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SRI PRANAVA MUDHRA Dance Academy

About US

Sri Pranava Mudhra Dance Academy: Nurturing Tradition, Inspiring Souls

Welcome to the Sri Pranava Mudhra Dance Academy, a beacon of Bharatanatyam excellence and cultural enrichment. As a distinguished 501(c)3 non-profit organization, we are devoted to preserving the timeless artistry of Bharatanatyam while fostering a community of learning, creativity, and inclusivity.

 

Guided by the luminous journey of Smt. Pramila Hariharan, a revered member of the International Dance Council (CID), our academy’s roots trace back to her childhood passion. Embarking on her Bharatanatyam odyssey under the tutelage of Guru Smt. Girija Murugan at the tender age of 7, Smt. Pramila Hariharan’s journey of dedication and devotion flourished. Her Arangetram in 1998 marked a pivotal moment, propelling her into the realm of teaching.

 

The pages of our story unfold with Smt. Pramila Hariharan’s inspiring tenure as a Bharatanatyam educator in various esteemed institutions. In 2002, her quest for artistic excellence and pedagogical innovation led her to establish the Sri Pranava Mudhra Dance Academy. Over the years, her guidance has nurtured countless students, their talents showcased through captivating performances at temples and cultural events.

Teaching Expereince

Smt. Pramila Hariharan’s artistic voyage further flourished under the mentorship of Guru Kalaimamani Dr. Lakshmi Ramasamy, an illustrious disciple of Padma Shri Smt. Chitra Visweswaran. The academy’s pursuit of excellence is underscored by Smt. Pramila Hariharan’s remarkable solo and group performances, shaped by the wisdom of her esteemed Guru.

 

Academic achievements adorn Smt. Pramila Hariharan’s journey, crowned by her M.A. in Bharatanatyam from the prestigious University of Madras. Her quest for knowledge remains unquenched as she continues to learn and evolve at the Sri Mudhraalaya dance institute, guided by her revered Guru, Kalaimamani Dr. Lakshmi Ramasamy. Beyond Bharatanatyam, her horizons expanded to encompass Ballet, Pilates, and Yoga, underscoring her commitment to holistic artistic development. Her pursuit of knowledge extended to completing rigorous Yoga certification courses, a testament to her dedication to enriching her students’ lives.

 

At the Sri Pranava Mudhra Dance Academy, we don’t just teach dance; we cultivate artists, nurture traditions, and ignite creative spirits. Rooted in the foundations of a 501c3 non-profit organization, our mission transcends commercial interests, placing the art form and its cultural significance at the heart of our endeavors. Join us on this soul-stirring journey as we embrace the past, dance in the present, and create a harmonious future together.

 

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Bharatanatyam: A Glorious Journey Through Time

Embark on a voyage into the captivating history of Bharatanatyam, a treasured classical dance form hailing from the vibrant heart of Tamil Nadu in South India. Evolving from its humble origins, Bharatanatyam has transcended geographical boundaries to captivate audiences worldwide, embodying both grace and vibrancy within its intricate movements. This art form is an exquisite tapestry woven from three essential components: Nritta, the pure dance; Nritya, the expressive representation; and Natya, the dramatic narrative.

In the chronicle of history, the Tanjore Quartet—comprising the gifted brothers Chinnayya, Ponnaiyya, Sivanandam, and Vadivelu—deserve reverence for crafting the illustrious ‘Maargam’ repertoire, a path paved with inspiration drawn from temple and court traditions. Bolstered by the patronage of Maratta kings, their contributions laid the foundation for the modern Bharatanatyam we witness today—a harmonious fusion of ritualistic, temple, court, and folk traditions.

Originating within temple sanctums, where devadasis expressed devotion through their artistry, Bharatanatyam has gracefully transitioned onto courtly stages, embracing intellectual prowess and technical finesse. Its presence resonates in ancient texts such as the Tholkappiam, a grammar treatise dating back to 1 BC, and the epic Silappadikaaram of 2 CE, which unveil the dance’s historical intricacies. Sculptural, iconographic, and inscriptional records further illuminate its journey, weaving a narrative that stands as a testament to its cultural roots, entwined with music, poetry, theatre, rhythm, and aesthetics, all while leaving ample room for innovation and visual splendor.

Education and Mastery:

Within our academy, mastery of Bharatanatyam unfolds through a structured journey across four levels: Beginner, Learner, Performer, and Advanced. Beyond the art of dance itself, our students embark on a holistic exploration of culture, mythology, physical exercises, and theoretical knowledge. As guardians of this profound legacy, we instill in our learners a deep appreciation for the art’s profound history while nurturing their creative spirit, ensuring that the timeless beauty of Bharatanatyam continues to thrive and enchant generations to come.

Mission & Vision:

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Mission

We commit to providing exceptional Bharatanatyam education, ensuring that our programs remain accessible, affordable, and of the highest quality, fostering a love for learning and artistic growth. Ensure that this sacred art form is transmitted authentically and remains an invaluable legacy for generations. We create an inclusive space where individuals from all backgrounds can come together to learn, share, and celebrate the beauty of Bharatanatyam, fostering cultural exchange and understanding. Our mission is to empower dancers to explore new choreographic narratives and interpretations that resonate with contemporary audiences while respecting the core values of Bharatanatyam. Our mission involves actively engaging with the community through outreach programs, workshops, performances, and collaborations, there by enriching lives and fostering a deeper appreciation for the arts. We aim to install discipline, self-expression, teamwork, and leadership qualities that will benefit the students not only in their dance journey but also in all aspects of life. Guided by our non-profit principles, we envision our dancers as cultural ambassadors on the global stage, fostering cross-cultural dialogues, breaking barriers, and promoting the rich heritage of Bharatanatyam.

 

Vision

Preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage of Bharatanatyam through education, performance, and community engagement, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of this ancient art form. Be a premier nonprofit Bharatanatyam dance school that empowers individuals to connect with their artistic expressions while promoting unity and cross-cultural understanding. We strive to create a vibrant community where the transformative art of Bharatanatyam nurtures creativity, understanding, and growth.

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Training:
Levels are divided into four: Beginner, Learner, Performer and Advanced. Apart from practical dancing, students learn culture, mythology, exercises and theory. 

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Brief History of Bharatanatyam:
Bharatanatyam: Pride of South India, Classical dance style of Tamilnadu. Bharatanatyam, a classical dance form that had its origin in South India is now known throughout the world. The dance style is both graceful and vibrant and contains three components: Nritta (pure dance), Nritya (representational) and Natya (dramatic). Four brothers Chinnayya, Ponnaiyya, Sivanandam and Vadivelu called Tanjore Quartette, who were supported by the Maratta kings, crafted the repertoire called ‘Maargam’ (path) drawing inputs from temple and court traditions. The repertoire of Bharatanatyam seen today is an amalgam of four different traditions – ritualistic, temple, court and folk.

 

From the Temple corridors, where the devadasis performed in utmost devotion to the Lord, the court dancers who performed with intellectual and technical skill, today this dance form has also accommodated itself to the proscenium stage. References to dance are available both in Grammar and literatre in Tamil. The grammar text Tholkappiam, that dates back to 1 BC and the epic Silappadikaaram of 2 CE are the earliest sources that give quite a lot of information on dance of that period. Apart from grammar and literature, the dance form is also supported with sculptural, iconographic and inscriptional documentations. The dance stands in its entire splendor strongly rooted in culture, literature, music, poetry, theatre, rhythm and aesthetics yet giving space to creativity and visual pleasure.

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Within our academy, mastery of Bharatanatyam unfolds through a structured journey across four levels: Beginner, Learner, Performer, and Advanced. Beyond the art of dance itself, our students embark on a holistic exploration of culture, mythology, physical exercises, and theoretical knowledge.