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Apurva Ramanujam - Disciple of Smt. Thejaswini Raj - Shiva Jyoti Dance Academy, has completed her Arangetram successfully.

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Certificate in Performing Arts:

This program provides an overview of the fundamental concepts of Bharathanatyam with a historical perspective. The rudimentary concepts of Nritha, Nrithya and Natya are explained. To portray an aesthetic profiles the student will learn about the types of instruments used in Bharathanatyam and understand basic dancing “Parlance”. In addition they will be exposed to “adavu” (The basic footsteps). A student will be required to perform a dance recital such as Alarippu, (an invocation) and Shabdam (traditional basic dance item with introduction of Bhava). Students enrolled in this course will take 1 to 3 years to complete this program.
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Associate Degree in Performing Arts:

This program covers the basic and essential expressions in Bharathanatyam. Abhinaya, its usage and importance are explained. On completion of this one year program after the Certificate, the students will realize the enduring and enthralling beauty of Bharathanatyam. Manifest in various types of Chari (walking pattern), different varieties of Kavuthuvam,Jathiswaram, (combination of notes with Bharathanatyam steps).Keerthanai and Kavadichindu
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Diploma in Performing Arts:

This program reviews the eternal passion of Abhinaya (Facial expressions) and Angas (expressive communications through the body). On completion of this one-year program after the Associate Degree the student should know how to perform the Varnam, the piece de resistance of Bharathanatyam that is immensely traditional and known for its grace, vigor and expressive brilliance and the Thodayamangalam, Pushpanjali, Thillana and Padam which explores the various Rasas, Bhavas and Nayikas.
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Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Arts:

This program introduces the student to Nattuvangam. On completion of this one year program after Diploma the students will be learning one full margam , Pushpanjali, Varnam , Thillana, Javali, Mallari, Jathiswaram, Ashtapathi, Thevaram, TIrupughaz, Thallattu, prepared to execute choreographical combinations of footwork, hand gestures and expression. A thorough knowledge of Bharathanatyam acquired in other courses combined with this training in choreography and Nattuvangam enhances the students’ abilitiy to perform both traditional pieces and newer ones.
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