There is no greater happiness for a teacher than to produce a student who has learnt all that she has taught and can go out into the world with her guidance and blessings.
Dance teacher Janadari Salgado having learnt under many renowned gurus in the island is qualified in many oriental dancing styles like Kandyan, Sabaragamu, Pahatharata and even Indian dancing styles such as Bharatha Natyam and Kathak. She has a Visharad qualification in Bharatha Natyam and Nipun in Kathak.
At present she teaches at Alethea International School, Dehiwala, and also runs her own dancing academy, Jayamini Janaranga Kala Niketan, in Moratuwa where around 150 students learn oriental dancing, singing and drumming.
She has spent all her life learning dance and teaching her students to excel.
Among them is Diluka Mendis who started dancing at the age of three. A student of St. Lawrence Convent, Colombo 6, even at school Diluka now 20, was among the most talented dancers.
She is now ready to take wing to Austria. Selected to participate at the Dancing World Cup in Villach, Austria from June 25 – 30, Dinuka will be the first Sri Lankan dancer to compete in the Dancing World Cup which sees talented young dancers from all over the world compete. This year 2000 participants from 25 countries will be participating.
Diluka was selected to compete at Villach at the annual competition, the Sri Lanka Festival of Music, Dance and Speech organised by Joy Ferdinando. Diluka has competed in the competition since its inception in 1998. She has won many special awards such as the award for highest number of gold medals and outstanding performance at the finals.
“My wish is to become a good dancing teacher and bring many dancing awards to my country,” Diluka said.