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Ph.D in Dance from Mysore University
Artistic Director - Nrithya Dhama Temple of Fine Arts
This basic course of Bharatanatyam for children (age of 6 and above) will train the enrolled students on the nuances of essential postures, foot movements, hand gestures, and facial expressions that form the core of the Bharatanatyam dance form. In this course, the beginner students will get introduced to the origin and development of Bharatanatyam. The teacher will teach students the core concepts of adavus, training them on 10 fundamental foot movements of Bharatanatyam, including the 3 basic postures using the lower half of the body, i.e posture with the legs together, the half seated posture, and the fully seated posture. Moving on further in the course, the teacher will also teach students 10 fundamental hand gestures or mudras pertaining to the Asamyukta hasta meaning that which is done using single hand or one hand gestures, of the 28 in total. The next module will teach students 10 hand gestures or mudras pertaining to Samyukta hastas which means two hand or double hand gestures, of the 23 in practice. Further on, in the course the students will be trained on getting the different aspects of adavus, i.e foot movements and hand gestures, all in sync, to perform to a shloka.
About the Instructor: Identified as a child prodigy after entering dance school at the tender age of 3 and a half years, Rekha Raju has come a long way. After refining her skills as a Bharatanatyam dancer Dr. Rekha Raju has devoted most of her time to Mohiniyattam, a dance form popular in Kerala. Perhaps her birth in Palakkad, Kerala could be the possible reason for her interest in Mohiniyattam. Raised in Bangalore, the gifted artist now runs a dance school in Bangalore. Amidst this hustle and bustle, Dr.Rekha Raju successfully completed her Ph.D. in dance from Mysore University studying Margi and desi techniques of Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam.
Her apprentice and assistant faculty trainer, Keerthi Uday is currently pursuing her higher studies at Mount Carmel College (Bangalore, India). She has been learning Bharatanatyam, since she was six, under the guidance of Dr. Rekha Raju. She has also completed her Prarambhik, Praveshik Purna exams in Bharatanatyam from Bhartiya Sangeeth Prasarak Mandal (Pune), with flying colors. Keerthi is also learning the dance forms Mohiniyatam under Dr. Rekha Raju, Thalam, and Nattuvangam under Sri. Jagdeesh Janardhanan. She is one of the faculty members of Dr. Rekha Raju’s troupe and has assisted her in several workshops and major dance festivals.
This course sets young students up, for a future journey in the field of Bharatanatyam, the revered classical Indian dance form. Students learn about the basic adavus, asamyukta, and samyukta hastas as well as postures that define the core of Bharatnatyam, setting them up for higher learning through the advanced levels - when they grow up as dancers over the years. By the end of this course, your child will attain the essential posture required for Bharatnatyam dance. This course would help you develop a flexible body, strong foot muscles, gain body control, swiftness, and good stamina to practice as well as perform basic Bharatanatyam footsteps. The knowledge imparted through this beginners course, training you on the basic adavus involving foot movements and hand gestures, will also equip you to perform to a shloka using Bharatanatyam as the medium. This course is an ideal foundation course enabling you to advance to the next stage of learning.
Students enrolling for this short-term course on ipassio have the advantage of getting introduced to or learn the intricacies of a dance form, from an experienced exponent of the art. Short-term courses deal with creating a strong foundation on a specific topic. The syllabus of this course is predefined and ready before the commencement of the course. This gives students a clear understanding of the knowledge they will gain in the stipulated period of time, helping them in their planning and decision making. The class strength is limited to 3, ensuring that each student gets attention. A set of 3 individuals enrolling for this short-term course encourages learning from peers and social interaction. This course bodes well for those students who are passionate about learning, setting them up for the long term or advanced level of learning.
Students attending this course should be dedicated to learning this art form. They should have; A notebook and pen, handy, to take down notes during classes.