As a Nattuvanar.
Nattuvangam is a South Indian form of rhythmic recitation. The artist who performs Nattuvangam (the
cymbals are played along with vocal percussion to accompany a classical dance performance) is called a
In Kalakshetra, the 2-year Post-Diploma course in Bharathanatyam that I had successfully completed
was also called a Nattuvangam Course.
Mastering in Nattuvangam is an additional asset to any professional Bharathanatyam instructor, where
the students can take advantage of absorbing any complicated choreographies that are set to
challenging rhythm patterns.
I have been performing and also teaching Nattuvangam for several years. I greatly enjoy the
coordination between the dancer's rhythmic movements and the Nattuvangam when it makes the
entire performance energetically entertaining to everyone.