The word arangetram originates from the Tamil language and means ascending the stage by a dancer on the completion of formal training. This first performance follows years of training after which the dancer gains a good understanding of the many aspects of dance and classical music. An arangetram showcases the artistry, versatility, maturity and endurance of the young dancer and takes place in the presence of fellow artists, family and friends. It is a kind of celebration of the young artist’s dedication to the art form for many years. This is also the occasion for the proud guru to present her disciple to the public.

In a Bharathanatyam  Arangetram, a complete ‘Margam’ is executed where a ‘Margam’ denotes a specific repertoire of dance items, starting from the simplest to more complex.  Some involve footwork only, others involve story telling through the use of facial expressions and hand gestures and some others involve both footwork and facial expression together.

Live music accompaniments play a major role in the making of a memorable arangetram. The basic accompaniments are a Singer, Mridangam player, Violin player and of course the Nattuvangam by the guru. Veena, Flute and other instruments can also be a part of the orchestra.

At Natyanjali Academy of Dance an arangetram usually takes place, on an average, after about 7-10 years of meticulous training. Students go on to become key members of college dance teams and participate in college level competitions and enjoy the level of challenge and creativity it offers. Natyanjali Academy is proud to have completed more than 30 arangetrams thus far.

Arangetram Students