SHIVAKALALAYAM, a school of fine arts, was started in 1996 for spreading the divine art form ?Bharatanatyam? across the world. It conducts 3 year diploma courses in Bharatanatyam as well as courses on Nattuvangam, vocal music for dance and folk dances. Besides, crash courses are offered for foreign students. Shivakalalayam also aims to provide free coaching for interested children from economically backward sections of the society. Shivakalalayam is the improvisational dance troupe with Action-flowing, flexible, vital, graceful, vigorous, and more pleasing by constant innovation, which speaks of the multiphase of life none distinct. When Shivakalalayam is onstage all of the life is in motion-from the finest atom gravitating towards another atom to the movements of our spirit.
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Shivakumar is an exponent of the Sacred Classical Art Bharathanatyam, which has been cherished & preserved in our country for more than 2000 Years. He was born in a small town called Devakottai in Ramanathapuram District, after moving to Chennai for studies, he started his dance career at the age of 12. He started learning Bharathanatyam from Guru. Smt.Chandra Dandayuthapani Pillai at Natyakalalayam for 8 years. Then he moved ahead to do 2 yrs Diploma in Nattuvangam from Guru Sri. Seetha Rama Sharma through the Scholarship from Tamilnadu Government?s - Eyal Isai Nataka Mandram. He got selected for the Sangeeth Natak Akademi?s fellowship for advance training in Nattuvangam & Vocal for Dance. He has also worked with senior Gurus like Sri. K.N.Dakshinamurthy Pillai from Delhi (the younger brother of Padmashree K.N.Dandayuthapani Pillai), Smt.Malathi Srinivasan, and Smt.Usha Srinivasan.
Sailaja Sivakumar is one of the young talented Artist who can perform, teach & choreograph the sacred classical art forms Bharathanatyam & Mohini Attam. Right from her childhood, she has been having a special kind of attachment & passion towards Bharathanatyam. She started learning this art at a very young age of five, under the tutelage of her Guru Miss R.Padma & later moved ahead to do an advance course in Bharathanatyam & Nattuvangam from Guru Shri.Shivakumar at " Shivakalalayam School of Fine Arts ". She had also learnt Mohini Attam from Guru. Smt. Maya Vinayan & successfully completed her arengetram with lot of applauds. Her achievements in these art forms are mentioned below:- Successfully completed Diploma in Bharathanatyam & Nattuvangam. Got selected for Talent Revealing Opportunity Programme at VDS Arts Academy & given a Solo performance on June 6th, 2000. Performed Mohini Attam arengetram in the year 2003 at Varasidhi Vinayagar Temple under the guidance of Guru. Smt.Maya Vinayan.