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“Classical and Lovely”

Kalakshetra Dance School
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Cultural Chennai Walking Tour Including Traditional Breakfast and Kalakshetra...
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This institution was established to resurrect the traditional dance forms of the country from adulteration by modern techniques, Kalakshetra has been around since 1936. Many subtle nuances existed in the making of this institution — a symbol of uprising against the British, commitment to theosophy and creation of a strong identity for Indian classical dance forms. The suburban institution offers events that are open to public. It also provides dance classes and a platform for research and studies about traditional Indian dances.
Chennai, India
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“Classical and Lovely”
Reviewed 8 July 2012

This campus is one of the greats in India for Indian Classical Dance. Spend at least half a day here. You will want to go there when one of the art festivals are going on. December and January are the best times to be around. And go along with one of the locals in Chennai- who simply know a lot by virtue of their growing up in a Chennai Brahmin family.

Visited April 2012
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“My Alma Mater”
Reviewed 5 July 2012

I love Kalakshetra. Its what shaped my life. I spent 10 years of my formative years there. The place is steeped in culture. The music, dance, instrumental, art classes (even to watch) take one's breath away. The art festival with dance dramas and music programmes during the Dec/Jan season are legendary. One has to watch the Ramayana series choreographed by Rukmini Devi to believe the intricacy and the perfection achieved by the dancers and the musicians. I make it a point to ask each of my guests to visit Kalakshetra.

Visited January 2012
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“Traditional dance enthusiasts' gem”
Reviewed 20 May 2012

If you enjoy traditional Indian dance, do not miss visiting the Kalakshetra Foundation Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts located in Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai. It is worth taking the time to find. After considerable effort, we found the school and purchased passes that allowed us to view open air dance classes from the outside of the classroom buildings. It was a treat watching these athletic and talented young men and women practice and take their rigorous dance classes. We also were able to watch part of a rehearsal for an upcoming performance. This is the authentic dance and much more demanding and impressive than any of the later tourist geared dance shows we saw in South India. Be sure to check the school schedule since classes are held only in the mornings. Photos were not allowed.

Visited March 2012
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