India Cultural Center and Temple offers a path to learn classical Kuchipudi (of Padma Bhushan Sri Vempati Chinna Satyam fame) with a qualified Kuchipudi dance master who is also a highly qualified Yogacharya (Yoga Master) and Flute master.
Natya Yoga – Dance Certificate Course (Kuchipudi)
13th August to 29th October, 2023
Registrations CLOSED for current batch, check back again in JANUARY for Spring 2024 batch.
Every Sunday: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Course fee: $ 250
Patanjali Yogalayam courses include ‘NATYA YOGA’ sessions with Dance Certificate Course (DCC) – KUCHIPUDI from this year.
Natya Yoga is a combined art form of music, literature, sculpture, painting and yoga as per sage Bharata muni’s Natya Shashtra. India is originally called as ‘Bharat’ in Sanskrit, is a treasure house of ancient and traditional cultural arts like yoga, music and dance, ‘Bharat’ word consists of 3 letters with 3 words;
1. BHA means Bhava (expression)
2. RA means Raaga (tune)
3. TA means-Taala (melody) and hence is the cultural epitome of the world. Bharat stands high when it comes to its culture and heritage.
Kuchipudi classical dance form originated from a village named Kuchipudi in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh with its contents originating 100% from Natya Shastra. Kuchipudi dance is the only dance that presents all 4 abhinayas (expressions) of dance written in Natya Shastra. It is a dance & drama art performance, with its roots in the ancient Hindu Sanskrit precept of Natya Shastra.
Although Sidhendra Yogi is considered as father of Kuchipudi dance form, its modern art styles are choreographed by Padma bhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam who is the maestro of Kuchipudi dance. Being born in the same vamily lineage, our ICCT’s Natyacharya Sri Vempati Ravindranath (Sharma ji) was initiated into this Kuchipudi dance form directly from his uncle, Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam ji in 1984.
ICCT Kuchipudi dance lessons help the student to learn all physical body movements, Dance exercises (Natya Vyayama), Natya Karanas (dance postures), gestures of hands, legs, face etc. and finally traditional Kuchipudi dance performances as per traditional Kuchipudi Vempati family lineage.
Our ICCT Natyacharya Guru Shri Vempati Ravindranath (Sharma ji) is having a rich experience in teaching Kuchipudi dance. Learning Kuchipudi dance under the lineage of Vempati family is an opportunity to learn this Indian classical dance form.
For more details, please contact Yogacharya Sri Ravindranath Vempati (Sharma Ji) at (845) 423-3433 or [email protected]
About Natyacharya Sri Ravindranath Vempati (Sharma Ji)
Natyacharya Shri Ravindranath Vempati (Sharma ji) hails from a traditional brahmin family in Kuchipudi village, Andhra Pradesh, India. During his young age, in 1985 he was initiated into Kuchipudi dance by his uncle Padmabhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam in Kuchipudi village. Later, he received further lessons from his brother Shri Ravi Shankar Vempati and performed various dance programs.
In 2011-2013, he pursued Master of Performing Arts (MPA) in Kuchipudi Dance from Telugu University and received 2013 Kuchipudi Fellowship award from Ministry of Culture. In 2016, Government of India, finally appointed him as a full-time Kuchipudi Dance Teacher at Indian Embassy, Hanoi, Vietnam where he officially trained his Vietnamese students.
Natya guru Vempati ji is a pure traditional dance teacher, under whom several Indian & foreign students were trained in both India and abroad. Due to his spiritual artistic personality, he teaches the dance not just as a stage art, but as a divine system to connect body, mind and soul through Yoga postures & Music. Apart from Kuchipudi Dance, Guru Vempati ji is a maestro of Yoga, Music and Vedanta.
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