Thursday, July 29, 2010

Join @ KalaAnantarupah Art Center - We Make You / Your kid to become Leader


Join your kid @ KalaAnantarupah Art Center - We Make  You/ Your kid to become Leader 



                                                              








Whenever  the summer vacations comes you send your kids for hobby classes like dance,music, theater,art and painting classes. Maybe you feel this art education was never your cup of tea. But there are many who enjoy dancing, singing, drawing and acting.. The only thing I can say to them is if you are passionate about it don’t let it be just a hobby.
                                                                                                             If your child possesses talent in a particular field, you should encourage that talent. Such encouragement will make an opportunity available for your child to pursue an alternative career. There are lots of alternative career options which your child can opt. Read on to know more about the alternative career options.
                                                                                                               Most of the parents want their child to pursue traditional type of careers like Doctor, Engineer, MBA, etc. However, with changing times and increasing competition it is essential for parents to allow their child to pursue alternative careers too. Every parent wants his or her child to be successful in life by choosing an appropriate career. But, forcing child to pursue a career of your own choice may become a burden for the child. Therefore, it is essential to support your child when he or she wants to pursue an alternative career.
                                                                                                                       Some orthodox people do not support this concept of alternative careers. However, there are quite a lot of examples which prove that one should definitely go for an alternative career if he or she has got talent in a particular field. If you feel that your child is talented in a particular field, you should try to encourage your child to pursue a career in that field. If such talent is polished and pursued as a career in future by your child, it will definitely bring a lot of success to your child. Here are some of the alternative careers which can be pursued by your child.
                                                                                                                   A bit of History
India boosts of a very rich dancing heritage but only eight dances have the classical status, namely:
Bharatanatyam (Tamil Nadu), Kathak (North Indian States), Odissi (Orissa), Kathakali (Kerala), Kuchipudi (Andhra Pradesh), Manipuri (Manipur), Mohiniyattam (Kerala) and Sattriya (Assam)
                                                                                                              These dances are based on mythology and scriptures. They often depict stories of Gods and Goddess through their routines.
Bharatanatyam is a classical dance form originating in Tamil Nadu, India. One of the oldest of the classical dance forms in India, it is also known as the fifth Veda. Bharatanatyam is usually accompanied by the classical music. Bharatanatyam is a traditional dance-form known for its grace, purity, tenderness, and sculpturesque poses. Many people choose to learn Carnatic music along with it. Today, it is one of the most popular and widely performed dance styles and is practiced by many dancers all over the world.

Odissi: It is the oldest surviving dance form of India on the basis of archaeological evidences. It is particularly distinguished from other classical Indian dance forms by the importance it places upon the tribhangi (literally: three parts break), the independent movement of head, chest and pelvis and upon the basic square stance known as chauka.
                                                                                                              Kathak: This dance form traces its origins to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathaks, or storytellers.
The structure of a conventional Kathak performance tends to follow a progression in tempo from slow to fast, ending with a dramatic climax.
In today’s time
                                                                                                    Unfortunately over the years the visibility of Indian classical dancing has been diminishing. “One of the reasons why classical arts are not very popular is because people have stopped relating to them. People are not willing to invest time and effort into it”, says Thiyagarajakumar Ramaswamy,Director,KalaAnantarupah Group. Youngsters are willing to take two months training of exotic dances like salsa and rumba but 2-3 years for a “dance” seems to be unreasonable.
                                                                                                           People coming from abroad and NRI’s seem to be more motivated for the dance form. According to, a noted Bharatanatyam dancer, “Students coming from abroad are much focused to learn the dance form in the limited time they have. It’s not only about learning, when they go back home they teach more kids and help us pass on this beautiful heritage to the youngsters.”
                                                                                                              Popular mediums like films and Television have also reduced the air time of the classical dances. In the yester years every bollywood actress was classically trained like Waheeda Rehman and Hema Malini. Even the songs had a classical bend to them. Many of them became full-time dancers after their retirement from the movies. But today we see a lot of jatkas and salsas in our films, only a hand full of actors learn it when the “role demands”.
                                                                                                Thiyagarajakumar Ramaswamy  -  feels that the governments have the reach and the funds to showcase this heritage. Promoting the dancers even on a state level can really boost the dances. After being heavily criticized for having performances by movie stars during the CWG Sydney, the government made sure that the debacle of never repeated. On the eve of Queen’s Baton Relay they showcased the dancing heritage on an international stage. This is what we need!!!
                                                                                                              Does classical dance have any future in India?
Certainly! We must understand that traditional dance forms that are more than 2000 years old cannot and must not be allowed to pass into oblivion forever. True, the majority of youth today have digressed towards modern dance forms. Hence arises the need to create awareness and genuine interest in the minds of these young people, so that they are able to enjoy classical dance performances in the real sense of the term.
                                                                                                       Apparently thousands of young people are heavily into non-classical dances; but there is no dearth of real talent and latent qualities in many individuals, who will religiously carry forward the traditions in future.
                                                                                                            People like  Thiyagarajakumar  Ramaswamy are determined to make this art form more popular among the youngsters. She currently teaches more than 100 students from all the corners of the country.
Career
                                                                                                              After mastering the dance you can go into being a full time dancer or choreographer, have your on troop and tour countries. There are many who choose to pass on this to the next generation and become teachers.
                                                                                                              Just like any profession you must have dedication. Money is good when the sponsors are good. If you just want to be in for the money or fame then you may want to rethink, the dancer must have love for the art to survive in this field.
                                                                                                                Facts and Figures
According to a survey conducted by human resources solutions company kelly services, a majoirty of Indian Workers prefer meaningful jobs over income and status. Out of the nearly 3500 workers surveyed in the country, about 62 % said they will forego income or status to do something more meaninful. 
                                                                                                         Pursuing alternative career can help your child achieve more in life. Nothing can be as great as converting hobbies and interests into careers. It is better to encourage children to become what they want to become in life instead of forcing them. Alternative careers are one of the best which can also help your child to have a secure future.



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