About Us

INTRODUCTION

“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.



Essence of Aayam .        Why us ?       Founder's message.



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 means DIMENSIONS.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself” !

George Bernard Shaw

In broader sense, a complete life is said to have three dimensions: length, breadth and height.

  • Length of life is the inward concern for one’s own welfare that causes one to push forward to achieve his own goals and ambitions.
  • Breadth of life is the outward concern for welfare of others.
  • Height of life is the upwards reach for God.
  • The founder, Ms.Sindhu Mishra ji, withher vast life experiences has learnt that most of us never get beyond the first dimension of life and however end of self-fulfillment is end of one’s life. But she strongly believes that one being a devotee of dance or music automatically gets uplifted on humanitarian grounds and gets instilled with mankind. Moreover, in Indian culture dance and music has been considered as worship of God, practicing these arts is like Sadhna(meditation) which transports the performer to the higher plane of consciousness leading to union between Individual selfwith Divine self. Hence, learning any form of art not only helps in developing personal skills but it completes all three dimensions of life and helps to enjoy and live each dimension of life wholly and thus goes the name- “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.

    Holistic approach

    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.

    Guru-sishya bond

    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.

    Opportunities

    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.

    Founder’s message

    It is with great pleasure I welcome you in the world of not only performing arts, but the world of freedom, in fact an absolute life embellished with true meaning of our existence.

    It was in 1997 when my own professional career as a performer in field of Bharatnatyam dance and as a successful theater actress was on its full sway, I began to observe that well established scholars of performing arts at senior ages still seek opportunities for themselves or at the most we see the daughters and sons of great gurus making their mark in their given field. It is sometimes quite disheartening to see artists’ rich in their talent and skill keep striving for their own accomplishment or at the most want their names to be carried forward through their own kids.

    I, not unlike others had the greed to carry forward my art but not necessarily through my own born kids but through those who are well deserving and keen to treasure and spread their art and thus, “Aayam” was born wherein we make sure that apt opportunities are given to all our students. The art awaits the next great artists who can apply it, unchanged or transformed, to express something of beauty and captivate new audiences. Our efforts are directed to sustain an environment in which such developments are possible.

    With my personal experience of 17 yrs. as a Bharatnatyam dancer, I can certainly say that dance& music are not just subjects but a way of life. In Aayam we make sure that while learning any form of art, students must develop that instinct for aesthetics to such an extent that it affects one’s way of thinking, their attitude in life, their relationships and their spiritual status. Unless the art touches every aspect of your being, the basic purpose of learning the arts is rendered meaningless.

    I would also like to clear a myth that most of the parents hold that music and dance, esp. Indian Classical performing arts contains tinge of feminism and thus parents fear to promote their male child in these fields. But I would like to elucidate that with revolution in dance forms and also through keen monitoring on each student in Aayam we make sure that students retain their individuality while learning the nuance of their respective arts.

    I invite you to explore the creative side of your personality irrespective of your age and also let your kids be grown with varied colors of life. One thing I can certainly say about dance and music is that one can take it as seriously or as casually as one like but at the end it is rewarding experience as no matter how deep or shallow one’s involvement is.

    Best Wishes!
    Sindhu.

    Performing Arts

    Na tatGyanam Na tatShilpam Na saVidya Na sa Kala |
    NasauYogo Na tat Karm Natyaesminyandyashyate ||

    There is no other knowledge, no other sculpture, no other learning, no other art, not even yoga or action that is not found in dance; says the

    NATYA SHASTRA



    BHARATANATYAM


    Bharatanatyam is one of India’s oldest and most dynamic classical dance forms originated in the temples of Tamil Nadu. The possible origin of the name is from Bharat Muni who wrote the Natya Shastra. The word Bharatanatyam combines “ Bhavam” meaning expression, “Ragam” meaning music, “Thalam” meaning rhythm and “Natya” meaning dance. Thus Bharatanatyam is the dance form that unites expressions, music and rhythm.

    Bharatanatyam has three main aspects:

    Nritta- Rhythmic dance movements

    Nritya- Depicting a story through facial expressions and body movements.

    Natya- Combination of Nritta and Nritya

    Bharatnatyam is considered to be a Fire Dance – the mystic manifestation of the metaphysical element of fire in human body. It is one of the five major forms of Indian Classical Dances (one for each element) that includes Odissi (element of water), Kuchipudi (element of earth), Mohiniattam (element of air), and Kathakali (element of sky or ether). The movements of authentic Bharatanatyam Dancer resemble the movement of dancing flame.

    Though the style of Bharatanatyam is more than two thousand years old,the freshness and richness of its essence is retained even today. It is known for its grace, purity, tenderness, expressions and sculpturesque poses. Lord Shiva is considered the God of this dance form.The synchronization between the tinkle of ghungroo, the fast movements of dancer’s feet combining with hand gestures (mudras) and expressions (abhinaya) results into a captivating theme portraying worship of Lord.

    It is with such truism that members of the AAYAM DANCE TROUPE (ADT) are carrying forward the rich cultural tradition of Indian Classical dances in the emerging cosmopolitan Delhi. Comprising of more than 40 young Bharatnatyam Dancers and a passionate Guru and Bharatnatyam exponent, Smt. Sindhu Misra, the ADT is one of the few dance schools in the capital that recognize the essence of Indian Classical Dance. ADT and its talented dancers see Bharatnatyam as an ideal mix of improvisation and discipline reinforced through culture and tradition. While discipline ensures conformity to rich cultural roots and dogmatic techniques; improvisation – which rests on the genius of the artiste - is highly encouraged here.

    Academic

    We follow a structured program to take a student through the theoretical aspects of the subject with the practical application so as to make them able to pursue higher awards in field of dance. Students who practice dance not just as hobby but want to achieve greater heights can appear for the exams through Aayam as we are affiliated with Pracheen Kala Kendra, an Open University of performing and visual arts.

    Students are trainedsuch and encouraged to appear for the following examinationsto authenticate their talent:

    1) Prarambhik- 2 yrs. Preliminary course
    2) Bhushan- 3 yrs. course after Prarambhik
    3) Visharad- 2 yrs. course after Bhushan
    4) Bhaskar- 2 yrs. Course after Visharad
    5) Churamani- Minimum 3 yrs. Research after Bhaskar under the guidance of celebrated Indian scholar in the relevant subject.

    HINDUSTANI VOCAL MUSIC

    Music is not just source of entertainment but a spiritual experience. Ancient Indians were deeply impressed by spiritual power of music and it is out of this that Indian Classical Music was born. Hindustani vocal music, also known as North Indian classical music is one of the two sub genres of Indian Classical Music, the other being Carnatic music, the classical tradition of South India.

    Hindustani classical music explores the melodic and emotional potential of different sets of notes. The rhythmic organization is based on rhythmic patterns called tala. The melodic foundations are called ragas.About five hundred ragas are known today. One possible classification of ragas is into “melodic modes” or “parent scale”, known as thaats, under which most ragas can be classified based on the notes they use.Thaats may consist of up to seven scale degrees, or swar. Hindustani musicians name these pitches using a system called Sargam- Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa .Hindustani classical music is primarily vocal centric, the major vocal forms or styles associated are dhrupad, khyal, and tarana.

    However the beauty of Indian classical music is not associated with only a specific constituent element. It is a combination of the aesthetic aspects of all the constituents that give the whole its beauty. The one, who understand the profundity of music, paves his way to Supreme Bliss.

    Academic

    Appreciation of the finer points of music does not come by easy; it is purchased through considerable training and musical maturity. Hence we aim to include every minute element of the subject, thereby providing highly structured curriculum which offers a clear path of progression.

    Aayam being affiliated with Pracheen Kala Kendra, an Open University of performing and visual arts and having highly qualified music gurus who are registered under ‘GandharvaMahavidyalaya’, Delhi , students have flexibility to achieve higher certificates and awards in Hindustani classical music from any of the following universities

    A) GandharvaMahavidyalaya’, Delhi: Duration of one year for each level.
    • Prarambhik
    • PraveshikaPratham
    • PraveshikaPurnna
    • MadhyamaPratham
    • MadhyamaPurnna
    • VisharadPratham
    • VisharadDwitya
    • VisharadTritya
    • AlankarPratham
    • AlankarPurnna
    B) Pracheen Kala Kendra, Delhi:
    • Prarambhik- 2 yrs. Preliminary course
    • Bhushan- 3 yrs. course after Prarambhik
    • Visharad- 2 yrs. course after Bhushan
    • Bhaskar- 2 yrs. Course after Visharad
    • Churamani- Minimum 3 yrs. Research after Bhaskar under the guidance of celebrated Indian scholar in the relevant subject.

    Other Dance Forms

    Dance is something which gives immense happiness to mind and if you are one of those who want to dance either to fulfill their dreams or to stay young and healthy, or out of passion, as hobby or learn it for peace of mind then Aayam is the place where you can start pursuing your hobby without any hesitation or second thought.

    Aayam is facilitated with great number of trained dancers in and around Delhi who are connoisseur of their respective dance forms. Thus, we provide dance classes in a vast variety of genre, starting from Hip-Hop, Break dance, salsa and many in the western dance category. It doesn't end here, but we also choreograph vast variety of solo or group performances; be it freestyle or folk dancing for schools, colleges, stage shows or corporate events or to spice up the marriage events with bollywood moves on popular item numbers, romantic and re-mix songs.

    For children of age group 5-15 yrs, we have regular batches and summer camps wherein we cultivate an understanding of rhythm and music in relation to dance while developing awareness and control of their bodies. We encourage the students to be technically skilful and creative-minded, so that they can easily design their own dancing style after being trained here.

    As it is rightly said that it is never too late to learn anything new and age is no bar for dance. So as to encourage the very thought, we provide separate customized and flexible batches for professionals, housewives or anyone who would have wanted to join dance classes in their early age but never got the opportunity for some or the other reasons.

    Our studio is well designed with wooden flooring, mirrors, washrooms and fully air conditioned with the view to provide comfortable and safe environment to our students. As mentioned earlier, the institute not just trains the students, but also provides platform by organizing events time-to-time for the students to showcase their talents.

    TABLA

    The Tabla is the most widely used Indian rhythm instrument regarded as the king of drums and percussion instruments. It is rightly said that no North Indian classical music composition can be called complete without the Tabla in it. Its versatility in all musical styles has enabled it to make a mark on classical music as well as devotional, theatre and of course hindi pop music and Bollywood soundtracks also make extensive use of the melodic tabla. Its distinct and unique sound makes it an integral part of not only Indian music but it is a much sought after instrument in cross-cultural and fusion musical experiments also. Thus, tabla's sophistication and charm has attracted the attention of scholars, musicians and music lovers around the globe.

    It is not easy to play the Tabla; an enormous amount of practice is necessary to be a tabla player. A seasoned tabla player uses his palms and fingers to generate diverse sounds at different pitches thereby creating amazing effects on music compositions. Thus, in Aayam, we conduct day long riyaz sessions for students in batches of different age groups so as to practice control over their hand movements.

    As Tabla is not limited in being an instrument only for accompaniment but playing a tabla solo is a cherished and unique phenomenon in the art of drumming. Hence, under the guidance of our experienced tabla masters, students are not only given the technical training but also taught presentation skills for solo public performances thereby developing a performer in each student.

     

    Aayam Syllabus


    Activities and Events

    Upholding the motto of refining ordinary dance techniques into exceptional and creative art, the ADT has showcased its metal at various events in the capital.

    • ADT has performed at venues that any other dancer, famous or amateur would easily vie for. ADT has performed at The Teen MurtiBhawanand Indira Gnadhi Memorial for a coveted audience including the Former President, Dr. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil, Former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Vice President, Dr. Hamid Ansari, Former Delhi Chief Minister, Mrs. Shiela Dixit and The UPA Chairperson, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi.

    • ADT has been performing for social campaigns (organ donation, energy conservation and so on) since the year 2010, organized by The Avvai Tamil Sangam.

    • Some members of the ADT have been regular at National and International Dance and Cultural Festivals in Delhi, London, Japan, Germany and Dubai. They have been duly recognized and commended by the GOVERNMENT of INDIA through prestigious National Scholarships (CCRT Scholarships) and the National BALSHREE HONOUR.

    • Members of ADT performed in the opening ceremony of the 11th International Children’s Festival of Performing Arts held at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium.

    • ADT has been regular in performing for programs on social themes such as Energy Conservation, organ donation and others, organized by Avvai Tamil Sangam. The junior and senior members of ADT recently performed at the NDMC Convention Centre Hall on the occasion of sensitizing citizens on the BetiBachaoBetiPadhaoYojana launched by the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi.

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    • Performing regularly at Festivals in the capital is very much a part of ADT. Youth Festival, Yuvanotsav and so on are festivals where ADT has left an impregnable impression emanating from graceful dance.

    AAYAM DANCE TROUPE, thus, is a part of a pioneer Dance School that aims to protect, preserve and proliferate the rich culture of Indian Classical Dance by continuously innovating in the field and by sharing the Supreme Joy of Dance!

     

     


    YOUR TEACHERS

    Dance Gurus

    Guru Smt. Sindhu Mishra

    Academic / Professional achievements:
    In the field of Classical Dance:

    Smt. Sindhu Mishra learnt Bharatnatyam since 1966 under renowned Gurus like Guru K.J. Govindarajan, Guru K.N. Dakshinamoorthy, Guru Smt. KamaliniDutt under Guru ShishyaParampara. She is a recipient of senior scholarship for Bharatnatyam from Sahitya Kala Parishad and also recipient of fellowship for Creative work in Bharatnatyam from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

    In the Field of Theatre
    Apart from being a professional and experienced Bharatnatyam Dancer, Smt. Sindhu Mishra is also an accomplished and known theatre actress having worked with eminent directors such as Shiela Bhatia, Bhanu Bharti and Bansi Kaul and performed in highly popular plays viz. Nachni, Char Tang ka Koyal, Mahamayi, Dehantar, Katha Kahi Ek Jale Ped Ne and others.

    Obtained Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian Literature from JNU, Delhi & later Masters in Arts in Hindi Literature.

    Awards:

    • Received NatyaRatna Award conferred by Sh. R.Venkatraman, Ex-President of India.
    • Received a State Award from the Sindhi Academy for contribution in the field of Dance.
    • Received the International Women’s Day Award from the Nehru BalSamiti.
    • Sindhu Ratna Award from Sindhi Cultural Society.


    Smt.Sindhu Mishra as a Cultural Activist:

    She has played a vital role in conceiving and organizing extremely important events and festivals for Government of Delhi. These events have been instrumental in reviving and promoting all possible genres of arts.

    International events-

    • ‘Days of Moscow in Delhi’ in 1999 organised in Delhi.
    • ‘Days of Delhi in Moscow’ a cultural exchange held at Moscow in the year 2000.
    • International Jazz Festival, which included Jazz Groups from European countries in collaboration with the British Council in 2000.
    • Asian Performing Arts Festival in 2003 hosted by the Government of Delhi.
    • Asian Performing Arts Festival in Tokyo in 2002, Hanoi in 2004 and Taipei in 2007.
    • ‘Days of Moscow in Delhi’ in 2006 organised in Delhi, which was a thumping success.
    • Representative of Govt. of NCT of Delhi in Asian Network of Major Cities-21 (ANMC) in Manila in 2007.
    • Delhi leg of Beijing Olympic Torch Relay held in New Delhi in April 2008.

    Events of National Importance

    • The Golden Jubilee of Indian Independence organized by the Government of Delhi on behalf of Governing of India in 1997 at Vijay Chowk, New Delhi.
    • The closing ceremony of Golden Jubilee of Indian Independence in 1998 on behalf of Government of India at Vijay Chowk, New Delhi.
    • The Annual Qutub Festival at Delhi.
    • Half Marathon in 2004-05.
    • Asian Torch Relay in the National Stadium in 2006.
    • ‘YuvaMahotsav’, in which approximately 250 young artists participated in the fields of Music, Dance, Theatre and Fine Arts.
    • ‘Bharat Utsav’ celebrating 60 years of Indian Independence organised on behalf of Government of India in August 2007 where approximately 700 artists from all over the country performed in their own regional languages.
    • In Central Park (Rajiv Chowk) – live concerts by famous artists such as DalerMehendi, Kailash Kher, 100 Beans Player, An Ode to Non-Violence etc. Approximately 20,000 audiences attend this event.
    • OrganisedAndhaYug and Tughlaq at a mega level at FerozshahKotla Monument which can only be compared with Peter Brook’s ‘Mahabharat’ in France.

    Delhi Celebrates :

    Smt.Sindhu Mishra was in a responsible position while planning the Delhi Celebrates 2010 which had more than 12 festivals organized from 7th September to 31st October 2010. Out of these festivals, was personally responsible for the execution and implementation of the following events:-
    • Youth Festival- showcasing brightest young achievers in all genres of art to an overwhelming crowd of 20,000 every day..
    • Raag-Rang – an eclectic mix of various genres of music & dance and creative fusions of western and eastern instruments
    • Ramayana- A dramatic presentation of the great Indian epic.
    • Festival of India – Featuring artists and performances from all states and union territories of the country.
    • Shera MeraDost – A special programme involving 4000 schools of Delhi through various on-line and off-line competitions about sports.


    Guru Himanshu Shrivastav

    Academic / Professional achievements:
    Shri Himanshu Shrivastav began his training at a tender age of 11, under the able guidance of Dr.Chitangada Jain of Kala kshetrabani of Bharatanatyam. Alongwith, his graduation in Information Technology (B.tech), he continued his dance curriculum under the tutelage of the renowned guru Tanjavur Bani and later extended his dance skills under Padma Bhushan awardee- Guru Dr. Saroja Vaidyanathan and mentor Rama Vaidyanathan. Hailing from the Sangam City, Allahabad, Himanshu had the best opportunity of growing up in the company of Sanskrit scholars, his grandfather and father being multi-linguists and Sanskrit scholars nutured Himanshu’s mythological and shastric base which empowers his Bharatanatyam.He is also a skilled painter and both the art and dance receive inspiration from one another. He has been performing at various reputed National and International Platforms

    Professional Activities:

    He has been giving his dazzling performances at various festivals like Tanjavur Temple-Brihadeeshwar, Chennai, Taj Mahotsav, Cultural meet at Delhi-Haat-Master creations, lok kala manch- Janahitam at chinmaya mission, Surat, Lalit dance festival at Khajuraho, Katyayani auditorium, Delhi, on the occasion of World Dance day, Shakatpura temple at Banglore under the auspices of Sri Shakatpuram Acharya, Youth-Festival at central park, New Delhi, Cultural summit and delegation at Hotel Taj, New Delhi, IIT-Kanpur consecutively for 3 years, Purana Qila, Ananya festival Delhi, Nakshatra- a production of Ganesa Natyalaya, etc.

    Many of his innovative solo performances on reputed platforms has received huge appreciation, to name some as under:
    Cultural trip to Tunisia (North Africa) on behalf of ICCR, Performance at the International Festival and the festival La’Carthage- 2013.
    • Annual Nritya Sewa at Katyayani Hall, Chhattarpur temple, New Delhi- 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.
    • Performed a complete Margam in Margazhi Festival at Chennai Rama Rao mantapam- December 2013- Performance at the Shri Ranganathaswamy Temple Delhi, self choreography on Goddess Aandal and her life sketch in a Kavittuvam
    “SHIVOM” Dance choreography by guru Saroja Vaidyanathan, presented at India Habitat center and India International Center.
    • Performance based on “invocation of Rudra” ,at the Rotary club-Annual meet ,New Delhi-2014
    • Extensive Dance tour for ‘Buddha’ ballet, performed as Buddha in Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan choreography -2013
    • Performance at the Shri Ranganathaswamy Temple Delhi, self choreography on Goddess Aandal and her lifesketch in a Kavittuvam
    • Performed at Krishnarpanam, as the lead role of Krishna, Chinmaya auditorium new Delhi
    • Performance at AZAD Bhavan, ICCR, in lecture demonstration by Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan.

    Music Gurus

    Guru Madhulika Negi Nair


    Academic / Professional achievements:
    Smt. Madhulika Nair had been a disciple of internationally renowned Vocalist SHANTI HIRANAND ji. She has obtained Diploma in Semi Classical vocal from ‘Shri Ram Bhartiya Kala Kendra’, Delhi, later completed 'ALANKAAR' in Hindustani classical Vocal from ‘GandharvaMahavidyalaya’, Delhi . Further she has acquired Masters Degree in Hindustani classical Vocal from the Music Faculty of Delhi University. She is Bachelors of Commerce from A.R.S.D. College Delhi and now pursuing PhD. in music.

    Professional Activities:

    • She has been a Classical Music Instructor since more than 15 yrs. at various schools in Delhi like 'Children's Valley School', 'East Point School', 'Bhartiya Sangeet Mahavidyalaya'.
    • Worked regularly as music instructor cum director for the summer workshop with `Sahitya Kala Parishad (Delhi)’ since 2004.
    • Working as a Resource Person and conducted more than 100 Music Workshops in regional & Folk songs for ‘Centre for Cultural Resources and Training, Delhi (C.C.R.T.)’ in different schools within Delhi and other parts of country since the year 2000.
    • Also trained teachers from all over India at various workshops/Training programs organized by C.C.R.T.
    • Mrs.Madhulika has conducted a Choir at Folk Dance Festival [2003] & also on Indira Gandhi ji's Birth anniversary [2007] in front of high dignitaries including the President, Prime minister and Chief Minister of Delhi
    • Performed during various cultural events such as Delhi Day, Independence Day, Kavi Sammelan and several music programs on Television.
    • Also Conducted choir in ‘CWG Youth Festival 2010’ at Connaught Place Delhi.
    • Performed as a Singer and Co-ordinator in the Mega Theatre event “Andha Yug” by Sh. Bhanu Bharti in 2011
    • Composed music for the Mega Theatre event ‘Tughlaq’ ,a play directed by Sh. Bhanu Bharti, held at Firozshah Kotla Fort,Delhi,in Oct. 2012.


    Special Achievements:

    • Graded singer of All India Radio Delhi.
    • Empanelled as Hindustani Classical Music teacher -cum – performer in Indian Council For Cultural Relations
    • Have more than 50 regional song albums & home videos to my credit produced by T-Series, Waves, Softmax and other music cos.
    • Recipient of Delhi State Scholarship for semi classical vocal from Sahitya Kala Parishad in 2002.


    Ustad Shakeel Ahmed

    Academic / Professional achievements:

    Ustad Shakeel Ahmed has received training under the well known and highly learned Ustads of the Delhi Gharaana from the early age of 4 years onwards. He has received his musical training in classical & semi classical music from Ustad Zikrur-Rehman Sahib, Ustad Zafar Ahmed Khan Sahib, Ustad Zameer Ahmed Khan Sahib, all from the Delhi Gharana.

    He has completed Sangeet Bhushan from Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh, Madhyama Poorn from Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Maha viddyalya Mandal, Mumbai, Junior Diploma and Sangit Prabhakar from Prayag Sangit Samiti, Allahbad.

    Professional Activities:

    Shakeel Ahmed ji has performed at various national and international platforms. Based in Delhi, he has given highly successful performances from acclaimed stages like Vigyan Bhavan, The India Habitat Centre, The Ghalib Academy, India Tourism Development Corporation’s venues like the Garden of Five Senses, Lok Kala Manch, Abhivyakti Manch, various locations of “DilliHaat” etc. To name some prominent festivals held regularly like “Kavi Ek Rang Anek”, “Ghazal Ka Safar”, “Range Khusro” – Kalaam-e-Sufi, Sham-e-Ghazal, gazal evenings organized by DTDC and Urdu Academy etc. He has also conducted 5 day workshop “Sound of Music”, featuring 9 eminent Ustads and 3 renowned musicologists at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

    Ustad Shakeel Ahmed was a Judge and Mentor on the reality show, “Jashn-e-Begum Akhtar, TalaashNayiAwaaz Ki”, a popular ghazal based reality show which was on air by Door Darshan Urdu, (2014 – 2015). He was invited by the Kala Ankur Society and was accorded the rare opportunity to perform in Ajmer Sharif at the Dargah of Garibnawaz, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, where he performed in front of the Jannati Darwaza, singing from his heart as an act of service and devotion, to an audience of over 800 persons.

    His scintillating gazal performances has been the highlights on international platforms also like commemorative celebration of Sir Syed’s Anniversary, celebrated by AMU Kuwait Alumini Association on the 11th of Dec 2014 , the Indian Art Culture and Heritage Fiesta of Harbin Ice Festival in Hong Kong etc.

    Special Achievements :

    • “Indian Arts Circle-Kuwait”, IAC Mela 2003 Qawwali Choreographer, (Kuwait).
    • “ASSE-Pupils HSE Week Celebrations-December 2005”, Organized by American Society of Safety Engineers (Kuwait Chapter).

    National Level • Sangeet Samman by SIET National Awards 2013
    • Second Prize in the Nat Competition(Senior ), 1999, Organized by Anjuman-e-Seerutun Nabi (Regd) Amroha, U.P. in 1999.
    • Merit Certificate for Ghazal Presentation program on SadbhawnaDiwas, held at VigyanBhawan, New Delhi, Organized by Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Human Resource and Development , Govt of India on 20th August 1997.
    • Second Prize in Na’at Competition (Senior) Amroha in 1994 by Mr. Azam Khan, the Honorable Minister, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Govt of UP organized by Anjuman-eSeeratun Nabi (Regd.) AMROHA U.P.
    • Awarded Second Prize in Na’at Competition (Senior) AMROHA . in 1993 organized by Anjuman-e-SeeratunNabi (Regd.) AMROHA U.P.
    • He has several prizes to his account won in various gazal singing competitions at state and national levels.



    TESTIMONIALS

    As a result of sheer hard work, dedication and epitomized teaching expertise members of the Aayam Dance Troupe (ADT) have performed around the National Capital, India and abroad, winning several accolades and rave reviews.

    Owing to their diligence and guidance of the Guru Smt. Sindhu Mishra, 5 members of ADT are recipients of the prestigious National Scholarship for Dance from the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The recipients include – ArshiaMathur, GarimaBharadwaj, KamnaRishiraj, ShashrekAmbardar and TanushaTyagi.

    ShahshrekAmbardar, one of the oldest members of ADT, has been conferred with the National BAALSHREE Honour from the President of India in the year 2009 in the field of Creative Performing Arts. Shashrek has performed at various International Festivals in Germany, Japan, Iceland, London and Dubai. He also holds a unique distinction in performing at the World Children's Theatre Ensemble held at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

    Testimonials


    Tanusha Tyagi

    It has been a privilege for me being a part of Aayam.  I have learnt not only how to dance with the right posture and expressions but also the basic principles of life and moral values because of which I'm a better person today. I am blessed to have Sindhu ma'am as my guru, it is because of her that I'm so attached to this institution.  My journey has been fantastic here and it has always been exciting to attend my class as every time I get to learn something new.


    Ritika Malhotra

    I have been learning Bharatnatyam since 10 years under the guidance of my guru Smt. Sindhu Mishra at Aayam Institute. I started performing at school when I was in 5th class and won various prizes. I took part in every single opportunity that boosted my confidence and always improved my performance. It feels great when people appreciate your hard work.


    Garima Bharadwaj

    It has been a wonderful experience of learning Bharatnatyam at this outstanding institution.The way it is taught here is just flawless. Each and every step is made perfect and even the minutest flaws are removed. It has been a very beautiful experience.

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