Kalakshetra, later known as Kalakshetra Foundation, is a cultural academy conceptualized for the preservation of tradition in the field of Indian art, particularly in dance and music. It was originally established in 1936 by Rukmini Devi Arundale together with her husband, Dr. George Arundale, a renowned theosophist, whose commitment to excellence earned the institution recognition on both national and international levels. The academy moved to 40 hectares of land in Besant Nagar, Chennai in 1962 and has since then become one of Chennai City’s cherished treasures.
Literally, Kalakshetra means “holy place of arts” and derives from the words “kala” meaning arts and “kshetra” meaning field or holy place. This is exactly what the select group of students of Kalakshetra experience as they learn in an idyllic location amidst a backdrop [Read more…]