Shantha Ratii Initiatives: Indian Classical Dance Classes

Dance to Heal


Over time Shantha Ratii has evolved a holistic approach to teaching and engaging learners with her unique technique in the dissemination of knowledge and physical skills in dance. Besides imparting the fundamentals of dance, she aims at empowering them with knowledge and confidence.

Kuchipudi hails from the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the most visually fulfilling of the classical dance forms eschewing the austerity that often characterizes Bharatanatyam with its Iyricism and ebullience.

Bharatanatyam is from  Tanjavoor Tamil Nadu in South India, and is one of the most popular Indian dances. It is a dynamic and earthy dance style and its antiquity is well established. It has been aptly called a symbol of beauty and aesthetic perfection.


Odissi originated from Odisha in eastern India. It is believed to be among the oldest forms of dance and closely replicates the poses found in temple sculptures as sinuous postures with lyrical movements.


Kalaripayattu is the fountainhead of all martial art forms. It is a unique blend of mental prowess, physical discipline and the indigenous medical science. It deals with “Mei Tari” – body control exercises that help in flexibility, balance and coordination paving the way for body and mind conditioning.


Yoga is essentially a discipline which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body. It is a type of exercise in which you move your body into various positions in order to become fit and flexible and to improve breathing and to strengthen muscles and relieve stress and improve concentration.  

Decoding Music for Dancers

A music appreciation workshop for beginners with inroads into some of the core aspects of music and dance and their confluence, along with coursework to demonstrate the learnings.