koothambalam rukmini arangham

A sacred yet modern space for the arts, the Koothambalam, or Bharata Kalakshetra Auditorium, is the main theatre space in Kalakshetra. Rukmini Devi wrote that "dance was so closely interlinked with religion that today it is impossible to think of it divorced from this essential background". In every sense, the architecture of the Koothambalam - Bharata Kalakshetra auditorium - reflects this understanding. Today it is one of the most important and respected performance spaces in India.

"...my intention was that the dance, now abolished in the temple should create the temple atmosphere on the stage..."



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