Arts and India have an eternal bond which has endured the test of time. Dance being one of the most important of all art forms has a rich past in India. Some of the prominent Classical dances of India are Kathakali, Kathak, Odissi and Bharatanatyam. To keep this inherited treasure safe, more and more dance schools are coming up. We have listed down some of the distinguished and the best dance schools in India today, which have selflessly succeeded in making an impact on the society.
National Institute of Kathak Dance is one of the best Kathak academies in the nation. Also known as the Kathak Kendra (pic above), it was established in 1964 with head quarters in New Delhi. It offers both elementary as well as advanced courses, which has foundation, diploma (Pass), diploma (Hons.) and Post Diploma courses. The institute has three branches in the capital city. Some of the alumni of the academy are Kumudini Lakhia, Gopi Krishna, Maya Rao and Damayanti Joshi.
The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) was founded in 1959 in McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh by the honorable 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. Initially known as Tibetan Music, Dance and Drama Society, the academy aims at preserving the Tibetan dance, opera and music. The institute based in Dharamshala preserves the various dance style of Tibet; the performers incorporate all these dance styles to create a fusion of their own.
Kalakshetra in Besant Nagar, Chennai is an academy, which dedicates itself to teaching Bharatanatyam and Gandharvaveda. Rukmini Devi Arundale founded the academy in 1936. Notable students of the Kalakshetra are Radhe Burnier, Sarada Hoffman, Sanjukta Panigrahi and Leela Samson. The institute has its own style of dance called the Kalakshetra style, which is distinguished for it’s straight, angular and ballet like movements. The institute moved to its new campus in Besant Nagar, Chennai that happens to be of a massive 99 acres in area.
Nrityagram is a modern gurukul located near Hesaraghatta Lake 30kms from Bangalore. It was established in 1990 by Odissi dancer Protima Gauri. The school offers training in myriad forms of dances like Odissi, Kathak, Mohiniattam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and Kathakali. It follows the ancient tradition of Guru-shishya by making the classes an affair of eight hours a day, six days a week for seven years.
National Ballet Academy and Trust of India is an academy with branches in Delhi and Gurgaon. It was established in 2002 with the intent to promote Classical Ballet in India. The teachings include both theory and ballet notes. It has over 160 students and happens to be one of the first western dance schools recognized abroad for the international standards.