Dec 9, 2012
Dear Guru Mrinalini-ji,
I completed six years of Bharatanatyam @ Darpana long time ago. I took a break and completed my 7th year and arangetram in 1998 from Archan Academy’s Guru Keta didi, also a student of Darpan Academy. Recently I was embarrassed as I did not know the answer to this question when I was asked "what was the dance style? " Could you please answer this question so next time I'm well prepared.
Jul 2, 2012
Respected Mrinalini Didi,
I am a Bharatnatyam student. My question is - which is correct - Arangetram and Arangetral?
In Arangetram, is only traditional Margam performed? I want your views in this regard.
Dear Vasanti Joshi
May 31, 2012
I would like to know from you on how one can pursue a PhD in Bharatanatyam. My aim is to learn and analyze more the technique, history and culture behind the art form. I have seen a few universities offering a PhD course but I am not sure if doing such a conventional course would fulfill my desire. I would like to approach several Gurus and expose myself to the different perspectives of Bharatanatyam. But I am not sure if I could just directly ask them or if there is a certain procedure to do so. Could you please help me and throw some light on the different possibilities.
Thank you very much and I hope you do not mind me calling you Guru. I have learnt a lot from you.
Jan 17, 2012
I'm currently 16 years old. I'm a non Indian westerner, and I've been learning Bharatanatyam for a few months. I have some questions that I hope you can answer.
1. How much and how should you practice daily?
I want to improve but I'm not really sure what proper practicing would be.
2. What do you do when you're just really frustrated about learning this art form?
I truly love Bharatanatyam. It's a spiritual experience and I'm able to express myself. But I feel out of place at times in class. I know it's not intentional, but it can just be awkward. Bharatanatyam isn't something that you instantly become good at, but I just don't know what to do to remind myself that I can do this.
3. Do arangetrams have to be so expensive these days?
Even though I'm far from having my arangetram (which I plan to have), but due to the expense it seems that I should be saving now. My classmates' arangetrams cost "half a wedding"! My family doesn't have the funds they do, and it just makes me feel isolated at times.
Thank you so much,