Sarfojiraje Bhosale Centre's Bharata College of Fine Arts & Culture was launched as a pioneering venture in the field of dance as a fine art by Dr. Sandhya V Purecha.
The teaching methodology maintains the Guru Shishya Parampara of imparting knowledge and the course is designed with a performance and pedagogical approach through innovative media with the following structure
It was the first ever college established with a view to provide an alternative field for students interested in pursuing dance as a full-time career. The college was inaugurated in the year 2005 and has successfully entered in the 13th successful yes of its cultural journey. Within a short span of time, the college has received international recognition as one of the premier institutions preserving the Guru Shishya tradition, promoting Indian arts and culture in its pristine form and conducting myriad activities along with a systematized academic approach. Here, advanced training is given to provide artistic excellence to select a career in Indian culture with an aim to preserve, promote and propagate our art forms, our cultural heritage and to carry it world-over as dancers, choreographers, scholars, professors and teachers.
The college is named after great sage Bharata, the author of Natyashastra, a unique Sanskrit text written over two millenniums ago. The word Bharata represents the eponyms for the three syllables Bha(bhava), Ra(raga) Ta(tala).
From the Vedas, our motto – “Nrityam Sanskritisamvardhanam” signifies that dance preserves culture; preserving nritya is the cornerstone of the institution.
The college is known to maintain The Guru-Shishya Parampara, a traditional teaching method in which the guru and disciple work in close association with each other. In the heart of the city Mumbai, the atmosphere ingrained in the college is absolutely apt for delving deep into India’s art and culture.
Dance, a performing art has been given an academic bent through innovative media; Angikabhinaya – body language precision with regimented initial basic training in the purely classical dicta; Study of the Shastra – Sanskrit treatises for an insight into splendours from our traditions for creation of movements; Application of the Shastra into Sampradaya – Theory into Practice; Understanding the true meaning of Dance in the Contemporary Era; Interrelation of the kalas – Classical arts, dance-sculpture, dance-music, dance-literature, dance-painting, dance-yoga; Travel – Tourism – Journalism in dance creative writing on art and related fields, critiques and reports; Acharya Parvatikumar’s dance and music writing methodology; Performance spaces at Sarfojiraje Bhosale Centre’s annual festivals, Performance Wing and Dr Purecha’s Productions; Training for Scholarships, Fellowships, SET, NET, and PhD studies.
An innovatory college providing lucrative opportunities for growth in the cultural field, we endeavour to create a gen next that will take this tradition forward as preservers, innovators, researchers, performers, teachers, writers etc. using their extensive dance repertoires, deftness in music and tala and firm academic base of Sanskrit treatises like Abhinaya Darpanam, Natyashastra, NrityaRatnaKosh, Sangeer Ratnakara, Sangeet Darpanam, Natya Darpan, Dasharupaka and Tamil and Sanskrit literature.
We have built up a professional standard of imparting dance training, a faculty to meet the requirements of remarkable academic heights and a curriculum which hones not only one’s practical dance skills but also knowledge in other theoretical and analytical aspects of Indian art and culture. This institution has produced and molded several acclaimed artists in distinctive genres. Guru-Shishya Parampara, the age-old tradition of imparting education, is imbedded in its very roots and the centre is committed to preserving and perpetuating the sanctity and authenticity of the style. As a training and research centre, the research productions, traditional and contemporary dance ballets by Sarfojiraje Bhosale Centre pioneered by Dr Sandhya V Purecha are holistic in essence, aesthetic in presentation and novel in concept.