young as kindergarten to older students from ages seven and up, are
introduced to the joys of movement, music and imagination as
they learn the fundamentals of Bharatanatyam.
integrated curriculum for Bharatanatyam begins with Tatta Adavus,
Natta Adavus, and Pukka Adavus, the basic steps
of Bharatanatyam; followed by Hasta Mudras, the hand
gestures; and eventually the Abhinaya or Bhavam, the
patterns and story telling movements are gradually introduced to
the dancers as they master the dance steps and theatrical expressions
associated with this art form. Once the students have
learned the fundamentals of the Bharatanatyam techniques, dances from
the repertoire are introduced to them in preparation for their
Arangetram, or solo dance debut. This highly formalized
training offers the dancer an opportunity to develop skill, grace,
and discipline. Utilizing this foundation, the students will be
encouraged to develop their own movement vocabulary based on
Along with the
ongoing training in Bharatanatyam, students perform annually at the
Sanskruti Student's Day Event to showcase their skills and gain
experience through their performance. Students at all levels
participate and perform at various prestigious Indian and American
mainstream events all through out the year.
All dance students appear for an annual exam where their skills are tested according to the curriculum level.
The Bharatanatyam curriculum is divided into four levels:
Level I Duration: 1-3
of Bharatanatyam training is developed through learning Adavus,
which encompass all of the basic grounding vocabulary. Additionally,
Sanskruti School focuses on posture and balance to give students a
deeper awareness of the body, coordination, motor skills, and
comprehension of basic rhythm. Level I culminate with the knowledge
of the Hasta Mudras, the Single and Double
handed gestures, the Drishti Bheda (eye movements), Shiro Bheda (head
movements), and Greva Bheda (neck movements).
Level II Duration: 3-6
strength and tone as they work towards mastering their Adavus.
Skills increase in speed and rhythm through more complicated
sequences, and students are introduced to Abhinaya or
Bhavam, an expressional dance. They will learn 8 to 10
dances. By the end of Level II, students have begun their journey to
understanding the theory of Bharatanatyam over the next several years
and develop Angashuddham(clean body lines and movement). In
addition to this, students will be imparted a more in-depth knowledge
of both practical and theory aspects like Nava Rasa, History of
Dance, Nayika Bheda, etc. in accordance with The
Level III Duration: 6-9
excellence in their movements, technical precision and have the
endurance to complete longer, 20-30 minute pieces, advanced dances
that engage deeper Abhinaya(expression) and
substantial choreography through Varnams, Shiva
Tandavamsand demanding Thillanas. Level III
culminates with a full Margam or Bharatanatyam repertoire, which is
intended to demonstrate the dancer's advancement in performance,
including advancement in discipline and attitude. Advancement to
Level III requires delivery of strength and accuracy.
Level IV Duration: 9-12
Beginning with Level IV, students become candidates to perform an Arangetram,
dependent upon their development in all skill areas. The Arangetram
is a culminating solo performance that defines their potential
artistic passage to the professional level.
dance class curriculum is developed for Bharatanatyam training,
Sanskruti students also learn other forms of dances during the course
of their training. A brief description of some of these dance forms
is described below.
Lok Nritya / Folk Dances of India have been an
integral part of Indian culture and lifestyle. They differ from
region to region in their techniques, costumes and music; but they
all are exquisite expressions of devotional and festive moods of the
people, and they also echo social, economic and political sentiments
of the masses in society.
a part of grooming in dance, Sanskruti students are trained in
different types of folk dances from several states of India.. A
variety of authentic folk dances from the states of Gujarat,
Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Punjab, Bengal, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra
Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala are taught to the students.
dance is an art form that provides potential for the expression of
personal and universal qualities. Through its use of nonverbal
communication, and free style movements, it gives students the
opportunity to participate in a way where they could think out of the
box to create something new.
this concept in mind, many experimental works are being done at
Sanskruti using the techniques of classical dance styles, creative
movements, innovative music, and current social themes.
Music is an
Indian classical music tradition that took shape in the northern
region of India around the 13th century from the existing religious,
folk, and theatrical performance practices. The practice of singing
based on notes was popular from the Vedic times where the hymns in
Sama Veda, a sacred text, was sung and not chanted.
classical music or Shastriya
Carnatic music, is organized by Raags which are characterized, in
part, by their specific ascent (Aroha) and descent (Avaroha).
Hindustani music was structurally organized into the current ThaatScale by Pt. Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande in the early part of the 20th
Sanskruti students can
appear in a formal examination conducted by the ‘Pandit Jasraj
Institute for Music and Research’ after the first two or three
years of training. Please let us know if you would
be interested when you begin your music education with us.
Sanskruti offers a seven-year course in Hindustani / Indian classical music. The
curriculum is formatted for students ages 5 and up. A detailed course
work will be handed out to the students at the beginning of a new
session every year. School will conduct an annual test for all
students, which will comprise of a practical exam, and eventually
theory sections after the first two years according to their
The first year is designed to
familiarize the student with an introduction to Swara (musical
notes) and Taal (rhythmic patterns). Different
combinations and patterns of musical notes called Alankar,
are taught. Students are introduced to some basic Raaga and
The second and third years are designed to provide
further training in the ten basic Thaat Raaga, which are the
ten basic musical scales. In addition, they areintroduced
withAlaap, Taan, andSargam.
In the fourth year,
the students are taught some more complex and challenging Raaga
along with different forms of classical music like Tarana,
Chaturang, Haveli Sangeet etc. The journey continues for the next
three years with an in-depth training as the students are groomed to
appreciate and perform the classical music.
India is a land of diverse faith and
beliefs and is bound by a common thread of music, which is an
essential constituent of all religious practices. All the music
students are taught devotional music as part of their learning. The
students are taught devotional music like Bhajans, Kirtans, Abhangs
and Haveli Sangeet by Saint poets Tulasidas, Soordas, Brahamanand,
Kabir, Narsinh Mehta, Meera Bai and Sant Gnyaneshwar.
Although we introduce all the
music students to the basics of harmonium or keyboards playing,
a special curriculum is designed for students interested in learning
just the harmonium or keyboards. The students are taught all the
basic classical Raaga with rigorous Alankaar and Palta
for ease in playing the instrument. Over the course of time,
students learn to play pure classical songs, devotional songs, and
appropriate new age songs.