Instrumental Series



For the very first time, The Bhavan is proud to announce a short special course on Nattuvangam! Nattuvangam is an important part of a South Indian Classical dance recital. Along with the percussion instrument, the dancer is accompanied by Nattuvangam, which is not just spoken rhythm but is also a main musical punctuation and guidance for the dancer. This course is open to dancers, singers, as well as anyone interested in learning this delightful art. You will learn the basics of tala structure, rhythm accent, rhythm syllables, variations, creativity in composing, and the aspects of Laya (tempo – 3 speeds). For advanced students, you will also get an insight into the formula to composing endlessly in the Pancha jathi talas – the 5 principal rhythms patterns.
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10 Weeks
21st Jan - 25th March 2021


Introduction to Nattuvangam

Introduction to the rhythm patterns

Speed and pacing

Other students who have studied with us

The last few weeks of Nattuvangam sessions with Bala Sir has been a sheer joy. Sir explains the nattuvangam techniques meticulously with patience and provides a non-judgemental space for creative practice. I have personally found the rhythm exercises very interesting and useful. Especially, exploring a pattern in various talams gave a good insight to enjoy and explore the beauty of talam, sollukattu and rhythm patterns.

have also learnt the technique of wielding the cymbals to various rhythmic patterns as well as the importance of being alert, calm and aware in conducting a dance performance. 
The best part of the session is that we practice a particular pattern several times so that we feel confident by the end of the session.    It’s been a great learning journey thus far and I look forward to the remaining sessions.s of konnakol.With the first class itself I knew I was in the right place. It was pure bliss.

Is this course for me?

  • This course is open to beginners as well as advanced students.

Times and Dates

 21st January –  25th March

Thursdays, 6 pm – 7 pm 



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Meet the instructor


“Teaching and performing are like my two eyes, how can I love one more than the other?”
A talented performer and teacher, M. Balachandar has accompanied some of the greatest Indian classical musicians including sitar legend late Pandit Ravi Shankar and the famous Dr. Balamurali Krishna. Several of his former students have gone on to become successful professional artists including Pirashanna Thevarajah who has toured with sitar player Anoushka Shankar.
Patrick Jones - Course author