The history of Indian classical dance affirms that Bharatanatyam is one of the oldest classical dance forms in India. It originated in Tamil Nadu in South India and was initially performed by the temple dancers known as Devadasis. They showcased their dances during festivals, important events, ceremonies and at times of worship in the temples.
The word ‘bharatanatyam’ is an amalgamation of relevant symbiotic Tamil words – ‘Bha’ from the word ‘Bhavam’ which means expression; ‘Ra’ from ‘Ragam’ means music; ‘Ta’ from ‘Talam’ implies rhythm and ‘Natyam’ refers to dance. As the explanation of the word indicates, Bharatanatyam involves complex and graceful hand gestures and footwork accompanied by striking facial expressions and fluid movements. It is an energetic dance which stresses on postures and balanced positions. Emphasis is also placed on striking the floor with the feet and movements where the knees make contact with the ground. The characteristic features of bharatanatyam involve movements that are either formed in straight lines or in triangles. The dancer appears to weave a series of triangles apart from creating other geometric patterns.
Indian history has captured the essence of this significant dance form through various media – be it paintings, sculpture, literature or poetry. Since its inception, this art form was passed down from one generation to another and today has become one of the most popular Indian classical dance forms in India, practiced by both, men and women. Today the demand for learning it has surpassed the growth in its audience or sponsorship. However there is wide variation in the quality of the dance itself; from the scarcely exquisite to the absurd commercialization of the art. There is no doubt therefore that the pure form of the dance needs to be fostered.
Learning this intricate and untainted dance form takes years to master and interested individuals can pursue undergraduate and post graduate courses in the theory and practice of this dance.
kRtyaVed offers a six year diploma course in the Tanjavur style of Bharatanatyam. All students are taught adavus (basic steps) and theory according to the school of Shree Tanjavur Nrityashala. The minimum age requirement to enroll for this course is 8 years.
The academy follows the Indian academic calendar and hence courses commence in the month of June and culminate in April with the administration of the relevant exams. On the successful completion of the six year course, students are awarded a Diploma certificate.
1. This two-year program depends upon the regularity of the student. To complete the entire course and get the benefits of the program, it is necessary for the student to be regular in class and complete all the projects listed in the course.
REGULAR DIPLOMA PROGRAM
kRtyaVed will now offer certification courses in Bharatnatyam.
This is a 6 years diploma program where students are trained in the Tanjavur style of Bharatantayam. All students are taught adaivius and theory as per style and procedure of Shree Tanjavur Nrityashala. The minimum age requirement required to begin this course is 8 years.
Registration Fee –
A registration fee of INR 500/- per student will be charged for students taking new admission.
Fee Structure –
Course Fees – INR 21,600/- for the first year
The student can however opt to pay for –
Monthly fees – INR 2,050/-
Quarterly – INR 5,700/- &
Bi monthly – INR 11,400/-
All lessons are paid in advance. A student taking admission at the middle of the year will be entitled to pay for the entire dance academic year. Examination fees will be levied separately as and when a student opts to take an exam. A student will be entitled to take an exam only when they have paid the fees for the entire year for which they are taking their exams.
We gladly accept the following methods of payment – cash, card, post dated cheques or via online transfer.
Refunds & Credits –
Classes are non-refundable. There will be no refunds or deductions for classes missed. Adjustment classes are available within the same month of class missed. Credit will not be given for classes missed due to illness, bad weather or personal commitments. You are welcome to attend any of the adjustment classes.
Class Structure –
The academic year for each level shall begin from 1st of June till 31st of May. Exams will be conducted in the last week of April and summer vacations will be given to students from 1st May to 31st May.
Dress Code –
Western wear is not permitted in the class. Students will need to wear a Kurti and leggings for their class.