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The Lockdown Series

June 18, 2020 @ 8:00 pm July 10, 2020 @ 10:30 pm

LshVa Space supported by Raadhakalpa Dance Company is very happy to host a series of workshops that will help the Bharatanatyam student continue to create and work alone during these times of quarantine.

Rukmini Vijayakumar, the Director of Raadha Kalpa will share ideas on various aspects in the practise of Bharatanatyam that will help the student continue to investigate and enquire into their individual craft to inspire and motivate progress in solitude in these difficult times.


8:00 pm – 10:30 pm IST on ZOOM

18th June : Motivating yourself and staying mentally available for dance in the time of quarantine. Utilising the time to strengthen your weaknesses.

19th June: Alignment and Injury prevention in the practise of Bharatanatyam. Common misnomers and corrective exercises.

25th & 26th June : Jathis, Korwes and Choreography. Is choreography just putting Adavus together? What else do we need to think of?

2nd & 3rd July : Abhinaya, the questions we need to ask to make it relevant to us. How do we translate ideas to emotions that convey. The Bhava and Rasa relationship.

9th July : Make up and Costume for Bharatanatyam. The relevance of costume and the role it plays in the current performance of Bharatanatyam

10th July: The Business of dance. Writing a resume, documenting the creative process, presenting material to art organisations , filing reviews , and utilising the digital medium.

Continuously ask questions to reinvigorate your Bharatanatyam practise. Dance is like a flowing river, it can never stagnate. The essence of dance exists in its movement within us and we must constantly feed it with our curiosity to enable it to find a voice outside.

Rukmini Vijayakumar

Workshop Fee:


Eligibility criteria: To attend this workshop, you need to be a Bharatanatyam student practicing for a minimum of 10 years. It is intended for the intermediate-advanced student of Bharatanatyam


5 scholarships will be awarded to full-time dancers who need the mentorship and support at this time. To apply for a scholarship, you must be a full-time dance professional with no other source of income. You must be a Bharatanatyam dancer who has been dancing for a minimum of 16 years or more. You must be between the age of 20 and 35.

To be considered for a scholarship, please send an email to [email protected] with the following details.

Your name, age, bio, performance experience, a short note on what you hope to gain from this workshop series and a two minute video of your dance uploaded on youtube/ google drive.

Please do not call/message/email to enquire about your scholarship. If everything has been submitted in the email, we will get back to you.

About the Instructor:


“…..Rukmini has burning eyes that repeatedly catch the observer’s breath; and she makes those eyes part of the fabric of the dance…. she is not just engaging but also authoritative.” 

The New York Times ( 2011, By Alastair Macaulay)

Rukmini Vijayakumar, is the artistic director of Raadha Kalpa Dance Company, and the director of Lshva, a creative space for artists in the heart of Bangalore. She is the founder of The Raadha Kalpa method an educational system for Bharatanatyam that is based on the idea of neutrality. 

Rukmini’s approach to Bharatanatyam is dedicated, rigorous and layered. She has presented her work as a soloist all over the world, including venues such as the Jacobs Pillow festival, Drive East NYC, and the Korzo Theater. Recently she played ‘the goddess of love’ in ‘Sukanya’, produced by The Royal Opera house in London. 

She has studied Bharatanatyam under Guru Padmini Rao, Guru Sundari Santhanam and Guru Narmada. Her style is greatly influenced by the ancient movement practice of Karanas. A Graduate of the Boston Conservatory, Rukmini’s process of creation is both traditional and contemporary. She was a recipient of the Jiri Kylian grant for choreography and a resident choreographer at Korzo theater, Netherlands in 2018. Her productions, Nayani, Prabhavati, AbhimatA, Talattu and The Dark Lord have toured india and the world extensively. Her more recent work, Turiya, MALA, The Muse and Unrequited were created within the contemporary idiom and have been appreciated for their creative approach to the bharatanatyam vocabulary. 

She was bestowed the title of Arsha Kala Bhushanam by Swami Dayananda Saraswati. 

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The Lockdown series

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