Yogaville Gurukulam Camp
2004 - A home away from home
October 13, 2004
annual Gurukulam camp at Yogaville, Virginia, US, ended on 8th August and
the following weekend (14th & 15th Aug), Nitya Moothathu and Kannan
Rasiah, two students of Padmarani Cantu Rasiah -the resident teacher at
Yogaville FAS - had their formal arangetram.
The first camp
took place from 4th to 24th July (36 students) and second camp from July
25th to August 8th (25 seniors including Bharatanaatyam teachers and performers)
Students at various age levels do not mind the hardship of practicing almost 8 to 10 hours a day. After a few days’ aches and pains, it becomes a matter of routine and a love of labor. At the end of three weeks, the first batch is actually reluctant to leave the place. The performance of the last day is a festive occasion, celebrating the victory of hard labor and gaining years of experience and knowledge of Bharatanaatyam, classical music and yoga in a short spell of 3 weeks. For the entire Yogaville community, it is a treat to see the beaming faces of the audience who attends the final day presentation, including the parents and relatives of the campers.
phase of the summer camp starts after a day’s break. Seniors include teachers
of Bharatanaatyam, professional performers and just finished arangetram
levels. Yogaville Fine Arts Society under the motherly meticulous
care of Amma Rasiah and fatherly strict Swami Chidananda, works on a shoestring
budget. Rukmini Rasaih, Swami Chidananda and Padmarani are the pillars
of Fine Arts Society and they make it happen every year come what
may be. A service oriented venture commissioned by Swamiji has served
the purpose with which Swamiji annunciated the three ‘D’ formula - discipline,
devotion & dedication.
The 2005 Naatya
Adhyayana Gurukulam Camp is already scheduled to commence on July10th to
30th and 1st to 14th August.