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Bharatanatyam

Bharatanatyam, also known as the temple dance originates from the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. It is one of most popular classical dance form of India that has a rich history of more than two thousand years. At our Bharatanatyam dance institute in South Delhi, we have highly trained teachers who nurture our students to adopt this divine dance style.

Bharatanatyam Dance Classes in Delhi

bharatanatyam Sequences

In Dravidian languages the word Alarippu means “to blossom”. It is the most simplest and initial item where in the dancer shows reverence to the Guru, the audience and the Gods. It would be completed in 3-5 minutes and is mainly to lead the dancer into more complicated steps. Being led by the Taala, the dancer is taken into a realm of single mindedness and is freed of all distractions. The alarippu is accompanied by the sollukattus, “tham-thi-tha thai-tha-thai”, and percussion in slow, medium, and fast tempos.

This is a pure nritta item. The movements are in accordance to Jatis and Swara, hence the name Jatiswaram. Jatis are rhythmic syllables whereas Swaras are particular patterns of melodic scales or raga and tala. This will be accompanied by musical instruments. The purpose of the Jatiswaram is to create various beautiful forms, purely for artistic pleasure. No mood or sentiment is expressed.

This is where the music starts including Sahitya or lyrics and the dance starts getting expressive or introduces Abhinaya. The lyrics are normally praises of a deity, guru or a patron. Yashogita or the Sanskrit for songs of praise can be used here. It describes the deeds, glory and qualities of the subject. The sahitya for a shabdam is usually simple. There are typically two to five stanzas of poetry, with associated korvais of dance; each subsequent one adds more detail on the same theme. The dance is deeper in expressing the emotion in this item. The item is often wound up with words of salutation like “salaamure” or “namostute”.

Varnam is the most important item in the recital. This is the item where the dancer’s expertise in the dance. It has a fine mix of nritta and nritya combined in final movements. The dancer interprets the music and poetry with great elaboration in both nritta and nritya passages.

This item which may be going upto 45 minutes will mostly deal with love. Love for God who is presented as a hero is expressed through Shringaara bhakthi.  As the varnam progresses, the complexity of the teermanams and the abhinaya increases, showing the skill, versatility, and stamina of the dancer. Finally, combining all these aspects, the dancer synchronizes rhythmic footwork of adavu-jatis, hand gestures showing the meaning of the song, and facial expressions bringing out the subtleties of inner emotion.

This is the item showing the strength of expression. It is executed in a lower tempo with the dancer giving life to varied emotions and sentiments. It describes the longings and emotions of nayaka and nayika. Their separation which is Vipralambha and union which is Sambhoga. This is a symbolism of a human soul longing for union with the divine spirit. The songs used for padams give broad scope for the expression of varying shades of emotion, and feature ragas that match the sentiment of the theme.

Ashtapadi

This item is in reference to the famous Gita Govindam by Jayadeva. The Sanskrit hymns are arranged in eight steps as the name mentions and describes the love shared by Krishna and his Gopis or cow girls. It is symbolism to represent the love a devotee holds for the divine. It is well suited to Abhinaya.

Kirtanam

This is an item with a basic bhava of Bhakthi. Sung in Madhyama Kalam or medium tempo, it comprises of pallavi, anu pallavi and charanas. Kirtanam is always executed in very subtle raagas. Singing the praises of Gods, the sahitya in Kirtanam are excerpts from the Purana stories and prayers.

While being expressed as a dance item, it is abhinaya with sahithya lines in it. The sahitya of Kirtanam is a mix of Jathis and Swaras. The dancer plays along and displays the various adavu during the whole item.

Javali

This can be another version of Padams or the devotional versions of songs about love. Here the Sahitya is lighter, faster and in a more colloquial version. They are singing about the more playful or even erotic stages of the love between the nayaka and nayika. There are very less deep philosophical ideas.

It is sung in Madhyama Kalam. There are many famous composers of Javali like Iraiman Thampi.

The purest nritta item in the whole Margam. It is live ad active with very attractive and strong music. Specialized rhythmic syllables are sung to the melody, and are repeated by the singer while the dance presents an elaboration of the music. Consisting of Pallavi, Anu pallavi and Charanam, it is started off with very strong eye movements. As the Pallavi is elaborated, the movements extend to body, known as the Mai adavus. Furthermore, several Korvais as performed in accordance with the Pallavi and Anu pallavi. One such korvai is Usi Adavu, which is a very quick sequence of movements performed by the dancer. Here, the whole stage would be covered during the item. Before winding up, Thillana would always be followed by a dedicated homage address to a deity or Guru.

Shlokam

This is an item that can be improvised by the dancer and singer. The interpretation they offer for this Orviruttam or verse is usually conveyed through expressions, gestures and music. It is never set to a pattern like any normal song.

Fees structure

Convenient Fees for Bharatanatyam Dance Classes in Delhi Center

Starter

Rs. 1500

/month

1 Class Per Week

1 Hour Class

Basic

Rs. 2500

/month

2 Calsses Per Week

1 Hour Class

EXPRESS

Rs. 3500

/month

3 Classes Per Week

1 Hour Class

FAQs

Clear your doubts about our Bharatanatyam Dance Classes

Time to learn Bharatanatyam dance depends on many factors such frequency of classes, practice and will power. If you are a quick learner, you can learn Bharatantyam within 4-7 years period. However, the final decision lies with the Guru, when he or she thinks, you are ready for the Arangetram (first on stage performance). 

We offer weekend Baharatanatyam classes in Delhi center for students and working professionals. Mostly, weekend classes are preferred by those who cannot take regular classes as they are engaged in office, school and college  in week days. However, weekend classes are subject to availability of seats as there is huge demand. 

Arangetram is a debut solo performance by a student after completing the Bharatanatyam training under the guidance of an able Guru. A day is decided by the Guru on which the disciple performs the Arangetram in from of Gurus and the general public. Performance starts after seeking blessing and permission from the Guru. The entire performance with last for more than an hour, where, you will need to present all sequences of Margam namely Alaripu, Pushpanjali, Jatheeswaram, Shabdam, Padam, Tillana, Shlokam, Mangalam and Varnam.

We also offer private Bharatanatyam classes in Delhi, where the teacher will go to your resident and give you personal classes. However, we only offer private Bharatanatyam Dance Classes in South Delhi and Central Delhi. Duration of these classes are 1-2 hours depending on your requirements and availibility of our teachers. You are requested to call us on the number provided in the website to know more information about private classes. 

At present, we have one center in South Delhi, where you can learn Bharatanatyam Dance. 

Private dance classes fees are high compared to regular classes at our Delhi Center. 

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