Combining the best of both Eastern and Western teaching methods, I hope to instill in the students a love for dance. The students start in small groups learning the basics – posture, movements, rhythms, gestures from my able staff members under my continuous supervision. As they mature in age and technique, I personally groom them further in developing a deeper understanding of the dance form and enhancing their performance by working on – grace, endurance, sensitivity and presentation. While audio or video tools may be supplementary, I believe in a one – on – one approach much like the oral and visual learning that is the hallmark of my ‘tradition’. – Ramya
Arpana means ‘offering’ in Sanskrit and it is with this spirit of offering dance to the Divine that the school began. Since humble beginnings in 1982, Ramya Harishankar has personally trained several 100 students in this rigorous art form with more than 150 of them ‘graduating’ and performing their dance debut or Arangetram. The teaching follows much in the pattern of the ‘Guru-Shishya’ tradition of yore. The students are not mere enrolees in the school but develop a personal relationship with their teacher over the years, learning many intricacies of the dance form, performance techniques and cultural awareness. Through her school, Ramya has helped build artistic sensitivity, appreciation and understanding of cultural traditions in the community. Her students also acquired physical and mental discipline, strength of character and personalities that have held them in good stead through their high school, college and working careers. Many continue to be a part of the Arpana Dance Company post Arangetram and some have become torchbearers of the form.
“I believe learning a performing art and achieving a certain amount of proficiency requires regular attendance, a good practice schedule, exposure to all dance forms/ dancers, family support, self motivation and an intelligent approach. Even though it may be only an extracurricular activity for many students, the art form itself is no less than any other art or science, requiring years of dedicated mental and physical work. It is a life long journey of growth and learning.” – Ramya
Nupur Academy LA for Indian Classical Performing Arts is a living link between the generations, a vital link between visiting Indian artists and students in the US.
The Academy was founded by Guru Prachi Dixit in 2004, with our central location in Torrance, California.
Our Mission is to:
Develop the next generation of Artists
Promote the new generation of established Fine Artists from India and utilize their talents to train our students
Offer an advanced curriculum and give Degrees in Dance and Music
Preserve Indian Classical Arts and Culture and represent Indian culture to the Greater Los Angeles Area
Enhance family values and family bonds
Nupur Academy LA nurtures the creative expression, strength, self-confidence, and self-discipline of its students.
The Academy Visiting Artist program brings the new generation of Indian Classical Artists to the US to train and perform with our students.
This program provides refinement of our students’ abilities through mentoring, and builds their understanding of what it means to be an Artist.
Annual performances are a major part of the Academic preparation at the Academy.
Yearly exams are offered toward the attainment of Degrees in Dance and Music.
Currently classes are conducted at the main school studio in the City of Torrance. Classes are conducted for all ages.
Goals: Preservation and promotion of Kathak, and ancient classical Indian dance form from North India.
SDA aims to contribute to the training of current and future generations in the field of Kathak
(fascinating style of Indian classical art form) and keeping them informed about the rich cultural heritage of India.
SDA based in Los Angeles, California area strives to achieve its mission as follows:
Teaching and promoting the knowledge and awareness of North Indian classical dance form of Kathak.
To preserve and expose the heritage of the Kathak dance form, to the community at large.
For enrichment of the art form (Kathak dance), to sponsor accomplished visiting dancers and accompany musicians by arranging performances and workshops.
Strive to generate new interest for Kathak in local community by building relationship with various community based organizations and educational institute via lecture demonstrations, presentations, and workshops.
To give opportunity to perform in large stage with live musicians, building on their self confidence and adding to their creativity.
Over time, the current students are prepared to teach and continually pass on their Kathak knowledge and expertise to newer generation in order to preserve the art form.
Kathak dance’s demanding preciseness and fine tuning mathematical skill, is very healthy for the mind, body and soul, thus helps grow a character with conviction.
The classes range in levels from introduction to Kathak to advance/professional and are designed to prepare students for pure enjoyment and appreciation of art. With the study of dance, students benefit immeasurably self discipline, self confidence, poise, grace, good posture, respect for hard work and appreciation for the art which they carry with them throughout their life.
The dance training has been designed into levels appropriate to age, maturity & dance expertise of each students. High standards are tempered by motivating, encouraging and providing enthusiastic learning environment.
Students progress through structured Kathak curriculum. Philosophy of SDA is to facilitate learning in order for every student to achieve their full potential.
SDA offer qualified approved course in Kathak and follow structured curriculum which is acclaimed internationally, and adapted by the well renowned schools of Kathak.
With consultation & research Abhay Shankar Mishra has designed the curriculum (syllabus) which has fundamentals and the best practices from all 3 styles of Kathak. Abhay Shankar Mishra is leading established exponent of Kathak and also mesmerizing performer, dynamic teacher and a creative choreographer of Kathak. His unique experience of learning all three of the major Gharannas of Kathak Lucknow, Jaipur and Banaras. He draws on his vast experiences to beautifully amalgamate all three Gharanas.