We offer Performing Arts classes for children enrolled in the Bala Vihar program.

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Classes on Sundays from 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM

Age Group: 5 and above

Beginners

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.

Intermediate

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.

Advanced

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.

Teacher Details

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.

Due to Covid-19, the Carnatic Music class is not offered in the Bala Vihar year 2020-21

Classes on Sundays from 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM

Age Group: 5- 12 years

Carnatic music is the music of Southern India. The basic elements of śruti (the relative musical pitch), swara (the musical sound of a single note), rāga (the mode or melodic formulae), and tala (the rhythmic cycles) form the foundation of improvisation and composition in Carnatic music. Carnatic music is usually performed by a small ensemble of musicians, consisting of a principal performer (usually a vocalist), a melodic accompaniment (usually a violin), a rhythm accompaniment (usually a mridangam), and a tambura, which acts as a drone throughout the In this class, we will be following the syllabus and text written by A.S. Panchapakesa Iyer, “Ganamrutha Bodhini”. The basic beginner’s exercises are the Svaravali Varases, Janti Varases, and the Mel Sthayi Varases. There are also other finger exercises that are extended exercises based on the Janti Varases. These exercises are followed by the Alankaras and Geethams.

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