Students and alumni from various countries will congregate for a month at Yogaville in Virginia, USA from 4th July to celebrate the silver jubilee of the Yogaville Gurukulam. The popular summer camp was initiated and is conducted under the leadership of the 93-year old dynamic Rukmini Rasiah of the Fine Arts Society, Yogaville. The organisers follow the 3 ‘D’ success formula of “discipline, devotion and dedication” enunciated by the founder of Yogaville, Swami Satchidananda Maharaj. This trendsetting community service movement was launched 25 years ago, roping in the services of Bharatanatyam natyacharyas Shanta and V.P. Dhananjayan from India, assisted by their disciple Padmarani Rasiah Cantu in the U.S.A. Students of Bharatanatyam living abroad participate in the Yogaville summer camps, where they learn not only the nuances of Bharatanatyam and its allied subjects, but are also exposed to Indian art and culture in a “home away from home” ambience.
This year there has been a clamour for participation in the gurukulam as the Dhananjayans have indicated their wish to ‘call it a day’ after guiding the camp over 25 years.