Winter Session begins on Saturday, January 7/8, 2017.
For more information regarding dance classes, schedules, and fees, please contact Malathi Iyengar at: firstname.lastname@example.org / 818-788-6860
Bharatanatyam is generally accompanied by Karnatic music, classical music of south India. ’Bhava’ (expression), ’Raga’ (melody), ’Tala’ (rhythm) are some of the basic elements of this dance form. The three main aspects of Bharatanatyam are: ’Nritta’ (pure dance movement with no interpretive meaning), ’Nritya’ (combination of rhythm, intricate hand gestures, expressions, narratives, facial and eye movements), and ’Natya’ (element of drama and story telling).
Depending upon the resources and availability of musicians, a movement experience with live music may be scheduled for students of all levels to demonstrate the importance of rhythm, expression, and melody in music and dance. This is likely to happen during one of the two regularly scheduled events: The Annual Dance Showcase or ‘Vijayadashami’ Celebrations.
Students who demonstrate a potential towards high artistic caliber and a passion for dance, are encouraged to perform solo dance debuts (Arangetram), apprentice as teachers, participate in Malathi Iyengar’s choreographic works, Rangoli Dance Company performances, workshops, and other professional performing opportunities.
Malathi Iyengar, disciple of Guru Narmada (1942 – 2007), Bangalore, Karnataka, India)
Guru Narmada, disciple of Guru Kittappa Pillai (Tanjore, Tamil Nadu, India)
Guru Kittappa Pillai (1913 – 1999), direct descendant of the Tanjore Quartet (19th century), Tamil Nadu, south India
Guru Narmada, herself a recipient of many prestigious national and state awards encouraged her disciples to retain individuality and creative freedom within the classical guidelines.
Guru Kittappa Pillai’s artistic lineage was rich with maternal grand father being ‘Pandanallur Meenakshisundaram Pillai’ and paternal ancestors being the legendary music and dance masters, the ‘Tanjore Quartet’ (Chinnaiah, Ponnaiah, Shivanandam & Vadivelu).
The exceptionally gifted brothers called as ‘Tanjore Quartet’ were heirs to a very rich oral tradition in classical music and dance. The Tanjore Quartet brothers responsible for present day Bharata Natyam format called as the ‘Margam‘, were much sought after teachers by the temples & royal courts of Tanjore (Tamil Nadu), Mysore (Karnataka), and Kerala.