Bharatanatyam it is one of the most popular and widely performed dance styles and is practiced by many dancers all over the world. Today, the term Bharatanatyam identifies a particular style of dance. Historically, Bharatanatyam is a system of dance, described in the Natya Shastra, capable of manifesting various forms. BHA means Bhava (Expression), RA means Raga (Music), TA means Tala (Rhythm) and Natya (Classic Indian Musical Theatre).
Kalakshetra Style – This is a modern style of Bharatnatyam and a simplified form of Pandanallur style. Though the style has the hints of authentic devadasis style of ancient times, it still a relatively recent introduction. It mainly focuses on Angika (hand movements). The hand movements are delicately based on the words of the lyrics and placing the hand in an exact position even during narration. Many consider it the most beautiful of all styles of Bharatnatyam.
At FIPA Academy, Bharatanatyam is taught at all levels. Those with serious intentions are entered for ISTD examinations. Those at the most advanced level are prepared for their Arangetrams with options of furthering their training in India at Kalakshetra.
Kathak is a classical Indian dance form that has origins from the Kathakars (storytellers) of northern India. It was influenced by the bhakti movement and later, central Asian dance imported by the courts of the Mughal era. The style is dramatized by rhythmic footwork and fast spins. Out of the guru-shishya tradition, the different styles known as gharana have developed. Most well known of these are the Lucknow, Jaipur, Benares and Raigarh.
Bollywood dance is an eclectic style of dance popularised by the Indian film industry. Dances are performed to filmi music (from Hindi meaning ‘of films’). Bollywood is a characterized by a mix of anything from classical Indian to trendy world styles and is noted for its immediately accessible appeal. The form hails from the quicksilver edits of film dance sequences, and this feel influences stage versions which are short, upbeat and sharp.