Talk to a performing artist and you will learn that the wood furnished, twenty by fifteen space, generally known as a Stage is in fact, the absolute sanctum sanctorum. It takes months of practice and a mammoth of dedication for artists to stage productions that effortlessly mirror culture, traditions, society and the most intimate human emotions.
In the packed, fast paced space age, if you’re a professional dancer trying to accommodate time for practice, or a beginner fretting about finding the right guru and the right time, worry not because Indian classical dance has just upped its tech game!
Say hello to Nātyārambha! A first of its kind Bharatanatyam app designed to help students of natyam keep their essential practice and passion going.
Nātyārambha is highly detailed, interactive and serves as the perfect blend of tradition and technology aimed at helping dancers nurture their capacities to the fullest extent.
The app is conceived, designed and run by the acclaimed Bharatanaytam institution Shankarananda Kalakshetra under the aegis of legendary powerhouse of talent, Padma Sri Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant.
How does it work?
Just like any other social media website, you can create an account on www.natyarambha.com and go on to enjoy four specific offerings of the website. Simple and efficient to use, Nātyārambha is easy for beginners to follow and a blessing for professionals to work on perfecting their skills.
There is a wide variety of routines available, predominantly adavus which are the crucial foundation steps. Based on the kālam or speed of the steps, you can create your own routine unique to you. And if you’re one for enjoying practice in company of other dancers, the app also lets you share your routines with fellow users. Addressing the chronic problem – lack of time – you can use the app on any device, find yourself enough space to practice and get right into it!
Padma Sri Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant
Internationally renowned dancer, scholar and choreographer Padma Sri Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant is one of India’s most celebrated classical dancers. Known for her brilliant, unique and thought provoking productions, this Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee is a sought after motivational speaker who also happens to be the first female officer in the Indian Railway Traffic Services.
A cancer conqueror, as she likes to call herself, her TED talk has been rated as one of the top five Indian talks on the subject. From Harvard Business School to every major festival on five continents, she’s constantly pushing her boundaries and redefining the grandeur of Indian classical dance forms on international platforms. Led by her student, Sneha Magapu, Nātyārambha is Anandaji’s offering to the world of Indian arts and was recently launched amidst much pomp and joy.
Team StageCulture congratulates Shankarananda Kalakshetra for this wonderful initiative and thanks Anandaji for broadening the horizons of nātya lovers to finally give an ārambh to their journey!
Source for all Images: Nātyārambha and Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant