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Mentoring with Karuna 

With over 15 years of experience working with numerous students, Karuna Sagari has crafted an organic pedagogy for learning Bharatanatyam, akin to a child acquiring their mother tongue.

 

The mentorship program spans over 3 to 4 months and is designed for students who have completed at least 2 margams. Through this program, they refine a non-compartmentalized approach to Bharatanatyam, fostering a comprehensive understanding of the art form.

Please scroll down to see the available modules, application process and frequently asked questions. 

Karuna Sagari

Modules Available

The mentorship program is designed to encompass various modules focusing on both the Nritta and Abhinaya aspects of Bharatanatyam. Each module runs for 3-4 months and consists of 2 classes per week, with each class spanning over 1.5 hours and conducted online on Zoom. The cohorts are kept small, comprising 3 - 5 participants, to ensure personalized attention and effective learning amongst like-minded peers. Participants are expected to dedicate focused time to self-practice and engage in curated readings, enhancing their understanding and connection with the art. This holistic approach to learning fosters an enriching and transformative journey in Bharatanatyam.

I. Approach to Nritta

  1. An injury free approach to nritta which includes at least 6 workout routines for preparing the body for dance. 
     

  2. An adavu refresher in which cardinal Adavus with specialized movement phrases that will build in body intelligence in practice
     

  3. A nritta piece which will put to use the learnings in this module
     

  4. Access to professionally recorded music

 

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Students will learn

Svaramala - a unique nritta piece which was crafted for nritta to be an intuitive response to the musicality built into the piece

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Is this module for you?

This module is meant for Bharatanatyam practitioners who have learnt at least 2 full margams and are currently looking to fine tune their technique and shift gears into a more serious approach to practice.  If you have had a break in practice, suffered from an injury, or want to re-learn anatomically conducive techniques to Nritta then this module is for you.* 

II. Tamil Poetry through Dance

  1. Learn a piece from medieval/ancient Tamil Literature
     

  2. Exploring literary references that have informed the piece
     

  3. Access to professionally recorded music

 

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Students will learn

 

An invocatory iconographic piece which is informed by the sculptures from the Pallava period + an Abhinaya piece from the Kambai Murugan Pillai Tamizh

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Is this module for you?

 

This module is meant for aspiring and established professional dancers who are trying to take their journey in dance to the next level. This module would be an ideal fit for regular practitioners looking to delve deeper into their practice, explore a de-compartmentalized approach to literature and dance, and willing to commit to a disciplined and serious learning format.*

III. Approach to Abhinaya

  1. Learn two Abhinaya centric pieces
     

  2. Build an emotional universe around the pieces through Visual references from art and nature, observation of human behaviour juxtaposed with poetry, related readings
     

  3. Access to professionally recorded music

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Students will learn

 

Two Abhinaya pieces through an approach that is not confined to facial expression and hand gestures. A comprehensive approach to Abhinaya that is based on 

(i) the idea of 'being' - to embody the Divine and the mortal

(ii) The idea of 'feeling' -  the emotional terrain of the characters and what leads them to say what they say

(iii) The idea of 'saying' - the narrative aspect of what is spoken and to whom

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Is this module for you?

This module is designed differently for intermediate and advanced learners. This module would be an ideal fit for practicing dancers who would like to personalise their approach to Abhinaya and also for those who might have taken a break from dance and getting back to it through Abhinaya.*

*Students will be hand picked for the cohorts based on their level and aims*

Application Process

Step 1: Expression of Interest

Fill the Mentorship form linked below and share details including a video showcasing your dance.

Step 2: Interview

Selected participants will be required to interview one-on-one with Karuna. Through this interaction Karuna and the prospective students can gauge their level of mutual comfort.

Step 3: Selection

Upon completion of the interview, selected participants will receive fee details upon which they can confirm their registration.

Please note:

A detailed list of FAQs are available below. In case you have any questions that are unanswered by the FAQs, please email us at karunasagariofficial@gmail.com

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I place an order?
    To place an order, simply browse through our catalogue, select the desired costume/costumes, and call us at +91 9047011566. We will take you through the process once you call us. You can then make the payment via UPI, and once your order is confirmed, we will process it and provide you with tracking details.
  • Can I customise the size of the costume?
    Yes, the costumes can be adjusted by you, once purchased. The sizes and adjustment levels are mentioned in the catalogue. If you have specific queries, feel free to reach out to us at Email ID: bhaktinatya@gmail.com or Phone Number: +91 9047011566
  • Do you provide wholesale or bulk ordering options?
    Yes, we offer wholesale and bulk ordering options for interested customers. Please contact us directly to discuss your requirements. We also provide a discount for bulk purchases of the same costume type, for instance, if you want to purchase the "Silk cotton skirt with big checks for adults" in bulk, we will provide a discount. Here are the discounts that we offer: When you purchase all the costumes in a costume type, you get 20% off on your bill When you purchase more than 50% of the costumes in a costume type, you get 15% off on your bill More than 1 costume - 10%
  • How long does shipping take, and is it free?
    Delivery typically takes 4-5 working days, depending on the pin code. You can track your order as soon as it is shipped. Shipping charges will be calculated after the order is received based on the pincode and the weight of the package.
  • Are the prices inclusive of shipping?
    No, the prices mentioned are exclusive of shipping charges. Shipping costs will be calculated based on the pin code and weight of the package. You can estimate shipping charges using the link provided: Shipping Rate Calculator.
  • What are the accepted modes of payment?
    The accepted mode of payment is UPI only. We do not accept payments in any other mode/format.
  • Can I see detailed images of the costume before making a purchase?
    We provide high-quality images of each costume from different angles, including close-up shots that can be viewed in the drive link provided.
  • How do I know if the colours in the pictures are accurate?
    We try our best to ensure that the colours in the pictures accurately represent the actual costumes. However, please keep in mind that colours may vary slightly depending on your device's screen settings. We have also mentioned the colours in the catalogue for each product, for a clearer understanding.
  • Are these costumes suitable for beginners, or are they more for experienced dancers?
    Our costumes are suitable for dancers of all levels. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced dancer, you will find something that suits your style and level of expertise.
  • How can I get in touch for further queries?
    For any further queries or assistance, please feel free to contact us via email at bhaktinatya@gmail.com or call us at +91 9047011566. We are here to help.
  • Do you offer international shipping?
    No, we only offer shipping within India. International shipping is not available at the moment.
  • Can I cancel my order after it has been placed?
    Yes, you can cancel the order within 24 hours after placing it by calling us at +91 9047011566.
  • Do you offer a refund & return upon cancellation?
    We offer a 7-day free return or exchange policy. Refunds are issued via the original payment method (UPI ONLY) for articles in unused condition with tags intact. We do not exchange/return stockings and any inner wear if worn even once for size check etc.
  • What are the steps involved in processing a return?
    When a product is ready for return, customers are required to organize shipment and initiate the return process. It's important to note that return charges are to be covered by the customer.
  • Can I purchase individual pieces of the costume separately?
    No, a costume can only be purchased as a whole with all the pieces intact. No individual pieces are available for sale.
  • Can I request a catalogue or brochure to browse?
    The catalogue link is available above on the page you are currently viewing.
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