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The Art of Bharatanatyam | Level I | Learn under Dr. Rekha Raju

by Dr. Rekha Raju

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This online, live, beginner course by Dr. Rekha Raju will be an in-depth attempt at getting students well versed with the Indian classical dance form, Bharatanatyam. Apart from educating students on the origins of Bharatanatyam, the course will teach students all the adavus as well as mudras and prepare the student for a 6 to 8-minute dance recital called Pushpanjali. At the conclusion of the course, students would have learned the important adavus or foot movements that combine to form a dance sequence. They would also be well versed with single and double hand gestures or mudras, besides being ready for Pushpanjali. This course provides an ideal foundation for students to advance to the next level of learning.

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    Dr. Rekha Raju

    25 Years Experience

    From: India

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      Ph.D in Dance from Mysore University

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      Artistic Director - Nrithya Dhama Temple of Fine Arts

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    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.


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