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Address: Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai (Madras), India
Phone Number:
+91 44 2452 4057
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This institution was established to resurrect the traditional dance forms...

This institution was established to resurrect the traditional dance forms of the country from adulteration by modern techniques, Kalakshetra has been around since 1936. Many subtle nuances existed in the making of this institution — a symbol of uprising against the British, commitment to theosophy and creation of a strong identity for Indian classical dance forms. The suburban institution offers events that are open to public. It also provides dance classes and a platform for research and studies about traditional Indian dances.

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This place speaks of heritage

I have been here to attend Reciprocity fest. The place speaks of the heritage of Chennai. The big banyan tree with Pillayar sitting underneath it is a typical example. Simply... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2017
Nishanthini B
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Reviewed 24 April 2017

I have been here to attend Reciprocity fest. The place speaks of the heritage of Chennai. The big banyan tree with Pillayar sitting underneath it is a typical example. Simply being in this place give you inner peace and energy. The choice of stalls put of for this events were welcoming.

Thank Nishanthini B
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

This dance school in the midst of nature is a wonderful place chosen by Rukmini Devi to open a school for dance and music. Like Shantiniketan in West Bengal created by Rabindra Nath Tagore, Rukmini Devi created this open air environment for the children to learn traditional dance and music school. Since it is an open air school, silence is... More 

1 Thank khuku
Karnataka, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We went to see 'Siri Purandaradasa' a Kalakshetra production a few days back. The whole atmosphere was full of life and energy. The dance drama was very good . It brought back the enchanting memories of yesteryears when Smt. Rumini Devi was at the helm of affairs.Hats off to the Director Smt.Priyadarshini Govind and her dedicated team ! It was... More 

1 Thank sumathisridhar2016
Roanoke, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

We visited Kalakshetra in mid February and had a good experience. My husband and I were traveling with my American parents who both have backgrounds in music and really enjoyed it. The website posts visiting hours and their reasonable fee but the particular page is hard to find. There is satellite parking; no parking on campus proper. We took an... More 

2 Thank peacespiral
Pune, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

This is a must visit place if you are in Chennai. Fantastic environment in which Indian Classical is taught. Numerous classrooms there so while you roam around the campus you can hear music and dance from all around you. Literally takes you to the era of gurukul style schools in India. We watched a dancer practice his art under a... More 

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Reviewed 25 June 2016

Of all Chennai this is my favorite place. I visited because I am interested in the life of the Kalakshetra founder, Rukmini Devi and saw rehearsal there and I was so impressed.

Thank Erica M
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2015

I went this place. This school is basically for dance lovers. I saw one show of their practice. If you are lucky then you can enjoy their show. I was lucky. If you have time then go with family. Kids enjoy a lot over here.

Thank garhwaliya
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2015

This place brings fond memories and absolute bliss each time i visit. It is one place chennai can boast about. Must visit for anyone who loves music, art and dance.

5 Thank RahulMattackal
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

The work done to preserve traditional arts at this institution is commendable, and walking around, the atmosphere is inspiring. We tried to book a time where we were allowed to come in as visitors to look around, but it was really difficult to arrange, as evidently the school's intended only for the benefit of students. If the school's interested in... More 

8 Thank P B
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Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

We visited Kalakshetra in early August. Sadly, we went on an off day. However we managed to see some nice things, such as a big banyan tree and the performing stage.

6 Thank Tejas P

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