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Bharatanatyam Related sites

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The site from Chidambaram Dance academy has some good content on Adavus, Gestures & Costume. Check them out!

[Adavus]
[Hand Gestures]
[Movements]
[Costumes]


A website founded by Bharatanatyam exponent Anita Ratnam brings the world of Indian dancers under one shelter. [Narthaki- A gateway to the world of dance]


A great innovative way to show Adavu with pencil figures. This site shows Thatta adavu basics for new learners.
[Thatta Adavu Animation]


A Select List of Books on Bharatanatyam.
[Books on Bharatanatyam]


A good writeup that gives an overview of Bharatanatyam from Rambling with Bellur.
[A for Arangetram, B for Bharatanatyam…]


A site that provides Bharatanatyam lessons in the Vazavoor style by Sangeeta Shyam and Santosh
[Online Bharathanatyam Academy]


Here a very informative article on Bhava and Rasa in dance by Gyanendrabhajpai
[Gyanendrabajpai’s Weblog. ]


Online Carnatic Music lessons imparted by Bhavadhaarini Anantaraman. For more details visit her at bhavadhaarini.com


Indian Heritage a site that provides information on topics related to Indian culture like dance, music, shlokams, Architecture, painting, sculpture, Arts and craft.


Mr GS Rajan have worked on an Exhaustive Online Art Directory called ArtIndia.net in providing relevant information on all kinds of Indian art. This site gives details of the artists, Gurus and their address to contact.


Raaga Rasika is a site which provides series of Podcasts on carnatic music delivered by an eminent vocalist Vidya Subramanian. The site would help the novice and the rasikaas understand the intricate nuances of carnatic music.


Shivakumar Kalyanaraman’s Archives is an excellent resource on carnatic music which has the notation, meanings and lyrics of several kirthis, varnams and geethams.


Carnatic India.com provides resources on carnatic music, online lessons, dance and culture.


Bharatanatyam: Dancing for Gods by Preeti Vasudevan is an interactive multimedia website dedicated to Bharatanatyam.


Other References

Indusladies.com-A global online community for Indian ladies. Indian ladies living around the world come here to discuss various topics, engage in a dialogue, ask questions, get help, share tips and along the way build authentic and enduring friendships.


A Website dedicated to promoting various Art forms. It runs weekly online talent contests for the Desi community. They say “Use DynamycDesi to encourage your kids to develop their talents and get identified as The Talent of the week”.
[DynamicDesi. ]


Garamchai.com aims to provide everything Indians living in the United States may need to maintain their lifestyle outside of India. This site is a complete resource listing of 250 temples,200 restaurants,50 online shops and 300 bazaars. With the large amounts of information, the site is well organized dividing most listings into state categories.


Krishna.com aims at providing info on Bhagavat-Gita, meditation and yoga. The site displays live webcast of krishna temples around the world.


Here is a site called Cyberkerala that helps all the artist to design, develop and launch their own website and get known in the world of artists. They also provide for the maintenance and promotion the site.


Chhavi Jain Porwal is an experienced and qualified Language Arts tutor. She teaches ACT and SAT English, Writing, college essay assistance, English as a Second Language for adults, Grammar and Vocabulary. She is also an author of “Rohan and Coco” a simple children story book now available on Amazon. To read her blog and know more about her click here

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  • 1 bansuri Sep 4, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    that’s a nice compilation of Bharata Natyam e-resources. Thanks!

  • 2 Anjali Sep 5, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    Hi Bansuri…….nice name. I thank you for the compliment.

  • 3 rk Sep 12, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    very informative posts. lovely blog.
    thanks for linking.
    wish you all success.
    regards
    rk

  • 4 Nina Sep 14, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    There is not bad information about bhedams and hand gestures in pdf-format
    http://web.mit.edu/natya/www/danceStyles/Bhedams.pdf

    And here is a good article about Bharatanatyam and about gesture’s meanings:
    http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Shrine/3155/bnatyam.html

  • 5 Papa Sep 15, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    My best wishes for u, keep it up.

    papa.

  • 6 Anjali Sep 27, 2007 at 7:46 am

    Thanks for your Wishes, Papa.

  • 7 radha Nov 26, 2007 at 5:53 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I am from Auckland and I find this site very useful. really good work. Just one question. my daughter has just started learning bharatanatyam but finds it difficult to keep her back straight. What can she do (other than practice) to get this right?

    cheers

  • 8 Anjali Nov 27, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Radha, ask your daughter to stand before the mirror and correct herself. You can guide her with the right posture as per the video given. It should be brought to her notice every time she bends forward. Also ask her to do Padmasana daily which involves keeping the back straight. Right practice makes one perfect. Also perfection of postures need atleast a year of practice. Its called the Angashudhi. So donot worry and let her enjoy her lessons. Radha, Thanks a lot for your kind words.

  • 9 jayanthi Nov 30, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    hi anjali,

    I have just started to learn barathanatyam at the age of 37, I find it really interesting and your website really help me to practice better. Thanks and good luck.

  • 10 Anjali Dec 1, 2007 at 5:24 am

    Hi Jayanthi…Its nice to know that you have started learning dance. You are an inspiration to all those who hesitate to start just because of their age. Do share with us your experience while learning so that others are motivated. I would like to add your view in my FAQ page that will be posted soon. And Thanks a lot for your Kind words.

  • 11 deepa Dec 5, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    hi…ur site is fantastic…..i hav learned dance but just for 1 year….after a long gap i wud like to take it up again….can u just list out the order in which we hav to learn…..like how the sequence is….? thankyou once again….

  • 12 sandhya chandran Jan 21, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    anjali this is one of the very good work that u have done
    i wud really appreciate u for this beautiful work

    thankyou
    and best wishes
    sandhya

  • 13 Amit Amembal Jan 31, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    WOW…what an informative site…..Keep it up and God bless!

  • 14 Ajith Kumar Feb 4, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    Do not know if you remember our recent chat about my daughter Anusha (Bangalore). I would like to share with you that my daughter came first with 83 marks in her Bharatanatyam examination. Thank you for your wishes to her.
    Best regards,
    Ajith Kumar

  • 15 Raymol Feb 7, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    Came to know about your site thru Orkut. It is so helpful for a Bharatanatyam learner!I started learning Bharatanatyam in my 30s. Your movements are very graceful. My Guru is from Srilanka and we are settled in UK. I find lots of differences in adavus like my guru taught only 8 natta adavus. I am wondering why there are lots of variations.
    Your Natta adavu videos are really great. Could you please add other adavus videos as well like Thai ha thaihi etc.
    My daughter is planning to take her grade 1 exam in UK. Her guru is also from Srilanka and both our Gurus taught in the same way. We have a new guru now who wa trained in Chennai and her style is different in all the adavus. So I am wondering if the number of steps in the adavus are different in various places, how it will affect my daughter when she takes her exams.
    What is authentic in the number of steps in various adavus.
    Looking forward to hear from you.
    Thanks,
    Raymol

  • 16 Anjali Feb 13, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Hi Raymol, thanks for the appreciation. You are an inspiration to all those who hesitate to start late. All the best. Also being in UK your interest to learn this art is so strong. Hats off to your efforts. I also wish your daughter lots of luck for her life ahead. We had such a discussion earlier. Read the comments of this link. http://onlinebharatanatyam.com/2007/08/22/tatta-adavu-sixth-step/link.
    I repeat…. donot worry about differences. Follow the guru. Such references should be an added learning to you. At a higher level such differences are negligible.

  • 17 surya Feb 21, 2008 at 8:25 am

    A excellent and very informative website good work congrats and thank you

  • 18 Anjali Feb 21, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Namaskar Suryaji, its an honor to receive such an encouraging word from a versatile dancer like you. Thanks a lot for visiting and do add in your valuable suggestions on improvement.

  • 19 Pooja Feb 23, 2008 at 6:28 am

    Anjali,

    I love your site. It seems to be very helpful for learning the basics. I am 19 years old and want to learn Bharatanatyam very much. I learned for about 6 months when I was 15 but was not dedicated enough and stopped. But now I want to learn and wanted to know if you have any advice on learning at this age. How fast do you think I can progress assuming I am a fast learner? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and keep up the ogod work on your website.

    Pooja

  • 20 Anjali Feb 23, 2008 at 7:15 am

    Hi Pooja, thanks for visiting and for your kind words. Coming to your question, see it should not take more than 3-4 years to learn this art assuming that you are a fast learner. For this it is advisable to join schools like Kalakshetra, Kalamandalam or Nalanda who can offer 3yrs Diploma. I donot know about the private schools do inquire about them.

  • 21 Subs Mar 1, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    Good site. Quite informative. Apart from asamyuta and samyuta hastas, do you also have Vinayoga slokas’ mudras on your video? Am keen on going through that also. Thanks and Regards

  • 22 Jigisha Mar 18, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    Excellent site, excellent lessons for parents, my daughter is learning bharatnatyam, she practices at home but now i can rectify her mistakes. what is next adavus ?? Thanks

  • 23 Anjali Mar 18, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks a lot Jigisha. I wish good luck to your daughter. May she excel in every aspect of her life. The next adavu will be Tatti Metti Adavu .

  • 24 Rituparna Apr 21, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    i love bharatnatyam. but i never goat any oppurtunity to learn. am doing a litereture (theoritical) project on it for my college. can you please furnish me with some good information.Thanking u in anticipation……
    would love to be your friend!!!!!!!!! friends????????

  • 25 saachi Apr 30, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Anjali,

    Your website is really good. I want to commend you on the work that you are doing.
    I wanted to know, can you send me some links or names of DVD’s, VCD’s of the tanjore style of bharatanatyam.

  • 26 vidya May 8, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Hi anjali,

    I am from Pune…I am 34..haven’t found a teacher in Pune..I and my daughters would like to learnIf u have any information on the teachers in Pune please would u give it to me…

    I have learnt dance almost 11 years but ne’er appeared for any exam…I would like to continue….

  • 27 Prerana May 8, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Hey Anjali
    I just read Vidya’s ? & she is from my hometown so couldnt stop my self from sharing my Guru’s contact no with her if you dont mind
    She is toooooooooooo good her name is Mrs Shumita Mahajan- cell no 9890139990
    She is no 1 in Pune , very tallented & graceful dancer of Kalakshetra gharana.

    Good luck with your search & h ope you will get success.

    Thanks Anjali

  • 28 Radha May 11, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    Your site is really awesome. I had learnt bharatanatyam for three years and then stopped. I would like to continue. Can you please suggest me some good institutes in Bangalore. And also since I am working, i would be able to attend classes only during week ends. Can you please tell me any institute which teaches during week ends and also for people like me who had learnt for some years and then stopped.

    Good luck for you efforts in creating this informative website.

  • 29 indu Oct 22, 2008 at 12:10 am

    hi anjali,
    I am from anantapur… i am 24.. i want 2 learn bharatanatyam from my child hood but i didnt get any oppurtunity till now.. can u give information about the schools and couses in Andhra pradesh

  • 30 GS RAJAN Nov 7, 2008 at 9:59 am

    There is this directory of Bharata Natyam dancers, gurus and institutions available at http://www.artindia.net Perhaps you could place a link to ART INDIA from your blog

  • 31 Anjali Nov 7, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Hello Mr Rajan, Thank you for visiting the site. I have your website already in my resources.

  • 32 Michelle Nov 11, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Dear,
    great site, great dance and great resources. Thank you.
    I hope I will be able to learn a bit of this wonderful dance.
    Greetings

  • 33 Anjali Nov 12, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Michelle, Thanks a lot. And wish you good luck.

  • 34 Deepesh Dec 2, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Excellent work mam,keep it up.This will surely be a great help for Bharatanatyam students ,like me :)
    Thanks!!!!

  • 35 Vaishnavi Jan 1, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    I am having trouble with the atamis. I cannot get to do them as gracefully as some of the dancers do – on youtube videos. Any hints on how to master this? Thanks

  • 36 Anjali Jan 1, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Hey Vaishnavi, Attamis happen when you dance effortlessly. They are not taught but discoverd when you mature as a dancer.

  • 37 raja thill Feb 6, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Is it true that baratha natyan originated in East India?.

  • 38 Sangeetha Feb 7, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    hi Anjali

    The way you teach the steps are very good. I could learn easily. Can you please let me know, Is there any adavu called “Periya Adavu”?

  • 39 Anjali Feb 11, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Yes there is Periya adavu. Periya literally means Big, so these steps are used to cover greater distance on the stage. These steps are very similar to the Natta adavu eleventh variation.

  • 40 Balaji Mar 1, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Hi Anjali,

    Your work in this website is simply amazing. Learned a lot from your website.

    Quick question for you:
    What is the difference between Makuda Adavu and Teermana Adavu? I thought Makuda Adavu is used to conclude or finish a performance. Teermana word sound the same meaning.

    Thanks

  • 41 Anjali Mar 1, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Hey Balaji, Thank you. According to my understanding Makuda and Teermanam are the same. But if there are any subtle differences, I am unaware.

  • 42 preet Mar 13, 2009 at 9:32 am

    hi Anjali..I am keen interested to learn bharatnatyam…but couldnt find any guru based in Manchester, UK. Can you please suggest something to me…If theres any other option i can learn bharatnatyam.

  • 43 Anjali Mar 14, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Hi Preet refer narthaki.com or artindia.net for address of teachers. Meanwhile I have also mailed you with the details of my online classes. Thanks

  • 44 darshini Apr 22, 2009 at 3:13 am

    hi anjali!!! u did a great job. i find this sie very helpful. i have one question.
    i am 21 yrs old and i am chubby too. can i start to learn bharatanatyam at this time? will i get the flexiblity in my body. basically i am a medium level dancer.

  • 45 Sangeetha May 7, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Please can you guide me where to find the bharatanatyam song with lyric written. Eg – Alaripu, Pushpanjali etc….

  • 46 Esha Jun 5, 2009 at 4:21 am

    please could you email this time.By the way what hand movements are used in the paka adavu in grade 3. Need to know before the 10 th June 2009
    Thanks xx
    p.s keep up the good work

  • 47 swapna Jun 7, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    hi im 29 years old…can i learn bharata natyam now…or is thr any age limit for it…plz reply…

  • 48 katayaini Jul 3, 2009 at 2:06 am

    hi swapna there isnt any age limit u can learn it any time

  • 49 katayaini Jul 3, 2009 at 2:08 am

    why do u all say its a very good site i say its a good site thats all.it does not even tell about kalakshetra style.its a normal site.

  • 50 kala ramarathnam Aug 11, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    very informative, website, alot of efforts put in, your reference sites are very useful, thanks for dedicating your time ,God bless you.

  • 51 Shruti Aug 24, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Very informative website. Could you please explain what is Vrutam in Bharatanatyam?

    Thanks
    -Shruti

  • 52 shefali Jan 2, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    hii anjali!!
    i have done a little bharatanatyam but because of my dad’s transfer in Hong Kong, i cpuld not continue which was my dad’s dream.
    I am glad that i found this website and learn bharatanatyam.
    I also wanted to know how can i contact you
    please reply.
    thank you!!! wish yuo success!!!
    :))

  • 53 praveen Jan 24, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Hi Anjali, your site’s a great resource for people like me .. first timers, not know much, want to know.. great introduction.. got to know much about the dance form.. thanks, keep up the good work.

  • 54 aravindh Jan 26, 2010 at 6:48 am

    palli hand gesture is not opening…………………

  • 55 Yamini Mar 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    I am expected to write a short note on Viniyogas, for my theory exam on B’Natyam. Where can I find some notes on this? Even though your lessons use this word, it is not defined anywhere. Can you please help me?
    Thanks.
    Yamini

  • 56 Anjali Mar 18, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Yamini, The term viniyoga in ancient Sanskrit means “appropriate application” or “ways to employ”. Now there could be a viniyoga for any body of knowledge, example viniyoga for reading, viniyoga for swimming or cooking. In the context of bharatanatyam there are viniyogas for hand gestures, legs positions, neck movements etc. What it means is how a Mudra or position is used or applied to convey or express a particular idea.

  • 57 shraddha shah Mar 26, 2010 at 3:17 am

    hi,could u please help me bring the book for bharatnatyam by madhusudan patel

  • 58 Anjali Mar 26, 2010 at 8:05 am

    I am not aware of this book, Shraddha. may be some one should help you here.

  • 59 Madhu Apr 15, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Its just wonderful…!! Even i have learnt bharatanatyam for 14yrs, your link made me revise myself. Keep going..good luck Anjali.

  • 60 Thivya Nanthakumar Apr 25, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    hi,i’m from Srilanka.ihave learnt dance for 8years . i’ve always had a passion to learn dance but i hav never succeded .i learnt dance only till keerthanam and by da time i was about to learn thilana i had to stop going for classes due to my 10th public examinations.now i hav finished my +2 in india and i’m about to come back to india to my higher studies .is there any possibilities for me to learn barathanatyam even after this?…your network is a very good. all the very best for your success…

  • 61 Anjali Apr 25, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    @thivya, Yes being is India you have better chances of finding a teacher locally. You ca still continue learning. All the best. And thank you.

  • 62 punam May 23, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Hi Anjali madam, your site’s a great resource for people like me .. first timers, not know much, want to know.. great introduction.. got to know much about the dance form.. thanks, keep up the good work.
    regards,
    punam

  • 63 jai May 30, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    Great work and great reference material for learning kids.

    I have recently come across “Kandi” in Bharatanatyam. Could you please shed some light on this topic?

    thanks

  • 64 Anjali Jun 1, 2010 at 11:40 am

    @jai, if you can mention under what circumstances you came across this term, will try to look up. Thanks

  • 65 Sudeshna Jun 6, 2010 at 2:24 am

    hi anjali :-) i found this page extremely helpful, thanking you for that. i just want a leeetle more help….??? can u please refer some page where i can find video/pictures for the tripataka hasta viniyoga??? im waiting eagerly for ur rply
    thanks

  • 66 Anjali Jun 6, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    @sudeshna, Will let you you know if I come across such material. But you have many artists who have their cd’s relating to hasta viniyoga. One is hasta prayoga by jotsana menon and second by jayalaksmi eshwar. Try them out.thanks

  • 67 swarna priya Jun 20, 2010 at 7:30 am

    hai am swarnapriya am 20 years old i want to learn barathanatyam but am a collage going person shall i learn dance now am a beginner how long will it take to starters to learn starting dance b4 item please suggest me how can insist my self

  • 68 Anjali Jun 23, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    @Swarna, Adavus will take 6 month to year, depending on the frequency of the classes.

  • 69 R Shah Aug 15, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Hi,
    I’m gonna sit my grade 1 in a few months time and i need to practice but i find it quite difficult to remember the bols, steps and which adavus are which. What can i do to help me?

    Thanks

  • 70 Anjali Aug 17, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    @RShah, donot worry about exams, just keep practicing and refining your movements.

  • 71 Rajeswari Sep 20, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Hi Anjali,
    I want links about tanjore style of bharatanatyam, its adavus . Any DVD’s on tanjore style adavus available?

  • 72 Prasad Sep 23, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Anjali Aunty,

    I am a 22 year old boy and I am interested in learning Bharatanatyam, for many good reasons. My legs a very flexible as I do Taekwondo. Learning online, I am sure to learn much quicker. For the purpose of Arangetram, I would have to practice with a dance teacher at some point.

    The question is, if I advance very quickly by learning online, would any dance teacher accept me for the level I am at, or would they make me start from the beginning? As a teacher what is your opinion? Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

  • 73 tani Oct 11, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    hai anjali
    a very fine website. its helping me a load in detail. a very good job. helping people is a generous work. keep it up, god wil surly bless you for this. and one more thing, could you please tell me if you have uploaded pushpanjali n jathiswara videos? if yes could you please guide me about it?

  • 74 suki Nov 1, 2010 at 2:20 am

    Uhm.. HI! Well, I am here to ask help. I have a perfomance on 20th of november and have to show them on 11 of november and I still dont know what to dance. I need to do a welcome dance so maybe I thought Pushpanjali would be good but I cant get the audio of it anywhere. It would be great if you could record it and send it if you could. I need the tham tham tham thamkitathaka thathodanga thaku tham OR thathodaga tham tham tham tham tham thim thim thim thim thagadodangu thaku tha thei.

    Thanks!

  • 75 Shaji Philip Dec 29, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Thank you so much for the efforts to make the art of bharatanatyam through the internet. I also visited your youtube posting too.
    Great effort.

    Thank you so much
    Shaji
    Jakarta

  • 76 sarmi Dec 30, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Hi, I am doing my grade 3 exam in March. Could you tell me what to learn in theory and praticle. thanks

  • 77 vismaya Jan 10, 2011 at 1:36 am

    anjali aunt i like your dance.

  • 78 vismaya+akshaya Jan 10, 2011 at 1:41 am

    hi anjali anut,

    i like your dance because it is so fun.
    i like to see you.
    my sister is so happy.i have read the other childrens comments it is so cool read it aunt.

    with love
    vismaya+akshaya

  • 79 Anonym Feb 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Hi!
    Nice Website
    Can you please upload some vineyoga videos on your website? :)

    Thank you very much! :)

  • 80 sisira chaminda Feb 15, 2011 at 1:27 am

    im sri lankan traditional dancer. and im relay like baratha natyam, now. becoz , now it is my life…….. and who want to learn baratha natyam, this web is very helpful for that. i wish to success full future plans……………….. thnak you very much…

    Guru brhammaa,
    Guru Vishnu,
    Guru Deawoo Maheash warahaa….
    Guru shak shath para brahamaa,
    Dass meai shrii Gurawee namak haa,….

  • 81 puffy Feb 23, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    can you please do me a favour? if you leanred all the hand gestures in sanskrit and have the meanings can you please send them to me?

  • 82 Rishika Majumdar Mar 3, 2011 at 2:54 am

    I am learning Bharatnatyam it’s very different. why ? please can you tell I want to know……………………..My sister had learnt this Bharatnatyam. Your site is nice ma’am.

  • 83 viveka Apr 11, 2011 at 6:24 am

    nice to know these things

  • 84 adriana Huaiquinao May 3, 2011 at 8:02 am

    congratulations for your site,I need information on the karanas in that time of the submission are displayed?.Thanks

  • 85 Nimisha Parmar Sep 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I find your website very useful. Please let me know where can I get CD for the dance music.

    Thank you.

    Nimisha

  • 86 Lalitha Sankar Nov 3, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Dear Anjali,

    You are doing a great job and I love your dedication for the dance form. I recently watched your “Thaye Yashoda” performance where you did not compromise even a bit on the tradition but at the same time choreographed it so excellently that I had tears in my eyes ( at the beginning, where you depicted the story of Krishna(provided a gist) by the time the music ended, no one could have imagined it better than you).

    I also have a question for you. I’m 31 years old and reside in Atlanta. I have never learned this dance form or any other but am interested in starting to learn straight from a teacher. I know you offer online classes, but at this stage, can you suggest me a good guru from Atlanta. I’m very much confident, whoever you would point me to would be really good. As I’m a novice, I do not want to make a wrong choice at this late age. Hope you understand.

    Thank you very much, keep up all the good work!
    Lalitha

  • 87 Sindhu Nair Nov 7, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    I am 31 years old and started learning Bharatanatyam since July 2011 from a Dace Academy at MumbaiI have completed Tatta adavu, Natta Adavu, Kudittametta adavau, visharu adavu, sarikal adavu, 5 Adavus more are reamianing I think. Can I start Alarippu within 3 months time. Is there any exam which needs to be given before starting alarippu

  • 88 Anjali Nov 8, 2011 at 7:03 am

    @Sindhu, starting Allarippu is usually after all the adavus. Your teacher may decide what to start .

  • 89 Anjali Nov 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    @lalitha, thank you . Glad you like the performance.. I have mailed you with some address.

  • 90 harrshini Nov 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    can you please list the aboothra hasta like pramba and e.t.c

  • 91 dhar Dec 7, 2011 at 3:43 am

    Hello ! Wonderful website.I want to learn bharatanatyam now at the age of 24. Is it too late?

  • 92 Anjali Dec 7, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Dharinee..not late at all.

  • 93 sunita Dec 13, 2011 at 3:36 am

    Dear Anjali,

    My daughter is just completed 3ys, can she started Bharat Natyam? please tell me

  • 94 subha Dec 22, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Hi Anjali,

    What a wonderful idea to put up videos of dance lessons! And in such a captivating manner! You dance very gracefully and your teaching manner makes it seem like you are talking directly one on one with the viewer. Your simple colorful dress in a monochromatic setting enhances the visual so much more.

    I learnt Bharatnatyam as a kid for 6-7 years and then completely lost touch with it for many years. Today after all those years for the first time I searched for dance lessons and came across your wonderful video and website. It brought back memories that I thought had long been forgotten. Could not pass by without commending your wonderful work. Cheers!

  • 95 Anjali Dec 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    @Subha, Thank you very much. If the blog had triggered the dormant passion in you, It feels fulfilling. Good luck!!

  • 96 Neethu Janardhanan Jan 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    a great appreciation for your effort. plus teaching bharatanatyam through online.
    but i like to know from where we can download songs of alarippu, jathiswaram, shabdam, etc

    it would be so grateful if you reply for this mail

  • 97 Allan Mary George Jan 12, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Its very informative..thank you so much..

  • 98 shivani Jan 12, 2012 at 9:10 am

    thank youu so much for this. i have been learning bharathanatyam for 4 years now and this is helping me alot to keep in time and remember the steps

  • 99 prathyusha reddy.G Jan 17, 2012 at 4:09 am

    Hi, Thanks a lot for the great work which is being put up by you ma’m. I would request you to update a calssical dance video for the song Muddugare yashoda….in this website . I am very much interested to learn that song. I hope for quick reply.

    Thankyou.

  • 100 WA Jan 30, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Hello, You are such a great teacher and keep up the good work :D. Just want to make an enquiry about the online classes. May I ask how does it work and in terms of fees? Thank you !

  • 101 Shaanu Feb 14, 2012 at 1:49 am

    I am shanu , 28 years, I want to pursue full time Diploma in bharatnatyam at Kalakshetra Foudation’s College of Fine Arts.Chennai, It is the best place in world to learn bharatnatyam, I have heard from friends.

    Will it be a right choice of career , I want to discontinue my present job at IIT andpursue this and live a fulfilling life..

    Can anyone give opinion on this, I would be happy to hear from you

    Regards and Thanks

  • 102 Anjali Feb 14, 2012 at 7:01 am

    @Shanu, I would recommend not to leave your job. You can still pursue dance. To join Kalakshetra as far I know you should be less than 25 yrs of age. You have an option of shastra university (http://www.sastra.edu/downloads/News/2011/Oct/Bharatanatyam2011.pdf)
    or kalai kaviri university (http://www.kalaikaviri-offcamp.com/university.htm). Both have off campus learning option. Or go to good teachers in you locality and learn.

  • 103 Bhakta Eduar Feb 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Hare Krishna! I’m interested to know what’s the name of the composition in the pushpanjali lessons because here in the temple of El Salvador The
    Mothers are practicing with your lessons, and I would appreciate very much your help on this.

    Hari Bol!

  • 104 anu priya Mar 12, 2012 at 7:28 am

    hai!!!!iam 19 years old and doing engineering in india….i would like to take up online course @present and i will take up direct teaching from teachers @ 21……do you think it is a good idea?(doing the course like this)reply please………

  • 105 Prateeksha Mar 19, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    I really don’t know much about this site, but it was my passion for dance that made me come accross this site. Im 22years old working girl.From childhood onwards i had a great passion for dance, and i dance prettywell too, but i havent gone for regular classes, for some or the other reason my classes get stopped, I want to know like is there any age limit to join dance classes from starting itself. and im a fat and new friends of mine dont belive that i dance. So i wish to change every1′s way of thinking when they see me. Hope u’ll help me out.

  • 106 Vinitha Apr 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Hi
    Can you do me the things you learn in grade 4 theory should give?
    Thanksss:D

  • 107 sonali Apr 24, 2012 at 2:45 am

    hi i m so glad that i have found ur site!i never knew there was so much information abt bharatnatyam available on the internet!

    i wanted to ask u a question that was there on my mind since i want to join bharatnatyam classes.are there any age details required to give bharatanatyam dance examinations?if so, what certificates and documents do i need? i want to know since i might be shifting my residence from abroad to india, in mumbai and may not be having the relevant documents. thank u!!plz do answer my question, coz its really important to me!!!!

  • 108 Parent May 3, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Hi Anjali,
    I have been been taking your tips from youtube and other resources for the last 5 years for my daughter. She is 9 yr old now. She is taking proper training from the teacher who is from Kalakshetra school of dance. Can you please advice how to go about for the formal examinations i.e. theoretical degree / diploma course from the kaakshetra or any other university for her.
    Thank you.

  • 109 Jony May May 17, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I love bharatanatyam so much! if there is something i really want to learn then this beautiful graceful dance! I used to dance “Bollywood-dance” in a group for a while but soon i had the wish to go back to the clear movements of the authentic roots of the dance. Sadly I got a problem with one side of my hip and one knee so I will never reach even a bit of perfection but i guess i will just practise for my own good feeling that the dance give me if it wont get my problems bigger. Your site is very nice and so so helpful! Here in Germany its hard to find a Guru and i guess no Guru would also like to teach me with my problem so this site mean a lot to me!! Thanks so so so much for your work on this site!!

  • 110 Sarita May 23, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Hello Anjali mam I just added details about myself on your site without seeing other pages of this site.I just saw all these pages and as other friends have complimented you I would also like to share that I have also became a fan of u and really loved the way you have put your efforts to make this website.This is a great work and help to so many people like me…
    God Bless You and wish You always to be a great dancer and a guide to us.
    Take Care

  • 111 manisha May 28, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I am Manisha from Mauritius.
    Thank you , Anjali ma’m for giving the website ArtIndia.Net and other helps through your website.

  • 112 maya Jun 6, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Hi,

    Im not understanding how to go to next page in the below link:
    http://www.freewebs.com/cdacademy/

    please help.
    thanks

  • 113 Sapna Jun 11, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Dear Miss Anjali,

    Thank you for creating this website! I have been learning Bharatanatyam for the last few years in Atlanta, GA and I love it! Thank you for your efforts in promoting this beautiful art form!

  • 114 Natti Jun 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Hi Anjali
    I went through your site and this has inpired me a lot. I am 31 yrs old and now I really want to learn bharatnatyam. I have never learnt any dance. Can you please advice me where should I start and how many years does it take to learn. Should I first learn the theory or practical and what should i learn and when ?
    thank you so much for creating a website. Very very inspiring.

  • 115 Bineesha Jul 17, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Hi, Thank you so much. I was so impressed by your online lessons, that I renewed my Bharathnatyam classes after I had discontinued for almost twenty years. It is so informative and so useful. I have been browsing through several internet sites and books on Bharathnatyam, and am yet to find anything better than yours. Thank you so much!

  • 116 Nithula Jul 31, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Hi,

    I am looking for Nanthikeswarar suthi, do you happen to have the sholokas and the definitions.

    thanks

  • 117 rachana srivastava Aug 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    mam, plez tell us about facial expression.

  • 118 radhika Sep 18, 2012 at 12:47 am

    can u pls upload the dhanashree thillana geeta dhimitha dhi nadhrutha tho its urgent

  • 119 priya Oct 15, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Hi Anjali,
    Is it too late to learn bharatnatyam at the age of 15?

  • 120 Anjali Oct 21, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    @Priya..not at all late. Please get started.

  • 121 Bhuvaneshwari Oct 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    These are very nice and useful information and links :)
    Thank you for the post..

  • 122 Geetha Nov 19, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Hi Anjali.

    I am from bangalore, learning classical dance since 5 yrs.. very much interested at ur blog. Could u please let me know which style of bharatanatyam u are teaching?

    Kind regards
    Geetha

  • 123 Prabhakar Gundlapalli Jan 27, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Great research and collection of web sites. No need of writing down, one more page. Good Links for enhancing the knowledge.

    I really appreciate the comments of Prince Rama Varma, and his humbleness for the Kapi Thillana. Very few people are there like him. I had seen one of the video, with Dr. Balamurali, sitting on the floor, and having meal with Prince. So much simplicity, made them great personalities.

  • 124 shital Feb 7, 2013 at 8:29 am

    this is very useful site

  • 125 Mrs. Hycinth Vallanatt Mar 1, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Hi Anjali,
    I am aged 58 a just retired school teacher and also a dance teahcer. Guru Rajarathnam from Shornur used to come at my home to teach dance to my elder two sisters when i was just 2 year’s old. I usaed to sit at his lap and hold the stick and used to give the tal, slowly slowly watching my sister’s doing bharatnatyam I learnt Allarippu, Shabdam, Jathiswarm, Thillana, Varnam etc. Nobody taught me i learnt by watching. Years passed by I reached in Maharahtra at Dhule with my family and I started dance class. Today by God’s grace i am able to choreograph bharatnatyam and folk dances of different languages, and through your site I have learnt the Adavus throughly. Thank you Anjali for your good work. You make the students understand each Adavu very clearly. Today I am also is your student. But Anjali I could not take a exam in bharatnatyam and give my students a certificate all these years. My husband met with accident and he is not earning since 25 year’s. Now I am retired so dance class is only my relief. Can you please tell me what kind of a certificate has to be given after a year if they have finished learning That Adavu, Nat Adavu, Vishara Adavu, Thirmana Adavu, Kudithamitta Adavu Allarippu Shabadam and Jathiswarm. I would be very grateful if you could display certificates given every year till they complete their course.
    Thanks and God bless you dear.

  • 126 Bhavani Apr 2, 2013 at 1:58 am

    hi madam. i need alarippu notes, i mean lyrics of alaripu like tha thai thayum that,…..
    plz help me on this. since it will be useful for my notes preparation.

    plz plz help me in this

  • 127 Satya Jul 3, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Hello,

    My daughters who are 8 and 6 are learning bharathanatyam for the past 2 years. I would like to know when is the right time to buy the traditional jewellery (not the imitation stones) for my daughters.

    Satya.

  • 128 thilak Aug 2, 2013 at 12:19 am

    its nice,i love dance,vazhga baratham valarga nam kalai

  • 129 bhavin Sep 13, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Hi,
    I am interested in attending bharatnatyam shows in US – but there are no particular websites that publish upcoming information on shows – are you aware of any?

    Thanks

  • 130 Radha Arganis Dec 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    hare krishna my natya gurini ists me radha i have a cuestion the jatiswaram is for krishna ou another semi god

  • 131 Pooja Unni Jan 13, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Dear Anjali,
    I am from USA,california and I find this site very useful..i have learned Bharath Natyam when I was 10 yr old….after a long gap i wud like to take it up again at the age of 26.I was really shy to join any dance classes at this age but I always had a great passion for dance.Your online videos are helping me so much now. you have done an amazing job.. I could recollect my adavu lessons so fast trough your videos.I can now learn by myself.Thank you so much and good luck.
    Pooja

  • 132 Anjali Jan 16, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    @Pooja, Appreciate your encouraging words. Wish you happy dancing!!

  • 133 vedasri Feb 4, 2014 at 2:38 am

    hi anjali,this is great job done by you for all of us who r bharatanatyam lovers.Really ,i don’t have even basics in dance,i have two children,my son(6) is learning vocal carnatic, so that institute have started dance classes for women so i immediatly started learning bharatanatyam last year ,then i thought of knowing about steps before going to start ,so i followed ur site which helped me alot alot alot to understand actually how we should start.Iam heartfully thanking u for this.All the best.

  • 134 elavarasi Apr 6, 2014 at 7:31 am

    i really thank you so much… its being very useful.. excellent work.. now i want to learrn bharatha natyam it being very useful… but i am little i fat so i am shy to learn in classes… ur video was very super to learn..

  • 135 azra Apr 9, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Hi anjali.
    I just found your website and youtube videos this week. I love it and i love your work and the way you explain everything. Ihave a question which i hope u can help me with.
    I would like to know where i can find the bol/syllables which indicate the steps and rhytm for bharatanatyam adavus. Is it called sollukattu/konnakol? I cant find it anywhere. I would like to find a list with all the bols. And i also really want audio with the bols/syllabels to practice the adavus. With some nice music in it would be great, tabla or bells.
    i really hope you can get back to me.
    Much love, azra.