Dancing4LIFE: A Journey to Bharatanatyam
Updated: Jan 31
Taking the Learning4LifeCanvas for a test drive by building a monthly map/ status report for Ananth.
Learning4LIFE views learning in terms of a set of four inter-connected elements: 1) L: Learning Foundations, 2) I: Interests, 3) F: Family Well-being, and 4) Engagement.
In this example, we start with an interest that Ananth developed many years ago that continues to impact learning and life today for him and for us!
I: Interests: Discovering Bharatanatyam
Many moments have led to what is happening today! A key moment was in 2011 when Ananth decided to learn Bharatanatyam. This moment set off a chain reaction that has resulted in his pursuing a diploma in Hospital Documentation and Medical Records while preparing for his arangetram.
Interests are an important area for learning. Interests represent an area that motivates the learner and spurs persistent effort. Soon after Ananth started learning Bharatanatyam, he decided that he wanted to work towards his arangetram. He has never wavered from that path and has continued to develop his capacities. Progress was slow initially but he persisted and has significantly evolved his capacities over the years.
Recently, his teacher from Miami, Harija Sivakumar, shared a message for his arangetram.
Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another, so dance like no one is watching you. I am very proud of you getting this far, but this is not the end, this is just a beginning.
Teaching Ananth has always been a pleasure for me, you are a wonderful student and a good listener. I have always been impressed by your enthusiasm, your hard work and dedication. Continue to show respect towards your dance and towards your parents who have worked really hard to bring you this far.
My heartiest congratulations to you. Just dazzle on the stage.
May Lord Natarajah shower his blessings on you.
All the best
Dancing with the heart conveys Ananth's attitude to dance! His capacities have grown gradually but he has always loved the art form from the day he discovered it!
F: Family Well-being Ananth wanted to do his arangetram in India because most of our family is here. The arangetram process has expanded our interactions with family members and others.
Dance is the focus of engagement this year since Ananth is preparing for his arangetram (a solo dance performance by a student of Bharatanatyam after years of training).
Ananth started his diploma in Hospital Documentation and Medical Records at Kamakshi Hospital so he do his arangetram dance performance here.
He got an opportunity to demonstrate Bharatanatyam in a workshop for parents in February 2020
He is preparing for his Bharatanatyam arangetram in March 2020
L: Learning Foundations
Dance influences the development of sensori-motor foundations. Preparing for an event such as the arangetram is a multi-year effort that creates opportunities for setting targets and achieving goals.
Dance provides an opportunity develop a long-term relationship with a guide. Professor Mohanan of Kalakshetra has been a dance teacher and guide for many years. By recognizing Ananth's strengths and building from his strengths, he has enabled him to develop his capacities and to develop his skills.
View Ananth's Learning4LIFE map for 2020 here: