Summer School 2022 - Bharatanatyam with Smt. Srekala Bharath

Summer School 2022 - Bharatanatyam with Smt. Srekala Bharath

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* This class is in-person only *

Start: Sat 16th July 2022
End: Thurs 4th August 2022
Finale Events: Sat 6th & Sun 7th August 2022

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Kalaimamani, Natya Acharya Dr.Srekala Bharath is one of Chennai’s foremost Bharatanatyam dancer. A widely travelled and deeply dedicated artist, Srekala is a senior disciple of legendary Guru Smt.K.J.Sarasa. Srekala has carved a niche for herself in the world of Bharatanatyam through her distinctive choreographies and unique presentations. She is a meticulous teacher who has trained more than 400 students globally through her Thejas School of Performing Arts. She is probably the one dancer who released a coffee table book ’Yatra’ on her dance journey spreading over 50 years.

A prominent disciple of the legendary Guru K.J.Sarasa, Srekala had her calling in dance at the age of 7. Since her arangetram on 22nd May 1972, she has been performing in both solo and group categories with over 900 stage performances in national and international arena with a career reaching a milestone of over five decades in 2020. She has created a niche for herself in the world of this beautiful dance form Bharatanatyam, with her inimitable style, nimble footwork and exquisite abhinaya.

Her creative journey as an artiste has taken her across 28 countries spanning 5 continents and staging countless moments of her unique interpretation of Bharatanatyam. Regularly featured in the Chennai City sabhas during the December Music and Dance festival, Srekala has travelled across India participating in the state festivals, giving thematic presentations for key organisers, choreographing solo and group presentations- Bhakta Meera, Mahila Mahima, Jai Santhoshi Maa, Dasavataram, Annamayya Bhakti Manjari and Arupadai Veedu to name a few.
She established Thejas School of Performing Arts-TSPA in 1999 in Chennai that has trained over 400 students so far. Srekala has released DVDs on the concepts of Learning the basics of Bharatanatyam along with margam, invocatory items and a couple of varnams.

As a scholar, she was conferred senior fellowship by the Government of India and submitted a thesis on Evolution of Bharatanatyam and adapting them to Dance Drama. She has also presented papers at International venues on dance and its expression with relevance to contemporary times.

Srekala derives her inner strength through her untiring dedication, determination and devotion to this divine art, that has fetched her many awards in recognition of her works including the Kalaimamani from the Government of Tamil Nadu, Bharata Ratnam from the government of Sri Lanka and House of Commons recognition from the Government of Canada in Toronto.