Arangetrams

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, rhythmic combinations and a mastery of facial expressions and storytelling. And the family plays a big role in a student’s arangetram, being involved in planning the event, stage decorations, location, planning the post-arangetram dinner and encouraging the dancer on this journey.

Sudha Chandra Sekhar has presented 119 students in their Bharata Natyam Arangetram in India, Canada and the U.S. beginning in 1962. She presented her 100th student in July 2015, and her school’s first virtual Arangetram was presented in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sudha was presented in her own Arangetram at Mumbai’s famed Mahalaxmi temple in 1956, after training under the great gurus of Sri Rajarajeshwari Bharata Natya Kala Mandir.

Arangetram, which translates to “ascending the stage” takes place when after years of training, a Bharata Natyam teacher presents a student to the public in the presence of peers and art enthusiasts. Arangetram marks when a dancer crosses the threshold from student to professional artistThe Arangetram is typically a three- to four-hour performance with a live orchestra. Most Bharata Natyam items are performed as a prayer to God, showing devotion and dedication using hand gestures, facial expressions and body language.


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Anuradha Bhat

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Malini Raman

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Ramesh Sampat

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Veena Uttamchand

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Padma Vijaynagar

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Jayshree Vijaynagar

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Nandini Vijaynagar

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Reeta Sharma

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Linda Harris

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Sumi Phillip

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Vidya Chandra Sekhar

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Tina Makim

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Shyamala Lawrence

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Kritika Lawrence

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Archana Rajendra

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Rachana Rajendra

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Anuja Rajendra

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Malini Patel

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Suchitra Shivraman

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Sangeeta Patel

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Bageshree Vaze

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Bhavani Murthy

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Amrita Chandra

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Meetali Pujara

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Sujatha Ramanujan

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Saroja Ramanujan

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Geetha Rajagopalan

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Shobana Ananth

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Shaila Konnanahalli

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Anjali Chandra Sekhar

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Shivani Kaul

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Suchita Jain

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Monica Bhatt

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Nausheen Hasan

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Anandini Chandra Sekhar

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Sonali Shah

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Sonul Vaghela

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Aarrthy Arunachalam

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Sunonda Samaddar

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Shumona Saha

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Indrani Saha

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Anjali Kamra

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Tara Reddy

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Seema Bajaria

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Megha Sata

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Campakalata Fiorentino

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Aarti Soorya

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Sandhya Soorya

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Nina Bihani

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Krithika Rajkumar

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Preeti Gudimella

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Tiasha Nandi

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Mallika Sarma

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Poornima Nayak

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Pratima Nayak

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Maya Iyer

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Nisha Choksi

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Nandita Bhargava

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Vidhya Nair

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Pallavi Abraham

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Pavitra Abraham

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Bhairavi Parekh

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Malini Sarma

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Ashwaty Chennat

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Asheema Saripalli

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Anjali Saripalli

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Sonali Reddy

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Nikila Lakshmanan

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Nidhi Sripada

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Harita Vadari

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Anjana Kumar

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Proma Khosla

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Ananya Vasudevan

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Shreekari Tadepalli

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Snehaa Maripudi

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Nithya Ramamurthy

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Kayal Muthuraman

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Ashomathi Mollin

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Shalini Lakshmanan

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Madhavi Venugopal

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Meghana Venugopal

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Akshaya Rajkumar

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Arathi Arumanla

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Aathira Chennat

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Atika Singh

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Anamika Singh

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Aditi Jajoo

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Abhinaya Krishnaraj

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Madhurima Yerra

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Shruti Ravishankar

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Abhi Parekh

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Anusri Yanumula

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Shivaani Annadurai

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Shaili Annadurai

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Suhana Posani

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Charanya Rengarajan

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Nisha Krishnan

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Sharon Amalraj

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Christie Amalraj

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Vaishali Nambiar

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Anjana Pisupati

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Gayathri Reddy

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Sumanjali Reddy

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Anisha Sharma

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Shivapriya Chandu

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Vidhi Pandya

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Deepika Baskar

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Shreya Bhattad

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Arsheya Bhattad

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Akila Nallabelli

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Nikila Nallabelli

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Vandhana Purushottaman

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Sharanya Swaminathan

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Chitra Narayan

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Divya Narayan

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Samhita Rama

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Avani Vinod

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Sushila Srinivasan

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Shefali Bakre

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Aanika Seth Mohta

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