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Immersion programs for students of dance and music around India and abroad

The Kalakshetra Outreach Workshops are an 8 to 10-day intensive course in Bharatanatyam / Carnatic Music delivered by senior faculty members at the Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts, Kalakshetra to an exclusive group of students at institutions around the world.

The workshops are designed to be delivered at three levels of skill-sets – Basic, Intermediate and Professional..

Basic Beginners with a minimal experience of 1 year
Intermediate Those who have completed their Arangetram, with 3-5 years experience.
Professional Advanced training for performers and teachers.

Each batch will have approximately 4 hours 45 minutes of contact time  and should ideally have a maximum of 15 students.

All levels will receive a common class to focus on specialised body-training for Bharatanatyam – comprising Yoga practice, fitness training, body awareness and warm-up/cool-down stretches. The major component of training with the practical session which will focus on honing core-technique, alongside repertoire pieces suitable to each level. Ancillary sessions will cover dance theory and associated dance history and literature. Folk dance shall also be taught as an additional unique component of the workshop. The workshop will give the participants a taste of the Kalakshetra experience, assuming a holistic and wholesome approach to the arts

Repertoire Pieces for the three Levels :

Basic Alarippu and a Krithi
Intermediate Jatiswaram and a Krithi
Professional Varnam and a Krithi

Outreach Workshops

Workshop in Thrissur – May 2014

Kalakshetra’s first Outreach Workshop in Bharatanatyam was conducted in Thrissur, Kerala under the joint auspices of University of Calicut, Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi and Kalakshetra Foundation. The workshop was a 10-day intensive course taught by four experienced faculty members of the Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts programme – Sri Rakesh, Sri Girish, Sri Vikas and Smt Vasundhara Thomas. The workshop was held at the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi premises at Thrissur from 27th May 2014 – 5th June 2014.
A total of 21 students registered for the camp – 8 for the Basic Level, 6 for Intermediate and 11 for the Advanced Level.

Workshop in New Jersey – July 2014

An Outreach Bharatanatyam workshop was conducted from 14th to 25th of July 2014 for the Bharata Kalakshetra School of Fine Arts in New Jersey, USA. Two faculty members Shri Lokesh Raj and Smt Shaly Vijayan travelled to USA to deliver the workshop. The workshop was very well received and concluded on the last day with a presentation and showcase event.

Workshop in Portugal – July 2014

Another Outreach Bharatanatyam workshop was conducted from 14th to 25th of July 2014 for the Portuguese Yoga Confederation in Lisbon, Portugal. Faculty member Shri Hairpadman travelled to Portugal to deliver the workshop. The workshop was specially designed for the purpose of the yoga practitioners and students at the Host organisation. The workshop was very well received and provided a good insight and training in Bharatanatyam to the attendees.

Workshop in Pune – May 2015

Kalakshetra’s Outreach Workshop in Bharatanatyam was conducted in Pune, Maharashtra under the auspices of Nrityayatri Art Movement. The workshop was a 10-day intensive course taught by four experienced faculty members of the Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts programme – Sri K.P.Rakesh, Sri Sibi Sudarsan, Smt Nirmala Nagaraj and Smt Jyolsna Menon. The workshop was held from 24th May 2014 – 31st May 2016.

A total of 70 students registered for the camp – 20 for the Basic Level, 30 for Intermediate and 20 for the Advanced Level.

The workshop received a very good feedback from the students and the host organisation.

Workshop in Portugal – June 2015

Kalakshetra’s Outreach Workshop in Bharatanatyam was conducted in Lisbon, Portugal upon the invitation of the Portuguese Yoga Confederation for the second consecutive year. The workshop was a 10-day course taught by senior student artist Ms Sharada Acharya of the Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts held from 21st June 2015 – 2nd July 2015.

Yoga practitioners belonging to the confederation attended the workshop and are seeking continual training and practice of Bharatanatyam as a relevant and active form of Yoga. This workshop was yet another significant activitity in the ongoing collaboration between the two institutions.

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