Humanities ‘Art is equivalent to academy’

‘Art is equivalent to academy’


1a861b80-6d83-4ea3-911d-e1b80c2b5646Dr Rekha Raju, Indian classical dancer, specialising in both Mohiniyattam and Bharatanatyam, has performed on innumerable stages across the country and abroad, gaining recognition and accolades for her innate artistry, authentic presentation, graceful style, and ultimate perfection. Started at the age of 3 under dance Guru Padmini Ramachandran, there was no looking back. Rekha mastered academics and dance together, taking a masters degree in business administration and a masters degree in performing arts simultaneously. She holds PHD in Fine Arts from Heidelberg University, Germany. Taking up classical dancing as her full time career, Rekha founded her own dance institution Nrithya Dhama Temple of Fine Arts with a motive of training tridents of all cadre whether poor or rich from rural or from urban all students getting the knowledge of dance under the same roof. She currently trains around 400 students at the Bangalore-based Nrithya Dhama. Talking to Dheeksha Mahesh, Dr Rekha Raju speaks passionately about how art is equivalent to academy.

What are the challenges to take up any art form as a career in India?

Challenges are in every field. It is the interest and commitment towards that particular profession that brings in success.

Is there a Bachelor’s Degree in dance which students can opt for after 10th and 12th?

Just like in other fields, dance too has bachelor degree, masters and a PHD too. I have a PHD in Fine Arts. In India, if they start at the age of 6, by the age of 16 they should have finished intermediate level (junior and senior level). With that certificate they get an entry to the bachelor’s Degree either in Gandharva Vidyalaya or Karnataka University. One should clear the entrance test which includes both – practical and written exams to get admission in Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.

How is it different to pursue art in India when compared to abroad?

In abroad, from 8th grade or so they get credits in whatever they specialise in, which will help them in further studies. Where as in India importance is given only to science and maths. Gurukul was invented in India. When I perform abroad, I see the influence of vedas abroad. We belong to the country it was originated in and we are not making use of it. Parents should motivate children to take up art form as a career. Academics is not the end in itself. Concentrating on art is equivalent to academics.

What are the opportunities in this field?

Natyam itself is a vast subject, right from stage craft to costume every minutest thing attached to dance can be taken separately as a profession.

Any inputs for children who wants to pursue dance or any art form as career?

Like academics, Dance alone too can be a great input towards the total personality development. It is the respect and interest towards a particular career that can make a child successful. Infact in my opinion Dance is just not a hobby anymore, many artists like me have taken it as a profession and leading good lives.

News4children, a news portal on current affairs tapered especially for children with academic input. Every article is written in simple language with full background information, so children can understand the news better. Most of the articles include academic input, activities and vocabulary as well.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

sixteen − 1 =

Latest news

ಬಾಹ್ಯಾಕಾಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾರತದ ಮೈಲಿಗಲ್ಲು, ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಿ ಕಕ್ಷೆ ಸೇರಿದ ಚಂದ್ರಯಾನ‌ 3 (Chandrayaan 3)

ಭಾರತದ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಮಹತ್ವಾಕಾಂಕ್ಷಿ ಯೋಜನೆ ಚಂದ್ರಯಾನ 3 ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಆಂಧ್ರಪ್ರದೇಶದ ಶ್ರೀಹರಿಕೋಟಾದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಸತೀಶ್ ಧವನ್ ಬಾಹ್ಯಾಕಾಶ ಕೇಂದ್ರದಿಂದ ನಭಕ್ಕೆ ಚಿಮ್ಮಿದ ಚಂದ್ರಯಾನ ನೌಕೆಯು ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಿ ನಿಗದಿತ...

India successfully launches Chandrayaan 3

India launched Chandrayaan 3 mission successfully today. Chandrayaan which means “moon Vehicle” was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre...

ನಿಕೋಲಾ ಟೆಸ್ಲಾ

ಗುರುಗಣೇಶ್ ಅವರಿಂದ ನಿಮ್ಮ‌ ಸ್ಮಾರ್ಟ್‌ಫೋನ್‌ನಲ್ಲಿ ಕಳಿಸಿದ ಹಾಯ್ ಮೆಸೇಜೊಂದು ಊರು ರಾಜ್ಯ ದೇಶಗಳನ್ನು ಹಾರಿ ಸೆಕೆಂಡು ಕಳೆಯೋದ್ರಲ್ಲಿ ವಿದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿರೋ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಗೆಳೆಯನ ಚಾಟ್ ಬಾಕ್ಸಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾಜರಾಗುತ್ತೆ. ಸ್ವಿಚ್...

Empower your kids to deal with bullies

Children are excited to go back to school to meet their friends while parents are relieved to send their...

World Oceans Day

World Ocean’s Day celebrated every year on June 8th. History It was first proposed in 1992 at the Earth Summit...

Protests in Iran explained

By Tanushree Protests engulf Iran since the death of a 22-year-old woman Mahsa Amini on 16th September, in police custody....

Must read

2021 REWIND: Global events to remember

By Amrutha Varshini After a horrific 2020, the year ‘2021’...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you