Guru Mrs Shobhana Subramania, Vedakala Academy of Performing Arts

Guru Mrs Shobhana Subramanian has been extremely fond of folk dances from the time immemorial. She has given numerous public folk performances for over 25 years. Bhangra and Gidda, Kummi dance, Bamboo dance, Dandiya and Garba are among her favourites. She has choreographed numerous folk dances for children as well as women of the older age group, boosting their confidence in dancing. She has choreographed folk dances for themed stage plays as well.

Course contents:

Learn Kummi
Learn Garba
Learn Gidda
Learn Bihu

Classes will be held online via meeting platforms. You can coordinate with your instructor on group coaching or if you prefer 1-to-1 learning, timings convenient for both parties as well as the fees.
Contact number: +91 998 750 9931

India is a land of colours and traditions. Every state adds its own uniqueness to this country. Diversity has long been in India's roots. It can be widely seen in the food, clothing, festivals, and languages. No wonder, the phrase "Unity in Diversity" stands strong for India. Every state and its even regions within a particular state have different dance styles and folk music. The people use this to express the nature of their community. Every part of India has its unique folk dance. It isn't as complex as the classical form of dance.The dances are extremely simple with a minimum number of steps or movement. In its simplicity, it reflects the deep-seated beliefs of their people. Folk dances are important because they help keep a culture alive. They are performed for every possible occasion, to celebrate the arrival of seasons, birth of a child, a wedding, festivals and some old social customs.

Kummi Dance, Vedakala Academy of Performing Arts
Benefits of folk dancing:

Folk dancing has combined benefits of both - dancing (fitness and coordination) plus maintaining traditions and keeping the sentiments of the community alive.
Folk dancing connects a physical regime and a way of life. Dancing is like "just doing a workout" but it has to be fun or meaningful. Unlike gymming, there is a deeper purpose to bending and straightening the joints while dancing. Dance develops coordination that is lacking in a gym. Having to move more than one limb at a time is not often needed at the gym.
Folk dances usually come with a history. Garba and Dandiya of Gujrat, Bhangra and Gidda of Punjab, Kummi dance of the south, Lavani, Koli, Lezim dance of Maharashtra etc etc. They all have a history or religious meaning and promote learning about a culture.
Costumes are as important as the performances itself. Many folk dances require certain formations, therefore a certain number of people to fill them. Number of performers is also critical. In order to put on a folk dance performance it takes a community that wants to continue the story started decades, or probably, centuries ago.