In 1977, Smt. Revathi Narasimhan had the humble beginning of teaching a couple of students Bharatanatyam under a thatched roofing, in the terrace of her residence at Basavanagudi, Bangalore, thereby laying the foundation of Natya Niketan. After the initial five years of rigorous training, the maiden programme of the Institute, ‘Seetha Swayamvaram’, a dance drama, was staged for the benefit of the handicapped children of Karnataka. The second programme too, ‘Sriranga Pattanada Koravanji’ after an year, was presented for the welfare of the blind. The Institute has grown over the years in its strength, quality and standard of productions.
The institute under the able tutelage of Revathi Narasimhan, is imparting training in Bharatanatyam in Vazhuvur Ramaiah Pillai style. Vazhuvur style is one of the original styles of Bharatanatyam with distinctive features such as rich sringar elements, softer facial abhinaya, wide range of dancing pace, extremely elaborate movements, deep sitting positions, scintillating rendering of Jathis.
As the then famous critic E. Krishna Iyer quoted, this style had “Precision in rhythm and variety and artistry in adavu jati patterns and race and refinement at every step”. Guru Revathi continues to maintain the purity of this classical art and its form and aids in spreading the cultural heritage of India.
Guru Smt. Revathi Narasimhan, the driving force of Natya Niketan has carved a niche for herself in the Karnataka dance scene and has honed her skills to perfection, emerging as an accomplished exponent of Abhinaya and a choreographer par excellence, weaving magic into her dance productions captivating the audience. She is the recipient of the ‘Karnataka Kalashree’ awarded by the Government of Karnataka in 1999 and Rajyothsava award in 2005 amongst many others.
Many dedicated competent lyricists, musicologists, musicians, instrumentalists, technicians, art critics, art lovers, the students and their parents are all the contributors to the successful sustenance of the Institute.
- To perpetuate and develop this classical art by imparting the legacy of the heritage through professionally oriented training to the students and spreading the aroma of this art to the society.
- To expose students to the theory and practice of dance through study of scriptures and texts of ancient and modern authors.
- To develop the skill of imagination, ahinaya and choreography in them by kindling their creative thinking
- To provide opportunities for them to present their concepts in the Institute’s programmes.