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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  • 1 Sudha Jul 28, 2007 at 10:45 pm does not have bharatanatyam. Do you know sites that show basic Adavus or movements of Bharatanatyam online even as reference for some kid learning from a real teacher. Thanks.

  • 2 Anjali Jul 29, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    Good to know that your kid has taken up Bharatanatyam, Sudha. I have also been looking around for sites with more information and images/videos on basic learning like Adavus without much success. I am creating a resource page that has some resources that I have discovered so far. Please check out and see if any of those helps you. Thanks for your interest and keep checking back. I plan to post information on basic adavus and movements here. Thanks.

  • 3 Sharmista Aug 9, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    I love your website it has helped me so so so so so so so so so so much i would keep on going except it would fill the whole page!

  • 4 Anjali Aug 10, 2007 at 12:20 am

    Sharmista – Thanks a bunch for your encouraging words. That keeps me going on and on and on … :)

  • 5 Janet Cutinha Aug 24, 2007 at 7:50 pm


    I am from India but I live in Finland I love Bharatanatyam and I know little and now
    I will like to learn so that I can teach here in Finland they love to learn indian dance so please help and send me mail so that i can teach them .

  • 6 bhawani Oct 6, 2007 at 12:29 am

    hi !I love your website.My daughter has just started learning bharatnatyam at the age of 11yrs.In the UK where I live we have to travel a long distance to attend these lessons in london .But now i have discovered an excellent teacher locally who has started teaching her.My daughter at first was so confused with all the difficult names that were being taught to her ,more so because she was born and brought up here(though born in a tamil family).We came across your site and believe me she is so happy that she can turn to your website to brush up on all that she has learnt in her class .Please keep up the good work and congrats to you on your this wonderful mission.Hats Off.WE will be visiting your website frequently.

  • 7 Anjali Oct 6, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    I love your comment, Bhawani! It is really heart warming to note that you and your daughter are following the dance form in spite of all the difficulties. Hats Off!
    I really feel wonderful to note that this site has been helpful to your child. I shall keep the information flowing on the posts to be of more help. I would be happy to hear from you on her progress.

    Thanks Again! God Bless!!

  • 8 Anitha Oct 19, 2007 at 7:13 pm

    hi madam,

    I just saw your videos and i’m spellbound ma’am. i feel you are blessed and tht is why you have expertised in dance especially with a wonderfull guru and to add on ,you are fulfilling your duty as a perfect student by creating this website.I hava also learnt dance but my bad luck i was not able to continue because of my studies and after my education i joined a good master and again had to leave because of job.Now i’m married and constantly travelling because of which i’m not able to proceed.I have always had an desire to learn dance and do arangetam. Now seeing your website i have a small hope tht i can also do somethng. If is just say keep it up then tht becomes too simple , i would just say at any situation please go ahead with this idea and effort and one day you will know wht a wonderful deed you have done and are doing

    Thank you Ma’am

    With Lots of Respect,

  • 9 radhini Oct 23, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    I am teaching my daughter at home. I am looking for a complete list of the mudras in order cos thats one thing I have forgotten. Help will be greatly appreciated.

  • 10 radhini Oct 23, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    Hi, Anjali, if u need any help please let me know. Glad to be of assistance to help propogation of Bharatanatyam. I have completed my arangetram and had to undergo nearly 16 yrs of training as my guru is a thorough disciplinarian! Never wore salangai till Thillana! No dance performances allowed before arangetram and so on and so forth. So I would be glad to provide any assistance you may need. Once again, the idea is beautiful and definitely I pray for the success of the blog.

  • 11 Anjali Oct 23, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    Hi Radhini
    Its great to know about your Bharatanatyam course …..a real long training. Your Guruji seems to be a perfectionist. My Pranams to him as well.
    I have a resources page with links to sites that has shown all the Mudras. Do take a look at it. It might Help you. Abhinaya Darpan will be a great source reference to you.
    I wish success to your daughter who has just started learning this art ……..No doubt she has a capable guru. How lucky she is, to have a guru at home :)
    Thanks again for your desire to help ……..I will surely get back to you at some point of time. Mean while keep adding in your suggestions and thoughts to enhance the value of this blog.

  • 12 radhini Oct 24, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    Hey Anjali,
    Thanks for your quick responses! really Great!My Guru is a lady. And thanks on my daughter’s behalf. I found the page with all the mudras. Thanks again. Keep In touch

  • 13 Suman Jan 15, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Hi, Anjali, you are doing some really good work:) i have mastered all the tatta adavus and natta adavus, i saw a small section of sutral adavus on youtube by someone else, it would be maravellous if you could post what comes after natta adavus and continue this amazing work:) thank you so much you are helping so many people abroad revive culture:)

  • 14 Anjali Jan 15, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Thanks Suman, for your kind words. I appreciate your intense desire to learn. Encouragement and motivation from friends like you will only inspire me to do better. Enjoy and wish you all the success ahead.

  • 15 Seema Chandane Jan 18, 2008 at 12:00 am

    I am so happy to find this website today. I still have to explore it, but from whatever i have seen so far …I am enjoying it. I have a 6 yr old daughter & would like to teach her Bharatnatyam. But this website will give me a chance to learn a little myself too… as I am also intersted. Keep up the good work & Thankyou for providing a wonderful resource for people abroad. I will try to make the best out of your website.

  • 16 Seema Jan 25, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Hi….. Anjali
    As I promised to you & myself that i’ll try to give my best. I started practising all the steps you have shared so far. I took some lessons (for about 3 years) when i was in school…but thats long ago…. and this website now gives me an opportunity to start again. I must say that you are an excellent teacher and i am happy to say that I have you as my teacher.
    My daughter Aarushi would also like to say thankyou. She has also started learning from your video’s.
    I’ll surely keep posting our progress & questions.
    Thanks again

  • 17 Anjali Jan 28, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Hey Seema, thank you for the appreciation. And lots of love to Aarushi. Enjoy and keep writing

  • 18 angel Feb 5, 2008 at 8:15 am

    hi anjali,
    im 16 years old and i am just wondering that is this a good age to start studying bharathanatyam?? and what are the consequences of start studying bharathanatyam in this age of 16?? thnku:)

  • 19 Di Feb 28, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Anjali!

    I found your videos and your website through Youtube. Thank you very much for uploading this type of information! I have tried looking up online resources about how to learn bharatanatyam steps before, but to no avail. Your site is extremely well-done and a great resource for someone like me that wants to pick up a new hobby!

  • 20 Preeti Apr 2, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Hi Anjali!
    I’m Preeti living in north delhi. Pleasee some 1 tell me from where I can buy a Bharatnatyam Learning DVD with is cost…Please help me.!!!!!

  • 21 Naila Razvi Jul 15, 2008 at 4:36 am

    Hello Anjali. I am very happy to have found this site and with the help of your videos I taught my daughter the Namaskaram and the That Adavu today. I just wanted to let you know that you have a student who you havent met but yet she is learning the dance from you. I learnt Bharatanatyam for some time when I was little, from Padmini Priyadarshini amma and miss Sujatha in Bangalore. I dont remember most of the adavus. I know That, natt, goodithamettu, etc,
    I would really appreciate it if you could name all the adavus and explain at least briefly each of those adavus. That will refresh my memory and I can carry on to teach my daughter as much as I can. We recently moved to Surat and I have found a dance institute. I will be enrolling her in the dance school shortly but before that I thought it will be a good idea to introduce to her the basic forms. Please keep up the good work. Thank you.

  • 22 Anjali Jul 15, 2008 at 6:18 am

    Hi Naila, thanks a lot for the appreciation. I wish you and your daughter good luck for your lessons ahead.

  • 23 Meelika Aug 19, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    I really will appreciate it if i can learn bharatanatyam online.
    I feel that learning in a class might keep you back sometimes but please help us out here.

    thank you so much.

  • 24 Baladev Das Aug 26, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Dear Anjaliji,
    I’m really curious about learning this wonderful art and dancing for my home deities :) I’m practicing your adavus regulary, but i dont know what should i have to learn and practice next? I really want to learn even a bit of this art online. There are few teachers in our country, but they are living 250kms away, and here only girls dance bharatanatyam.
    Radhe Radhe :)

  • 25 Anjali Aug 27, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Namaste Baldevdasji. You need to start with namaskaram and then the adavus. Check the ” more about Adavus” in the Index page. This will help you. I believe if we are passionate and sincere, with gods grace knowledge will keep coming from some where.

  • 26 Baladev Das Aug 27, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Thank you very much dear Anjali ji :) i’ll try to do the very best

  • 27 asha james Sep 2, 2008 at 2:41 am

    hi , i love your website. i am a person who is very fond of dance,especially bharatnatyam.but i was not able to learn it untill now. i am 28years old now ,with a six month old baby boy.i used to dance at college ,with film songs.This website has uplifted my spirits.Your website provides an opportunity for people like me, who didn’t have any means to learn bharatnatyam eventhough they wanted to learn. i was planning to learn dance in UK, where I live , but couldn’t find any teachers near by.
    i feel like i have a wonderful guru now.
    i am extremely thankful to you for this wonderful work.

  • 28 Anjali Sep 2, 2008 at 5:49 am

    Asha, I am glad to know this site is helping you. I am also happy that you have taken up dance again inspite of the facts around you. This shows your passion. I wish you good luck for your lessons ahead.

  • 29 Baladev Das Sep 6, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Namaste again Dear Anjaliji,
    If i sent you my video of my dance and adavus, could you say what i’m doing good and bad in dance? I’m really curious about learning dance. There is some teachers in my country, but they are living so far and they are teaching just girls.
    Radhe Radhe

  • 30 Anjali Sep 6, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Yes baldevji, you can do that. I will review it.

  • 31 Baladev Das Sep 6, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Thank you very much Anjaliji :)
    I’ll buy new web cam and record my adavus. I’ll upload it to my youtube videos and inform you about it.
    Radhe Radhe

  • 32 parvathy Sep 7, 2008 at 3:22 am

    hi mam.i love ur website s like a dream for me to learn bhartanatyam.unfortunately i was not able to join any class till now. now i am 28 & i thought it will remain only as a dream . but you now gave me a hope i will start learning from you from tommorrow .my pranamam to you .pls do bless me.

  • 33 Anjali Sep 7, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Thanks parvati, for your kind words. I am happy that you have decided to take up dancing. See if you have some bharatanatyam classes in your city and join. Wish you good luck and success.

  • 34 Baladev Das Sep 14, 2008 at 7:59 am

    Namaste dear Anjaliji,
    I’ve found bharatanatyam teacher in my country. But hers style is very different, i think its named Kalakshetra. Different adavu names, different adavus and so on. And her lessons are very expensive. So i decided to continue learning adavus from you. I’ll upload my adavus as soon as i’ll buy new web cam, maybe tomorow. Could you review some BN videos of my youtube friend “dugadugaduga” also? she told me that she could teach me BN, if i came to hers city.
    Baladev das

  • 35 Baladev Das Sep 16, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Namaste again,
    Dear Anjaliji, i’ve just uploaded my natta adavu video on youtube. You are alowed to watch it, so you can review it and leave comment.
    Thank you very much
    Baladev Das

  • 36 shamini Mishra Sep 21, 2008 at 3:15 am

    Dear Anjaliji,

    Iam a mother of nine years daughter .I love dancing but b’coz of unawareness in the youg time and anavailabilty of good classical guru i couldnt do but my daugher is interested and after a long search one teacher got ready to come in our premises to teach but my daughter learn it casuaaly . but today i felt very bed b’coz she couldnt performed upto the mark as she never practise coming home. But i WANT HER TO PUT HER FULL DEDICATION . WHEN I Want to take her practice I got stuck as ihave a very less knowledge .I dont know how many perrys are and what are they,can you help me by telling how can i gather knowledge about it or if you provide with some information on it.

  • 37 Sushma Jahnavi Toleti Sep 21, 2008 at 4:47 am

    This website is informative and I think it really helps me.

  • 38 Anjali Sep 21, 2008 at 6:44 am

    Dear Shamini,Good to know that you have found a teacher for your daughter. The most important thing is that your daughter must have a liking towards the dance. I hope she will do better as she matures. As far as practice is concerned she must revise her steps atleast for half an hr daily. I am sorry I have not understood the word “Perrys” you mentioned. Is she learning kathak or Bharatanatyam?

  • 39 Anjali Sep 21, 2008 at 6:44 am

    Thank you Sushma.

  • 40 Dhivya Oct 12, 2008 at 5:21 am

    Does anyone know of any excellent bharathanatyam and veena teachers in London, UK?

  • 41 vasanthkamath Nov 2, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    (I must finally emphasize though that there is NO substitute to a traditional Guru to learn classical Indian dance.)
    Ibelieve that learning bharatha through CD is for those who had already learned and who can understand mudras abhinayasand steps and especially one should understand the meaning of the theem selected.(i am vasanth,My daughter passed senior board exam ,stood first for the centre.This website is more useful for learners & learned equally.–Thank you.

  • 42 Linda Altus Nov 11, 2008 at 7:35 am

    I can not thank you enough for you establishing this web site, it is exactly what I need to supplement the training I get from my dance guru. My daughter and I do not have any Indian heritage, but have been attracted to this dance style and taking lessons for a number of years. My daughter is now 19, and started dancing bharta natyam 10 years ago (after attending an international dance festival). I started dancing about 5 years ago (I am only 58 years old a retired social worker). My daughter has a photogenic memory when it comes to dance movement, but unfortunately, I do not. Trying to find resources to supplement my training has been difficult,.One of the best I have found is a book by Sunil Kothari called Bharta Natyam, published by Marg Publication. My daughter says I am addicted to dance, but I say, it’s a good addiction. Any way, having to make alterations on my daughter’s costumes & due to the difficulty of obtaining dance costumes (plus the shipping & handling fee of approx $100.00, 2 to 3 months to for it to arrive, and outfits not fitting like they are suppose to – my experiences & reports from other people) I decided to figure out how to make one myself and after a year of experimenting I have finally come up with a pattern (it’s like a template with instructions). I have also been able to make the orange flowers out of silk ,one wears in the hair & most recently the bells one wears on the ankles for performances (made out of leather & suede with 14 mm bells from India) I am calling my business Jaya Lakshmi Designs & a couple of weeks ago registered my business. (I have been sewing for over 40 years) Also, a couple of months ago, I was able to purchase kanjupuran silk from Nalli Silk & Sari in Canada, for an extremely reasonable price. Now I am looking for the zari borders, do you have any ideas? (At the present I am using a sari to make the outfits) I live in Michigan. Any way, keep up the good work you are doing on your web site

  • 43 Anjali Nov 12, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Hello Linda thank you. I am amazed to know your passion towards this art. I wish you good luck and success ahead. I think zari borders are available on Ebay and some online stores. Also get in touch with an Indian store close to your place and find out if they could help you.

  • 44 nivedita shrivastava Nov 14, 2008 at 8:09 am

    tell me some sites to learn bharatnatyam online..!

  • 45 Leena Dec 8, 2008 at 1:05 am

    Vanakkam Anjali….

    Learning bharatanatyam has always been a childhood passion for me. i’m mesmerised each time i watch a performance and would love to learn to dance like that some day. Problem is that i in my 30’s… most people i’ve spoken to say that’s harder to learn once you’re older than a teeneger. is this true?

  • 46 Anjali Dec 8, 2008 at 7:33 am

    Hi Leena, I believe there is no age to start learning. Most of the obstacles are just in our minds. Let go and plunge into what you love. I am sure you will enjoy. Moreover dance could severe as a great work out to you. Also just don’t compare yourself with any other dancers of your age or younger to you. You are your only benchmark. Your focus and sincerity are the most important factors. I wish you good luck.

  • 47 Vijayananda Sreelatha Dec 11, 2008 at 1:52 am

    I too have learnt Bharata Natyam in a dance school, as it is too far and I have new obligations, I am very interested in getting new ideas for developing my knowledge about B. and find an online teacher to improve my skills.

    Best regards

    Sreelatha Vijayananda

  • 48 DR NEELAM JINDAL Dec 11, 2008 at 12:29 pm


  • 49 Anjali Dec 11, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Hello Dr Neelam. Really nice to know about your interest in dance. Which part of North are you from? Being in India I would suggest to go to a guru and learn. I am also starting my online interactive classes from 22nd Dec. If you are interested i can mail the details. There is an instructional book on basics by jayalakshmi eshwar called “Bharatanatyam how to “. It is also accompanied by Cds that demonstrates all the basic steps clearly. There are clips available on youtube check. You can buy it from her site itself ie

  • 50 sowjanya Dec 18, 2008 at 1:31 pm


    I am so astonished seeing this site. I am very fond of bharatanatyam from childhood. But i did not get a chance to learn it because of lack of resources, time whatever. I am so pleased to see this site and several videos in you tube. Infact I started practicing this you dont believe. I am glad to go through this course online atleast.
    Hoping more support from your side


  • 51 Anjali Dec 18, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Hello Sowjanya. Thank you. Good to know you have already started your practice. Wish you good luck.

  • 52 angana de Jan 8, 2009 at 12:15 am

    i want to learn bharatnatyam o line. does anyone know any site . does anyone know any site which shows movements and adavus .

  • 53 Sunnetha Feb 9, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    What are the basics?

    Can Americans do it?

    I have a kid, she wants to learn but we say no?

    What should I do?


  • 54 Nandita Feb 12, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Hi anjali. I am a 23 yr old girl.I have been passionate about bharatanatyam from my childhood..But didnt get a chance to learn.Can I learn it now? At this age?

  • 55 Anjali Feb 12, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Hello Sunnetha,
    There are many westerns who are successful baratanatyam dancer and teachers. Example
    Its largely the love for the art form that is important. The rest follows. wish you good luck.

  • 56 sriloka radhakrishnan May 7, 2009 at 1:57 am

    i have learnt bharathnatyam 10yrs this site is really helpful to recollect the steps and able to teach and correct my daughter at im practicing myself and giving practice to her also.thanku very much.

  • 57 udaya May 11, 2009 at 4:43 am

    iam very intresting learn to this barathanatiyam

  • 58 Resmi-N May 11, 2009 at 6:20 am

    hai…………….. iam also a trained barathanatyam dancer. And i appreciate your effort which u hav taken in online learning………

  • 59 Resmi-N May 11, 2009 at 6:22 am

    i would lik 2 learn online barathanatyam further

  • 60 shravanthi May 11, 2009 at 6:31 am

    i want to learn barathanatyum

  • 61 Anjali May 11, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Udaya, Shravanti and Resmi,
    Thanks for your comments. We can explore if online learning works for you. I shall mail you regarding this soon.

  • 62 Dr. Anita shanmuganathan May 16, 2009 at 5:36 am

    As a dance teacher for the last 25 years, iam convinced that dance learning via technology is the best way to further learning process, provided the student and teacher have had a face-to-face interaction prior. This would help the teacher understand the physicality ( limitations, strengths) of the particular dancing body before submitting to technological learning. Again, how effective any program via technology or otherwise depends on the understanding between the teacher and the taught. I have just started teaching a student in Switzerlnd. we enjoy the process and are grateful for the many possibilities technology offers.

  • 63 Jayanthi May 19, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Excellent to see this fusion with Bharatnatyam and technology. Any information you can make and post online will make the superset richer and more available to all students out there. I love your approach of trying this out and wish you success. Absolutely agreed that online cant beat a one-one student teacher style but can hugley supplement it. Its this approach that’s missing in our art. You are filling that void which is cool! JH

  • 64 natalia Jun 1, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Thank you very much for your lessons and information,-i it is so interesting , beautiful and uplifting.

  • 65 MALINY Jun 1, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Hi anjali,

    You have a good smile and it is a very good effort.

    I have started learning Bharathanatyam now when i am 27. I am sure your website and my guru together would definitely help me learn.

    Let me try my best and God bless you.

  • 66 richa tomar Jun 10, 2009 at 2:15 am

    my self richa.i m non dancer girl,but really want to learn classical dance.i love classical dance.i have heard that classical dances can be learn from it true?i m a 20 years young girl who wants to learn the bharatnatyam.may i.please do reply

  • 67 allison rhodes Jul 30, 2009 at 6:01 am

    i want to learn bharatanatyam im 12 yrs old in beckly west virginia beckley west apartments 529 newport court im american not hindu indian. american.i have black hair black eyes brown skin im white caucasion my number 13048601288 plz can i learn im into this

  • 68 Anjali Aug 3, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Hello Allison, your mail Id seems to be incorrect, therefore had to answer you here. Learning bharatanatyam has got nothing to do with any race, religion, or colour. Its all about your passion and love to get started. Appreciate your interest in the art form. I offer personal online lessons to all who are interested. Please mail me your correct email id, I shall send you the details.

  • 69 Mevindraj Sep 12, 2009 at 9:06 am

    I am facing lot of problem with my daughter’s bharatanatyam teacher. My daughter is 5 years old and learns very fast due to her interest in dancing. She has completed 6 items including 30 basics. Now her teacher is trying to bar her potential and being jealous of her coming out in newspaper and getting too many programmes. She is trying to avoid my daughter from teaching. She also claims that my daughter must only dance in performance with her permission because all she need is money from the organizer of the performance. She claim this is the way to be done. I get very dissapointed with her teacher who also charges us high fee compared to other students. Whenever we give her the organizers contact number, the first thing she ask is money for her as a fees but my daughter gets nothing. What i want is not money or present but my daughter to polish her talent and become great. Please help us. pleaseeeeeeeeeeee

  • 70 Anjali Sep 14, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Hello Mevindraj,
    Your daughter is too young for such politics. What you need to focus on is her training, rather than exposing her to the newspapers, media and arranging programs etc. If she is outstanding she will definitely get opportunities. You do not have to work much on exposing her at this age. For the betterment of your child progress in arts, you much have a good Guru Shishya relationship. Talk good about the teacher and make her understand and feel good about her Guru. If you feel uncomfortable with the present teacher, look for another good teacher who can train her. Your daughter has a long way to go. Please concentrate on her lessons, training and imparting right attitude in life. With HIS grace and blessing, your daughter will do good.

  • 71 durga Oct 27, 2009 at 6:41 am

    i like to learn dance but the situations does not permit to go out and learnle. to feel happy by learning online and little bit of satisfaction.thanking you mamdam.

  • 72 tanvee Dec 13, 2009 at 7:34 am

    hello anjali…i have always been fascinated by this form of dance since childhood……but never got a chance to learn…im 17 years old and want to take up this dance form….can i pursue it at this age…… wud be nice if u help………

  • 73 Meghna Jan 10, 2010 at 5:57 am

    I am eagerly waiting to seek bharatanatyam. Please make it soon.
    I dont have any guru’s in nearby area. I am searching for such website. Your idea is good.

  • 74 Sowjanya Mar 3, 2010 at 7:20 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I appreciate your effort. I have been to Bharatanatyam Classes in my childhood, but discontinued for my further studies. I am working as Professional Executive now. I always used to feel bad that I could not learn Bharatanatyam. This site has boosted my hopes like anything, and I wondered looking at your videos in Youtube later I visited site which is really awesome. Believe it or not I am practicing Bharatanatyam daily at whatever time I can be free.


  • 75 Shraddha Mar 12, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Its a really wonderful website! i loved it. i learnt bharatanatyam just for a year and half. so i dont have a very good hold on the basics. This site has helped me a lot! Thank you!

  • 76 Nikhila Apr 12, 2010 at 9:04 am


    Hi Anjali, I have learned dance till Mohiniyattam when I was 14 years old. Now I am 25. I have started learning bharatanatyam through your website. Today was my first class. Your classes are very good. It helps a lot.
    Please accept me as your shishya and offer me your blessings.. Please instruct me how much time I should practice daily. I am working woman.
    Pranamam Guru!!!!!

  • 77 Anjali Apr 12, 2010 at 9:16 am

    wish you all the best Nikhila.

  • 78 Gowri Apr 26, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Dear Anjali,

    I am Gowri from London.I would like to learn bharathanatiyam as I could rather say that its my dream. when i waurtunitts in india I missed all mychances but now i am realsing that i could have joined and have done something so by the time i have just come across your website which sou nds really good.

    I just wanted to know is there any AGE restrications in learning?
    I am worried whether or not I can practice?
    Please instruct and guide me how much time I should practice in a day and How to . I am a working woman.

    Awaiting for your reply.

    Thanks & Regards,

  • 79 Anjali Apr 27, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    @Gawri, if you are interested you can begin any time. I would think that you are looking at Natyam as a way to relax after a busy schedule. So every day at least half an hour if you a can devote, that would be great. But you need a teacher who can correct you and not just by looking at some videos. Good luck!!!

  • 80 Sheelu Apr 28, 2010 at 4:16 am

    Hello Anjali,
    I learnt bharatnatyam for one year 15 years ago. I have so badly wanted to complete what I started, but the idea of looking for online classes didn’t occur to me until a few days ago. I couldn’t believe myself when I came across your site. In one word, wow. And thanks. I have no wish to attain distinction as a dancer. I just want to learn to dance because I love dancing. After so many years, my body is stiff, stretching hurts and my posture is …umm…let’s just say it needs work….lots of work. Which is why love the simplicity of all of the adavu you have placed here. I have no idea if I can start learning again. Or if I will even have the discipline to keep practicing. No harm in trying though, isn’t it? :)

  • 81 Anjali Apr 28, 2010 at 6:26 am

    @Sheelu, Thank you. Yes indeed no harm in trying. Good luck!!

  • 82 Neena Apr 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Your website is amazing! You are a very talented dancer :) I’m 13 years old and started learning bharatanatyam because of your website. I loved bharatanatyam ever since i saw my aunt dance. But she lives in India, so I don’t get to see her much. So i have a question. Is it necessary to know all of the variations of the adavus?

  • 83 Anjali Apr 29, 2010 at 5:08 am

    @ Neena, Thanks. It always good to know as many variation as you can. Just like in Math we solve number problems related to one topic.

  • 84 Francois May 8, 2010 at 7:55 am

    That’s a good article about Can we learn Bharatnatyam online? | Online Bharatanatyam. Thanks for the info.

  • 85 Mahnaz May 17, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Hi mam, i really love to learn bharatanatyam but unfortunately i live ins weden n here is nowhere i can learn dancing, i was wondering as u mentioned there is DVD’s or videos able to learn how can i get these DVD’s could u plz hepl me. i would be greatfull. Thank you.

  • 86 Anjali May 18, 2010 at 8:14 am

    @Mahnaz check kalakendra. com

  • 87 Divyo May 31, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Anjali Didi will You Please mail me some Allarippu Steps , Sollukettus/ Bols of Bharatanatyam ? Please Don’t send me any video. Only try send me written files and pictures . i will be waiting for your mail .

    Your loving brother

  • 88 Anjali Jun 1, 2010 at 11:34 am

    @Divyo, all the sollus are available for download on the website. Check the index page>sollukettu section. let me know if you have any issues. Allarippu song you can buy online from sites like kalakendra and music india.

  • 89 Netto Jun 29, 2010 at 6:45 am

    hi angali chechi, iam having my passion towards dance n have just did the beginning when i was at the age of 6. but later due to sme family issues i cudn’t continue.Now I hae got some gap and have a dead wish to learn classical beginning it from today. am currently in saudi. i hope ur class will be of gr8 use for me . and i’ll surely let you know about my progress n the way ur class is helping me freequently .thnking you for this gr8 effort that u have put up.

  • 90 Anjali Jun 29, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    thank you Netto. Glad that the site helps you learn.

  • 91 Khima Nov 4, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Anjali, le felicito ,su trabajo es extraordinario.Hace que mi interés por ésta danza crezca aún más.

  • 92 pushpa m Dec 3, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Namaskar.I am pushpa from Bangalore, India. My age is 32.I am learning bharatnatyam vazhoor style from 1 yr. so far i have completed adavus, alaripu,ganesha kautvam,abhogi jatiswaram.My problem is that i sweat too much and i am not able to do all these items contineously and i feel lack of energy and i get body pain especially knees and back. please suggest me to come out of this problem. your suggesations are more valuable for me. i dont have any health problems but i feel quiet stiffness in my back. you are doing really a great job. looking forward for yr valuable suggesation. Thanks

  • 93 Geethu Hareesh Dec 12, 2010 at 6:21 pm


    I am really passionate about classical dances such as Bharatanatyam, Mohiniaattam and Kuchipudi. I am not a trained dancer. This site gives me more information about the technical side of Bharatanatyam and I am thankful for the same

  • 94 josephjoshi Dec 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    i have three girls aged 6,5 3.5 yrs i want them to learn the dance can u help us

  • 95 smita Dec 29, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Dear Anjali, I wonder how much time, energy and selfless service you have dedicated for this project. When I was young I use to think whether I would be able to learn classical dance in my life. Now I believe, I can.. Classical dance is like worship…Although not like traditional Guru-Shishya but definately in modern era you are more than a Guru…I am completely a novice..but certainly I will learn this beautiful art.
    heartiest thanks and wish you success in all endeavours of life…

  • 96 Rita Som Paul Mar 11, 2011 at 6:46 am

    I think its gr8 that u r giving us this supplementary information. I will be looking forward to your site. i am learning Bharatnatyam and will be sitting 1st yr exam in may.

  • 97 Harshitha Mar 25, 2011 at 4:17 am

    I Would like to learn Bharathanatam Pls Help me

  • 98 niranjanaa Apr 1, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    nice haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • 99 Sarita May 5, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I’m so glad I found this site! Thanks for sharing this information.

  • 100 Harsimran Jul 1, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Finally i got someone who is teaching the amazing dance form online. Really appreciate your efforts. and plz keep posting so that we could learn something from you.


  • 101 Suneetha Karri Jul 12, 2011 at 5:27 am

    I am 29years old, however I have a dream in my life to learn bharatanatyam, Not to show in front of any one, only to feel myself happy, tq.

  • 102 Farzana Begum Sep 13, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Respected Sir or Madam
    I want to learn bharatnatyam dance online

  • 103 anita bansidas bhagure Dec 2, 2011 at 6:55 am

    hello mam i am from aurangabad learnt bharatnatyam and did arangetram in 5th aug.2007. i want learn mettu advu .

  • 104 Alphonsa mary Jan 13, 2012 at 3:15 am

    dear Anjali, i am very happy to learn this site. Thank you for the leasons. very good and easy to learn

  • 105 Akshaya Jey Feb 8, 2012 at 4:02 pm


    Which style of bharatanathyam is this?

  • 106 sweta singh Feb 23, 2012 at 5:43 am

    i’m very happy to see the online classes of indian classical dance its a grate step n oppertunity for those people who r interested in it but do’t have the way to learn good wishes to all of u who are the part of it.

  • 107 krishna Mar 5, 2012 at 3:22 am

    thank u

  • 108 lalitha Mar 6, 2012 at 10:40 am

    i love bharatyanatyam

  • 109 ErhythmGuru Mar 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks for encouraging words! We are trying to get more visibility so that people will know about us. Hopefully, we will be able to get more students!

  • 110 Anjali Mar 21, 2012 at 6:07 am

    @ErhythmGuru, Wish you all the very best. We need as many teachers as possible to be able to spread this art. Good luck.

  • 111 nitika Mar 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    hi.. i m a doctor from delhi, india residing in u.s now.. i m trained in bharatnatyam from rukminidevi kalakendra, delhi.. though i could not complete my training coz of studies but have performed on stage a lot of times… i just wanted to tell u that this is a superb site n will definitely help me to revise my basics… i will look fwd to more updates from u.. keep up the good work

  • 112 Sachin Naik Apr 4, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Our daughter is 7 years old and has been training for last two years. I am also interested to know the basics. This helps a lot with the practice. She was able to spot a few of the mudras and it is always fun to learn more. Thanks a ton for this website and the great social service you are doing.

  • 113 A. Prasad May 2, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Intresting Learn Bharatnayam

  • 114 Lilanandi Subhadra Jun 24, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Namaste Anjali! I have the pleasure to write to you to inform you that I begin to take the course online. Had I known this site existed before had started 5 years ago when I became interested in the practice of Bharatanatyam dance seriously, but unfortunately in my country we have no classes dictated endorsed teacher of this style of dance. I’ve already started and I’m learning variations Adavu Natta. Thank you very much for this new way of teaching. Lilanandi Subhadra Devi Dasi from Venezuela.

  • 115 gayathiry Jun 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    my friend is a fan of this site she goes on here for at least 1 hour and watches your videos and practices the steps every day. she always goes on here when we have a test in barathanatyam. she said it helped her so much. but this is my first time on here so i am just looking around to see if i can find anything about goutham and jatheeswaram:) i love your site so far though

  • 116 S.Chitra Jul 21, 2012 at 4:32 am

    I am chitra from India. I am 22 yrs old and Im interested in learning Bharatanatyam. However, due to certain reasons, I was not able to take up classes all these years and I don’t think I can continue for long. I am Very Interested Barathanatyam . Your site is fantastic and your method of teaching is excellent.

    Thanks & Regards


  • 117 balavaishnavi Aug 19, 2012 at 4:50 am

    hello madam,
    your giving so much of confidence to learn dance in easy way …………………….thank you so much mam.i love bharatnatyam but i cant able to learn .so ur website will be very useful for me i think… i am able to dance by help of you website

  • 118 prajakta manjre Sep 3, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    i loved this site………..thanks for helping me to learn bharatanatyam

  • 119 Anuradha Oct 6, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Anjali, are you affiliated to Sri Devi Nrithyalaya to place this dead link here?
    It’s “online individual tuition” never took place.
    I know a few girls who tried to join, but were told that everything was “under construction”, and there were no students learning online.
    Now all Sri Devi Nrithyalaya’s web site has been “under construction” since more than 4 months.
    It is not helpful to add dead links.

  • 120 Anjali Oct 6, 2012 at 10:11 am

    @Anuradha, Thank you for the update. I had added the link way back in 2007. Their page and information existed well before mine. My website and what I do is all inspired by that. Well I was not aware that online tuition never took place with Sridevi Nrithyalaya. Now we offer online training and anybody who lives outside India can take benefit of the lessons offered.

  • 121 Madhuja Mukhopadhyay Oct 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Hi Anjali ,

    Kudos to your attempt! Request you to upload a desh tillana vdeo and audio!


  • 122 shrutika Jan 13, 2013 at 12:01 am

    can i give prarambhik and all other exams by learning it online

  • 123 Anjali Jan 18, 2013 at 7:52 am

    @Shruti, You need a teacher to help you with the corrections and then a online reference of videos is ok.

  • 124 Pooja Feb 23, 2013 at 6:06 am

    Hi Anjali, I loved your website. I need some information on completing my exams in Bharatnatyam. I have been learning Bharatanatyam for 8 yeras and could not complete my junior exams. After a break of 6 years I have rejoined dance classes. Can you tell me exams that I need to sit in to complete my Vidhwath. Is there any age limitation to sit in the Junior, Senior and Vidwath exam ? and do I need to go into shaastriya singing classes also incase I have to complte my vidwath?

  • 125 Anjali Feb 24, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    @Pooja, Thank you. Frankly I am not aware of your syllabus. Which university are you a part of?. But you can expect the whole a margam for presentation. You own Choreographic presentation. Singing the dance songs with taalam. Yes some knowledge of music is helpful.

  • 126 Sneha Mar 1, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    First of all many thanks to you for the site! It is helping me a lot to come back to dance after a gap of 15 years. I learned Bharathanatyam for 10 years and then a gap after marriage. I am starting it again now and your site is immensely helpful. I have couple of requests – can you please post the bols of Jatiswaram because in your video the sound is not clear. Also can you please post video of Natanam?

    Thanks again!

    Best Regards,

  • 127 Anjali Mar 2, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    @Sneha, Thank you. Ok will have songs posted soon. Will also work on Natanam.

  • 128 sanskriti Mar 4, 2013 at 10:14 am

    hi! I m soooooo interested in classical dance ! i want to learn it online!!! please can you help me!!11

  • 129 sanskriti Mar 4, 2013 at 10:15 am

    please help me to learn it

  • 130 Usha May 5, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Hi Anjali,
    Thankyou for the effort you are taking in teaching the public about Bharatanatyam. I am currently in USA and want to teach my 4yr old daughter Bharatanatyam through your site. My questions are:
    Is this the rite age to teach her or do i need to wait till she turns 5yrs.
    If i follow your site from the scratch step by step will i be able to teach her bharatanatyam fully?

  • 131 Anjali May 8, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    @Usha, you can always encourage your daughter to dance. The right age where she could formally learn from a teacher could be around 6yrs. This website as of now has a lost of basic information and intermediate dances. Learning under a teacher’s guidance is always better. The term “fully” sounds impossible to me because the subject matter is so vast. I have been learning since I was six and still continue to while in my early thirties and thoroughly enjoying it. Let your little one enjoy the process. Good luck !!!!!

  • 132 Meriam Jun 7, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    My name is Mary from Morocco strongly and I want to learn classical Indian dance if after 3 years I will come to India to learn this dance, and I need your help I want to know where is the Council learned this is Facebook ( Maryam Nini ) Thanks :) And I Love Indienne

  • 133 mahalakshmi Jun 30, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    hi mam,


  • 134 suma Jul 8, 2013 at 5:42 am

    hi! i want to learn classical dance online!! I no how can learn it in online please can you help me!!

  • 135 Srinivas Aug 13, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Hi Sir/Madam

    My name is Srinivas. Is it possible to learn Bharatanatyam at the age of 40. Please feel free to mail me.

    Thank You

  • 136 shaheen Sep 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    I am recomending your online course to a friend here in chile who has been learning baratnatyam for 7 years now and is unable to continue since her guru has left the country. The only doubt i have is if your style is the kalak shatra style?


  • 137 Anjali Sep 21, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    @Shaheen, thank you. I follow the Pandanallur tradition.

  • 138 sneha Sep 22, 2013 at 4:12 am

    hi Madam, I was looking for variations of sarikal adavu. However I did not find sixth step of Sarikal Adavu. 7th and 8th I found on youtube. Can you please upload 6th step video. I also want to give you a gentle reminder about ‘Natanam’, few months ago I requested you to upload Natanam video. It would be great if you upload that too.

  • 139 Sneha Nov 17, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Congrats for your new DVD. Your videos were very useful for me to learn Adavus and Allaripu. Are you planning to publish DVDs for the following? –

    Jathishwaram, Tillana, Shabdam, Varnam, Javali, Natanam adinar (Kirthanam)

    I was interested in personal training and had posted in the past however there was no response from you. Please let me know if you have any plans to publish the DVD or videos for Jathishwaram, Tillana, Shabdam, Varnam, Javali, Natanam adinar (Kirthanam)

    Awaiting your response.

  • 140 Anjali Nov 17, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    @sneha, Thank you for the good wishes. I have now sent you some details via email. Yes a margam dvd could be a future development. But it might take a while.

  • 141 P.Rajalakshmi Iyer Dec 11, 2013 at 3:25 am

    i want to say that i will be glad to learn bhatanatyam again so please continue. its good you are doing a nice job
    thank you

  • 142 mitali bhide Jan 1, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    hi I m mitali can u learn me mishrachapu tillana n shringar padam pl learn u r dance is very well mala khup awadala tula Marathi or hindi yeta ka bye

  • 143 rrhujuta Jun 10, 2014 at 2:04 am

    Hello Anjali,

    My daughter is of 5 yrs.
    I want her to learn bharatanatyam from your site.
    Can u pls help me how shud I start with this.

    Rhujuta Nadgauda

  • 144 navdha gupta Jul 2, 2014 at 8:11 am

    hello maam , i have been following your videos on regular basis . they are absolutely amazing and simple at the same time . maam i need a piece of advice . i am a 20 year old north indian girl . family having no exposure to an Indian classical subject i started learning it since last year . They have no problem if i pursue it as my career . However i hardly have 3-4 years in hand as you may understand . How do i do it fast ? my guru is also trying but i understand that they expect perfection . can u please guide as to requirements in accelerating my education in the same . ? what about learning carnatic music as well ?

  • 145 vijaya Aug 5, 2014 at 10:41 am

    im intrested to learn bharat natyam

  • 146 Tifanm-la Oct 27, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Thank you very much for your site and your videos and articles. I’m learning Bharata Natyam in Martinique french West Indies and I love to dance Bharata Natyam.
    Thank you for your work!

  • 147 Sujatha chavan Mar 28, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Hello ma’am,

    It’s is so beautiful and very good you have created this website to keep up our traditional dance form on. I stay in jakarta indonesia . I am in Indian born and brought in Tamilnadu salem city . But never got chances to learn this dance form . Now I am married I have two kids 9 yr & 3 yr . Recently one of bharatanatyam dance teacher is shifted to jakarta and we have started the class now I am learning it in this age because I love it all before my guru come here I used to see ur videos it’s really wonderful I am not able to express in words … But thank u a lot for creating would love to see more …

  • 148 Yogeswari Subramaniam Jun 2, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Vanakam Ms,

    I’m 32 now. Mother of a 4 years old daughter. Planning to send her for bharathanatyam class soon.. But, i’m interested too.. Can i learn bharathanatyam at this age?? :)

  • 149 shruti Aug 24, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Myself shruti have three daughters. we are christians and not allowed to do idol worship and chant any shlokas can u please guide me on christian based bharatnatyam practiced with christian worship songs. Can you please guide me with this ? we live in Mumbai. I would be very thankful.


  • 150 Deepa Srinivasan Oct 4, 2015 at 4:30 am

    I am 27 years old. I wish to learn Bharathanatiyam at this age. Is that possible?