Jathiswaraalaya Academy of Kathak and Bharatanatyam:
Jathiswaraalaya, the founder school for the ‘Chennai Gharana’ of Kathak was established in 1996 by Dr. Shri. P.R. Venkata Subramanian to make quality classical dance education affordable to even common middle class aspirants. This institution imparts training in Kathak, Bharathanatyam, Theory of dance and music, Choreography, Nattuvangam & Classical Music on Keyboard. Thus a product of this institution come out as a complete artiste, fully confident in his/her style and performance with a touch of rare perfection. As the first institution for Kathak dance in Chennai, Jathiswaraalaya continues imparting classical dance knowledge in its purest form, as the institution celebrates the completion of it’s 25th year.
The institution has devised its own technique of testing and examining the students at regular intervals giving the parents time to time feed back of their ward’s progress. Short sessions are also conducted to train the parents in the basics of these art forms, which facilitate them, to monitor while the ward practices at home. Providing lyrics and music for various dance numbers, dance dramas (for both short term and long term aspirants) are taken care of by the Music Department of this institution while the Dance Department provides assistance in Choreography of dance sequences. The Music and dance research wing is yet another active half which comes out with rare themes by scanning through ancient history and mythology to suit young musicians and dancers.
Being affiliated to renowned universities for recognized certifications, the classes at Jathiswaraalaya are based on a course with structured syllabus for methodical learning. Level-wise certifications are provided to students at all levels in both Bharatanatyam and Kathak, by the institution too.
Guest lectures are also arranged periodically as morale boosters to the Jathiswaraalayans and their parents. These lectures give an insight into the arena of dance and music thus providing them the latest updates in the fields, which they are often unaware of.
The Founder of Jathiswaraalaya, Dr. Shri. P.R. Venkatasubramanian is an inspiring guide to many pursuing advanced research in classical music and dance and also to the students of Jathiswaraalaya pursuing their Masters in Dance. The students of Jathiswaraalaya perform for his advanced compositions, new items and unique themes.