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Natya Gurukulam 2019

July 28 - August 3

- $1250

Kala Vandanam is pleased to bring an exciting, holistic, intensive learning experience to Bharatanatyam students and teachers. Join us for Natya Gurukulam 2019, a weeklong residential camp to explore Bharatanatyam and allied arts to enrich your understanding and develop new skills alongside others, to take their personal artistic journey forward.

Want to get a feel for the experience? Please view the Natya Gurukulam 2018 – Documentary from the inaugural camp, and hear from the camp attendees and master instructors.


  • Yoga & body conditioning
  • Nritta – Bharatanatyam technique
  • Nritya and Natya – expressional dance
  • Repertory class
  • Vocal music and nattuvangam – appreciation & training
  • Theory
  • Group discussions, film viewings and peer collaboration
  • Closing day informal showcase by attendees and master instructors

Natya Gurukulam 2019 gives attendees the rare opportunity to completely immerse themselves in the arts without the distractions of everyday life, including access to electronic devices. This will be a transformative experience for the mind, body and artistic soul. Natya Gurukulam 2019 will be conducted at scenic Koinonia Retreat Center situated in the wooded, rolling hills near Lake Sylvia in South Haven, MN. Attendees will have shared rooms in the Retreat Lodge, wholesome vegetarian meals, and access to a beautiful natural setting including a large outdoor labyrinth and wooded trails teeming with wildlife.

Natya Gurukulam 2018 will be taught by MASTER INSTRUCTORS:

Sheejith Krishna
Bharatanatyam, theory and Carnatic music
Jyothishmathi Sheejith
Carnatic music
 Suchitra Sairam
Bharatanatyam and theory
 Vaishalee Patel



Natya Gurukulam 2019  gives attendees the rare opportunity to completely immerse themselves in the arts without the distractions of everyday life. This will be a transformative experience for the mind, body and artistic soul. It is open to Bharatanatyam students and teachers, age 12 and up (age 12 as of July 15, 2019). To support the learning pace, there will be two groups, 1.) Intermediate teens and adults (expected to have learned all adavus and several repertoire pieces such as Jathiswaram, Shabdam, Keerthanam, Thillana), and 2.) Advanced students (Post-Arangetram – 8+ years of training, are fast learners and have learned advanced repertoire items) and teachers. Please contact Kala Vandanam with questions about eligibility.

Each student attendee will work with each of the master instructors. The master instructors will determine group assignments for each attendee (not self-selection) based on a pre-camp evaluation. LIMITED ENROLLMENT. ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED FOR THE ENTIRE CAMP.

This will require attendees to focus completely, have the mental and physical stamina to learn in an intensive manner, and be inspired by the world around them. To facilitate this, attendees may not make/send or receive calls or messages, or visit home during the camp, except in the case of emergency. During the camp, all contact between parents and the camp administrators will be in the event of emergency only.

SHOWCASE – The camp will conclude an informal showcase at Koinonia Retreat Center, featuring the attendees performing repertory they have learned during the week and performances by the master instructors.


  • EARLY REGISTRATION (valid through 1/31/2019) – $1100 – DEADLINE PASSED
  • REGULAR REGISTRATION (valid 2/1-5/15/2019 5/31/2019) – $1250 – DEADLINE EXTENDED!
  • LATE REGISTRATION (valid 6/1-7/10/2019) – $1500 – DEADLINE PASSED
  • FAMILY DISCOUNT – Attendees from the same household receive a discount. First attendee: Full fee, 2+ – $50 off each
  • 50% NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT required at the time of registration, balance due 06/15/2019
  • REGISTRATION CLOSES when all spots are filled, or 07/10/2019 – whichever comes first

Includes music fee of $25 for professionally recorded music


REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. For information on future residential camp and non-residential workshop offerings, please sign up for the Kala Vandanam email list – we’d be happy to keep in touch!



7:00am                         Yoga
8:00am                         Breakfast
9:00am-11:00am        Adavu class and body conditioning
11:00-1:00pm              Lunch and free time
1:00-1:20pm                Yoga
1:30-3:00pm               Repertory class
3:00-3:30pm               Break
3:30pm-4:30pm         Music class
4:30-4:45pm               Break
4:45-5:45pm                Theory Class
5:45-6:00                     Yoga
6:00-7:00pm               Dinner
7:00-9:00pm               Varies by day – includes nature walks, group discussions, film viewings or free time
10:00pm                       Room check
10:30pm                       LIGHTS OUT


July 28
August 3
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Koinonia Retreat Center
7768 Pilger Ave NW
South Haven, MN 55382 United States
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