Annual Summer Gurukulam Dance Camp

Greenville, South Carolina

7th Annual Summer Gurukulam Dance Camp

at Greenville, South Carolina


Smt Radhika Shurajit


June 3-9, 2016



Shri. Gopukiran Sadasivan


August 8-12, 2016

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Comments from Students & Parents

Anjali Amalean, a participant in the Dance Camp of 2009:

“Last summer, I had the chance to attend dance camp for 5 days.  It was a great way to learn an entire dance in a short period of time.  I was able to learn how to improve my adavus.  I also got to experience a different teaching style as the camp was taught by a teacher from India, Radhika Akka.  It was a great experience and I look forward to summer camp 2010”.

Anjali’s mother, Hina Amalean:

“Anjali attended dance camp in the summer of 2009.  This was a good experience for her as it increased her stamina and allowed her to learn a 7 minute padam in 5 days while not having the stress of regular school work to worry about.  Anjali began classes in January 2009 so this was also a great way to get to know other students a little better.  She enjoyed the camp last year and looks forward to attending it this year”.


First Annual Summer Dance Camp in Greenville, SC

June 12-16, 2009


Sivakami with Radhika

Bharata Kalarpana’s first annual summer dance camp was held from June 12th to June 16th. The camp was conducted by Radhika Shurajit, a choreographer extraordinaire. Radhika Akka is the senior most student of the Dhananjayans and was Krishnakumar’s first teacher at Bharata Kalanjali. Radhika Akka now has her own dance school, “Thrayee” in Chennai. Along with her sisters Gayatri and Shobana, Radhika Akka has performed all over the world including Germany, USSR, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, USA, Iraq, South America and the Middle East. She currently specializes in making dance more available to the masses. An excellent example of this is a recent production of hers called Konjum Salangai where Radhika Akka choreographed Bharatanatyam to a few of Kavignar Kannadasan’s hit film songs. She also conceived and directs Thaka Dhimi Tha, a popular weekly dance show on Jaya TV.

The dance camp was attended by Aparna, Harshitha, Runjun, Jhilmil, Vidya, Anjali and Shreya. All the junior students learned Shree Chakra Raja Simhasaneshwari, a piece sung by Sangeetha Sivakumar and choreographed by Radhika Akka. This piece was taught to all the students and was well liked by all of them. Whereas learning a full item in 5 days was a significant stretch for the students,  the students were very much motivated by this camp. A lot of the fundamentals of dance were also emphasized to them by Radhika Akka. Jhilmil and Vidya also leared an Ashtapadi, Yahi Madhava, from Akka.

The students also got to see Radhika Akka’s daughter, Krithika, dance and sing. Seeing a student trained in India dance and sing was an inspiration for the students.  The students and we are all looking forward to next years summer camp which we hope can be longer than 5 days.