Natyam Academy in Dallas,Plano,Frisco,McKinney & Allen

October 1st, 2014 4 Comments

Since Plano (suburb of Dallas) is my new resident city, I have my school Natyam Academy offering classes in the Plano, Frisco, McKinney and Allen cities in Texas. Natyam Academy is a an organisation dedicated towards promoting the Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam to the communities around. It is an effort to bring about […]

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History Of Bharatanatyam -Part 2

January 19th, 2014 3 Comments

Bharatanatyam is a popular classical dance form of India. Its history goes back a long way. It originates from Tamilnadu, a location in Southern India. Many differences, however, have arisen regarding the art form, starting with simply its name. The word “Bharatanatyam” itself was established far back in time, even before the composer Purandara Dasa’s […]

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Kapi Tillana

September 21st, 2012 15 Comments

I have demonstrated the Kapi Tillana composed by MD is Ramanathan (often known as MDR) sung by Prince Rama Varma in Adi Talam Tisra Gati. The moment I heard him sing I could feel the steps marching in. This is an inspired choreography. A very simple Tillana that can be learnt by intermediate level students. […]

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Jatiswaram part 2

August 12th, 2011 5 Comments

The following videos demonstrates the 4th Korvai and the Charanam ‘Dha’.  For all the repeations of the Pallavi (Starting lines or thematic line of the song that is often repeated severel times), steps are done in accordance with the  swarams. The second video shows the first Charanam ‘da,,, ni da pa da’. They sound different from the Pallavi ( Sa,,,ni […]

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Shijith Nambiar’s Upcoming Workshops in US

April 8th, 2011 1 Comment

Shijith Nambiar and Parvathi Nambiar are one of the few leading dancing couples in Bharatanatyam. It was their training is kalakshetra that brought the two dancing souls together as partner’s in life. Now they share the stage together with their duet choreographies. During my phone conversation with him , he never made me feel that […]

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Natesha or Nataraja Kautukam

March 31st, 2011 41 Comments

I have here worked on the Natesha Kautukam. This was the Kautukam that I learnt probably when I was 8 or 9. The steps are same almost in every style. I like the the Kalakriya series music for this Kautukam. Hence the demonstration is a blend of what I had learnt and Mrs Priyadarshiniji’s choreography.  […]

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December 10th, 2010 46 Comments

Pushpanjali is an invocatory dance in Bharatanatyam.

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Eye Movements or Drishthi Bheda

June 25th, 2010 17 Comments

Drishthi in sanskrit meaning “Vision”. In relation to our eyes it means “sight” or “to see”. The classification of these eye movements are based on how we move the eye balls. Infact we use each of them in our every day routine. Just a matter of identifying with their names. There are eight types of […]

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Head movements or Shirobheda

May 6th, 2010 9 Comments

Head movements are also called Shirobheda. Shira or shirasa meaning ” Head” in sanskrit. The head  movements refer to the head positions, while expressing a particular bhava. There are Nine head movements. Sama : The head kept straight Udvahitam : Head Looking upwards Adhomukham : Looking Down Alolitam: Circular Movement of the head Dhutam: Right […]

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March 18th, 2010 58 Comments

The word Alarippu means “a flowering bud.” It is an innovatory piece meaning it is performed before a dancer begins a whole performance. It is considered to be a warm up piece for the dancers. According to T. Balasraswati “Alarippu, which is based on rhythm alone, brings out the special charm of pure dance. The […]

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