Arangetram is a Tamil word, which means the ‘etram’ or ascending on the ‘arangam’ or performance on stage by a dancer. In this concert-length solo recital to the public, a dancer presents a full repertoire of dances (Maargam), demonstrating extensive knowledge of the art form through a variety of pieces, keeping a balance between “nritta and nritya”. To reach this juncture in the career of a dancer requires years of intense and rigorous training. The Arangetram is the first step in the transition from an amateur to a professional dancer.