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Bharatanatyam- Classical Indian Dance 10 week series In-person With Janani Lakshmanan

January 6, 2023, @ 5:45 pm - March 10, 2023, @ 6:45 pm HST

In-person only
Fridays, 5:45-6:45pm
Jan 6- Mar 10, 2023

$210 plus tax

What is Bharatanatyam? Bharatanatyam is the oldest and most widely performed of the eight classical Indian dance forms. The components of the name – Bhava-Raga-Tala-Natyam – refer to emotions, musicality, rhythm, and performance. These combine to create a captivating storytelling artform with emphasis on agility, grace, and expression.

Students will have the opportunity to perform what they have learned at our annual Birthday celebration Mar 18, 2023.

Students of this class will receive elementary training in adavus, the building blocks that make up the rhythmic components of Bharatanatyam dance. They will also learn hastas, the elaborate hand gestures that form the emotive components. By the end of the series, students will have learned and be able to perform a beautiful invocatory Bharatanatyam piece. From this, they will gain a fundamental awareness of their body, develop strength and isolation of musculature, and focus on the effect of facial expression on dance. Students will learn the elementary principles of rasa, a concept of empathy between performer and audience unique to Indian classical art.

Bharatanatyam is deeply entwined with the spiritual traditions of India and Hinduism. Students will be encouraged to participate in the traditional namaskaram, a prayer thanking Mother Earth, every class. The precepts of Bharatanatyam training require that, out of respect to Mother Earth, the dance is practiced barefoot. Students can bring a scarf/dupatta to class. They will be instructed on how to tie it around the waist, to enhance body awareness. Students can wear whatever they are comfortable dancing in.

Bharatanatyam is a rigorous classical dance, and can require modification to each dancer’s body. Please inform your instructor of any injuries or discomfort. 

Janani Lakshmanan

Janani Lakshmanan began studying the classical dance form of Bharatanatyam at the age of five, and has been considered a senior performer since 2014, upon the completion of her Salangai Pooja, or commencement ceremony. She completed her professional stage debut, her Arangetram, in India in December 2016. She is a student/instructor with Sampradaya Dance of India (Chandler, Arizona, dir. Nita Mallya), and has been an active member in collegiate Indian classical art groups (Emory University, Arizona State University). She has been invited to organize, write, co-direct, and perform at events promoting the welfare of underprivileged communities in India. She has led workshops and performed at venues around the world. Janani was recognized by the Government of India’s cultural arts bureau, Doordarshan, with a Professional Artist’s Grading in March 2019. She is also a practitioner of Nattuvangam, rhythmic beat-keeping unique to Indian classical dance, as an accompanist to live orchestras and performers. She is studying Sanskrit and Tamil, to improve her connection to the ancient texts and stories that inspire her art. Janani is currently a student affiliate at the East West Center. She is currently a doctoral student in the Mathematics program at University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She is working on research combining her two loves: classical dance and pure mathematics.

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January 6, 2023, @ 5:45 pm HST
March 10, 2023, @ 6:45 pm HST
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