Bharatanatyam may be the oldest classical dance tradition of India, with a rich history dating back almost 2000 years. It initiated in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu and eventually flourished in South India. The name was derived by joining two words, ‘Bharata’ and Natyam’ where ‘Natyam means dance and ‘Bharata’ is a mnemonic comprising of ‘bha’, ‘ra’ and ‘ta’, wherein ‘bhava’ stands for emotion and feelings; ‘raga’ stands for melody and framework for musical notes, and ‘tala’ stands for rhythm. The theoretical base, which has been referred to as Sadir, traces back to to the ancient Sanskrit text of performing arts by Bharata Muni, called ‘Natya Shastra’.

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Prakash Yadagudde

"My life’s purpose is to keep the fire of Bharatanatyam burning and to inspire dancers to take on its creative magic."

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Guru Prakash Yadagudde has played a key role in the field of Bharatanatyam in the UK and taught over 500 dance students, some professionals in their own right today, including Nina Rajrani MBE, Subathra Subramanium, and Mayuri Boonham. As a choreographer, his productions communicate successfully and effectively with a diverse range of audiences.

A devoted teacher, many senior students recount his ability to foster their individuality while building their repertoire. Lakshmi Kuhendran, who has been learning from him since the late nineties, says: “As a teacher, guruji is known for going above and beyond to develop those with a genuine passion and love for Bharatanatyam. He not only teaches the nuances of the art form but also instils in his students the right values of an honest individual." 

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