An Introduction to the Mesmerising World of Bharatanatyam


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Program Description

Have you ever wanted to learn the traditional Indian dance form, Bharatanatyam? Originating in the temples of Tamil Nadu hundreds of years ago, the uniqueness of this dance stems from its free expressions and layered storytelling through gestures. It is one of the eight classical dance styles of India. Over time, Bharatanatyam has transformed from being a form of worship to adopting a more secular style.

Payal Ravendra brings her years of experience as a dancer to offer you a session where you will learn the following:

Introduction to Bharatanatyam: Learning to appreciate the art form and disciplining the mind and body for more complicated movements to come.

Shlokas: Every Indian classical art form begins with invoking the Almighty. The chanting of shlokas improves concentration and disciplines the mind of the dancer. The shlokas will be recited from the Abhinaya Darpana.

Postures: The basic postures that will be taught are: the Samapada Posture, the Araimandi or Half-Sitting Posture, and the Murmandi or Full-Sitting Posture.

Warm-Up Exercises: These exercises are a prerequisite to learning any step in Bharatanatyam. You will begin with exercises to strengthen the knees and thighs to sustain the different body postures during dancing.

Asamyuta and Samyuta Hastas: These are one-hand and two-hand gestures used in Bharatanatyam. According to the Abhinaya Darpana, there are 28 Asamyuta Hastas and 23 Samyuta Hastas. Students will learn to depict these hastas with the shloka given in the Abhinaya Darpana.

Adavus: These are the steps used in Bharatanatyam and form the base of nritta or pure dance. There are many categories of Adavus which can be divided based on the level of difficulty. Rhythm is the most important aspect of dance. Thus, a sense of rhythm is inculcated in dancers by making them perform Adavus in three different speeds:
1.    Thatta Adavu
2.    Natta Adavu
3.    Pakka Adavu

Tala: An introduction to the Sapta Talas.

Theoretical Knowledge: Bharatanatyam makes the dancer a consummate performer. The class will begin by teaching students the definition of Bharatanatyam, the origin of the dance form (Natyotpatti), and also introduce some basic treatises on the dance.

About Payal Ravendra  

Bharatanatyam Dancer

Payal Ravendra is a disciple of Dr. Lata Singh Munshi, one of the foremost exponents of the Kalakshetra tradition and a disciple of Padma Shri Leela Samson. She has done her Master's in Bharatanatyam. Payal is an elite performing artist, giving performances around India and the world. Currently, she is working with the Bombay Institute for Performing Arts, Mumbai.

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