Performing Arts CS


 Chinmaya Somnath Performing Arts Classes

“Introspect daily, detect diligently, negate ruthlessly”.- Swami Chinmayanada

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“Bharatanatyam Class”

Timings: SUN 11:10 am to 11:50 am  |  Age group: 5 and above


Teacher Introduction:
Priya Krishnan was trained under the able guidance of her guru Smt. Padmini Ramachanrdan of Natyapriya, Bangalore, India. Her many accomplishments include the awarded title of Natya Saraswthi by the Bharatha Academy of Fine Arts, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. As a young dancer she has represented India at the Festival of India in Russia. In addition she has performed in numerous other events in India, USA and Canada including performances on Doordarshan, Bangalore and in GV Iyer’s national television serial “Krishna”. Priya currently teaches dance and has been doing so for over 12 years and consistently brings her unique individuality in all her choreography.

The early stages of training involve learning the basic steps, called adavus, and movements of the dance. These elements are the building blocks for subsequent, more advanced, sequences of dance. The exercises condition the body for the unique postures of Bharatanatyam. They also develop the student’s sense of rhythm.
At this stage, students also learn the names of hand gestures called hastas, which are an important feature of Bharatanatyam. They comprise the descriptive language of the dance. Students also learn about the history of Bharatanatyam, the musical instruments used, and other related topics.

At the intermediate stage, students learn more advanced steps and complicated patterns of movement. They also learn the names of facial expressions, which are a distinctive feature of Bharatanatyam.
The students begin learning some basic dance compositions. The choreography is simple, and there isn’t much expressive content. Examples of these items are the alarippu and jatiswaram.

These students learn the remaining dance compositions that make up the repertoire of a full Bharatanatyam recital. Although they may only learn a single instance of some types of items, the repertoire covers all the features of the dance. It includes rhythmic dance, emotional expression, and variety. The items they practice include the shabdam, varnam, padam, kirtanam, ashtapadi, javali, tillana, and shlokam.


“Folk Dance”

Timings: SUN 11:10 am – 11:50 am  |  Age group: Girls only 8 – 14 years


While classical dances follow specific techniques, folk dances are spontaneous expressions of the spirit of a people. They spring from the basic instinct for rhythm, imagination, and artistic expression. They relate to daily activities of work, play, and worship, as well as people’s relationships with nature and with each other. Whether to mark a religious festival, give thanks for a successful harvest, celebrate a wedding, prepare for battle, or to express devotion, folk dances are part of daily life throughout India. This class is kind of unique/ new in its own way since the dances will be based on devotional songs, folk songs, Bhajans, related to our culture, gods and goddesses, dance forms using expressions, hand gestures, body movements, props with rhythm and beats performed in a group. In order not to compromise the quality of the instruction, we will able to accommodate only limited number of students. (First come first served)

This class will be an age Since it is a dance class and keeping the dance space required in mind, we will able to accommodate only certain number of students this year.