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Bharatnatyam Alankar Purna

Bharatnatyam is one of the ancient and a popular classical dance forms in India, has a divine origin and is specifically known for its purity and chastity. As per the legend this dance form was depicted by Brahma on the request of Devas to create a Veda that can be understood by common man. It is believed that this fifth Veda created by Brahma was propagated through Bharat Muni, who wrote the bible of classical dances known as ‘Natyashastra’.

As per Natyashastra, this dance form combines the three Natya, Nirtta and Nritya. The dance form includes graceful and tender movements of the body in an artistic and elegant way. This is closely associated with the region and religion; hence its origin can be traced back to Tamil Nadu and mainly performed in temples.

This dance form is very complex and hence the need of training for this dance form should be imparted from a very early age. It has great impact in the history and tradition and hence this dance could only be learned under a proper guidance of an expert teacher. There are many institutions which provide Bharatnatyam classes in Pune. Gandharva Mahavidyalaya is one of renowned academies offering Bharatnatyam classes in Pune.

Here at Gandharva Mahavidyalaya the classes are taken by experienced and expert teachers and conducted on a one on one basis. Being one of the reputed institutes which offers Bharatnatyam classes in Pune, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya offers dance classes that are at par with international levels. Here the course is conducted in batches of not more than 10 per batch. Anyone who is above 7 years of age is admitted here.

As proper training is an inevitable part of this classical dance form Bharatnatyam classes in Pune provide a great opportunity to students who wish to choose Bharatnatyam for their future career. Gandharva Mahavidyalaya organizes various concerts and high profile programs and students are also given the chance to participate and perform in them. Thus they are given a chance to learn this classical dance form and perfect their talents so that they are ready to face the world with confidence.

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This being the last course, it will test the student on all theoretical and practical aspects of Bharatnatyam. Thus, the student will be tested on his/her choreography and teaching skills. Performance, too, becomes a very important facet at this level.

As part of this course, the student has to set a new composition related to present day social life consisting of nritta and nritya. He/she should be able to perform a shloka or a viruttam. The tasks this year include the choreography of an abhinaya padam, choreographing a group of dancers on any composition of the student’s choice, and teaching a junior student any two korvais, a pallavi and anupallavi of a padam. In the first written exam, the student will learn about the contribution of Uday Shankar, Rukhmini Devi Arundel and Rabindranath Tagore, as well as that of modern-day choreographers like Dr Padma Subramanyam, Prof Chandrashekhar, and Dr Sucheta Chapekar. Also, there will be a detailed study of dance drama uparupaka along with their history and the various traditions followed in different parts of India. Paper Two will deal with terms such as guru-shishya parampara, dance training at different levels such as for a hobby class, training for potential artists, and for University courses, and the principles of dance training. The student will also be asked to discuss the advantages of learning dance. Keeping in mind the importance of performance as the student takes his/her first steps in the world of dance, he/she will be required to give a full-fledged performance lasting one and half hours, accompanied by musicians, like it is done on a professional stage.