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Samarpana, meaning "a divine offering," is a dance school that offers the essence of the ancient art form of Bharathanatyam. The Samarpana Institute was co-founded by Sydney based dance couple, Suresh and Shobana in 2010. At Samarpana, the individuality of each student is nurtured, while they are trained in the intricacies of Bharathanatyam. Students of Samarpana also learn to appreciate the aesthetics and rich cultural heritage of the art form.

What is Bharathanatyam?

Bharathanatyam as it is known today is the oldest classical dance tradition of India dating over 2000 years old.

As per the etymology of the word Bha-ra-tha-natyam, Natyam means dance, while bha comes from Bhava (expression of emotions), ra from raga (melody) and tha from thala (rhythm). So these three are an integral part of this dance form.

Why learn Bharathanatyam? 

Bharathantyam is a highly technical art form, that takes many years to master, however, anyone can train in it and reap the many benefits of this dance. With the regular practice of Bharathantyam, students can develop a healthy body, mind, and spirit. It enhances the body-mind connection through movement, mime and story telling. In Bharathanatyam, every part of the body is utilised in a well-defined and synchronised manner, thus improving balance, coordination, stamina, flexibility, muscle tone, circulation, and memory.  

At Samarpana, our teachers understand the importance of teaching such a technical art form in the correct way, ensuring that students learn how to understand their own bodies and to maintain correct posture while training.

We also provide an engaging and interactive learning environment, so that young students can have fun while developing their technical skills. 


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Children and Adults

The Samarpana Institute offers Bharathanatyam classes in the Kalakshetra style, for children (5 years and above) and adults. Classes are operated during the NSW school terms, in Blacktown. With small class sizes, students are given individual attention and quality training in Bharathanatyam.

School holiday workshops are offered to enhance and consolidate the students' learning and knowledge in Bharathanatyam


For Advanced Students

Nattuvangam is the art of conducting a live Bharathanatyam recital, using Cymbals to guide the dancer with the beats and also involves reciting rhythmic syllables for dance. Students post-arangetram (debut recital) level can train in Nattuvangam. This is an essential sub-skill for the serious dance student.


Children and Adults

Silambam is an ancient Tamil Martial Art Form using a long stick for self-defence. Silambam was a commonly utilised warfare practice by Tamils thousands of years ago. It has now become a rare art-form. Today Silambam is used as an entertainment as well as a sporting activity. Learning this art form provides many benefits for our modern stressful lives; namely, it is a form of mindfulness and enhances physical fitness.

At Samarpana foundational training in Silambam is provided for senior dance students as an allied art, or for anyone who wants to learn this art form alone.


Shobana Suresh

The Gurus

The instructors at Samarpana Institute of Dance are Professionally Trained Bharathanatyam Artists and experienced Teachers. 

They understand the importance of this art form and are quite skilled at transferring it to students, in a way that students can find learning it meaningful and enjoyable. 

Both our instructors as well as any casual teachers hold NSW Working with Children Approvals.

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Chidambaram R. Suresh


"It’s been a wonderful experience as a student at Samarpana. As an adult beginner, I wasn’t too sure what I could expect and how well I would be able to cope with it. But Shobana & Suresh’s well structured classes are curated to ensure student's learning is eased as possible . Challenging and motivated environment! The gurus are highly skilled and come from a very astound background of achievements in the field. So happy & grateful I came across this school, looking forward to advance in Bharathnatyam under their guidance !🙏🏼 🙌🏼 "

Srinitha, Adult Beginner Student


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