Rangapravesam, which means “ascending the stage’ in Sanskrit, is a full-length solo dance performance. It marks the transition of the artiste from a student to a blossoming dancer. Accompanied by a live orchestra, this performance demands that the dancer exhibit an understanding of the many aspects of Kuchipudi, from sensitive expressions to intricate rhythm, blending grace and vigor.
We believe an Rangapravesam is symbolic of reaching a level of technical understanding and emotional maturity to become able to begin a professional career in dance. It is the celebration of a young dancer’s commitment to dance. And we make sure that only when a student has reached those levels, are they ready for an Rangapravesam. Some students reach the stage faster than others.
Several of SKN students have performed their rangapravesams, full-length solo recitals, after years of training. At SKN students are provided 1-1 training to develop their core skills and build upon to perfect on every aspect of dance.
Rangapravesam is a commitment for both parents and the student, it takes hundreds of hours of learning, practice and preparation, at our school we strive to make this a memorable experience for the entire family. If you have any question speak to me.
I remember 10 years ago, i started dancing in our unfinished basement with the first steps -- it felt like marching, except half as fun and twice as hard. Amma would hit a wooden block to the rhythm, first painfully slowly and then so quickly that we resembled dancing frogs. Growing up, dance was where i could be someone else -- more expressive, a better person, a god, a boy, a tree, anything. After three years marching though boarding school with little ties to culture or dance, the "third speed" of my dance carrier is finally here as we raced through eight items in two months. i've missed dance dearly, so i present to you today, not just two months of preparation, but the product of ten years of identity, love, and truth.