Bharatanatyam (Indian Classical Dance)
Indian classical dance has a distinct character that reflects the great cultural and traditional endeavor. The forms of Indian dance have transcended beyond the fences and socio-cultural hindrances. Exponents of the Indian classical dance believe that it has the caliber of creating a new and disciplined lifestyle. The Indian Classical Dance is often regarded as the form of worship and meditation. The performers of Indian Classical Dance, despite of the background and forms, have played a crucial role in presenting India to the forefront of the World stage.
Indian Classical Dance (Bharatanatyam ) MCM Examination Board in UK and International
A new MCM Faculty was set up in 2013 to examine in Bharatanatyam. the classical South Asian dance genres most frequently taught in the UK. Examining started in 2013 in various regions of the UK, with expansion into Europe, Canada and the US, along with enquiries being received from other parts of the world, including Australasia, India and Srilanka.
MCM has been contributing to the strengthening of the foundation of the nation by making education culture based and meaningful. The MCM has its Bharatanatyam centre in south india. The MCM revitalizes the education system by creating an understanding and awareness among teachers, students and educational administrators about the plurality of the regional cultures of India and integrating this knowledge with education.
MCM’s main thrust is to make variety of training programmes for in-service teachers, teacher educators, educational administrators and students throughout the world. It also organizes special training programmes for the physically and mentally challenged children. The training programmes provide an understanding and appreciation of the philosophy, aesthetics and beauty inherent in Indian art and culture and focus on formulating methodologies for incorporating a cultural component in curriculum teaching. The role of culture in science and technology, housing, agriculture, sports i.e. in all aspects of development and growth is emphasised.
The importance of in-service teachers training was also stressed. Change in educational system can only be brought about if the teachers have been trained and prepared to understand and recognise the need for a change in the methodologies of teaching. Since the teacher training is limited to few months, it cannot possibly produce teachers well-versed in crafts. Therefore trained craftsmen though not fully educated in the formal way, should be associated with the trained teachers in the teaching of crafts to the pupils. Educational visits to museums, monuments and historical sites are arranged to expose students to the rich south Asian cultural heritage.
Organizes theoretical and theme based academic programmes on Asian art and culture for teachers and students.
Conducts Workshops to provide practical training and knowledge in crafts to be incorporated in school curriculum. Various art activities like drama, music, narrative art forms, classical dances, etc. are organized to create an awareness of the regional variations and richness of cultural expressions of our country.
Organizes various educational activities for school students, teachers and children belonging to governmental and non-governmental organizations under its Extension Services and Community Feedback Programme, to create an awareness of the need for conservation of the natural and cultural heritage.
Collects and develops a library of resources in the form of scripts, digital photographs, audio and video recordings and films with the objective of producing culturally-oriented educational aids to encourage the art and craft forms of world and their revival.
Prepares publications and other audio-visual material which attempt to provide an understanding and appreciation of the different aspects of Indian classical dance and culture.
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