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Technique Enhancement Program

Updated: Jan 9

On January 20, Leela Foundation will launch its second cycle of its initiative, the Technique Enhancement Program to the Bharata Natyam community.

Offered in partnership with Sankhya Dance Company, the program will provide specialized skills training for students and dancers who want to advance their learning in Bharata Natyam. This is an ongoing program offered in segments of six- months.

Like the spoken word, dance is a language with a rigorous grammar. Just as the usage of words and phrases are important to communicate, just as diction or the art of speaking and pronouncing these words and phrases, clearly and with the right tone are essential to communicate the message with clarity, so too, it is important for the movements in dance to be articulated and communicated with clarity and grace. For that, the body, which is the dancer's tool of communication, must be trained with intention, to non-verbally communicate the sheer beauty and joy of the movements and to express the multitude of emotions with lucidity and conviction.

Led by renowned dancer and choreographer, Vaibhav Arekar, the program will focus on the Bharata Natyam technique for students of all levels, all ages, from all across the world, as it will be offered virtually.


Students must be enrolled in a school of dance, and must be learning from a teacher. This program is to enhance that learning. NOT to replace it. Students registering and enrolling must indicate in the registration form, permission received from their teacher to join the program.

Students must be 10 years of age and above.

They must have minimum 2 years of training.

By enrolling in the program, students commit to the duration of the six-month course.

Benefit Highlights

Body Conditioning

Awareness of correct posture, alignment, correct execution of the path a movement takes from point A to B to C, D and back

The use of facial muscles to ease it for expression

Program Schedule

Program Start Date: January 20, 2024

Timing in Eastern Standard Time: Saturdays,

9:00 am to 10.30 am

10.30 am to 12 Noon.

Fee for the six-month course is $620 (program fee + processing fee).

Two payments of $310 (program fee + processing fee) is an option. First Installment is due before the start of the program. Second Installment is due on Jan 5, 2024

All registered participants are required to complete the full six-month program as outlined in the program details and schedule. The program fee is non-refundable. Once the program fee is paid, it cannot be refunded in part or in full.


Vaibhav Arekar is one of the leading Bharatanatyam artists of India. An intense, calm and immersive approach is a key signature style of his performance. Vaibhav's choreography is inspired by modernity within the classical template.

Vaibhav was initiated into the world of Bharatanatyam by Smt. Saroja Srinath. He later continued his indepth studies in the dance form and completed his Masters in Fine Arts(Bharatanatyam) from the renowned dance college Nalanda Nrityakala Mahavidyala, Mumbai. Here, Smt. Thangamani Nagarajan imparted rigorous training in nritta.

Vaibhav has the proud privilege of receiving advanced tutelage in Abhinaya under the guidance of the renowned danseuse and his mentor, late Padmashree Dr. Smt. Kanak Rele.

Sankhya Dance Company, founded by Vaibhav Arekar- its artistic director is recognised for its work that is intense yet entertaining. works such as 'Trayyanta', ' Four Seasons', 'Shrimanth Yogi', 'Venugaan' - investigate, involve and interrogate various themes in Bharatanatyam. A fruitful collaboration of late Shri Chetan Datar and Smt. Rajashree Shirke along with Vaibhav created the genre of Ranga Nritya (theatre – dance), a meaningful and symbiotic presentation of spoken words and dance – body movements. Venugaan and Debotar Grash are fine solo works of Ranga Nritya.

Vaibhav and Sankhya Dance Company have performed in a number of prestigious dance festivals in India like the Khajuraho festival, NCPA’s ‘Mudra’ and ‘Nakshatra’ festivals, Music Academy dance festival, Natya Kala Conference, Kalavahini’s Art for Art festival and many more.

Apart from extensive Indian tour, he has also been invited to perform in Japan, Brazil, Canada, USA, Poland, Russia,Germany, France, Australia.

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