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Founded by Geeta Chandran, Natya Vriksha enshrines the best philosophies of Indian classical culture.

At Natya Vriksha, Geeta has evolved a holistic method of transmitting classical dance; her approach encompasses training students both in dance (theory and practice) and dance aesthetics. They are also made aware of the related fields of music, aharya (costuming and make-up), stage design and sound & light technologies.

Currently nearly 100 students -- including some from deprived backgrounds -- are being trained in classical dance at Natya Vriksha; several of them have presented their arangetrams and are professionally performing artists.

The South Indian languages (Tamil and Telugu) in which this dance form is traditionally based are alien to most of the students coming to Natya Vriksha. It is an uphill task to make them understand the nuances of these languages. Geeta takes special care and interest in imparting the meaning and ideas underlying the lyrics the children learn. Geeta also familiarizes her students with our ancient epics, legends and mythology, which form the foundation of the Indian classical dance experience.

The Natya Vriksha Lecture Series was launched to interest students on larger issues of Indian culture, traditions and heritage. On World Dance Day, Natya Vriksha organizes engaging seminars to initiate a creative dialogue with the larger dance community.

The members of the Natya Vriksha Dance Company are dancers trained in Bharatanatyam by Geeta. The Natya Vriksha Dance Company has forged a reputation for its crisp and mature group dance presentations. The Company has performed widely to rave reviews.
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