தான் அந்தமில்லாத ரூபன்

ஆனந்த நடமாடுவார் தில்லை அம்பலந்தனில்

He whose form is infinite, performs a joyous dance at Thillai   

The Vazhuvoor Style

Vazhuvoor, an ancient South Indian village in the fertile delta of the Kavery river, was the seat of a tradition of Bharatanatyam, which is several centuries old. It is a style marked by its emphasis on grace, attention to detail in pure dance, and subtlety in facial expressions. Use of sculpturesque poses and a cadenced recitation of rhythmic syllables are some of the hallmarks of this style made famous by the Natyacharya (Doyen among dance teachers) Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai. His illustrious disciple Kamala was a dominant force in the revival of Bharatanatyam in the early decades of the twentieth century.

Guru Rhadha

As a direct disciple of Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai, and as the sister of legendary dancer, Kamala, Guru Rhadha is a true torch bearer of this tradition of Bharatanatyam. With an illustrious performing career spanning over six decades, scores of worthy students world over, and several lauded dance productions to her credit, Guru Rhadha is an exemplar of the best performing and teaching traditions of India. Sunanda considers it a great blessing to be under the tutelage of Guru Rhadha, who is her main inspiration in dance.

The Thillai Nataraja Temple

The Thillai Nataraja temple in Southern India is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva in the form of “Nataraja” (Lord of Dance). This is one of the foremost temples of India with extraordinary spiritual significance and one that has influenced the performing arts and particularly dance for well over a millennium.

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