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Adavallan Art Academy

Discipline Dedication Devotion
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Adavallan Art Academy is a newly formed non-profit professional dance institute founded by Ms. Alana Rajah, a Bharatanatyam graduate of the Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts, Kalakshetra Foundation, Tamil Nadu, India. She has undertaken a sankalpa (promise) to utilize this acquired knowledge from Kalakshetra to build a steady foundation as a performer and teacher of Bharatanatyam and to impart discipline and a renewed sense of spiritual awareness to the youths of Trinidad and Tobago as well as outside of the Caribbean. ​The students of the Academy have been training for the past eight (8) years and have been successful in having their first public recital, entitled Omkara (An auspicious Beginning), which took place in February 2018 as well as their first solo production, entitled Kama (Desire), which took place in May 2018. These two (2) recitals were of immense success being the first Bharatanatyam repertoire of its kind to be performed at The Little Carib Theatre in Trinidad. The Academy has also been successful in hosting two exponent Bharatanatyam teachers in October 2018, Shri Shyamjith Kiran and Viraja Mandre, for a one-week intensive dance workshop with the students as well as a public recital in collaboration with the Indian High Commission, at the Chinmaya Mission of Trinidad and Tobago. ​For the year 2019, Adavallan embarked on a Temple Yatra, visiting various temples across the country and giving lecture demonstrations and recitals as an offering to these spaces that enrich our culture. Standing firmly in Indian tradition, Adavallan Art Academy continues to mold its students and offer quality art to the country with the purpose of highlighting the importance of discipline, devotion, and dedication. ​We completed the year 2019 with a Bharatanatyam production entitled, “The Inner Child” based on the works of motivational authors Louise Hay and Thich Nhat Hanh. It highlighted the alarming plague of mental health issues in our generation. The production was held at The Central Bank Auditorium on Thursday 08th of August, 2019, comprised of fifteen dancers with five musicians and was an astonishingly sold-out production.​ After navigating an extremely difficult pandemic, Adavallan emerged and returned to the stage at Queens Hall, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, in August of 2022. The beautiful production entitled, Sat Chit Ananda was truly an amalgamation of rhythm, melody, and emotion. This learning curve the pandemic provided us with, allowed us to adapt to an entirely new approach to learning and we are so grateful to now be able to offer both physical and virtual learning.​ Adavallan Art Academy remains dedicated to a passion for art, education and an unwavering commitment to imparting knowledge and helping individuals dare to dream and achieve their heart desires. 

Love to dance? Adavallan is the perfect place to start! Whether you're a beginner or an experienced dancer, we offer a variety of classes to suit all levels. Come on in and get ready to move your feet!

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