"SHIVAKALALAYAM " Meaning - SHIVA (LORD SHIVA) + KALA (ARTS) + ALAYAM (TEMPLE) = " SHIVAN ARTS TEMPLE"
SHIVAKALALAYAM - School of Fine Arts was established by Guru Shri.S. Shivakumar on 14th July 1996, with an ambition to impart training to poor, interested and talented children in fine arts, with a focus on Bharathanatyam. On 5th Nov 1998, this institution has been registered as School of Fine Arts, under The Tamilnadu Government Society Act in Chennai. Since the focus of teaching is towards the ancient performing art forms of India, this school has got into a new dimension and therefore even called as Shivakalalayam Academy of Indian Performing Arts (SAIPA).
Through this academy Shivakumar and his wife Sailaja train many budding artists in India and abroad, who are themselves earning acclaim. The academy emphasises adherence to the classicism of Bharathanatyam, ensuring training with a strong foundation firmly rooted in tradition. In order to motivate, train and promote many professionals in this sacred field, our curriculum offers other special courses like Bharathanatyam,Nattuvangam,Mohini Attam,Choreographing,Yoga,Vocal music,Folk Dance,Kalaripayattu (Kerala Marshal Arts) &Other dance related activities.
Shivakalalayam has produced many dance ballets like Thanthondri Perumal Vaibhavam - The Sthala Puranam of Karur Sri Thanthondri Perumal Temple, Thulasi - Portrayal of Vishnu Avatars, Shiva Leela, Koothum Paattum, Kathamba Malai, Ramakrishna Charitham, Vande Mataram, Hari Hara Sudhan, Panchali Sabatham, Dasa Avatharam, Shiva Thandavam and Sange Muzhangu. Many arengetrams, solo and group performances are being conducted and the students have received public and press appreciation. Shivakalalayam has conducted numerous dance workshops & lecture demonstrations in Western Ballet workouts, Folk Dances, Variety Dances. Shivakalalayam has also organized performances in Classical, Folk dance and thematic dance presentations to the public, corporate organizations in India and abroad. Intensive training, individual attention, perfection and quality are the cornerstones of success of this institution. After the successful completion of a decade, Shivakalalayam continues to scale heights with high standards and achievements. The academy continues to strive hard to bring this sacred art form Bharathanatyam into international limelight in a new dimension.