Vazhuvoor Bani

The Vazhuvoor style of Bharathanatyam is a vibrant synthesis of ‘natya’ and ‘abhinaya’. The Vazhuvoor baani, as popularized by Padmashree Natya Kala Kesari Guru Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai, stands out for its brisk tempo, flowery grace, attractive ornamentation, light leaps with soft landings, sculpturesque poses, sparkling eye movements and unique sollukattu. Hailing from a ‘parampara’ of dance masters, Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai was tutored under his uncle Vazhuvoor Manickam Pillai since the age of seven and mastered the art with dedication.

A noteworthy aspect of the Vazhuvoor baani is the technique of occupying the stage. The dancer often comes around the stage, pirouettes, leaps and goes back to position. While doing these gestures, every movement has its relevant pace, place and artistic purpose. The ‘varnams’ are another special element to this unique style. The massive piece unfolds part by part with the dancer expressing the ‘nritta’ and persuasive ‘abhinaya’.

To enable many to learn the art, the Vazhuvoor Classical Bharathanatyam Art Center was established. The school organizes the Vazhuvoorar Dance and Music Festival every year during the December season in Chennai.

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  1. I feel greatly honored to be trained under my Guru Vazhuvoor S Palaniappan in the Vazhuvoor Bani. His deep knowledge and interpretation of this ancient dance form has helped me understand the nuances of Bharathanatyam. Guru Vazhuvoor S Palaniappan has been a great source of inspiration to me as a Bharathanatyam dancer. I truly cherish each and every class with my Guru and I thank you sir for giving me this wonderful opportunity!

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