THE INFORMATIVE WHEEL OF BHARATANATYAM

The Natyachakkra is an exclusive Kalairani Natya Saalai (KNS) publication. Its principle purpose is to provide a public forum for the expression of views in Indian culture and dance. Natya means Drama/Dance and Chakkra denotes the wheel, a symbol of any movement. The Ashok Chakkra is seen in the center of the Indian Flag; Shiva gave the chakkra to Vishnu as a weapon to destroy demons; this Natya Chakkra comes to you as an instrument to strengthen your ties with India & Indian dance. The Natya Chakkra is copyrighted and any duplication without written consent is prohibited. KNS Guru & Artistic Director: Rani David, 1909 Wooded Way, Adelphi, MD 20783. (301-439-7264 Email:  kns@ranidevi.com

Some Archived Issues:

  • November 2006
  • March 2006
  • December 2002

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT BHARATANATYAM

  1. CLASSICAL — valued as a country’s asset;
  2. CULTURAL — the best link to our heritage;
  3. DISCIPLINE — physical and mental focusing on cultural values;
  4. DEVOTION — not a social entertainment;
  5. ANCIENT — 2000 years old; revived in 1930;
  6. COMPLEX — coordinates facial expression with hand gestures and footwork;
  7. 
TEXTUAL — every gesture, every move, every tune is recorded and has a name;
  8. 
MENTAL NOURISHMENT — brain teaser – a lot to remember;
  9. SYMMETRICAL — lines are geometrical;
  10. RICH MUSIC — using Mridangam – Carnatic music – 72 basic ragas;
  11. RHYTHMIC – precise beat because it is performed with salangai (bells);
  12. EXPRESSIVE — story plots based on myth;
  13. 
LIVE ORCHESTRA — using recorded music is common, but the dancer gains a different experience when dancing for a live orchestra;
  14. GURU-SISHYA PARAMPARA – even in USA we adhere to this tradition where the relationship between the teacher and student is in a different platform;
  15. NO CEILING – although there is no hierarchy like the London Music of Trinity, this dance style has vast scope in a large global horizon.

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT KNS (KALAIRANI NATYA SAALAI)

  1. Instead of just one maargam, here in KNS we do almost 5 or 6 maargams.  A maargam is one full recital: Anjali, Allarippu, Gouvtvm, Jathiswaram, Nrittapadham, Abhinayapadham, Padhavarnam, Tillana, Mangalam
  2. Defined Graduation Program:  30 items, 20 concert attendance, 20 stage performances, 85% in theory exam, 10 essays, composing.
  3. Theory and Study of Natyasastra made simple through dances.  30 page theory book written by Guru Ranidevi.
  4. Exclusive interactive website, a great learning tool, for current students only
  5. Inclusive of different bani (Thanjavur, Kalekshetera, Vazhavoor) so adaptation to workshops and joint programs is easy.
  6. Creative themes to include Christianity, Patriotic, Thirukural, Buddhism, etc.
  7. Graduates can pursue Bachelors and Masters degree in Bharatanatyam with reputed arts universities in India.
  8. Scope for Performances. KNS performs in churches (the only school with Christian items) and participates in temples as well.  Individual attention to any performance with no-cost music, costume, extra rehearsals, etc.
  9. Every arangetram, every biennial program, etc.  has many non-repetitive items.
  10. Performed in India
  11. Extensive KNS Syllabus of 100 selected from the 1000+ choreographed/staged items
  12. Sishyas as a team performing Creative Items;  15 years of dedication to the Guru, the Institution, the Art
  13. Only institution that has taken this art form to a different level in adapting a village and teaching for free.  www.kalaaksharam.com

SOME OF GURU RANI’S CREATIVE WORKS

as of 2017: 34 years ♦ 1000+ dances ♦ 136 full length concerts

Comprehensive List – Front Page – POSTS – 71 listed 

  1. Adavu Chart of 108 basic steps.
  2. 60 Hastas in agilam thiru nadanmidum
  3. Navarasam – sukra vaibhavas SHKRVBVAS
  4. Dhristibedha in a Christian item kanngalai yerudupaen ‘I will lift up mine eyes’
  5. Paadhabedha in thom thom
  6. Other Bedhas in azhagumayil
  7. 108 karanas in aadum chidambarama
  8. 33 vyibicari expressions in alaypayuthe kanna
  9. Thirukural with translation
  10. Hasta Prayog
  11. Dasaniyamaha – cause and effect of Christian Ten Commandments
  12. Bharathiyarin Navarasam
  13. Navarasam in Christ’s life
  14. Mudras in Buddhism – researched for 2011 Siddhartha
  15. Story of Manimegalai – when most epics end with Kannagi
  16. Kaaviya Thalaivigal: Valmikki’s Seetha, Vyasara’s Draupadi, Ilango’s Kannagi, Kaalidasan’s Shakuntala