Kalaikoil Director Bharatanatyam Teacher
Welcome to our Kalaikoil
Kalaikoil was established in 1995 by Swetha Dixit to train artists and connoisseurs in our traditional arts of India. We provide classes in Hindu Vedic Chanting and Bharatanatyam for ages 3-18 yrs (vocal 6-18yrs).. Training is slow, meticulous and includes theory, technique and performance. Classes are organized by age & provide individual attention for the passionate. Students humbly learn the benefits of attention-to-detail, repetition, self-discipline, compassion, commitment and focus.
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First place honors at competitions like Indian Raga, India Waves, Sri Papanasam, Ohlone Theatre Festival. third place solo at FOMAA, OSAAT judge's appreciation and more.
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Nine students completed Alagappa certification, stage arangetram &/or pursued this art tradition after training.
Kalaikoil is excited to work with theatre groups on innovative projects. As such we were honored with the Lucas Performing Arts award.
Our traditional repetoire includes songs like::
Slokams, Mallari, Todayamangalam,
Pushpanjali like Amritha Varshini, Gambira Nattai(after VSMP),
Alarippu in Tisram, Misram, & Rupakam (after VSMP),
Jathiswaram like Bilahari/Adi, Kalyani/Adi, Ragamalika/Misram,
Kauthuvams on Ganesh, Muruga, Vishnu, Natesa, Krishna, Andal, Kali,
Shabdams on Krishna, Muruga, Devi in Telugu and Tamil
Varnams like Dhanasi, Natakurinji, Lathangi, Ananda Bhairavi
Thillana's in Poornachandrika, Behag, Kamas, Kedaram,
Padam/Keerthana/Bhajana/Abhanga/Astapadi by revered composers such as Saint Purandaradasa, Tyagaraga, Kshetrajna, Jayadeva, Meerabai, Andal, Tanjore Quartette, Guru Swami Dayaananda Saraswati, Puchi Srinivas Iyengar, Papanasam Sivan, Subramanya Bharatiyar, and more.
Solo Thematic Presentations on Devi in Tamizh, on Lord Krishna in Marathi & Gujarathi as well as Madhwa viewpoint in Kannada. ( a complete songs list (link) under construction )
Offered regularly in dance in US & India at venues like Sutter Hospital.
Photo shows view of our Dublin studio that is conveniently located at 6715-J Dublin Blvd with ample parking and more importantly with sprung floors, projector, full length mirrors. Students wear uniforms to facilitate posture corrections. .
Kalaikoil is home to one of the largest collections of Indian music & dance books.
Dance & Arts of India