Natya Shastra, Chapter 1, sloka 117
The Pandanallur style of Bharata Natyam, known for its orthodoxy, precision and purity has retained the tradition even to the present day.
The most important aim of our institute is to preserve the authenticity of the Pandanallur style through our teaching and choreography.
|| छत्रं चामरयोर्युगं व्यजनकं चादर्शकं निर्मलं
वीणाभेरिमृदङ्गकाहलकला गीतं च नृत्यं तथा
साष्टाङ्गं प्रणतिः स्तुतिर्बहुविधा ह्येतत्समस्तं मया॑
सङ्कल्पेन समर्पितं तव विभो पूजां गृहाण प्रभो ||
~ A canopy, two yak-tail whisks, a fan and a spotless mirror,
A veena, kettledrums, a mridangam and a great drum, songs and dancing,
Full prostrations, and many kinds of hymns - all this I offer you in my imagination.
O Almighty Lord, accept this as my worship of you.
Bharata Natyam, with all its complexity conforms to a common fundamental principle as followed by the traditional teachers (Nattuvanars).The dance and music compositions for Bharata Natyam, by the Tanjore brothers who lived during the 18th and 19th centuries and many others belonging to their lineage have given us a treasure trove of lifetime learning. All of them followed a specific pattern of adavus, set of Jathiswarams, Padavarnams and Thillanas which were very popular among most dancers. The method of teaching Adavus and dance items was also uniform among the teachers. The Narayans who are the disciples of such revered teachers continued the legacy by passing it onto the future generations.
Performing as part of the Hari Om Shivam production-
Maithreyi Keshavan Barve and Mathangi Keshavan
T.K.Narayan was closely associated with the legendary dancer Sri Ram Gopal. T.K.Narayan has performed along with him for many years during the 1940s. Through this association he came to meet other great dancers and teachers of his time.
Picture of Sri T.K.Narayan with Guru Sri Muthukumara Pillai in the Guru's house in the year 1946.
Smt. Jayalakshmi Narayan has travelled extensively all around Europe and Russia in the year 1961 singing and playing the nattuvangam for dancer Kamala Lakshman.