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Query from: Amrit S., Chennai, 04/20/07
Topic: DANCE      Submitted on:
Subject: What are the best Bharatanatyam schools in Chennai?

I am looking for a good traditional (with proper parampara) Bharatanatyam school for my niece who wants to learn the dance. She is not interested in dancing in ballets, so the schools where the students give good solo programmes are preferred.

The gurus who are generous, not too money-minded (arangetram costs?) and whose students win most prizes and awards for their performances are preferred too.

I want to know which schools teach all or most of the 108 karanas (but no Bharathrinyams, please).

Can you recommend a few good schools based on these criteria?

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Response from: AVASARALA S.R.LAKSHMI,   
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Kalakshetra - College of Fine Arts Founded by Rukmini Devi Arundale Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai 600 041. Tel: 0-44-24911160 Fax: 24914359 Website:…

2.Bharata Choodamani - Academy of fine arts 1, Crescent Avenue Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai 600 020. Tel: 0-44-24412596 E-Mail:********@*****.*** Website:… 3. Bharata Kalanjali 22, Jeevaratnam Nagar, Adyar, Chennai 600 020. Tel: 0-44-24911125. Website:…

4.Nrithyakshethra Plot No-1778/3, 4th Street, I-Block,Anna Nagar West, Chennai - 600 040. Tel: +91- 44-26186110 Mobile: +91- 98403 75714


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Response from: Sasikala Mani,   
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Even though I know more than a hundred Bharatanatyam gurus in Chennai, your question is not easy to answer.

Perhaps, the school that best satisfies your 4 criteria would be Sri Devi Nrithyalaya (… ).

You might also consider Anita Guha's school (one of her best students is Medha Hari:…), but they do not focus on karanas so much.

You should generally check how many "best guru"-type awards the guru has received.

I am not sure if Malathy Thothadri, Jayanthi Subramaniam, Divyasena, the Dhananjayans or Adyar Lakshman would satisfy your parampara requirement.

Before making your final decision, I recommend you to read this guide for Bharatanatyam students:…

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