"Nrithyanjali Kalakshetram", is a socio-cultural, organization promoting cultural programmes in Delhi/NCR as also imparting training in classical Indian traditional dance forms, viz, Bharatnatyam, Mohiniyattam and Kuchipudi to young students of various age groups irrespective of their backgrounds.
"Nrithyanjali Kalakshetram", was established in the year 1993 by Guru Kalamandalam Anitha Babu alongwith her husband Babu Krishnan. In addition to dance, classes for Carnatic vocal music is also arranged. Presently, the dance classes are arranged mainly at R.K. Puram(Sector-6) and also at areas like Mehrauli and Dwaraka (Mahavir Enclave). Advance level courses leading to the award of Diploma are organized for students of the Institution through Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh on regular basis. Fellowship/stipendiary awards to deserving students of the institution are also granted to promote their skill in dance. During our Annual functions we also honour Gurus and eminent personalities of Delhi/NCR who promote the activities of Nrithyanjali Kalakshetram. So far, more than 400 students of Bharathanatyam and 400 students of Mohiniyattam and 200 students of Kuchipudi have successfully completed their training and Arangetram and received their Certificates.
We are delighted to inform you that Nrithyanjali Kalakshetram [Trust] has successfully completed 25 years and feels very proud of these years.
Bharatnatyam originates inTamil Nadu which is also referred to as artistic yoga and Natya yoga. The name Bharatnatyam is derived from the word "Bharata" and thus associated with the Natyashastra. Though the style of Bharatnatyam is over two thousand years old, the freshness and richness of its essence has been retained even today. The technique of human movement which Bharatnatyam follows can be traced back to the fifth Century A.D. from sculptural evidence. This classical dance has a mesmerizing effect as it uplifts the dancer and the beholder to a higher level of spiritual consciousness. It is a dancing style that comprises of Bhava, Raga, Tala, and Natya which reflect the real meaning of the Bharatnatyam.
Mohiniattam is a classical dance form of Kerala. It is derived
from the words "Mohini" (meaning beautiful women) and
"attam"(meaning dance). Thus, Mohiniyattam dance form is
a beautiful feminine style with surging flow of body
movements. Mohiniattam dance in Kerala developed in the
tradition of Devadasi system, which later grew and
developed a classical status. Mohiniattam is danced by
women and is known for its very sensual themes. This dance
form has an extremely, slow seductive quality. The dance is
characterized by suggestive hand movements (mudras),
rhythmic footwork and lyrical music. Mohiniattam is meant to
be performed as a solo recital and is a gentle, graceful dance
depicting the theme of shringar or love. Mohiniattam is
believed to have originated in the 16th century but flourished
from the 19th century under the patronage of the King of
Travancore Swathi Thirunal. It is one of India's most loved
dance forms even today. Mohiniattam follows the Hastha
Lakshana deepika, a textbook for Mudras. The vocal music
for Mohiniattam is classical Carnatic. The basic dance steps
of Mohiniattam are the Adavus - Taganam, Jaganam,
Dhaganam and Sammisram. Mohiniattam maintains a
realistic make up and simple dressing. There is a typical
costume for Mohiniattam. It is generally simple and white, or
off-white. Usually there is gold brocade, possibly with a
border of red. One of the most characteristic signs of the
Mohiniattam dancer is the bun of hair worn off-centre.
Kuchipudi, like Kathakali is also a dance-drama tradition and derives its name from the vilage of Kuchipudi in the Southern State of Andra Pradesh. In recent years, it has evolved as a solo dance for the concert platform and is performed by women, though like Kathakali it was formerly the preserve of men. The female roles were enacted by men and even today, the tradition boasts of gifted male dancers enacting female roles with such consummate artistry that hardly anyone would notice them as male dancers. The movements in Kuchipudi are quick silver and scintillating, rounded and fleet-footed. Performed to classical Carnatic music, it shares many common elements with Bharatanatyam. In its solo exposition Kuchipudi nritta numbers include jatiswaram and tillana whereas in nritya it has several lyrical compositions reflecting the desire of a devotee to merge with God - symbolically the union of the soul with the super soul. The songs are mimed with alluring expressions, swift looks and fleeting emotions evoking the rasa. A special number in the Kuchipudi repertoire is called tarangam, in which a dancer balances herself on the rim of a brass plate and executes steps to the beat of a drum. At times she places a pot full of water on her head and dances on the brass plate. The song accompanying this number is from the well known Krishna Leela Tarangini, a text which recounts the life and events of Lord Krishna. In expressional numbers a dancer sometimes chooses to enact the role of Satyabhama, the proud and self-assured queen of Lord Krishna, from the dance-drama Bhama Kalapam. She goes through various stages of love. When in separation from Lord Krishna, she recalls the happy days of union and pines for him. At last they are reunited when she sends him a letter. One more number from the Kuchipudi repertoire that deserves mention is Krishna Shabdam, in which a milkmaid invites Krishna for a rendezvous in myriads of ways giving full scope for the dancer to display the charms of a woman.