Based on Natya- Shashtra- a treatise on dance. It is taught with a passion for symmetry and perfection, expression and rhythm to bring out the beauty of the dancer within. Liota teaches an art with love and gentleness. Shashi Ramesh, a gold medalist in the Master of Fine Arts(MFA) from Nagpur personally conducts the classes for all. She is one of the senior shishya of Dr Vasundhara Doraswamy from Mysore and is also under the guidance of Dr Sandhya Purecha (SNA Awardee) from Mumbai who is the Director and founder of Bharata College of Fine Arts and Research .Shashi has acquired the knowledge of performance and theory from her gurus which has enriched her journey of dance and continues with their blessings which she passes on to her students with care!
Bharatanatyam has sourced a lot from the rich texts on dance like the Natya Shashtra written by Sage Bharata- the Master of Science and drama put together a Veda text called the "Natya Veda" wherein he endowed great attributes from the already existing four Vedas, The Rigveda, the Saamveda, the Yajurveda and the Atharvaveda.The Natyaveda was thus born out of the four Vedas and the following characteristics from each were drawn into it.From Rig Veda- the Pathyams i.e. Recitals.From Saamveda- the Gitam i.e.-music.From Yajurveda- the Abhinaya ie histrionics & gestures. From Atharvaveda- the Rasas i.e. the Emotions/ Sentiments.Since it is Bharatamuni who initiated this form of dance it is called Bharatanatyam. It must be mentioned that this treatise is the holy book for all dance forms and that Dances of India branched out from this book of knowledge but regional influences of language, costume weather etc played a big role in creating different styles of dance.
Bharatanatyam dance in its complete sense is an expression of the song and mood created by it through the use of limbs, eyes and Mana- the mind to portray the composition to the Rasikas or the audience.We also derive a lot from Nandikeshava “Abhinaya Darpana”
The costume is a beautiful ensemble of vibrant colours in silk, temple jewellery made from Panchdhaatu (five metals) and fresh flowers to intoxicate the air during a performance.
The accompanying artists are musicians playing the following instruments Mrudangam, Flute, Violin and the Guru doing the Nattuvangam.(striking cymbals or a stick on a plank) Last but not the least a singer.A melting pot of all the artist's creates the crescendo and a reason a performance is a success. Come the Dance of India- Bharatanatyam taught traditionally at Laavanya Institute of Traditional Arts.
The Aarangetram- the first performance on stage is a commendable moment in a dancer’s life and shows the determination and grit, the dedication and desire of a dancer to finish what he/ she started. A new beginning as we see it! If you have come new to the city and want to rekindle your passion for bharatanatyam this will be the right place. We at Liota give you a wholesome learning of the Arts-Carnatic Vocal and Nattuvangam is also taught right here to all our students. If you wish to do your arangetram we have the entire team right here to help you breeze through it. Our event management partners will do everything from theme,costume,singer and musicians for you. Starting from training to rehearsals and the final show LIOTA will be with you from the start and even after to help you become the solo dancer you want to be.