Ph.D in Dance from Mysore University
Artistic Director - Nrithya Dhama Temple of Fine Arts
This beginner course (Level I), which will be held over the duration of 42 weeks, takes an in-depth look at Bharatanatyam and this curriculum focuses on introducing students to the ancient Indian dance form, its origin, and ancestry. Further on, the course educates the students on body posture, the do’s and don't's when learning and/or demonstrating the art form, as an important constituent for practicing Bharatnatyam. The teacher then delves into the core concepts of adavus or foot movements that include the three basic positions or 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, this in-depth Bharatanatyam beginners course trains students on all different adavus or foot movements. Progressing further, students get to learn and practice through live demonstration, 28 asamyukta hastas or single-hand gestures or mudras plus 23 double hand gestures, samyukta hastas, or hand gestures. Towards the conclusion of the course the students get trained on getting the different aspects of adavus, i.e foot movements and the hand gestures all in sync, to perform pushpanjali, otherwise referred to as a salute to God, Guru, and the audience before a performance.
Students will benefit from this course as they will be introduced to the concept of the Guru-Shishya Parampara. This is an age-old tradition where the Guru bonds with the student and passes on all the knowledge of the art to the student. It is an excellent form of workout as it includes yoga-based stretching, aerobic and high-endurance movement levels. Besides the basic grammar of movement, in Bharatanatyam, the focus is on developing speed, strength, and stamina.
If the student wants to learn more insights on the Basic's of Bharatanatyam like 10 basic adavus, involving the basic standing postures, hand gestures, and foot movements, here is another course tailored by Dr. Rekha Raju: Basics of Bharatanatyam, and The Art of Bharatanatyam | Level II
About Dr. Rekha Raju: 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 Mohiniattam, a dance form popular in Kerala. Perhaps her birth in Palakkad, Kerala could be the possible reason for her interest in Mohiniattam. Raised in Bangalore, the gifted artist now runs her own 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 the dance form Bharatanatyam at Nrithya Dhama Temple of Fine Arts, 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. Apart from Bharatanatyam, she 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. Keerthi aims to assist and dedicate her knowledge to the enrolled students.
Learning from one of the best available talent practicing the art form, students get to learn in detail about Bharatanatyam. This beginner course also establishes the age-old Indian tradition of the Guru-Shishya bond that is so revered while learning Bharatanatyam. This curriculum will be ensuring the students the confidence needed, at the culmination of the course - to make a solo presentation of the dance form in public, via recitals.
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be assured that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their student's progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.
Students attending this course should be dedicated to learning the art form of Bharatantayam. They should also have a notebook and pen handy to take down notes during their classes.