Indian Classical Dance

Narthana Performing Academy & I-Media Educational Group is proud to present Bharathanatyam in Kalakshetra Style Classical Dance. Bharathanatyam is a very popular dance form in South India. It is the oldest of all classical dance forms in India. The dance of mind & soul, which is known for it’s grace, purity, tenderness, staturesque & sculpturesque poses and Kalakshetra literally means a holy place of arts (Kala : Arts, Kshetra : Field or Holy place). Deriving inspiration from this noble ideal, Kalakshetra was established, in the words of Rukmini Devi,”with the sole purpose of resuscitating in modern India recognition of the priceless artistic traditions and imparting to the young the true spirit of Art, devoid of vulgarity and commercialism”.

About the Tutor, Mr. Kathiresan Govindan (Diploma in Bharatnatyam)

Widely known as Kathir, this young and vibrant Bharathanatyam artist hails from Butterworth Penang. He started his initial Bharathanatyam training at Kalapeetham Centre of Fine Arts Penang. He later joined the Singapore Indian fine arts Academy and learnt under Guru Sri V. Balagurunathan for five years. Kathir then completed his three years diploma course in Bharathanatyam from Krishnanjali Dance School Chennai India, an Instituition founded by the world reknown dancer and teacher Guru Srimathi Krishnavedi Laksmanan, a former principal of Kalakshetra foundation. On his return he setup his own dance school “Narthana Performing Academy”. He is currently conducting his classes at various towns in the Northern region of Peninsula Malaysia.

What is Kalakshetra style?

It is a popular dance style of Bharathanatyam and it was introduced by the great revolutionary and Guru of Bharathanatyam Srimathi Rukmini Devi Arundale. The Kalakshetra style of dance presents clean geomatric line and display vigour and perfection, and is famous for its focus on Angika (body). The lines are stressed on and the precise way of holding the Mudras (hand gesture) is emphasised and words from lyrics are always used by using Thala (rhythm) indicators for the placement of the hand in exact position during naration. This style is known for its clean Liner Nrittas (pure dance) and sensitive Abhinayas which makes the dance performances pleasing to the viewer’s eyes. No other dance style has yet been able to match the beauty of a Kalakshetra leap.

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