Through a series of 12 monthly workshops, you have an opportunity to learn and add to your repertoire, 12 rare Annamacharya Sankeerthanas envisioned and taught by leading dancers across Indian classical dance styles.
Learn a rare Annamacharya Sankeerthana set to music by the late musician Sri Satthiraju Venu Madhav, a bright and rising star on the firmament of Carnatic Music, who composed 108 Annamacharya Sankeerthanas, in 108 ragams.
Meaning and Nuance
With Dr. Anupama Kylash
Explore the depths of each Annamacharya Sankeerthana with renowned dance scholar, Dr Anupama Kylash who will present an indepth analysis of the literature of the compositions.
Abhinaya and Choreography
By celebrated artists
Learn Abhinaya and dance choreography from senior dancers from the firmament of Indian classical dance across several styles.
How to register for Tamrapatra
Please note that at any point in time, registration will be open for the upcoming monthly workshop of Tamrapatra. Participants have to register for every workshop individually. If you wish to register for multiple workshops, use the bulk registration option below .
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Dancers trained in any Indian classical dance style for a minimum of 5 years and introduced to atleast 2 Abhinaya pieces may participate in the workshop. We also recommend that the dancer is at least 18 years old.
Do I need to register for each workshop separately?
Registration will open for one session at a time. If you wish to register for multiple sessions, kindly fill the form here
Background Read on to know what inspired us to create Tamrapatra
In the sylvan and holy seven hills of Tirumala, Saint Annamacharya, lived a deeply devoted life, translating his immense love for Lord Venkateswara, into innumerable gems of poetry and music. Spanning the narrative and the evocative, the temporal and the philosophical, the social and the moral, Annamacharya Sankeerthanas, with the felicity of his poetry and the genius of his musicality, are at once, incredibly simple, yet immensely powerful.
Annamacharya was born in 1408, and is said to have composed as many as 32,000 sankeerthanas in praise of his beloved, Lord Venkateswara. Compositions, said to have been wrtten on Taalapatra or palm leaves, and later engraved onto Taamrapatra or copper plates.
Of these, around 12,000 un-notated sankeertanas, etched on copper plates, were discovered at Tirumala in 1922, which are now available as Taallapaka Pada Sahityamu, a 29-volune set of Shringara and Adhyatmika Sankeerthanas published by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD).
Around 1500 of these Sankeerthanas have been set to music by maestro composers such as Sri Nedunuri Krishna Murthy, Dr. Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna, Srirangam Gopalarathnam, Sri Garimella Balakrishna Prasad, and others.
Sri Sathiraju Venumadhav's contribution
In 2010, Sathiraju Venu Madhav, a bright and rising star on the firmament of Carnatic Music, composed 108 Annamacharya Sankeerthanas, in 108 ragams.
Released as a book and a CD names Annamayya Padamandakini, that was produced by Sujanaranjani, Venumadhav's musical compositions, that laid great emphasis on the Bhava of the poetry, were soon performed by musicians and adapted for dance by senior dancers and Gurus.
Unfortunately, Sathiraju Venumadhav, attained the feet of Sri Venkateswara in April 2019, leaving behind a young family, and, for all of us a treasure of his beautiful compositions.
A brainchild of our founder Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant, we at Natyarambha, wish to share this exquisite wealth of Annamacharya's poetry set to music by Sri Satthiraju Venumadhav. The workshops are being charged nominally to help us compensate in a small way the artistry of the eminent Gurus as well as support the artists at Hyderabad including the family of Sri Venumadhav.
What are people saying about Tamrapatra
Really imaginative ‘teaching’ and dramaturgical exploration series for young dancers of rare Annamacharya compositions. The charmingly eloquent and erudite dancer-scholar Anupama Kylash sets the stage with a research-evidenced historical and literary context as well as parsing each song to be explored; well-known performers/teachers generously share their approaches, processes and ideas for choreography and dramaturgy. Further, dancers get notes and texts and music too! So, above all, it is a rare and precious opportunity to learn the how, what and why to think and do when making new work: learn to fish, not just be given a fish, as the English adage goes. Or, learn the recipes, not just eat a meal! Enjoy!
Enjoyed every bit of it and can't wait to dance this beautiful piece. Thanks for organizing Tamrapatra and providing us with access to senior Gurus, their teaching and priceless Annamacharya pieces.
Thank you so much Ananda Akka for this beautiful session. Really enjoyed both the teaching and the choreography!! What a beautiful piece this is!! Thank you for this treat!
It was a beautiful beginning to Tamrapatra to soak in Sringaram of Lord Venkatesa. Still soaking in Ritu Rati