Learn Bharatanatyam & Carnatic Music in UK

Does your children want to learn Bharatanatyam & Carnatic Music in UK?
Many South Indians living in United Kingdom would like their children to learn Bharatanatyam & Carnatic Music in Britain. South Indian parents wants to send their children to an orthodox karnatic music/ dance school. On behalf of South Indians in Britain we spoke to Bharatanatyam & Carnatic Music teacher Shruti Sriram and she answered our questions as follows.

About Shruti Sriram:
Shruti Sriram had her early training in Carnatic vocal from her grandmother Kalpakam Balasubrahmanian and in Bharatanatyam from her mother, Pushkala Gopal. She pursued further vocal training from Sangeeta Kalanidhi DK Pattammal in Chennai and continues her vocal training under the tutelage of Sri Rajkumar Bharathi.

Shruti completed her Arangetram in Bharatanatyam in 1993 in Chennai under the tutelage of Kala Acharyas Padmabhushan Srimathi Shanta and Sri VP Dhananjayan (Founders- Bharatakalanjali). While in Chennai, she won prizes at different inter school/collegiate cultural events and sabha competitions. She featured in the December festival season at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Karthik Fine Arts, and Bharat Kalachar. Shruti also featured in the National Indian TV channel Doordarshan’s – Adal Arangam, a series dedicated to Indian dance. Between 1990 and 1994, she performed with the Dhananjayans in their acclaimed theatre productions Ramantakam, Sri Thyagaraja Vaibhavam and Bharatakalanjali’s Tasher Desh, which was a tribute to the Gurus by the students of Bharatakalanjali. Shruti participated in the Mahabalipuram festival in 1994. She has worked with Mudralaya (UK), and was the lead female dancer in their production “Secret of Life”. Shruti has to her credit several students of Mudralaya, who she taught and trained towards their arangetram since1995. She has provided vocal support for several arangetrams since 1995 in the UK and Europe.

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Shruti started her own institution SANSKRITI: in 2000 in Minnesota, USA, and was successfully training over 60 pupils in both dance and music by 2003. Shruti currently teaches Bharatanatyam and vocal music in London. Her students are regular performers at public events and have won several music/dance competitions each year conducted by the Croydon Music Festival and Sivan Isai fine Arts (India). Shruti continues to perform internationally as a dancer and vocalist for Arangetrams.

  • What’s the minimum age to learn Bharathanatiyam? What’s the maximum age you teach?
    Minimum I would start is 4 plus years – ideally 4 yrs and 6 months to 5 yrs of age
  • How long one needs to learn the lessons to go for Arangattram?
    This varies upon every child – anywhere between 3-9 years
  • Does the children needs to know any language/Dance/ as a pre-requisite? Is is better they also learn karnatic music when they learn Bharathanatiyam?
    We were taught music because without the sense of rythm or appreciation for music, one cannot keep rythm or get involved in the song, in order to express effectively while performing  – so I believe there is a strong link where children that appreciate the musical aspects make better dancers than those that do not, generally speaking.
  • How much does it cost per lesson?
    This varies according to stage of learning, and intensity of training
  • Which are all the places they can learn in UK?
    Most major cities cross UK have dance teachers
  • How many children will be in one class? Are there any individual lessons available?
    This varies on learning stages, groups are larger for beginner foundations and the training becomes solo, when children train for arangetram, recitals or higher grade exams
  • When is the class normally starts? Is it every year in September or January?
    We start through the year depending on when groups are ready and suitable space is available and timing slots available
  • Will there be classes during their term holidays?
    Not all term holidays have class – main holidays are during easter xmas and summer break – not all half terms are given off, as examinations are held close to term holidays

If you have any further queries then please visit their website  http://www.sanskritiuk.net

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