Ph.D in Dance from Mysore University
Artistic Director - Nrithya Dhama Temple of Fine Arts
This intermediate course by Dr. Rekha Raju spans over 42 weeks and is an opportunity for intermediate dancers to delve into the Indian dance style of Bharatanatyam to gain a greater understanding and skill level. Dr. Raju will lead students through a review of basics, including body posture, adavus, asamyukta, and samyukta hastas, as well as a look at the theory and origin of this ancient Indian dance form. From this, the teacher will assess the current learning level of the student and customize the rest of the course to their needs. Students attending this course only need to have a notebook and pen to take notes during lessons and a dedication to learning the art form.
Further lessons will include techniques and practices such as krithi and thillana, Carnatic music compositions, and their accompanying movements. Students may also learn to recite jathis in thaalam, the finger counts of the beats in a taal, and how to use the thattu kali, a wooden block used to keep rhythm during a Bharatanatyam performance. Students will also have the opportunity to learn abhinaya, the Indian art of aesthetic expression. This concept teaches students to connect with their audience to tell a story. By the successful completion of this course, students will have a deeper understanding of their craft and a greater ability to express themselves through classical Indian Bharatanatyam tradition.
If the student wants to learn the basics of ancient Indian classical dance form, Bharatnatyam, Here are other courses tailored by Dr. Rekha Raju: Basics of Bharatanatyam and The Art of Bharatanatyam | Level I
About the Instructor: Identified as a child prodigy after entering dance school at the tender age of 3 and a half years, Dr. 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.
Learning Bharatanatyam benefits in improving the mental faculties of the participating learner. The delicate movements of the feet along with the hand-eye coordination in the adavu (steps) help the student to have a lucid and sharp mind. It is not just a dance form; it is also a kind of workout that helps one to ooze out the fatty acids deposited in the body. When inducted at the right age, the dance becomes a fun process and lets the student discover more on the nuances of it.
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 3 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students' progress in-depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since these courses are 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. 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 dance form. They should have: A notebook and a pen should be kept handy to take down notes during their classes.