SINDHOOR & NATYAVEDA – Navarasa Dance Theater’s (www.navarasa.org) performing arts schools in the U.S. and India offer classes in Bharatanatyam classical dance, Kalari ppayattu martial arts, Yoga and other forms in Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area, CA, and online. Navarasa’s Dance for Everyone program provides free training in India and the US to make the arts accessible to all. Co-directors Dr. Aparna Sindhoor and Anil Natyaveda have been teaching for over 20 years in India, the U.S. and Canada. Navarasa believes that the arts are essential for all. Classes are offered to people of all ages, abilities and experience.
Navarasa has a wide repertoire of solo and group works in classical and contemporary dance theater that has been touring internationally for over 25 years. Inspired by Indian classical and folk dance forms, diverse theater traditions, world music, martial arts (Kalari ppayattu), aerial dance, yoga, live singing and storytelling, Navarasa’s work is a dynamic, radical, and original style of dance theater.
Bharatanatyam: Guru Dr. Aparna Sindhoor has been dancing for more than 35 years. She trained with legendary teacher Dr. K. Venkatalakshamma in the Mysore-style Bharatanatyam and with Lalitha Srinivasan. Mysore style developed under the patronage of the Wodeyer kings. Beautiful rhythm work, lyrical grace, extraordinary abhinaya and musicality are some of the salient aspects of this style. Guru Aparna Sindhoor has a PhD in Dance from Boston University.
Kalari ppayattu Martial Arts: Guru Anil Natyaveda, a native of Kerala, India, trained under gurus Chellappan Aasan, Govindan Kutti Gurukal, and Babu Raj Gurukal. He has been practicing Kalari for over 35 years. Kalari ppayattu is considered one of the oldest martial arts in the world. The form teaches a way of life that is holistic and introspective; training is beneficial to develop strength, flexibility, confidence, focus, and a healthy mind/body.
Yoga & Meditation: Guru Dr. Aparna Sindhoor, from Mysore, India, has trained in Yoga and Indian spiritual and philosophical practices for over 25 years, at the Ramana Gnyana Kendra in Mysore, and in the U.S., through yoga teacher training in Boston and Pranayama training with Dr. Srivalli.
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.