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Hindu Temple Rhythms, known as HTR, welcomes those looking for lessons in the Indian classical dance style, Bharata Natyam. Led by Artistic Director Sudha Chandra Sekhar, dance classes are held throughout Southeastern Michigan, including in The Bharatiya Temple in Troy, the Hindu Temple of Canton, the Kalakshetra Temple of Arts in Farmington Hills and the Amma Center of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Sudha Chandra Sekhar has trained and presented 108 students in their "Arangetram," or solo debut performance. The school also has an in-house orchestra, the Vidyanjali Orchestra, led by Sudha Chandra Sekhar (nattuvanar), her eldest daughter Vidya Sekhar (vocalist and nattuvangam), and Gopal Venkataraman (vocalist), who has written original Thillanas for HTR arangetrams. The orchestra includes professional mridangam, veena, flute and violin.
HINDU TEMPLE RHYTHMS HISTORY
HTR was founded in 1958 by Sudha Chandra Sekhar's parents, Sri Vaideeshwara and Smt. Jaya Doraiswamy in Mumbai, India, where their eldest child and only daughter trained under the great gurus of Sri Rajarajeshwari Bharata Natya Kala Mandir. When Sudha married Sankarnarayan Chandra Sekhar in 1967, the organization moved to Canada where Sudha continued to perform and teach Bharata Natyam. The couple had three daughters (Vidya, Anjali and Anandini) and then, the Chandra Sekhars moved to Oak Park, MI in 1978 and the tradition continues in the United States to this day.
HTR BHARATA NATYAM DANCERS
Students in HTR begin lessons when they are as young as four years old. Once the students have been studying both the dance and theory for five to seven years, and have participated in multiple performances, they can begin to prepare for their solo debut performance, known as "Arangetram." Training for an arangetram is much more intense and can involve daily lessons that last for several hours. Students presented by Sudha Chandra Sekhar perform to a live orchestra in shows that last for several hours to showcase the depth of their understanding of not only the dance, but music and rhythmic combinations. And the family also plays a big role in the student's arangetram, being involved in planning the event, stage decorations, location, planning the post-arangetram dinner and encouraging the dancer on this journey.