Avijit Das- Kim Aham School of Dance
Avijit Das is a rising star in the world of Kuchipudi dance. Kuchipudi is a classical dance form from South India (Andhra). He has performed across the world in prestigious dance festivals such as the Battery dance festival, Drive East dance festival, Erasing Borders dance festival and has been reviewed by leading publications such as the The Hindu and The New York times. In a short span of five years, he has not only mastered the dance form of Kuchipudi but also has performed and got great reviews from audience as well as critics.
Avijit was first disciplined into Bharatanatyam from the age of five under the guidance of Smt. Sanaka Biswas of Shanti Niketan, West Bengal, India. Later, Avijit obtained his Diploma in Bharatanatyam from Kalakshetra (Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts), Chennai, India on a meritorious scholarship in 2011.
During this time, Avijit also developed a keen interest in the Kuchipudi style of dance, the dance which he has taken up professionally. After initial training in Kuchipudi Art Academy under legendary Guru Sri Vempati Chinna Satyam and renowned Kuchipudi exponent Smt. Manju Bharggavee, he is currently under the guidance of Sri Jaikishore Mosalikanti. Avijit has a Diploma in Carnatic music and is a graded artist by Chennai Dooradarshan.
Avijit started Kim Aham Dance School in Bangalore 2013 with the idea of imparting quality training in Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi. Kim Aham’s vision has been to foster an understanding and appreciation of Indian arts and culture in the current generation. Its belief is in dance from within, without compromising on quality. During the last few years, Kim Aham has been focusing on experiential learning of principles of body movements along with a deep concern for the inner nature of every child and their learning patterns. Students at Kim Aham are trained by Avijit with individual attention by adopting a systematic approach of teaching. His holistic style of work both when performing as well as teaching, aim to inspire and encourage self-identity in the viewers or students. The school now has about 40 students and is affiliated to Karnataka government as a society. Avijit teaches at HSR Layout, Bellandur and Whitefield areas and classes are usually held once in a week. Students from all age groups are taught here. Adults who have learnt dance in their childhood and want to start learning again are also encouraged.
Kim Aham School of Dance is going to have first annual day celebrations on December 16th, 2017 at Indira Nagara Sangeetha Sabha from 6:30- 8:00 PM. All are invited to attend the show. On the school’s first annual day, students are going to present both Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi items.
Bharatanatyam is one of the most popular dance forms of India and comprises of expressing various bhavas while dancing to melodious raagas on the correct taala. Bharatanatyam students will be presenting Dhyana Slokas, Pushpanjali, Tisra Alarippu, Aarabhi Jatiswaram and Kolattam. The dancers invoke Shiva the lord of dance, and Ganesha, the remover of obstacles through the Dhyana Slokas. Pushpanjali is an introductory dance piece where the dancers offer flowers and seeks blessings of Lord Nataraja, the Guru and the audience. Alarippu is a traditional dance piece based on rhythm alone and brings out the beauty of “nritta” (pure dance). Alarippu begins with neck movements followed by adavus and footwork. Jathiswaram comprises of various adavus set to taalam. Kolattam is a folk-dance form where the dancers use sticks called “Kol” to create a rythmic music striking sticks held in their hands as they dance.
Kuchipudi is a classical dance form distinguished by strength, grace and fludity of movement. Though not as popular as Bharatanatyam, it is an equally rigorous art form. Students will be presenting fundamentals of Kuchipudi called adugulu.kimAham Annual day 2017