Kalashetra – Temple of Arts

March 21, 2016 at 6:18 pm Leave a comment

Today we went to the Kalakshetra – Temple of Arts. 

Kalakshetra – Temple of Arts is a cultural academy dedicated to the preservation of traditional values in Indian art and recognized as an ‘Institute of National Importance’ especially in the field of Classical Indian Dance and Music. The academy was founded by Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale. In 1936 Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale started working on developing her own, Kalakshetra, style of Bharatanatyam. She introduced group performances and staged various Bharatanatyam-based ballets. Under Arundale’s guidance the institution achieved national and international recognition for its unique style and perfection.

We had luck through bad luck during our visit. Usually you can watch the lessons and  see how they teach the various arts, but today during our visit the students were getting ready for their exams and were performing their exam pieces as a group in the auditorium. Instead of watching them practicing we were able to actually see 5 various dance pieces live on stage, which was a very special moment for all of us because not many get to see this while visiting Kalakshetra.

natrajHere I would like to quote own words of Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale from the Kalakshetra education book from the chapter „Art and Education“:
„Art is the only influence that will help to build character; and without character how can we call any system education?
without art, no education can be really true education; that art should not be only a subject of the curriculum, but should also be a spirit that pervades every subject“.
and also she said:
„we must not forget the true spirit of India. we must know our homes, the State in which we live, our arts, our cultures, our poetry, our music, our dance. Only when we are plunged into spirit of India do we really bring back the true culture which has no nationality whatsoever. All this we can do if we can stress the creative spirit which is as much a part of education as it is of art“. 

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Entry filed under: 2016, Classical Indian dance, India, RS on travel, Uncategorized.

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