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address
Kalakshetra Foundation, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600041, India
contact
+91-44-24520836
price
50
per person for Indians
250
per person for foreign tourists
timings
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
visit duration
Around 2-3 hours

about kalakshetra dance school

Translating to the holy place of Arts, Kalakshetra is one of the few places in the country where pure Indian performing arts have found a home to take root and thrive. Established by Rukmini Devi, a renowned Bharatnatyam dancer, and George Arundale, her husband, Kalakshetra has its roots in Theosophical Society-Adyar of which both Rukmini Devi and George Arundale were members. Founded in 1936 at a time when the country was struggling for its freedom and cultural identity, Kalakshetra was and continues to be more than just a performing arts school. Over the past eight decades Kalakshetra has been the seat from where the maestros of Indian classical music and dance, nritya, have imparted their wealth of knowledge and trained students. A range of diplomas and post diploma courses in Carnatic music, Bharat Natyam and many other Indian classical dance and music forms are offered. The huge campus also houses two schools where there is a emphasis on learning one or more dance and music forms. There are two huge performing spaces; Koothambalam which is the auditorium and Rukmini Arangam which is the open-air theatre. Located inside the campus is the Rukmini Devi Museum where bronze objects, ceramics, sculptures, paintings that were once personal items of Rukmini Devi are on display including her musical instruments. Since last year Kalakshetra has begun conducting Winter camps open to dancers and musicians from across the globe. Every week dance and musical performances are conducted by maestros and students from all over the country. Additionally, monthly cultural events and lectures on Indian classical dance and music are held in the auditorium that are open to all at no cost.

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