By Pramod Mellegatti



K.S. Pavitra

SHIMOGA, JAN. 20. A unique attempt is being made here to tackle mental illness at least to some extent through the fine arts through an initiative taken up by Bharatanatyam exponent and psychiatrist, K.S. Pavitra.

The Srivijaya Kalaniketana Trust, of which Dr. Pavitra is the founder, aims at promoting mental health through the fine arts, particularly dance, taking a cue from the motto of her trust, "Manosamshodhini Kala''.

Dr. Pavitra, who is one among the three talented dancer-sisters of Shimoga, the other two being K.S. Chaitra, dental surgeon settled in Bangalore, and Shubhrata studying in Mysore, developed a natural love for Bharatanatyam at a young age. She has won several prizes and awards in appreciation of her innate talents.

Being proficient in the medical profession and the performing art, Dr. Pavitra has proved that both are complimentary to each other thereby debunking the claim that the fine arts are detrimental to academic strides. A postgraduate degree holder in psychiatry from NIMHANS, Bangalore, Dr. Pavitra has written a thesis, "Creativity and Mental Health'' stressing the role of the fine arts in curing mental illness.

What has come in handy in her experiments is Sridhar Nursing Home here. It is being run by her psychiatrist-father, K.R. Sreedhar.

She says music and dance go a long way in reducing mental illness. But she hastens to add that prescribed medication should be continued, as arts cannot be a substitute to medicine.

The Sri Vijaya Kalaniketana Trust will be formally inaugurated by psychiatrist C.R. Chandrasekhar on Friday. Art critic M. Suryaprasad and dancer Vasundhara Doreswamy will be the chief guests. It will be followed by a dance performance by Dr. Pavitra.

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