... one of India's classical dance forms, originating in the temples of Tamil Nadu in the south of India.
The name of the dance form itself tells us the founding aspects of this tradition:
BHA / RA / TA / NATYAM
BHA (BHAVA): Expression
RA (RAGA): Melody
TA (TALA): Rhythm
NATYAM : Dance
At Theiyā Arts we follow the guidance of our own Gurus from India to teach this precious art form.
Viraja & Shyamjith Kiran are scholars from Kalakshetra Foundation which the most renowned centre for the study of Bharatanatyam. Founded in 1936 by visionary Rukmini Devi Arundale, the institution stands testimony to her dream of creating a space where the essence of Indian thought would find expression through artistic education, an institution she established with the vision “of imparting to the young the true spirit of Art".
Kathak, the North Indian classical dance form historically embodied this tradition of storytelling.
'Katha kahe so kathak kahave'
While the Kathakars of that era were wanderers who went around performing and telling stories from the sacred legends, folklores & mythology of India, the modern-day Kathak is known for its graceful movements, the stunning pirouettes, intricate footwork and soulful, expressive, movement-based storytelling. While there are multiple schools or styles of Kathak and we hold our training from the Jaipur and Lucknow traditions close, what we embody and resonate with most is our experience of Kathak being a form of poetry in motion.
Kandyan Dance - classical dance form of Sri Lanka - taught in Scotland for the very first time.
KANDYAN Dance is a classical dance form from Sri Lanka. Through generations and many lineages of teachers, Kandyan dance has evolved to represent the local folktales, as well as cultural and global influences. It is an energetic and dynamic style performed to the Drum called Gata Bera. Classes are taught by Tharanga. "In my classes, you will gradually train your body and mind to move in formations unique to this style, and to the various combinations of drum beats. Kandyan dance strengthens the body through dynamic movements and posture, and strengthens the mind through creativity."
When we think of Bollywood, what comes to mind? It is often colourful costumes and
decor, vibrant and energetic movements and of course an excuse to sweat those extra calories while dancing our hearts out. However, there is a genre of Bollywood that is getting lost in the trends and vast globalisation of recent times. It is the quintessential essence of romance and love. Stories told through emotive movement and dance motifs are drawn from Indian Folk combined with music that evokes the sometimes subtle and nuanced and sometimes dramatic and extravagant expression of being in love itself.
In the films, we see the characters dancing to really a catchy songs, but they are inherently telling us stories of what can only be expressed through these representations of music and dance, bringing the emotions to life in their rendering.
Our online Bollywood dance classes are trying to bring this experience to everyone at their home. Let's, for some time, become a part of a new tale, let our bodies move to express and let's give in to our love for dance.