Indian Dance

originating in the temples of TAMIL NADU in the South of India.

The temple dancers (knowledgeable in dance, music and the temple rituals) traditionally performed in HINDY TEMPLES to worship the gods and goddesses.

The name of the dance form itself tells us the founding aspects of this tradition:

BHA / RA / TA / NATYAM

 

BHA  (BHAVAM):  Expression

RA (RAGAM):  Melody

TA (TALAM):  Rhythm

NATYAM : Dance


At Theiyā Arts we follow the guidance of our own Gurus from India to teach this precious art form. They 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".

Bharatanatyam is a form of Indian Classical dance (one of the 8 classical  dance styles in India)


Bharatanatyam dancer | Source: Wikicommons

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Kathak dancer | Source: Wikicommons

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.

'Katha kahe so kathak kahave' 

Kathak, the North Indian classical dance form historically embodied this tradition of storytelling.


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.


We are in this moment imagining a particular song, O Re Piya from the movie Aaja Nachale, that would be a perfect example of this. Here the song itself can be interpreted as being about the pangs of being in love and of separation but somehow also talks of a woman and her intense love for dancing itself. These songs often become threads that bind the fabric of the story. Here 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.

When we think of Bollywood, what comes to mind? It is often colourful costumes and

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Photo: Still from movie Aaja Nachale

Photo: Still from movie Ram-Leela