silambam-Sydney School of indian traditional dance

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about our institution

Silambam-Sydney founded in May 2009, by dancer - choreographer Aruna Gandhi, has been contributing over the last ten years to the Australian arts sector, by spreading the rich cultural heritage of India.

Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy

Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy

Silambam-Sydney draws inspiration from Shree Bharatalaya (Chennai, India) a leading institution of fine arts, now in its 50th year, founded by highly acclaimed artiste and Bharatanatyam Guru Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy.
Aruna, being a senior disciple of Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy continues the tradition she has imbibed from her Guru and is dedicated to passing it on to the younger generation and envisaging Silambam-Sydney as a premier institution of fine arts, here in Australia.

Located in Liverpool, Glenfield and North Sydney, Silambam offers training in the South-Indian classical dance style of Bharatanatyam. Classes are held at various school halls and students of all ages, ranging from age 6 to adults, and from beginners to advanced learners receive their training here. Besides the practice and theory of Bharatanatyam, Silambam also offers a holistic experience for a value-based and disciplined approach to life, in a friendly learning atmosphere!

Apart from the artistic side of learning Bharatanatyam, training in this beautiful art provides various skills to the students, such as multi-tasking, creativity and team work besides building their focus, concentration, physical fitness and confidence. Above all it offers a peaceful and spiritually uplifting experience...

As students slowly advance in their training, they receive opportunities to perform as part of various community events and mainstream arts festivals. Creative Movement workshops, community-arts partnerships, performances and other collaborative projects are extended activities of our institution.

Celebrating our 10th anniversary

The students of Silambam are eagerly looking forward to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our institution this year with two major artistic events lined up in October and November!

October 20th, 2019: Sunday, 5 pm - 8 pm
UNSW Science Theatre, Kensington, Sydney
Featuring 'Krishnaarpanam', a spectacular dance production presented by Aruna and students of Silambam.

November 16th, 2019: Saturday, 5 pm - 8 pm
Bahai Centre Auditorium, Silverwater, Sydney
Featuring 'Natyamritam', 10th Anniversary celebration & annual showcase by all the students of Silambam.

Please click here for more info on the above two events… and do come along to support our young talent!

Arangetram (Debut Concert)
'Arangetram' is the maiden performance of a budding Bharatanatyam dancer. After several years of rigorous training in the art, and guidance from the Guru (teacher), it is the first full-fledged performance on stage by the sishya (disciple).
After eight years of training, Silambam-Sydney presented its first Bharatanatyam Arangetram featuring three dancers - Namrata Pulapaka, Thanuja Kuntumalla and Shishira Bindiganavile, in February 2018 at UNSW Science Theatre, Sydney, to an audience of around 700 people. The dancers were accompanied by a live music orchestra, with artistic-direction for the event by Aruna Gandhi.
Please click here for the video highlights of this event.

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(The word Silambam in Tamil, indicates the practice of dance and was one of the names by which Bharatanatyam was known earlier. The dance hall was called the ‘Silamba Koodam’ in the olden days).