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Bharata Natyam - classical indian dance

Bharata Natyam is the eldest of the ancient classical Indian dance styles. Its origin goes back to the scripture of classical performing arts of India – the NATYA SHASTRA (abt. 200 B.C.). As part of the religious temple ritual, however, it has been existing much longer.

Its abstract movements (Nritta) embody the universal cosmic principles and are thus a reflection of the eternal cosmic dance. Its narrative passages (Nritya) are depicting legends from the Hindu mythology and the whole range of human emotions using special hand gestures (Mudras) and body language (Abhinaya).

Today’s Bharata Natyam has stepped out of the temples and as a holistic and universal dance form it is open to everyone, who wants to learn and immerse into it.

We hold classes in Hamburg providing weekly lessons for beginners and advanced students as well as workshops conducted by us or renowned teachers from Germany and abroad.

The concept of Kalamitra

We – Anna Grover and Katja-Shivani – have joined forces and founded this art centre, since it is our common sincere concern to pass on our knowledge of the classical Indian dance Bharata Natyam as well as of the cultural background. With our teaching and performances we wish to uphold this art in the traditional way.

All of us have a passionate devotion for this dance, although we all followed different paths to learn this art form. Due to this wide diversity of our studies we can provide a comprehensive range of knowledge for our students.

Bharata Natyam depicts universal principals and values and therefore is accessible for every one. There is no age limit to learn and no previous knowledge is required. However, we attach great importance to steadiness and an open mind to learn something new.

The classes generally follow the traditional Indian way of teaching classical dance and according to our experiences this seems the most suitable approach to the immanent cultural characteristics. For us it is important not to rate our students according to their artistic proficiency but to respect them as individuals of their own, who are capable of growth.