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Bharatnatyam Alankar Pratham

Bharatnatyam is one of the ancient and a popular classical dance forms in India, has a divine origin and is specifically known for its purity and chastity. As per the legend this dance form was depicted by Brahma on the request of Devas to create a Veda that can be understood by common man. It is believed that this fifth Veda created by Brahma was propagated through Bharat Muni, who wrote the bible of classical dances known as ‘Natyashastra’.

As per Natyashastra, this dance form combines the three Natya, Nirtta and Nritya. The dance form includes graceful and tender movements of the body in an artistic and elegant way. This is closely associated with the region and religion; hence its origin can be traced back to Tamil Nadu and mainly performed in temples.

This dance form is very complex and hence the need of training for this dance form should be imparted from a very early age. It has great impact in the history and tradition and hence this dance could only be learned under a proper guidance of an expert teacher. There are many institutions which provide Bharatnatyam classes in Pune. Gandharva Mahavidyalaya is one of renowned academies offering Bharatnatyam classes in Pune.

Here at Gandharva Mahavidyalaya the classes are taken by experienced and expert teachers and conducted on a one on one basis. Being one of the reputed institutes which offers Bharatnatyam classes in Pune, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya offers dance classes that are at par with international levels. Here the course is conducted in batches of not more than 10 per batch. Anyone who is above 7 years of age is admitted here.

As proper training is an inevitable part of this classical dance form Bharatnatyam classes in Pune provide a great opportunity to students who wish to choose Bharatnatyam for their future career. Gandharva Mahavidyalaya organizes various concerts and high profile programs and students are also given the chance to participate and perform in them. Thus they are given a chance to learn this classical dance form and perfect their talents so that they are ready to face the world with confidence.

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As the name of this course suggests, the student will have reached a certain level of proficiency in the courses completed thus far, and the last two courses will aim to make him/her a good teacher too. There will also be two written papers in these courses.

In the courses thus far, the student will have completed one full margam. Thus, this year, he/she will learn a varnam and a tillana in a different raga. As mentioned earlier, this course also tries to inculcate the qualities of a good teacher in the dancer. With that purpose in mind, the student is given a junior student, and he/she has to teach her three steps of adavus and a line of abhinaya (Pallavi) in eight days. For the written exam, the student will be expected to possess detailed knowledge of topics such as Art in Indian, Western and South Asian countries, temple architecture of the Chola, Maratha dynasties, and the relationship between shastra and parampara. Also, he/she will be required to study ancient texts like Abhinayadarpan and Sanskrit plays like Shilapudikaram, Tirutavai, Shakuntal and so on. The second written examination deals with an in-depth study of the Natyashastra in relation to aspects of dance, and the rasa theory. It will also involve a study of texts like Sangeetharatnakara and Nritta Ratnavali. Apart from this, the student will also be required to understand the concept of choreography with the help of the Natyashastra.