Bharatanatyam from Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts
Founder Director - Kala Sampada
This level 1 beginner course introduces the enrolled sudents to Bharatanatyam, its meaning, and the precise movements involved in its expression. Students begin by learning the meaning behind Bharatanatyam and its three basic elements: Nritta, Nritya, and Natya. Students also learn the meanings behind the different types of movements; from samyukta hastas (two-hand gestures) and pada bheda (foot positions) todhrishti bheda (eye movements) and more. Expert performer and teacher Veena C.S. leads students through the recital of the jatis, or rhythm patterns, associated with Bharatanatyam, and the meanings of various terms and concepts so that each student has a true understanding of the art form.
Veena C.S. leads students in basic physical exercises and poses before moving on to learning different sets of steps in Bharatanatyam, from the basic Tattadavu to the more advanced Sarikkal Adavu. At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to recite Sollu kattus of all adavus in tala and be able to perform a solo recital. This course can be up to or over a year-long but, ultimately, course length depends on the progress and comfort of the student. Additionally, a thorough study of dance such as this course builds strength, confidence, and depth of expression that can enhance many areas of life. This course requires regular physical practice and weekly face-to-face sessions with the teacher.
About Ms. Veena Chikkanahalli Seshadri: From a young age, Veena Chikkanahalli Seshadri had a strong interest in dance, art, and drama. Throughout the 25 years of experience that followed, she has performed and taught Bharatanatyam all over the world. She trained professionally at the Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts, as well as with Guru Minal Prabhu and Guru Jayalakshmi Eshwar. Now a guru in her own right, she's a renowned dancer and choreographer who has been the recipient of numerous distinguished awards and achievements, including a grade A from Doordarshan, an Empanelled artist of ICCR, the Natya Mayuri title from Sadhana International Art and Yoga Festival in Beijing, and an honour by Sur Noopur, New Delhi in recognition of excellence in teaching. Veena C.S. is recognized as the embodiment of Bharatanatyam and she brings expertise and passion to each performance and lesson.
By learning the beginning level of Bharatanatyam in this course, students will pass in a life of discipline, devotion, and passion. Being a dance form that blends dance, music, and theatre, Bharatanatyam is an activity that instills poise and self-improvisation in anyone, who is dedicated and interested in picking up the course.
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be rest assured that they will receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1. 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. They should have: A notebook and pen handy to take down notes during their classes.