Bharatanatyam has always been viewed as a dance form that takes ages to perfect. At Manjeeram we bring you its essence. The various training programs and workshops aim at reviving this art form. For a generation caught up with the pressures of academics and sport these workshops help by offering an insight into our country’s great cultural heritage.
Spandan (Regular Course) This module exposes a student to mythological and philosophical insights of Indian culture. Apart from learning this great art form participants also gain knowledge of theory and the technical aspects attached to it. The key differentiator of this course is the approach of teaching the insights in correlation with the personality development of the student where dance is a life skill.
History and itemised learning. This course specially caters to those who have a basic knowledge of this dance form and want to perfect certain postures and refine their art. This is a special one off course for students who want to pursue itemized learning along with the history that goes with it. Duration and methodology may vary according to the ability of the student.
Path to Arangetram This is a concentrated course that offers individual focus to enable the student to perform solo which is also called Arangetram. This is usually the first stage of performance and gives the student poise and confidence for further performances.
Basic Bharatanatyam at school This is an interactive workshop exclusively for school children to give them an insight into the rich culture and heritage of our country through dance. This also gives them an opportunity to witness Bharatanatyam as a traditional dance form and as a discipline. Methodology: Interactive and participative Duration: 1 hour to half / full dayParinati Concept: Parinati is a project that draws reference to a few of Worlds renowned educator Maria Montessori’s quotes – “Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” “Since it is through movement that the will realises itself, we should assist a child in his attempts to put his will into act.” “Parinati”, means evolution and it is an obvious choice of name because this is for kids who acquire great wisdom and evolve playfully. This will be a series that would attempt to tap this potential of the child to unwind and explore meaningfully the possibilities of learning, assimilating and applying this experience through movement. Objective: To make this whole experience an integrated process where other allied skills acquired from the regular course of studies could be effectively used to portray the same. Aimed at visual experience of lessons of life from nature at the grass root level i.e. specifically to schools. This is to harness the younger generation with the nature and respect its ecosystem. Scope: It gives equal opportunity for every child alike to present themselves before a large audience and also to discover their innate talent/s or capabilities of deliverance. Methodology: Approach is to simplify Bharatanatyam to non-dancers whilst maintaining its technique and fervor by using the basics of dance i.e. Bhavam Ragam and Thalam with mandalas or postures aided by the basic objective of Kalakshetra – ‘Education without Fear’ under the label – ‘creative movement’ Project: The series has a project to be submitted by the children as a team presentation Learning:
- Understanding Bharatanatyam basics
- Picking up life skills through the story line
- Assimilation of skill execution
- Team Playing
Requirement: Institutes that could understand the ethos of Manjeeram that dance is that connecting link which completes a holistic education system. It is a tool that educates life skills and that is why it is not a hobby or co-curricular or extracurricular or special talent – It is education.