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BHARATANATYAM

Teacher: Rukmini Vijayakumar

All Bharatanatyam classes are taught by Rukmini and the senior students of Raadha Kalpa dance company, for details on Raadha Kalpa, click here.

Bharatanatyam for Adults (All levels)

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday

Ages 18+

6:00 am- 8:00 AM

It’s an yearly course of three semesters. Each academic year starts in the month of June.
For more details on the course click here.

Bharatanatyam Teens

Thursday/Saturday

Ages 7+

Thursday 4:45-6:15 PM Saturday 6:30-9:00 AM

Fee : 2500/- per month

The admissions for this batch are now closed. Do subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on social media to keep yourself updated on the next Teens Batch.

Raadha Kalpa has formed a Bharatanatyam training module that is traditional but unique in its approach. You will find exercises from Pilates, Yoga and some ballet warm ups in your Bharatanatyam class on a daily basis. Rukmini has made an attempt to ensconce the awareness of the human anatomy in the teaching technique, to make the dancers, physically powerful, strong and articulate in movements. We use the Abhinaya darpana, and Natyashastra as a theoretical basis for all classical dance theory. They will learn hastas, viniyogas, charis etc. They will also be trained in tala, music, Indian mythology and have a monthly guest class in other movement forms.

Karanas are also taught as a part of the Bharatanatyam course at Raadha Kalpa. Karanas are the basic unit of movement in Indian classical dance as prescribed by the Natyashastra. The karanas course is aimed at developing the dancers body with the ideas of isolation and articulation. It provides fresh perspective to choreography and any form of classical dance. The course will help dancers reach their traditional roots to reinvent and bring creativity into their dancing.


Professional Training program for children, concentration in Bharatanatyam & Contemporary dance

Teacher: Rukmini Vijayakumar

This Program is an yearly course of three semesters for kids. Admissions for this course are now closed.

This class is the product of the years of research in pedagogy and movement by Rukmini. Devised as a long term program, admission to this program is limited to a select number of students. It will train the children to become skilled Bharatanatyam dancers with a strong base in Bharatanatyam, Karanas, Tala and Natyashastra. The program will expand their movement vocabulary to make their bodies available to varied movement disciplines, introducing the basics of ballet and different contemporary forms. They will learn the ideas of contraction and release, suspension and fall, and other movement dynamics as well as develop strength and flexibility throughout the duration of the program. It will increase in hours and intensity progressively and make available the option of dance as a profession over the course of many years, addressing the strengths and weaknesses of each student individually at every point.


 

CONTEMPORARY DANCE CLASSES

Contemporary June-July Intermediate-Advanced

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Teacher: Diya Naidu

Ages 14+

Tuesday, Thursday 7:30 PM

Fee: 4000/- for 12 Classes

Ideal For: Dancers of experience (any dance form) and Movers.

The class will be a combination of technical , energetic dance practices as well as exploration of ideas of the body in space, its inside states and self expression. The form and vocabulary will be hugely influenced by yoga, martial art and basic jazz and ballet practices.  Contemporary dance principles such as using body momentum, engaging with the floor, release and relaxation of the body to move will be at the crux of how the class approaches movement and body awareness. It will create curiosity and joy as well as bring about understanding of one’s unique urge and impulse to express with one’s body.

Register for the module.


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Contemporary Teens

Teacher: Firoz Yasser

Ages 9 to 16

Saturday

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Rs. 1600/- per month

Trained from the Attakalari School of Movement and Arts in contemporary dance, Firoz is a passionate dancer with 12 years of dancing experience. He started the Left Foot Right Danceworks with 7 other dancers and is an official member of the company. The class I basically focuses on building strength, technique and musicality. They start with a warm-up, cardio and core exercises to build strength. The technique incorporates elements from ballet, release technique, flying low and a little bit of jazz as well.


Contemporary Int-Adv

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Teacher: Denny Paul

Guest Classes only

by Denny Paul

The class blends elements of Contact Improvisation , Capoeira and various Contemporary techniques of movement which encourages the body to move freely, fluidly and efficiently in space. The class focuses on understanding alignment, use of weight, flexibility and co-ordination of the body and building strength and stamina through set exercises and choreographed sequences.


Modern Dance class

Modern Int-Adv

Teacher: Rukmini Vijayakumar

Modern dance has its basics in the classical modern pioneers of Graham, Horton, Limon, Taylor and several others. The class will draw from these techniques while layering with  elements of release and improvisation in the class. The class uses suspension, momentum and the play of weight against time as a basis for movement. Rukmini will also train the dancers to develop physical strength, technique, alignment and musculature to execute movement with ease and stability. The class caters to the intermediate to advanced student. Must have a background in contemporary, ballet or modern dance.

Guest Classes only


Release technique

Teacher: Deepak KS

Ages 12+

Guest Classes only

Release technique is an umbrella term that encompasses a variety of different corporeal practices that emphasize efficiency of movement in dance. Emphasis is placed on breath, skeletal alignment, joint articulation, ease of muscular tension and the use of gravity and momentum to facilitate movement. This class is, fun, rejuvenating and you will learn to use the floor as a friend while finding ways to release in dance!



 

SOMATIC TECHNIQUES & FITNESS

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YOGA

Teacher: Daya Nanthan

Ages 13+

Monday & Friday: 7:00- 8:30 am

Fee: 2000/- per month

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a modern style of gymnastic exercises and stretching practiced in combination with yoga breathing and ancient yoga philosophy, it should not be confused with the actual historical Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali. The Sanskrit word “Vinyāsa” refers to a transition between two different positions,and employed here, describes the process of transition between each yoga posture. “Power yoga” and “vinyasa yoga” are generic terms that may refer to any type of aerobically vigorous yoga exercise derived from Ashtanga yoga.

Guest Teacher: Sharanya Narayanan (Iyengar Yoga)


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Pilates, Strength And Stretch Class

Teacher: Rukmini Vijayakumar

Tuesday/Thursday

8:00 – 9:30 am

Fee: 2400/- per month

The PSS class is for people in all stages and levels of fitness. Extremely beneficial for sports enthusiasts & dance professionals; the class concentrates on alignment, flexibility, core strength and injury prevention when engaged in other activities that demand high intensity of movement. It has elements of yoga, pilates and various other strength exercises devised to built core muscles and stability. The class will drastically enhance flexibility and efficiency of movement while building your core muscular strength and concentrating on the smaller muscle groups to stabilize your movement functionality. The class aims at improving efficiency of movement for daily activities and preventing injury during Cardio Vascular training.



 

MARTIAL ART CLASSES

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KARATE KIDS

Teacher:Dayananthan

Ages: 5-10

Monday/Wednesday

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Fee: 2000/- per month


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KALARIPAYATTU

Teacher: Raam Kumar

Look out for our next module!!

Ages: 13+

This class is taught on a modular basis of 2 months each.

Kalaripayattu is an Indian martial art form from the northern part of ancient Kerala. One of the oldest fighting systems in existence, it is now practiced mostly in Kerala. It was originally practiced in northern and central parts of Kerala and the Tulunadu region of Karnataka. Kalaripayattu includes strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry and healing methods. And works on the idea of channeling the force given by the opponent back to his own body. The northern style is based on elegant and flexible movements, evasions, jumps and weapons training.


Mallakhamb Classes

Teacher: Sharanya Narayanan

Look out for our next module!!

‘Malla’ means wrestler and ‘Khamba’ means a pole. Mallakhamb, has its roots that date way back before India got her Independance. It however only gained recognition when it was adopted in Maharshtra as a competitive sport between the princely states. The idea behind the sport was to be able use ones strength and speed whilst on a wooden pole. As it required a lot of strength, it was the men who were trained in the rural Maharashtrian sport but eventually it was also adapted on a rope, which is what is practiced mostly by women. Like most acrobatic sports/practices, Mallakhamb requires regular practice. A background in Yoga always helps to keep the body strong and well prepared. Sharanya has practiced and fully immersed in yoga the last few years, and incorporates it in her Mallakhamb classes. The combination of the two is ideal to build strength, flexibility and is recommended for those who are looking for a wholesome workout.



 

OTHER CLASSES


 

ACTING

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ACTING Essentials

Teacher: Prakash Belawadi

Ages 16+

Next module will be announced

Prakash a well known director of Theater and Film in Bangalore will lead this 3 month module on Acting. The class will address techniques of approaching, breaking down and effectively presenting a script for both theater and film. The class will cover the importance of gesture, movement and language as well as the similarities and differences in technique to be an effective actor in theater and film. The class will extensively cover theoretical and practical aspects of Acting.

We have limited places available. Please register below and we will get back to you based on the availability.

Bharatanatyam Education Program

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Rukmini Vijayakumar

Bharatanatyam, Pilates, Children’s Movement classes, Ballet

Rukmini Vijayakumar established Raadha Kalpa in 2009. She creates the training curriculum, teaches, choreographs and performs as a part of Raadha Kalpa dance Company. Rukmini began her formal training in dance at the age of six, and has been dancing for over 20 years. She had an initial exposure to ballet, but her primary training and rigorous practice through her early dancing years was in Bharatanatyam.

Trained under imminent gurus, Narmada Rao and Sundari Santhanam, Rukmini has carved a niche for herself in the performing arts world. After her initial years of Ballet under Yana Lewis, she graduated with honors from the Boston Conservatory receiving a BFA degree in ballet and modern dance. Her training in Karanas under Sundari, in the tradition of Guru Padma Subrahmanyam, and her education in choreography at the conservatory, has given Rukmini a unique choreographic perspective that retains tradition whiledrawing from the ancient to create something that relates to the contemporary.

Rukmini is a certified power pilates instructor, and yoga practitioner. She has studied Anatomy and Physiology at BU, and courses of Fitness instruction at UCLA. Her extensive knowledge in Human anatomy and dance pedagogy is incorporated in her teaching curriculum at Raadha Kalpa.

Rukmini performs extensively as a soloist and has been appreciated by audiences for her unique style and dynamism. She recently received the Title of Arsha Kala Bhushan from Swami Dayananda Saraswati, and the Big Fm award for dancer of the year from Jaya Tv. She is an empaneled artist with the ICCR.

Also an actor, Rukmini studied at the NYFA, in Los Angeles, the Ivana Chubbuck Studios, Los angeles, and is mentored by Prakash Belawadi, Bangalore. She has acted in various Tamil films and many theater performances. Her newest release will feature her in “Kochadaiyaan”, a movie with Rajanikanth. She also has a special appearance in the movie “Bajarangi”, a kannada movie.

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Diya Naidu

Contemporary dance, Dance Fitness

Diya Naidu is a dancer, facilitator and choreographer. Her movement training includes ISTD Jazz Ballet, Matt Mattox Jazz Technique, Martial Art training, Yoga, Body Conditioning and Contemporary Dance techniques . She has also trained in Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Contact work, Improvisation and Basic ballet. Her contemporary expression is influenced by all of the above.

She is interested in both intensely physical and challenging approaches to learning and practicing dance, as well as in engaging with movement and the body from a somatic and organic point of exploration and self-discovery.

She interned with The Danceworx , New Delhi for three years, after which she was a repertory member and teacher with Rythmosaic ( a Kolkata based Kathak and Jazz company). In 2006 she became a student at The Attakkalari Centre For Movement Arts, Bangalore and received her Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media. She was a member of Attakkalari’s repertory company form 2007 to 2014, dancing in several full length productions that were performed all over India as well as Internationally. She was an active member of the educational outreach project, teaching both community and schools. In 2009, she began to make independent choreography and has presented in festivals in India and abroad. She holds a degree in English Literature from Delhi University.


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Sharanya Narayanan

Yoga

Sharanya Narayanan grew up learning ‘Mallakhamb’, the traditional form of Indian Gymnastics, and has performed as a gymnast all over the country. She later finished the Attakkalari diploma, where she learned contemporary dance and other movement art forms and grew to understand performance, and presentation on stage. This helped her structure the Mallakhamb performances with more artistry. She spent two years after her Diploma working at a yoga and Pilates studio, in Goa while training simultaneously, and fell in love with the practice of yoga. She furthered her practice under Iyengar Yoga practitioner Neerav Gandhi, in mumbai. She spent three undivided years understanding the study of asana, practically and theoretically.


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Vinayak Shetty

Karate

Vinayak Shetty started training in Kyokushin Karate as a young teen in Bangalore and was influenced by its overarching budo philosophy as taught by its founder Mas Oyama. In 2006, after nearly ten years of training in India he had an opportunity to train briefly in Japan. During this time he realized the huge gap that existed in his karate fundamentals. Having experienced Karate of the highest grade in Japan, he returned to India and revisited the basic techniques based on the steer he had received there. During his time abroad, he also trained in Shotokan Karate and has successfully participated in the 5th European Full Contact Karate Championship in Lvov, Ukraine. The experience allowed him to take his fighting technique up a notch. Besides experiencing Karate under legendary masters in countries including Japan, the United States and Australia, he has been fortunate to experience other Japanese martial arts such as Judo and Aikido which has enabled a more ‘holistic’ view of life.


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Ajeesh K Balakrishnan

Contemporary Int-Adv

Ajeesh is a freelance Dance Artist who has been in the field for over 20 years. He has completed the Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media from Attakkalari. Ajeesh had also undergone training for eleven years in Martial arts like Kalari Payattu and is a black belt in Karate. As a dancer, he has been associated with many dance companies in and around India. He has worked with renowned artists in Amsterdam, South Korea and the UK. Ajeesh has also choreographed many pieces and taught many workshops in India and abroad in Sweden, London, France, Belgium and Prague alongside famous artists in their respective countries. He specialises in Contemporary dance.


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Sumesh Chingu

Bollywood

Sumesh has completed a full fledged Diploma in Dance from Attakalari Centre for Movement Arts. He has extensive training in Kalaripayattu, Bharatnatyam, Classical Ballet, Contact Improvisation, Jazz, Comtemporary and various other modern forms under Jayachandran Palazhy, the artistic director of Attakalari himself. He has also done other contemporary workshops with well known artists like James McGillivary from Scotland and Richard Seigal. He has extensive teaching experience and has performed all over the country and abroad in Amsterdam, South Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia. In addition to Sumesh’s dancing ability, he has done a workshop in Light Design under the famous Daniella Zehnader.


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Prakash Belawadi

Acting Essentials

Actors and directors are in a powerful position to influence, intervene and create the identities that we associate with. Prakash Belawadi, the writer and director whose debut film ‘Stumble’ won the National Award for Best Feature Film, is all too aware of this. By founding the Centre for Film and Drama (CFD), and also launching the Suchitra School of Cinema and Dramatic Arts, he is encouraging and training the young talent that will shape this culture of the future. The Suchitra School is the first University accredited film school in the country, and conceived the Bangalore International Film Festival, which has been annually successful since 2006.