Saturday, February 19, 2011

1st Time in the World Our Director Mr.Thiyagarajakumar has taken the bold step of officially recognizing 3rd Gender -Transgender also as a separate sex in our K Media Labs Dance-Music-Painting-Mime-Theatre-Craft-Embroidery-Mehndi Regular Class Admission - Alternative Career Opportunity ( Mime/Theatre Artist-Dancer-etc )


Our Director Mr. Thiyagarajakumar has taken the bold step of officially recognizing transgender also as a separate sex in our K Media labs - Dance-Music-Painting-Mime-Theatre-Craft-Embroidery-Mehndi Regular Class admission.

For the first time in the world, Our Director has creating a third gender category for admissions in Our Center.We are giving a plateform for talents.  It is the livelihood of trangenders that need focused attention to there creativityand talents. Indisputably the most marginalised and ostracised community, trangenders need special quotas if they are to emerge from the shadwows. Unless they are able to integrate with the mainstream social order and share experiences with the general community, the current tigma will not disappear. Being a visible minority and a part of india;s backward group of people, there are attempts to get them into the other backward classes (OBC ) group. A the general obc category can now have subcategories,this seems a viable proposition and is one way of facilitating the social integration of transgenders. In an age when the boundaries of sexual tolerance are shifting. The time is opportune for an active involvement of and collaboration with the transgender community. Although much remains to be done before the line between acceptability  and ostracism is finally removed,  Our KalaAnantarupah Media Labs has shown the way taking the first step in this direction to Make them as a leader in this world..

We are giving a training and place them in the right place. Leaders are made in our KalaAnantarupah Media Labs. Transgender culture has been part of the Indian Community for centuries with an estimated million transgender people ( there is no database that maps them ) in the country today. Due to the relative prevalence and also the acceptance of transsexualism, they cannot be ignored. Unfortunately, they face extreme discrimination in health,housing, education, employment , law,etc...Facing severe harrassment, with little or no opportunity for conventional jobs, most of them earn an income by performing at Hindu religious ceremonies and celebrations or by begging and also in sex work.

 Maybe you feel this 3rd gender art education was never your cup of tea. It is the livelihood of transgenders that need focused attention to there creativity and talents. 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. We encourage  your  talent. Our  encourgagement will make an opportunity available for you to pursue an alternative career and  emrge from the shadow.There are lots of alternative career options which you can opt.

 If he or she  or transgender has got talent in a particular field. If you feel that you have talent in a particular field, you should try to encourage yourself to pursue a career in that field. If such talent is polished and pursued as a career in future by you, it will definitely bring a lot of success to you/your child. Here are some of the alternative careers which can be pursued by you / your child.

 A bit of History
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”– Albert Einstein

KalaAnantarupah Media labs –Mime-Theatre division is conducting an “Intelligence & Leadership Skills via Mime-Theatre” Training Session For 3 Genders (3G’s). This Mime-Theater Training is designed to provide a basic overview of mime-theater and a first solid footing into the world of mime/ theatre. It is focused at

·        Develop Leadership Skills
·        Creative Problem Solving 
·        Inter-Personal Communication
·        Team-Building
·        Critical thinking
·        Group Decision Making
·        Improve Body Language

     3G (Male,Female and Transgender) also get experiences to develop unique characteristic like initiative, resourcefulness, adaptability, etc with the help of Mind power & The Ultimate Secret “THE LAW OF ATTRACTION “

-         To Win the Trust Of Team Leader at Office
-         To Win the Trust of Adults at neighborhood and Friends all around
·        Mime-Theatre as art and personality development exercise
·        Voice Modulation
·        Emotional Expressiveness
·        Improve their Memory Power and Concentration Levels thereby helping them to perform better in their further studies
·        Have Clear visions in life so that they don’t struggle after they complete their education and Face the real world
·        Help them to stay away from bad habits
·        Help them to take part in any competition without any fear
·        Public Speaking & Enhancement of their personality development.
·        Maintain Sincerity and help them to remain cool, calm and focus in their day to day life



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 and theater has been diminishing. “One of the reasons why classical arts and theater 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, 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” and “Mime-Theatre” seems to be unreasonable.

  People coming from abroad and NRI’s seem to be more motivated for this art forms. According to me, “Students coming from abroad are much focused to learn the dance-theater 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 and theatre artist. In the yester years every bollywood actress was classically trained like Waheeda Rehman and Hema Malini. Even the songs and acting had a classical bend to them. Many of them became full-time dancers and theatre artist 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  -  feels that the governments have the reach and the funds to showcase this heritage. Promoting the dancers and theatre artist even on a state level can really boost the Artists. 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 Theatre – Classical Dance have any future in India?
Certainly! We must understand that traditional Theatre-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 Theatre-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 Theatre-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 are determined to make this art form more popular among the youngsters. Our Center currently teaches more than 200 students from all the corners of the country.

Career                                                                                                         
After mastering the Theatre-Dance you can go into being a full time Mime/Theatre Artist - Dancer or choreographer,be our troop and tour countries. There are many who choose to pass on this to the next generation and become teachers/performing artist.
                                                                                                              
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 Theatre artist and 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 3G’s to achieve more in life. Nothing can be as great as converting hobbies and interests into careers. It is better to encourage 3G’s to become what they want to become in life instead of forcing them. Alternative careers are one of the best which can also help 3G-Transgender to have a secure future.

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