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
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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.