Repertoire

Repertoire

9 Seasons

The Repertoire will include a Margam in the first series and subsequently include other choreography that has made its way onto the stage in Bharatanatyam performances. All the work will be choreographed by Rukmini Vijayakumar. The Repertoire is structured in such a way that it goes from basic and essential to explorative. Please work your way through the repertoire from the beginning in order to assimilate and understand the intent of the Raadha Kalpa method. The Repertoire section will be supplemented by live video streaming classes periodically. The release of new choreography will be paced such that students have enough time to work on the previous choreography.

The Margam in todays performance arena has changed substantially to include many other types of choreography. The Margam that we will first introduce will consist of a Pushpanjali, a Saraswati stuti, a Varnam, Padam and Tillana. Very often dancers choose to dance a Kautvam, Mallari or Allaripu as the invocatory piece. The Varnam is also often substituted by other work in a similar format. The other structures of choreography will be introduced after the first Margam is completed.

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  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Introduction

    Episode 1

    Varnam, "Adi Shivane"

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    This introduction will go through the meani...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane"

    Episode 2

    Varnam, "Adi Shivane"

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    P: Adi shivanaik-kANavE Ashai koNDEnaDi
    nIti ...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Part 1

    Episode 2

    Varnam, "Adi Shivane"

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    This introduction will go through the meaning...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Part 2

    Episode 3

    Varnam, "Adi Shivane"

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    This introduction will go through the meaning...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Part 3

    Episode 4

    Varnam, "Adi Shivane"

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    This video goes through the second Jathi of t...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Part 4 A

    Episode 4

    Varnam, "Adi Shivane"

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    This video goes through the Abhinaya for the ...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Part 4 B

    Episode 7

    Varnam, "Adi Shivane"

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    This video goes through the second Jathi of t...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Part 5

    Episode 8

    Varnam, "Adi Shivane"

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    This video goes through the third Jathi of th...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Part 6

    Episode 9

    Varnam, "Adi Shivane"

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    This video goes through the third third line ...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Part 7

    Episode 10

    Varnam, "Adi Shivane"

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    This video goes through the fourth Jathi of t...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Part 8

    Episode 11

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    This video goes through the last line of the pallavi of the Varnam s...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Part 9

    Episode 12

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    This video goes through the chitteswaram.

    P: Adi shivanaik-kANavE A...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Part 9A Chitteswara muktayam

    Episode 13

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    This video goes through the muktayam of the chitteswara

    P: Adi shiv...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Part 9B Chitteswara sahityam

    Episode 14

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    This video goes through the Chitteswara sahitya

    P: Adi shivanaik-kA...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Part 10 (Aalap after the Chitteswara sahityam)

    Episode 16

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    This video goes through the Aalap after the Chitteswara sahitya

    P: ...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Part 11 (Charanam)

    Episode 16

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    This video goes through the Charanam and Aradi

    P: Adi shivanaik-kAN...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Part 12 (Swara 1)

    Episode 17

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    P: Adi shivanaik-kANavE Ashai koNDEnaDi
    nIti nilavum tillai ambalam...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Part 13 (Swara sahitya 1)

    Episode 18

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    This video goes through the Charanam and Aradi

    P: Adi shivanaik-kAN...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Part 14 (Swara 2)

    Episode 19

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    This video goes through the second Swara

    P: Adi shivanaik-kANavE As...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Part 15 (Swara sahitya 2)

    Episode 20

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    This video goes through Swara Sahitya

    P: Adi shivanaik-kANavE Ashai...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Part 16 (Swara 3)

    Episode 21

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    This video goes through the third Swara

    P: Adi shivanaik-kANavE Ash...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Part 17 (Swara sahitya 3)

    Episode 22

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    This video goes through Swara Sahitya

    P: Adi shivanaik-kANavE Ashai...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Part 18 (Swara 4)

    Episode 23

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    This video goes through the last Swara of the Varnam

    P: Adi shivana...

  • Varnam, "Adi Shivane" : Part 19 (Swara sahitya 4)

    Episode 25

    Raga: Todi
    Adi Tala
    Composer: K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai.
    Choreography: Guru Narmada (Jathis) , Adapted by Rukmini Vijayakumar
    Language: Tamil

    The Varnam speaks from the perspective of a Nayika that is longing to see Lord Shiva.

    This video goes through Swara Sahitya

    P: Adi shivanaik-kANavE Ashai...