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Why Shivalayam? 360° Approach

To excel as an artist and a performer of Bharatanatyam, it is essential to gain in-depth practical and theoretical knowledge. With the extensive training that Dhanalakshmi has undergone, she has made it her life goal to impart the same to her students.

The 360° approach includes practical (Adavus, Items, Abhinaya and Nritta pieces); theoretical (nuances of Bharatanatyam, Hastas, Bhedas, Sollukattu and so on); Thattukali practise (Basics of Thalam) and Nattuvangam (Advanced Thalam). Here, at Shivalayam, students are prepared not only to be performers and connoisseurs of dance but also as future instructors. Hence, a varied combination of sessions are offered, as follows:

BHA (Bhava)

A specially designed course for senior students of Bharatanatyam catering primarily to Bhava or Abhinaya in dance. The sessions include Padam, Shabdam, Varnam, Javali, Ashtapadi and so on.

RA (Raaga)

Dance is never complete without music. Bharatanatyam, vocals and instruments go hand in hand in a repertoire. Also, for students of dance, we believe the accompaniments must always be a doorstep away. This also provides them with confidence and encouragement during practice sessions. Shivalayam also conducts the following courses:

  1. Carnatic Vocal
  2. Musical Instruments like Guitar, Keyboard, Flute, Mridangam, Veena and Violin

TA (Tala)

Dhanalakshmi is well versed in teaching Thattukali and Nattuvangam, having learnt from well-renowned legends in the field. The courses offered are

  1. Basics in Nattuvangam
  2. Advanced course in Nattuvangam (Based on the capabilities and skillsets of the students)

NATYAM (Dance)

Every child is unique, and every student has their own pace of learning. Keeping the capabilities, needs and goals of the students,  we offer the following courses in Bharatanatyam:

  1. Beginners
  2. Intermediate
  3. Advanced

(Batch depends on a fresher or previous training at the discretion of the teacher; Both Online and Offline courses are offered)

Fresh Batches commence soon for Kuchipudi and Mohiniyattam.

Note: Students are trained for grade-level exams from the preliminary stage itself. Willing students who have successfully completed the Adavus and basic items of a Margam can opt for an affiliated Diploma, degree or Masters.

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