“Aayam”-an exclusive institute of arts, was founded in the year 1997, and also affiliated with Pracheen Kala Kendra, an Open University of performing and visual arts.
Aayam was established by Ms.Sindhu Mishra, a learned Bharatnatyam dancer and a dedicated teacher with the view of making young generation aware of the aesthetics of performing arts like Dance & Music.
It is observed that in today’s growing age of technology, kids are being raised more on internet and various flashy gadgets rather than enjoying outdoor physical activities. On one hand, teens could be seen outperforming their teachers and parents in technology and much more ambitious but on other hand their abilities are being measured on academic parameters alone thereby limiting one’s own creativity and thought process & thus youth is seeing the world only through the screen in their hands
In such an increasingly globalized and competitive environment, the strength of all the arts including dance, music, theatre, painting etc. need to be recognized which plays an important role in its ability to fuel the mind and thus fuels our creativity. A creative mind has the ability to make discoveries, innovations and thereby excelling in any field.
Dance and music are capable of breaking boundaries of caste, creed or language and unite people from different background and cultural heritage. Dance is conversation between body and soul. It is the expression of emotions, feelings and opinions through graceful movements and manipulation of body, whereas music touches the soul by transcending all boundaries of communication and helps one to manifest unspoken desire.
Direct link between Performing arts & aspects of life (benefits)
It is rightly said that when words and letters fails the best option is music and dance which is one of the best ways to express your feelings, anger, joy, love passion and many more. It simply helps you to speak your heart in a graceful manner.
Students get to face lot of challenges and need to be extremely disciplined and focused in finessing the art. They also learn that it takes hard work and sweat to reach the desired level. Thus these work ethics in the classes gets instilled in them like a habit which spills over to their other activities and helps them to faceother challenges of life.
Dancers work on creating steps and movements while musicians and vocalists compose tunes and tries different ragas. All of this requires their imaginations and exploration which is beneficial to all aspects of life creating endless opportunities for future development.
Be it a group dance, a choir or an orchestra, all it requires synchronization with other members in the group. Thus it helps to share strong emotional bond with others and builds an effective team player within the students.
Pursuing one’s passion has always been the easiest way to bust the stress and when it comes to dance and music, it relaxes mind and takes people away from their anxiety and frustration for a while. It is a true unwinding of oneself and good source of entertainment and fun.
Dance is one of the best forms of exercise that involves movements of each body part and stretching of muscles. Students not only gain and expand their physical flexibility but also mentally as they learn to channelize their energy and control their bodies in full range of motion.
Practicing with other participants in the class gives the students the confidence to express themselves, develop bond and gel with others in productive manner while learning to control their emotions. Also, performing in front of audience helps in overcoming stage fear and public facing.
Essence of “Aayam”
The word Aayam is written in English with a slash above as that used in Hindi, reflects the importance of being rooted to our culture and heritage through Indian classical arts and at the same time promotes the students to equally focus on pursuing modern education and adapting themselves with changing pace of the world.
“WHEN I DISCOVER WHO I AM, I WILL BE FREE” !
The silhouette of a male and a female with their hand outstretched in air and a foot leaping above the ground depicts FREEDOM and FUN meant for each irrespective of gender.
Freedom - One of the biggest fears of man is to be himself. Everyone around is busy trying to be somebody else, we put on a mask and tryto speak and behave in a manner acceptable to others.Aayamoffers its students the freedom to discover themselves and set them free of their fears and their own limitations through dance and music.
Fun- One of the important principles in Aayam is to have fun & enjoy in everything we do. If one can’t find happiness in what he does then it’s hard to build compassion and persistence. It is very well explained in one of the speeches by King Martin Luther, Jr. who said,
“Even if it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go on out and sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures; sweep streets like Beethoven composed music; sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry; sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well “! Thus one who takes pleasure in everything he does can easily master in all the dimensions of his life.
Why us ? :
“Aayam” , since its inception has been continuously teaching with a passion to not merely train their students in technicalities of the art but chisel them to bring out the prodigy in each student.
Learning any form of art requires deeper understanding, maturity and skill to learn and perform and all of it requires overall grooming of entire personality. With this view, students are not only taught dance and music to be presented on stage or not as a subject alone but we also emphasis on their emotional and psychological well being.
While learning dance or music, special attention is paid on expressions, body language, postures, gestures, voice quality etc. This not only helps the student while performing the art but also in their routine life. Each class begins with a 15 minute session of meditation and breathing practice that boosts their stamina, increases immunity and helps them to focus on their respective arts as well as on their education and other activities.
Thus in Aayam, students are instilled with a blendof modern and traditional values, spiritual and practical approach towards life and an optimistic outlook which is important especially in growing age to prevent them from going hay-wired with today’s …..world like every other youngsters and that is how an “Aayam” student stands out of the lot.
We believe that each student is different from other; based on their talent, diligence, personality, mental makeup, level of concentration, focus etc. In Aayam, each student is treated as a special individual and each one is given special attentionand accordingly requires mentored to achieve excellence. It is only possible because of our devoted teachers who develop personal rapport with every student and build a special bond making it simple to share their piece of mind. Our expert gurus find content in passing on their entire knowledge with all possible nuances of the subject to upcoming students interested in the field of arts,which has helped them in achieving greater heights in their respective domains.
Sindhu ji being an active organizer of various national and international cultural events at global level, our students get the opportunity to perform at higher platforms. Many of our students have performed in extremely important events for Government of India in the presence of the Prime Minister, the Vice President, Chief Minister and many other dignitaries.
Apart from the opportunities to perform, students are specially taken to attend performances of students from other institutes and established artists which helps them to access their own development and also inspires them to achieve certain benchmark.