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Address: Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai (Madras), India
Phone Number: +91-44-24524057
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This institution was established to resurrect the traditional dance...

This institution was established to resurrect the traditional dance forms of the country from adulteration by modern techniques, Kalakshetra has been around since 1936. Many subtle nuances existed in the making of this institution — a symbol of uprising against the British, commitment to theosophy and creation of a strong identity for Indian classical dance forms. The suburban institution offers events that are open to public. It also provides dance classes and a platform for research and studies about traditional Indian dances.

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Very lovely place with Family

I went this place. This school is basically for dance lovers. I saw one show of their practice. If you are lucky then you can enjoy their show. I was lucky. If you have time then... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 30, 2015
Gurgaon, India
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Gurgaon, India
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149 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

I went this place. This school is basically for dance lovers. I saw one show of their practice. If you are lucky then you can enjoy their show. I was lucky. If you have time then go with family. Kids enjoy a lot over here.

Thank garhwaliya
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

This place brings fond memories and absolute bliss each time i visit. It is one place chennai can boast about. Must visit for anyone who loves music, art and dance.

4 Thank RahulMattackal
London, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The work done to preserve traditional arts at this institution is commendable, and walking around, the atmosphere is inspiring. We tried to book a time where we were allowed to come in as visitors to look around, but it was really difficult to arrange, as evidently the school's intended only for the benefit of students. If the school's interested in... More 

7 Thank P B
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We visited Kalakshetra in early August. Sadly, we went on an off day. However we managed to see some nice things, such as a big banyan tree and the performing stage.

6 Thank Tejas P
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We visited Kalakshetra in the month of early June, when the school is closed for a summer break. However the crafts center was still open and we decided to pay a visit. The entry fee was INR 100 each. As we entered we inquired from the gentleman who sold us the tickets, whether we can take photos and he said... More 

1 Thank Kadambari12
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Studied dance in the seventies at Kalakshetra under Rukimini Arundale or Atthai as we all called her. Has a beautiful peaceful atmosphere under the banyan tree or gardens. Best place for cultural enlightment during the music and dance festivals during the month of December.You get some of the best artists, to see and learn from. A must visit place.

2 Thank UJayaram
Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Only Indian are dominate the place . Foreign students are been threaten and badly given pressure by some teachers ,till some of them left the collage . Poor foreign students cant open their mouth due to mental pressure by teachers. Their come here to learn the art and bring the culture to their country but some of the teacher are... More 

3 Thank VJ B
Caserta, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Most of them has written about good. But there are few negatives of Kalakshretra. 1. Harassing the opposite sexuals. 2. Ragging 3. most of the students who are staying in hostel are drunkards 4. This institute is for Indian culture but the culture is not only dance, They are teaching dance but not indian culture. I love India and indian... More 

4 Thank liberator2013
Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Kalakshetra is a cultural academy dedicated to the preservation of traditional values in Indian art, especially in the field of Bharatanatyam dance and Gandharvaveda music. The academy was founded in January 1936 by Rukmini Devi Arundale. Under Arundale's guidance the institution achieved national and international recognition for its unique style and perfection. In 1962, Kalakshetra moved to a new campus... More 

6 Thank Nam007
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

A place where the ancient cultural arts and danceform of India is preserved and promoted. A place to see the legends in action. A place for any visitor of Chennai to visit.. Amazing place.

4 Thank oppraveen

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