Sullia is a small town in the ghats, close to the Karnataka - Kerala border on the way to the more touristy hillside of Madikeri.
This small town will host what could be called a grand milestone in classical dance in this corner of south India.
Gaana Nritya Academy, the dance school of Bharatanatyam guru and dancer, Vidyashree Radhakrishna celebrates its silver jubilee.
It is a big celebration in a small town because what started as a small school where local school students began to learn the classical dance form is now a fairly busy academy which has its base now in the coastal town of Mangaluru (Mangalore) in south Kanara, Karnataka.
Vidyashree, who began teaching kids who were students of her mother, a teacher in a local school in Sullia was keen to celebrate in the very place where her journey started 25 years ago.
And so, on February 22, the evening programme ( 3 p.m. onwards) includes a dance recital by her guru - Dr. Seetha Kote from Bengaluru who will present a theme recital - performing 'Purandara Darshana' - along with the brilliant musical ensemble.
The 25th annual festival is called 'Aarohana' and the evening will also feature dance recitals by students of Vidyashree.
Vidyashree had to settle to tecahing of Vharatanatyam because that part of Karnataka did not offer her opportunities to perform on stage but as the years rolled by, she was able to perform solo. The invitations from temples, mutts and cultuural bodies increased the recitals and presentations of group, theme-based dance-dramas.
Besides learning under Dr. Kote, Vidyashree says she has undergone training under gurus like Bragha Bessel, Adyar K. Lakshman and Padma Subramaniam.
Back home, in a region where Yakshagana and local folk dance and music traditions are popular, Vidyashree has had to create dance recitals that appeal to such a audience. She has also hosted workshops for young dancers eager to learn more.
And the academy in Mangaluru now provides lessons for teens who want to experience Bharatanatyam though very few stay long enough to learn more and perform.