Dance for life!
Kalanjali: Dances Of India
At Kalanjali: Dances Of India we believe that dance has the power to promote a healthy self-image and enhance essential life skills that go beyond those acquired in our dance classes. We aim to teach the most authentic classical form of Bharatanatyam as we were taught in India, and also to impress upon our students a love for dance, and an understanding of its antiquity, scientifically evolved details and inherent beauty. Let them dance well, and let them become ambassadors of a cultural wealth reaching back thousands of years.
We share the dreams of our Guru Rukmini Devi Arundale who founded Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts more than 70 years ago, to preserve the then-threatened performing arts that had survived in the temples for millennia before the British overwhelmed India and tried to snuff the ancient voices. Through Kalanjali we strive to reach across all boundaries, both within our own multi-faceted Indian culture, and beyond the limits of any division. Founded on the belief that dance can positively impact anyone’s life regardless of age or skill level, Kalanjali provides authentic training in a friendly atmosphere, where both teacher and student share the challenges of the journey.
Join Kalanjali from first grade through high school and become a real dancer. Spend some time with us and be a learned member of the audience. Art has no limit!
Rangashree Dances of India specializes in the classical dance of Bharatanatyam(sometimes Bharata Natyam or Bharat Natyam) and Indian folk dances, particularly those of Gujarat and Western India. We work to sustain the spirit of India’s dance traditions through authentic performances and educational efforts.
India’s classical and folk dances are a window into the rich traditions of an ancient culture. Exuberant and colorful, they are pleasing to the senses. Yet they are also ceremonial expressions of devotion that reveal a glimpse of India’s soul.
We hope that you will enjoy these dance traditions and discover deeper meaning in them.
Malathi Iyengar established Rangoli Foundation for Art & culture in 1985 and Rangoli Dance Company in 1992 to share performing and visual arts of India. The company features the vibrant south Indian dance form ‘Bharatanatyam’ through strong technique and story telling. Bharatanatyam is a classical Indian dance form that originated in the temples of South India.
Drawing from the myth and spirituality of south Indian heritage, Iyengar creates dance landscapes that dwell in both traditional and secular, and rhythm and stillness. The dances convey a sense of reverence & mystery, and are offered in the spirit of universal celebration.
Artistic Directors: Malathi Iyengar & Lakshmi Iyengar
Sculptor & Visual Artist – Suresh Iyengar
“An India rarely seen on the western stage.” – Lewis Segal, Los Angeles Times