Can we learn Bharatnatyam online?

July 1st, 2007 by Anjali

Having learnt the dance form in the traditional Guru-Shishya (Teacher-Student) mode with intimate physical lessons for 10 years, this is a question that I am trying to answer as well! But with the changing paradigms and thinking, people are trying to find newer ways to interact and help each other. The emergence of social networking sites is a case in point.

I am encouraged by the fact that there are resources that have tried to transfer knowledge on dance online and through books. A popular online resource that teaches dance is On the last count, the site has been bookmarked by 580 people on ! (search for dance). Another approach is a book on Bharatnatyam called “How To Bharatanatyam” (A Step By Step Approach to Learn the Classical Dance Form) by Jayalakshmi Eshwar.

The renowned Sri Devi Nrithyalaya has some good Videos and DVDs on Bharatanatyam. Interestingly, they are promising to provide an “online individual tuition” to study Bharatanatyam online. I would love to hear comments if any of you have enrolled for this course 🙂

So please stay tuned as we start the experiment on Bharatnatyam through this Blog. I intend to have a instructor style postings with Videos and images to help you get a hang of the basics on Bharatanatyam. Your comments will be a huge encouragement for me.

I must finally emphasize though that there is NO substitute to a traditional Guru to learn classical Indian dance.

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154 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sujathavasudeven Apr 8, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Can I learn bharathanaatyam at this age(45 years)?

  • 2 Anjali Apr 22, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Yes you can

  • 3 Shanthi Apr 30, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Thanks a lot Anjali, I can fulfil my dream (learning bharathnatyam) through your onlinebharathnatyam videos. I love them a lot. I must say that you are a very good teacher and an excellent dancer (I have seen some of your shows in youtube). Thank you very much my dear favourite teacher 🙂

  • 4 sushma toprani Sep 4, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Hello Anjali,

    I love your site. Just wanted to ask if my daughter who is 10yrs can learn online bharatnaytam and do her exams in it. Please advise of costs and where and how t he exams would be based and taken.

    We live in UK so wanted to know if online learning and exams was feasible.

    Thanking you

    Awaiting your reply and advise.

    Kind Regards