The Temple of Fine Arts
This sanctuary of art welcomes children into the artistic and cultural pursuit of classical Indian dance and music. The centre caters to children as young as four years old and believes that the holistic growth of a child is through the involvement of music and dance. Ancient dances like Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Kuchipudi involve rigorous practise and discipline, which will be instilled in your child with the help of their experienced and creative instructors. There’s also the much loved Bollywood dance, popularised by the numerous Hindi films streaming across the Indian media. For something more current, contemporary dance classes are also available, where students are taken through the controlled footwork of ballet while incorporating modern and jazz styles of dance. If dance is not your little one’s thing, consider encouraging them to pick up Carnatic vocal, a system of music and singing from Southern India, the Venu, which is the oldest flute in India and has figured greatly in ancient folklore and Indian mythology, or the Bala Vihar, an introductory course that’s specially crafted for children between four to six years old where they will be exposed to the principles of dance, music, yoga and Indian culture. 116 Jalan Berhala, Brickfields, KL (03 2274 3709); 5392 Jalan Dato’ Palembang Bukit Baru, Malacca (06 231 0576); 1 Babington Avenue, George Town, Penang (04 228 8575); 19 Jalan Dapat, Johor Bahru, Johor (07 222 7400/www.tfa.org.my).