Upcoming News and Events:

May 2014: Netra's annual recital is scheduled to be held between 5 and 7pm, on May 17th, 2014 at the Mills High School Auditorium, 400 Murchison Drive, Millbrae, CA 94030. The event will feature enthralling Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi and Bollywood dance performances by Deepa Menon, Academy students and Deepa Menon Dance Ensemble!

Past News and Events:

March, 2014: Two Bharathanatyam performances at MANCA's 30th Anniversary celebration.

2010 to present: MANCA - frequent performances by Deepa Menon and students of the academy at numerous MANCA programs and events.

January, 2014: Bharathanatyam performance by Academy students at Diwali fundraiser - Matters of Community.

January, 2014: Drawing and Painting Classes now offered at Netra for kids, teens and adults of all ages.

June, 2013: Students of Netra performed Bollywood dances at the Foster City Art and Wine festival.

April, 2013: Bollywood performances by kids and adults students at the San Mateo School international festival.

Dec, 2012: Bharathanatyam performance by Deepa Menon and Bollywood performances by academy students at Diwali fundraiser - Matters of Community.

June 3, 2012: Students of Netra performed Kuchipudi, Bharathanatyam and Bollywood dances at the 2012 Foster City Art and Wine Festival.
 
June 9, 2012: Deepa Menon performed at the Tridevi concert - A concert celebrating the female trinity, organized by Yuva Bharathi.
 
May, 12, 2012: First Anniversary Recital of the Netra Center for Arts and Culture was held at the College of San Mateo theater Auditorium.
 
IndiaWest was there to cover this event. Their coverage can be accessed here.
January 2012: Adult Bollywood fitness, Bollywood for boys and folk dance classes starts.

September 2011:

Deepa was awarded a Plaque by MANCA (Malayalee Association of Northern California) for her outstanding Dance Choreography from 2009 and 2011.


 

November 12th 2010:Classical dance and Fusion in Golden peacock for Diwali fundraiser for Matters of Community.

August 25: Bollywood kids class presented Jai ho for the United studios of Self defence
August 21: Mohiniattam performance in the Manca Onam celebrations.
Netra Featured in Patch.com: Escape to India in Foster City  
March 20th 2010: Mohiniattam performance in the Livermore temple.  
12th and 19th March 2010: - Interview of Deepa Menon on the Origin of Mohiniattam and Kuchipudi dance on KKdradioshow.com by Usha Narayan  

Sept 20 2009: Release of NetraArts.com: The website of "Netra Center for Arts and Culture", Foster City, San Mateo, California was released.  Netra Center for Arts and Culture is committed to promoting Indian classical Dance, Bollywood Dance, Music, Painting and Arts & Crafts. Netra will be deeply committed to the time tested traditions of teaching, practice and performance. The Academy is committed to excellence in the teaching, practise and performance of the traditional style of Bharthanatyam, Kuchipudi and Mohiniattam.

Kuchipudi: Kuchipudi is a Classical Indian dance form from Andhra Pradesh, a state of South India.The movements in Kuchipudi are quicksilver and scintillating, rounded and fleet-footed. Performed to classical Carnatic music, it shares many common elements with Bharatanatyam. In its solo exposition Kuchipudi numbers include 'jatiswaram' and 'tillana' whereas in nritya it has several lyrical compositions reflecting the desire of a devotee to merge with God - symbolically the union of the soul with the super soul.

Bharathanatyam: Bharatanatyam is one of seven classical dance styles, and said to be one of the oldest existing traditional Indian dances. Bharatanatyam is considered to be a fire-dance — the mystic manifestation of the metaphysical element of fire in the human body.

Mohiniattam: Mohiniattam is a traditional South Indian dance from Kerala. It is a very graceful dance meant to be performed as a solo recital by women. The term Mohiniattam comes from the words "Mohini" meaning a woman who enchants onlookers and "aattam" meaning graceful and sensuous body movements.The lyrics are in Manipravalam, a mixture of Sanskrit and Malayalam. The Mohiniyattam dance is performed to this accompaniment by the subtle gestures and footwork of the danseuse. The performer uses the eyes in a very coy yet sensual manner, the purpose being to enchant the mind without enticing the senses.

Bollywood and Fusion Dance: An excellent way to get a workout and enjoy the music, moves and exhilaration of Bollywood dancing to original Bollywood music. Steps are basic and low impact, and have been modified for general fitness level from the original high-energy style of Bollywood dance. Bollywood dance is taught in Netra for fun, exercise, fitness and also to promote a feeling of light-hearted fun, entertainment and social togetherness.

Carnatic Music: The ability to express thoughts through sounds has evolved into an art which we call music. Music can thus be defined as an art form that arranges sounds in a fashion that follows certain natural principles and provides that special inner feeling of happiness and contentment. The purpose of this ring is to link all web sites devoted to Carnatic - South Indian Classical Music. Carnatic music emphasizes the voice and singing, which may be accompanied by the instruments of the region, including tambura, violin, mridangam, and veena. Veena will also be taught in the Center.

Painting: Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a surface (support base). In art, the term describes both the act and the result, which is called a painting. Color and tone are the essence of painting as pitch and rhythm are of music. Color is highly subjective, but has observable psychological effects, although these can differ from one culture to the next. Rhythm is important in painting as well as in music. Rhythm is basically a pause incorporated into a body (sequence). This pause allows creative force to intervene and add new creations—form, melody, coloration.

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1072 Shell Blvd, Suite E
Foster City, San Mateo
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Phone - 650-773-3587
Email : netra_arts@yahoo.com