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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
Description: This institution was established to resurrect the traditional dance forms...
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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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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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.

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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.

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Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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 

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coimbatore
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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.

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Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
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2 helpful votes 2 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 

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Caserta, Italy
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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 

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Chennai
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165 reviews 165 reviews
48 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
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.

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Chennai
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88 reviews 88 reviews
22 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

A must visit school of dance and music in Chennai for the serenity and the vast quietness best suited for music and dance!

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