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Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao will be at Chinmaya Naada Bindu on Aug 11 & 12, 2012 to present a 2-day, 10 hour workshop on the Natyashastra. He conducted one in Chennai recently through ABHAI (Association of Bharata Natyam Artists of India) which was sold out.
Although this workshop is part of the 21-day Monsoon Dance Gurukul, students can register for it independently.

Come experience the serenely beautiful gurukul setting of Chinmaya Naada Bindu which has been described as “heaven on earth” by Padmabhushan C.V. Chandrasekhar, and compared to the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow setting by Padmashree Dr. Sunil Kothari.

Enrollment is limited and is on a first-come first-served basis. We look forward to welcoming you and your artist colleagues/students to our sacred home.

Please scroll below for detailed information and schedule of the NS workshop 

Age: 16 years & up
For dancers & theater artists and advanced music students –
Students must have some basic knowledge of theory of dance/theater.

The Natya Shastra (by Sage Bharata) is a monumental 2000-year old Indian treatise on the performing arts. Incredibly wide in its scope, it covers stage design, music, dance, theater techniques, makeup and virtually every aspect of stagecraft. Referred to as the fifth Veda, it has remained an important text in the fine arts through the centuries.

In this 2-day workshop (10 hrs) Dr Rao with the use of power point presentation will give an in-depth introduction to the salient features of Natyashastra’s 36 chapters relating to dance.

Students will also have a movement class with Chinmaya Naada Bindu’s dance director Ramaa Bharadvaj.

Participants will receive the full Sanskrit text of Natya Sastra (all 36 chapters) in pdf format. Please bring a pen drive.

Aug 10 – by 8pm:- Arrival of students
8.15pm:- Dinner

Aug 11
7:00am to 8:00am:- Temple visit to our Pranava Ganesh Temple
8.15am:- Breakfast
9:00am to 9.30am:- Registration
9:30am to 10:00am:- Natyashastra workshop inauguration
10.00am 12.00 noon:- Natyashastra workshop with Dr. Rao
12.30pm to 2.00pm:- Lunch/rest
2:00pm to 5:00pm:- NS workshop continues
5:15pm to 6:30pm:- Movement class with Ramaa Bharadvaj
6.30pm to 7:00pm:- Aarti at Hanuman Temple
7:00pm to 8:00pm:- Satsang (varied – discourse, devotional bhajans)
8.15pm:- Dinner

AUG 12
7:00am to 8:00am:- Satsang or Temple ritual at our Pranava Ganesh Temple & Hanuman Temple
8.15am Breakfast
9:00am to 12.00noon:- NS workshop
12.30pm to 2.00pm:- Lunch/rest
2:00pm to 4:00pm:- NS workshop conclusion & valedictory function

2-day Natyashastra Workshop:
International Students – US $70 or equivalent
Students from India – Rs2,500

To Register send following details to with CC to

Name & gender
Full Address & Contact info (phone number & email)
Date of birth
Date of arrival & departure

* Boarding (shared room) & 3 meals (2 days & 2 night – Aug 10th night to Aug 12 evening)
* Natyashastra workshop with Dr. Rao + movement class with Ramaa Bharadvaj.
* Full Sanskrit text of Natya Sastra (36 chapters) in pdf format.
* All ashram events & discourses
Natya Shastra Workshop at Chinmaya Naada Bindu