Kala Sangam 28th July 2017
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The new term will start on Saturday 29th April 2017.

If you would like more information or to enrol in our classes, please email: academy@kalasangam.org

Introduction  to Academy

Through our Academy, we aim to promote greater understanding and appreciation of the cultural tradition of south Asia. We provide life-long learning, training and development opportunities is south Asian arts for students, artists and teachers.

This is done through classes, workshops, master classes, work placements, residencies, national and international performance opportunities, arts awards, and continuous professional development (CPD) opportunities for artists and performing arts teachers.

We also provide career development and CPD opportunities for artists and teachers of south Asian performing arts.

Learn about south Asian arts

South Asia is comprised of four countries: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. South Asia has very rich and diverse history of arts and culture. The artforms of south Asia include music, dance, crafts and literature.

South Asian Dance

The dances of south Asia originate from many regions and are either classical or folk dances.

Classical Dances

  • The seven types of classical dances from south Asia are: Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam, Odissi, Kathakali & Manipuri.
  • The most popular ones in UK are Bharatanatyam and Kathak.

Bharatanatyam is known as “a soul worship of the Divine”.  It is a south Indian  style of classical dance and a blend of Bhava (Expression), Raga (melody) and Tala (Rhythm), stylised and perfected over 2000 years ago. The dancer tells a story through gestures and facial expressions.

Find out about Bharatanatyam classes at Kala Sangam

Kathak is a major classical dance from north India, traditionally danced by both men and women. What distinguishes Kathak from other dance forms is its spontaneity, freedom from uniformity, innovation and improvisations. The lightning pirouettes and intricate footwork variations in perfect unison with echoing drum beats and tinkling ankle bells present a fascinating spectacle.

Folk Dances

  • The folk dances of India existed with classical dances for centuries.
  • They combine music, ritual and celebration, and were created by people in the community.
  • Dancers use colourful costumes and beautiful jewellery of each tradition and region.
  • Some of the popular folk dances are Bhangra, Ghoomar, Garba and Kandyan dance.

Bhangra is a colourful dance form from state of Punjab and is performed by men. The dance is characterised by abrupt bending and crouching of the body and snapping of the figure. Bhangra begins in a slow tempo and generally ends in a very fast one. Acrobatic movements are usually introduced.

Garba is a very popular dance form of Gujrat. It is mainly performed before the festival of lights or Diwali. This is a community event and both men and women participate in the dance using their hands to clap or sticks (Dandya Ras). This dance is noted for its colour and vibrancy.

Thiruvadara Kali is a very popular dance form of Kerala, It is usually performed in connection with the Native festival called Onam and Thiruvathira. The festival Thiruvathira comes in Dhanu Maasam (January). Thiruvathirakali is also called as “Kaikottikali”.

Bollywood Classes

Bollywood dance is a fusion of dance styles heavily influenced by classical Indian dance forms such as Kathak and Bharatnatyam. Over the years, Bollywood has incorporated many different Indian folk styles such as Bhangra (Panjabi), along with Western dance styles more recently such as Street, Hip-Hop and Jazz.

This blend of Eastern and Western dance forms can only be described as energetic, entertaining and colourful! This is Bollywood!

South Asian Music

  • The music of south Asia can be classical or folk and presented as vocal or instrumental music.
  • Quawwali is a very popular musical form of Pakistan.
  • There are seven musical notes: Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni, which correspond to Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti.
  • When the notes are used in different combinations, the melody or ‘Raga’ is created.
  • The Tabla, Sitar, Harmonium, Veena and Violin are well known instruments throughout the subcontinent.
  • Quawwali is a very popular musical form of Pakistan.
  • The main percussion instruments are Tabla and Pakhavaj from the north and Mridangam, Ghatam and Kanjira from the south of India.

South Asian Poetry & Literature

South Asian art traditions are steeped in the rich diversity of literary poets, writers, philosophers and playwrights.


Academy Classes

Application form coming soon…

Learn South Asian dance and language at our Academy

Kala Sangam runs weekly accredited south Asian arts classes for people of all ages and abilities.

The aim of these classes are to

  • Learn and share new skills! Dancing and music are great skills to have, and classical South Asian art forms offer a link to the cultural heritage of the region.
  • Increase awareness of and appreciation of south Asian arts
  • Keep fit physically and mentally as dancing and music are brilliant ways to keep fit physically and mentally while having fun.
  • Opportunity to travel & perform at regional, national and international platforms
  • Avail Arts Awards or Duke of Edinburgh awards through out of school learning activities such as dance and music or other art activities
  • Make new friends!

Classes delivered :

  • Dance – Classical (Bharatanatyam) and Folk
  • Yoga – Ashtanga
  • Language – Tamil

All new students are entitled to one free taster class. There are also opportunities for one to one or individual classes by prior arrangement.

If you decide to join the Academy, a one-off £ 5 registration fee is payable, then you can take as many classes as you like (individual class fees payable on top).

Follow the links below for details about all our classes.

To find out more, please contact :

Call (01274) 303340 or email academy@kalasangam.org

Introduction to the art forms :

Bharatanatyam Dance

  • Classes – every Saturday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm


  • Tamil – every Saturday from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Bharatanatyam Dance: Beginners

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Bharatanatyam Dance: Intermediate

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Tamil Language

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