Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q Can I attend ?

No matter what age you are in and no matter what’s your fitness level, if you don’t have any significant medical problems that restricts you from dancing, you are welcome to attend the classes.If in doubt consult your health practitioner . We encourage students to take responsibility for their own health there is no compulsion to do any of the moves and we emphasise that if it hurts, you are doing something wrong and should stop immediately!

  • Q What’s the age requirement ?

Age is not a factor, if you are young in mind and have a good health, you are welcome…

  • Q Can guys attend?

Our classes are for women and men.

  • Q Can I bring my sibling with me ?

If s/he can catch and throw a ball competently - yes! If you or an older sibling look after the child in class we have no objection. However please do not force the child - the emphasis should be on fun!

  • Q It looks really complicated?

A Indian dance differs from other genres in that it uses every part of the body - often doing different things! You will feel un-coordinated for a few classes - but then it begins to make sense! We have never met anyone who couldn't do it!

What to wear: comfortable exercise clothing and exercise shoes (e.g. joggers)if it’s must for you, otherwise barefoot is the best.

What to bring: A bottle of water, towel and a sense of humour.

  • Duration: 45 minutes

  • Pace: fast, energetic

  • Level: Open

Cost of the Classes

All classes are pay-by-month in advance. If you anticipate being absent discuss this with the teacher. There is no refund policy if you are absent in any of the classes.

During admission, fees for two months have to paid in advance.

Per month – 04/05 classes, per week 01 class , each class $ 20, you have to pay $ 80 in advance within the first week of every month. For months having 05 weeks we don’t charge extra for the 05th. week.

If you are interested to attend any particular class/es as a “casual student” then the fees for each class is $ 30. This is to be paid daily before the start of class.

NB: I cannot accept Credit Cards - Correct Cash only!

  • All students must fill up their registration forms and submit it positively by next week.


A brief note :


From Wikipedia :

Bharatanatyam is a classical Indian dance form originating in Tamil Nadu[1][2][3][4][5], India. One of the oldest of the classical dance forms in India, it is also known as the fifth Veda. Bharatanatyam is usually accompanied by the classical music. It has its inspirations from the sculptures of the ancient temple of Chidambaram. Bharatanatyam, as the name depicts is the combination of:

BHA- Bhava (Expression), RA- Raga (Music) and TA- Tala (Rhythm) Bharatanatyam is a traditional dance-form known for its grace, purity, tenderness, and sculpturesque poses. Today, it is one of the most popular and widely performed dance styles and is practiced by many dancers all over the world.[6][7][8]

Traditional roots

Surviving texts of the golden age of Tamil literature and poetry known during the Sangam Age such as the Tolkappiyam as well as the later Silappadikaram testify to a variety of dance traditions which flourished in these times. The latter work is of particular importance, since one of its main characters, the courtesan Madhavi, is a highly accomplished dancer. The Silappadikaram is a mine of information of ancient Tamil culture and society, in which the arts of music and dance were highly developed and played a major role.[9]

In ancient times it was performed as dasiattam by mandir (Hindu temple) Devadasis. Many of the ancient sculptures in Hindu temples are based on Bharata Natyam dance postures karanas. In fact, it is the celestial dancers, apsara's, who are depicted in many scriptures dancing the heavenly version of what is known on earth as Bharatanatyam. In the most essential sense, a Hindu deity is a revered royal guest in his temple/abode, to be offered the "sixteen hospitalities" - among which are music and dance, pleasing to the senses. Thus, many Hindu temples traditionally maintained complements of trained musicians and dancers, as did Indian rulers.

In Kali Yuga, the center of most arts in India is Bhakti (devotion) and therefore, Bharata Natyam as a dance form and carnatic music set to it are deeply grounded in Bhakti. Bharata Natyam, it is said, is the embodiment of music in visual form, a ceremony, and an act of devotion. Dance and music are inseparable forms; only with Sangeetam (words or syllables set to raga or melody) can dance be conceptualized. Bharata Natyam has three distinct elements to it: Nritta (rhythmic dance movements), Natya (mime, or dance with a dramatic aspect), and Nritya (combination of Nritta and Natya).

The Tamil country especially Tanjore, has always been the seat and centre of learning and culture. It was the famous quartet of Chinnayya, Ponniah, Sivanandam and Vadivelu of the Tanjore Court during the Marathi King Saraboji’s time (1798–1824) which made a rich contribution to music and Bharatanatyam and also completed the process of re-editing the Bharathanatyam programme into its present shape with its various forms like the Alarippu, Jathiswaram, Sabdham, Varnam, Tillana etc. The descendants of these four brothers formed the original stock of Nattuvanars or dance teachers of Bharatanatyam in Tanjore. Originally, they formed a community by themselves and most of them were Saivite non-brahmins.

It is believed that Bharatanatyam is mainly a renewal of Cathir, the ancient art of temple dancers.This dance form denotes various 19th and 20th century reconstructions of Cathir, the art of temple dancers from ancient dance forms.

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