Shruthi UK is an artist led South Asian Art organisation was established in 2005 in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Since its inception in 2005, the organisation is committed to develop the exposure and recognition of the rich Indian Culture through Music and dance and thereby creating avenues for communication, learning, and sharing of information.ShruthiUK serves primarily with children and young adults across diverse communities in the West Midlands . We provide comprehensive training in South Indian Classical Dance and Music for children and young adults and the community at large.We also focus on children and adults with disabilities and help them get started in introducing Indian Classical dancing, make it more of a fun and enjoyable experience.
Empowerment – Help to educate and learn different cultures – Collaboration- Teamwork- Education- Positive attitude- Mutual respect- Creativity and integrity
Promote Indian Classical Music, Dance and preserve the rich Indian Culture in the U.K. and beyond.
Encourage local talent and other art enthusiasts in the community and provide opportunities to work with International professional artists.
Arts in Education : Creating a good environment for opportunity and growth by lecture-demonstrations and classes for children and the community and enhance their participation and creativity.
Create an awareness of the rich Indian culture and heritage through art – related workshops ,share and experience it with the modern audiences.
Organise and showcase events, master classes and collaborate the local talent with the International artists wherein each student will be encouraged to bring forth their potential as an artist.
Dance and Music well-being program: Designed for the dance/music educators and the dancers to assist and educate the community at large about the positive effects of music and dance.
Work with children and young adults, underprivileged, specially challenged, people with disability and the community at large.
To impart performing arts in an effective, easy and make it an enjoyable experience to children and young adults and to the community.
Promote Indian culture and tradition through the Classical music and dance forms. Beginner’s course in South Indian Classical Dance and Classical Music (Carnatic Music) Introduce these art forms to children and young adults and engage them through workshops, classes, education, wellness and outreach programs.
We work in partnership with various professional, art organisations and communities in the UK.
WELLNESS THROUGH SOUTH INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCE
Classes in Carnatic Music
Carnatic music or the South Indian Classical music is a system of music from the Southern part of the Indian Subcontinent and is one of the oldest systems of music and a great devotional element in its compositions. It is based on a system of ragas (melodic scales) and thalas (rhythmic patterns) There is a much elaborated pattern for identifying the various melodic scales called ’72 Melakartha ragas’. There are 7 rhythmic cycles or thalas and 72 basic ragas. The trinities of Carnatic Music – Saint Thyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshatar and Shyama Shastri, have composed several immortal compositions in Carnatic Music.
ShruthiUK conducts classes in Carnatic Music.
Children also gain exposure and knowledge through workshops by visiting artists within the UK or elsewhere. One to one sessions or in groups, provides a platform showcase their learning through participation in music festivals and workshops. Encourages young talent and provide additional expert guidance and nurture them as upcoming young musicians. In addition, Children are encouraged to participate group and synchronised singing, taught the importance of Indian culture and traditions through celebrating Indian festivals like Diwali and Navaratri and the relevance of Carnatic music to these festivals.
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Bharatanatyam is one of the traditional South Indian Classical dance forms that originated from the temples in Southern India. Also known as ‘Daasi aattam’, Sadir, or Chinnamelan, this dance form is especially popular for its grace, art of expression and story telling, its purity and elegance and its divine origin. Bharatanatyam, according to Balasaraswathi, a celebrated and distinguished dancer has been a great source of inspiration is one of World’s greatest dancers. - ‘Bharatanatyam is a natya yoga that reveals the spiritual through the physical and emotional body. ‘ ShruthiUK conducts regular classes in Bharatanatyam- on the ‘Vazhuvoor Bani (Style) margam repertoire’ South Indian Classical Dance a holistic healing
ShruhiUK conducts wellness workshops and dance sessions with the children and young adults with Special Needs and various community workshops. Bharatanatyam, also known as ‘Natya Yoga’ is a dance form that nourishes the body, mind and soul. Help the differently abled and children experience and enjoy Bharatanatyam, using gentle and coordinated movements and hand gestures For more info about the workshops and wellness programmes,
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Charity and Fundraising
ShruthiUK partners with local and national fund raising and charitable organisations to support for a good cause, through showcasing Carnatic Music and Bharatanatyam
WELLNESS THROUGH SOUTH INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCE - DEMENTIA AND BHARATANATYAM
Pher Majesty's Vice Lord Lieutenant of West Midlands,
Professor of Higher Education Learning and Management in Aston Business School, and Director of Accreditations.
Her Majesty's Former Lord Lieutenant of West Midlands, Patron, British Carnatic Choir
DR CHITHRA RAMAKRISHNAN FRSA, FRAS, is the Founder & Artistic Director, of ShruthiUK, Founder, Curator, Birmingham Thyagaraja Festival and Founder Director of the British Carnatic Choir
Chithra is gifted with a pleasant, fluid voice, says a senior Carnatic music critic.
She hails from a family of musicians and with a rich musical lineage. Her doting parents noticed early her aptitude for dance and music. Her parents encouraged her and provided a favorable ambience to hone her talents under renowned Gurus in Bharatanatyam and Carnatic music.
She has performed extensively in India, Middle East and in the United Kingdom. She has also featured in South Indian premier television channels and performed in the All-India Radio, Mangalore as a youth artist. She has also been regularly performing during the Madras Music season in the recent years and has received critical acclaim on several occasions.
Besides being blessed with a rich and mellifluous voice and her musical achievements, Chithra is also an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer, trained in the Vazhuvoor style She has worked as a freelance artist for Art organisations across the UK.
Her desire to propagate the rich South Indian art forms globally, led her to start Shruthi UK, an artist led non-profit organisation n 2005 in Leeds, Yorkshire,, now based in Birmingham UK.
She has also made her debut in the Tamil playback She conducts workshops and interactive sessions with children and also with the community at large to create an awareness and interest in the rich Indian tradition-through music, dance and Indian culture.
Dr Ramakrishnan is an advocate of mental health through music. She started her company ShruthiUK in 2005, with the aim of making Carnatic (South Indian Classical) music and dance more accessible in the UK.
Chithra pioneered the use of Indian classical dance as a holistic healing in the Midlands.
She is recognised for her exceptional care and unique holistic methods whilst engaging with people of all ages and abilities; her work serves to boost their confidence and to improve their mental and social wellbeing.
Chithra is an active supporter of several charities & has raised funds for humanitarian causes for charities in the U.K. As a Culture and Diversity Ambassador, she aspires to be a role model to youngsters in taking pride of their rich cultural heritage and strive for the sustenance of Indian Classical Arts and Culture in the U.K.
Chithra has an MBA in Marketing & Finance & MBA in Human Resources. She also holds a doctorate in Management. Chithra is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London and elected fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
Chithra Ramakrishnan, FRSA,FRAS
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