Kalai Koodam - Academy of performing arts Trust (Regd.) an institution which currently imparts training in Bharatanatyam, semi-classical and folk dances of south India, was started in September 2009. The school aims at providing training to all, irrespective of age, religion, caste, creed and the like. It also believes that the beauty of Bharatam does not belong to any religion as a few might think. On the contrary it is accessible to people from all walks of life who have the passion to dance. Why dance???? Natyam is one of the most divine art forms. Learning Bharatanatyam imparts 10 valuable qualities in a dancer. It builds: 1. Javaha (Agility) 2. Sthirathvam (Steadiness) 3. Rekha (graceful lines) 4. Bhramari(balance in pirouettes) 5. Drishti (glance) 6. Shramaha (hard work) 7. Medha (intelligence) 8. Shraddha(devotion) 9. Vacho (good speech) 10.Geetam (singing ability) As quoted in Natya Shastra "Women who have beautiful limbs, are conversant with the sixty-four arts and crafts (kala), are clever, courteous in behaviour, free from female diseases, always bold, free from indolence, inured to hard work, capable of practising various arts and crafts, skilled in dancing and songs, who excel by their beauty, youthfulness, brilliance and other qualities all other women standing by, are known as Narthaki (female dancers)"
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