A BIT ABOUT US

Choros Charas – Destination for Arts
Choros Charas is an initiative to teach Bharatanatyam, which is one of the Indian Classical dance forms. This initiative was founded by Guru Smt Swathi Lakshmanan in the year 2019 in San Francisco California, USA.


Bharathanatyam, One of the Indian Classical Dances and an Ancient Art form, has its origin from the South Indian temples and the essence of the 4 Vedas namely Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda, and Atharvana Veda. The Bharathanatyam is also called as the Panchama Veda since the Natya Sastra evolved from the 4 Vedas. This is an art performed in the temples and palaces in praise of god in front of the deities.
Like all major Classical Dance forms of India, Bharathanatyam also follows the 3 major concepts of performances called Nritta, Nritya, and Natya. In Nritta, the artist depicts the Rhythmic aspects of dance, in Nritya, the artist portrays the Expression/Abinaya aspects of dance and in Natya, the artist incorporates the nritta and Nritya aspects and build whole team performance. And hence the Bharatanatyam got its name itself, where Bha-Ra-Tha means Bhavam(the expression) Ragam(The music) and Talam(The rhythm) and Natyam means Performance. So the Bharathanatyam means the bundle of Music, Expression, and Dance presented in the praise of God.

OUR MOTO

ASATHO MA SADHGAMAYA

THAMASO MA JYOTHIRGAMAYA

MRUTHYOR MA AMRUTHAMGAMAYA

OM SHANTHI SHANTHI SHANTHIHI

-BRIHADHARANAYAKA UPANISHAD

 

MEANING

THE ART WILL TRANSFORM,

FROM THE NON-BEING TO THE TRUE BEING,

FROM THE DARKNESS TO THE LIGHT,

FROM DEATH TO THE IMMORTALITY,

AND SPREAD PEACE FOREVER.

 
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OUR FOUNDER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Guru Smt Swathi Lakshmanan

Swathi Lakshmanan, the Artistic Director of Choros Charas - Destination for Arts, San Francisco California USA is a versatile and experienced Bharathanatyam Dancer based in San Francisco. 

 

Swathi is a performer, choreographer and teacher. Multi-faceted Swathi teaches widely all over the world utilizing technological power. Her students aged anywhere from 5-50 and she always makes sure to teach them the art in a very traditional way. 

 

The Choros Charas - Destination for Arts has a team of wonderful faculty members to teach Carnatic music and instruments under one single roof.

 

Swathi Started her initial Bharathanatyam training at the age of 9 from Guru Shri K Mohanan and  Shrimathi Sunitha Mohanan, Who has not just been Gurus but also has been great mentors and a family to Swathi. The motivation and encouragement from her Gurus and family have made Swathi to form an institution to teach and practice Indian Arts in the Overseas as well.