Legendary Indian mystic, guru, and spiritual teacher Osho once said, “You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”
The team at Agastya could not agree more. Dance serves as a platform for free expression and allows dancers the freedom and space to express themselves through choreographing dance moves and simply, dancing. This is the main reason why Agastya decided to incorporate dance as a segment under Art@Agastya.
Since the commencement of dance classes in 2009, classes have been conducted under the tutelage of Dr Padmaja Suresh, renowned Bharatanatyam dancer, doctorate holder, and owner of the dance school Aatmalaya. In the first year of the dance program at Agastya, students from five schools in Andhra Pradesh visited the Kuppam campus for weekly Bharatanatyam dance classes. Today, the program has expanded to include students from Bangalore as well. In a bid to cater to this growing demand, Agastya has plans to actively expand in-house dance teachers.
Benefits of dance classes:
- Improvement in memory, concentration, and body coordination
- Rise in confidence level, especially after performing before an audience
- Greater awareness of the Indian culture: Students learn the cultural origins behind various dance moves
On the whole, the response from school authorities, parents and teachers alike has been highly encouraging – Agastya frequently receives requests from parents and teachers calling for more dance segments to be presented at school functions. Based on this enthusiastic response, Agastya is looking towards introducing more dance forms into the curriculum, with the upcoming inclusion of traditional Indian folk dance being the latest highlight of the dance program.