What is Bharatanatyam?

The name ‘Bharata’ is after Bharata Muni, the great author of the “Natya Shastra” which is the oldest surviving text on stagecraft in the world.Bharatanatyam is one of the oldest classical dance forms of India and is one of the most popular Indian classical dance form that is all over the world. It is a dance of mind and soul. It’s antiquity lies about 3000 years ago with a mythological as well as a historical origin. Meaning of Bharatanatyam is the dance (natyam), that beautifully blends the three elements – ‘Bha’ – Bhava (from expressions), ‘Ra’ – Raga (from musical melody)and ‘Ta’ – Tala (from rhythm).

How many years does it take to perform the Arangetram?

That depends on the child’s ability and age. Generally, it will take about 5 years if a child starts around 7 years of age.

What are the benefits of learning Bharatanatyam?

Some of the benefits for young kids are:

  • They learn to follow instructions
  • They gain a sense of discipline through learning new positions They learn co-ordination, balance and how to control their bodies in motion
  • They are active and getting daily exercise
  • They become comfortable performing before groups

As a child continues to pursue Bharatanatyam, you will see more benefits emerging – especially when they become adolescents and into the teenage years.

  • They develop long and strong muscles from the practice
  • They gain a sense of self-confidence and pride in their bodies and what they can accomplish
  • They learn how to work to get what they want out of their performance
  • The skills learned in Bharatanatyam are useful for other forms of dancing – be it classical or contemporary if they want to take that up later
  • They learn about proper nutrition to keep their bodies in shape so they can dance
Is it too late to start learning Bharatanatyam after one is 25 years?

If for fun or for exercise, there is no maximum age to learn dance. The most important thing is that you can only learn through hard work, dedication and passion ignited within oneself. Nothing, including age can stop  you from dancing since it is one of the most beautiful and artistic creations ever.

What is the best age to start learning the dance?

Many teachers start teaching kids even at the age of 5. Being a teacher and performer for over 20 years, and based on my own observation and research, I have come to the opinion that the age of seven is a good time for most children to begin dance lessons.

Why Seven?

Seven is the ideal age for a child to begin formal, academic learning. The first seven years of a child’s life are a period of intense physical growth. After this period, all the energy that has been previously used to help the child body and organs to develop are now freed up for more cognitive learning.

A child of seven is better able to sit, focus and do desk work than a younger child. So it makes sense that a child over the age of seven would also be better able to focus on formal dance lessons, and to practice.

It is unnatural for a child under seven to be asked to sit and practice dance daily, even if the practice sessions are short. Children under seven need to be moving, playing and engaging their imaginations without the pressure of practicing, or even worse, performing and feeling the need to please others.

What style [bani] of Bharatanatyam is taught at Samarpana?

We follow the Kalakshetra Bani. Bani or tradition is term used to describe the dance technique and style specific to the guru/school.

Kalakshetra, an arts and cultural academy based in Chennai, India, was founded in January 1936 by Rukmini Devi Arundale. Under her guidance, the institution achieved national and international recognition for its unique style and perfectionism. In January 1994, an Act of the Parliament of India recognised the Kalakshetra Foundation as an “Institute of National Importance.” One of the prime disciples of Smt. Rukmini Arundale was Padmashri Adyar K. Lakshman.

Where are the classes offered?

The classes are conducted in T-Zed Homes, Whitefield. T-Zed is in the lane next to Jagriti apartments. [Varthur road, Behind Sigma Tech Park, Whitefield] There are classes on weekday evenings and weekend mornings and class timings for each student is decided based on age, level and other factors.

What are the timings?

There are classes from 9-12 on weekends and Tuesday evenings from 5-6 pm.

Where do we come to join?

You need to call me [9900246465], fix a time and come meet me at my residence at 19 Prestige Lake Vista, Ramagondanahalli.

What is the duration of each class?

1 hour

How many classes does one attend per week?

A student normally attends 2 classes [2 hours] per week.

What is the meaning of Arangetram?

Arangetram is the dancer’s first complete solo performance. It is similar to a graduation and should be performed after learning a complete margam or repertoire.