About Me

Namskaram !

My name is Anjali Nandan and ‘am currently in Plano,TX, USA. I have been learning Bharatanatyam from the age of 6. The learning has mostly been in Mumbai from late Smt. Madhuri Kelkar. I am a “Nritya Visharad” in Bharatnatyam from Bharatiya Sangeet Samiti.

I have got the good fortune to work along with Padmashri Smt. Hemamalini as part of various dance Ballets. It was a Divine experience working in her productions like “Mahalakshmi”, “Savitri” and “Geet-Govind”. She is a graceful and disciplined exponent of Bharatanatyam.

Apart from online lessons her school Natyam Academy in Plano, TX offers Bharatanatyam lessons to interested students in Dallas/Plano/ Frisco communities.

I am not any expert in the field having seen many greats in this art form. This Blog is a humble attempt to provide some information on the dance form as I have learnt it.

Thanks for your help and encouragement along the way!

Note (Updated Sep 21, 2009): Thanks for all the comments, suggestions and encouragement. I truly appreciate each of that.  To enable a better format for our discussion, I have added forums to the website. Request you to discuss your questions and ideas there.


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1,191 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nisha Biju Sep 21, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Dear Anjali,
    I am settled in UAE, I would like to get Bharatanatyam learning (Beginners)CD from you. could you please advise the details.

  • 2 Sita Jasti Sep 29, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Dear Anjali,
    My daughter has been learning kalakshetra bharatanatyam for the past 3years. She has learned alarripu, pushpanjali and Natesha kavutam. Unfortunately we have lost our teacher and were wondering whether you would be willing to teach via Skype. Please let me know if that is a possibility. Thank you

  • 3 Priya Oct 6, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Hi Anjali,

    My daughter has been learning bharatanatyam for the past 10 years and getting ready fir her arangetram in Sep 2016. What do you recommend for her? She is very passionate about dancing and wants to learn more.


  • 4 Mithra Oct 24, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Hi Anjali, i am 26 years old.I studied classical dance at the time of my schooling but it stopped because of studies.Now i really wish to continue the dance course but unfortunately i have back pain due to delivery..so i am asking you is it possible to continue or will it cause my health??Please reply

  • 5 priya J Nov 27, 2015 at 3:53 am

    HI Anjali, Thanks for making me learn BharatNatyam thru yr online video Avadu. I have been a big fan of classical dances and keen to learn Bharatnatyam, your videos have helped me lot , request you to send me basis gesture of hands and eye for more clarification as i dont understnd other than Hindi english and a bit telgu as i been to hyderabad.

  • 6 Sandra Sanal Dec 2, 2015 at 10:33 am

    my name is sandra. i am studying in New Indian Model,Dubai… i am in grade 7 P. could you also teah me your dance style [Bharatanatyam] Or you could come to my school if you want…

  • 7 Raju das kolkata north Dec 10, 2015 at 1:39 am

    hi, respected anjali mam,
    my daughter (8years) has bharatnatyam started 1 year,but she was not remember of the steps after dance classes.i seeing your many more dance clips on u tube,I want to purchase your tutorial bharatratyam D V D..(full volume)mam please help me and my daughter (for her better future)

  • 8 vani Dec 12, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    i just want to know how much a stage show for 3 hrs time to b paid to a performer

  • 9 Sai Likitha Siddanathi Dec 27, 2015 at 10:24 am


    I am Likitha Siddanathi basically from India but doing job in France. I had learnt dance for 6 years in my schooling and then stopped due to my career. and now I want to continue my dance so can you give me some guidance ?

  • 10 suja nanda Jan 5, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Your demonstration is really commendable …

  • 11 Shobana Subramaniam Jan 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    I have a 6 year old daughter who is interested in dancing. I would like to try learning through online as it is convenient for us.

    What is fee structure and if you can provide with you class details and curriculum, it will help a lot. I do Jong know much about dancing.

    Thank you,

  • 12 Greeshma Feb 9, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Hi Anjali…
    I like ur website v much and its very informative.I haven’t learnt bharathanatyam but I have a great passion on that. I used to watch lots of bharathanatyam videos. I would like to know which style of bharathanatyam is this.

  • 13 AKHILESH KUMAR SEN Feb 15, 2016 at 1:11 am

    I liked the basic info you provided. My daughter has just started learning this dance and i am living at a place where teachers are teaching only steps necessary for their examination of Prachin Kalakendra Chandigarh but i want my Daughter must learn all the Knowledge of bharat natyam & become a teacher too please guide me & bless my Daughter with your kind Guidence

  • 14 Jyo Feb 24, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Dear Anjali, I live in Belgium and am learning BN here. Chanced upon this website (what a treasure trove!! Kudos on maintaining this!!). Bought your DVD as well. Wondering if there’s a possibility for Skype classes/or at least fine tuning for those learning from your DVD? Kindly message me, would like to get in touch with you regarding the different possibilities. Thank you very much in advance.

  • 15 Jaimini govindji Feb 27, 2016 at 2:58 am

    hello I am a bharatnatyam dancer and I mostly like to explore in this website. I have been learning bhartnatyam since I was 8 years old I m now 13 I m still doing bharatnatyam. I like this website as it tells me more about dances like alarippu pushpanjali thillana n I like to explore about it….. congratulations Anjali ma’am you helped me in knowing more and I still want to learn more so my teacher over here in Africa can help me till my Arangetrum………….. thank you!

  • 16 priya sharma Mar 24, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Hi Anjali.Thanks for posting…I believe this is vazhvooor style ……my daughter has also started learning bharathnatyam excellent information thanks a ton

  • 17 Srivithya Mar 30, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Very clear understanding Mam.. Thanks! BTW can you get me the exact mp3 of the pushpanjali please?

  • 18 lata nair Apr 8, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Respected Ma’am, Thanks a lot for the great help and the initiative for online teaching. At the age of 40 I just joined the class and struggling to learn Adavu’s especially Nattadavu. I will go through your online messages and learn.

    Again Thanks

  • 19 adriana ananda Apr 19, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    thanks anjali for your website.I would like ask you what type or style is this barathanatyam ?,,,i know exited some ways or style but i not see difference.
    thanks again my guru ji

  • 20 Anjali Apr 22, 2016 at 7:56 am

    I am trained in Pandanallur style of bharatanatyam.

  • 21 Anjali Apr 22, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Thanks. Cant share it due to copy rights. You shd find it on Kakakendra.com

  • 22 Anjali Apr 22, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Priya I am trained in Pandanallur style. Thanks

  • 23 Anjali Apr 22, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Thank you Jyo. You can email me if you need any contact programs.

  • 24 Anjali Apr 22, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Thank you. Wish your daughter good luck

  • 25 Veena R Hiremath May 26, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Hi Anjalimadam, wat I say?I have no word other than THANK U SO MUCH

  • 26 manju May 28, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    thank you… this web site has been helping in learning simple steps and practicing the steps….

  • 27 Sundeep Jun 12, 2016 at 5:30 am

    Looking for some help for my 8 yr old daughter who is very much interested in bharatnatyam as a beginner . What is the best way of learning and could you provide with a CD . We live in Edinburgh ,Scotland . Thanks

  • I am glad to see you want to spread bharathanatyam online but how convinced are you that it is the right thing to do? isn’t personal touch necessary for learning such an art that has immense history

  • 29 vandana Sep 25, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Your videos on Adavus has been very useful for me as beginner. One of the best I could find, in fact. Very detailed explanations and demonstrations. Thank you so much.

  • 30 valli Nov 10, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I like your website.. Thanks for the informations… do you take online classes can you give information about that please.

  • 31 Dr. C.P. Unnikrishnan Dec 1, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Ms. Anjali Nandan,

    A commendable endeavour and service. A good humanist and teacher in one.

    May, you be ever blessed to continue your projects in future too.


  • 32 Anjali Dec 7, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Thank you very much Unnikrishnan Sir.

  • 33 Saraswathi Dec 22, 2016 at 2:56 pm


    Can you please share the lyrics of the Mahabharata Shabdam composed by Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan.
    Im not sure but have seen the video in you tube and the song starts like “paaviyar sabai thannil”.


  • 34 Gayathri Balasubramaniyam Dec 23, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Dear Anjali,

    My daughter Shreya Balasubramaniyam learning dance through Nritya Pooja Academy and about to complete the level through this academy. She is in the 9th level and also completed third level through Gandharva exam. I would like to have proper books and cd’s of alarippu, jatishwaram, Ganesh and Natesh kavutuvam, tillana and so on everything in all ragas so i would make her to perform in all types. Please let me kow how i can try for all this .

  • 35 Anjali Dec 28, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Gayathri, You might find the songs you need on Amazon and websites like kalakriya or kalakendra

  • 36 Jayasri.Vedantam Jan 10, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Respected madam
    I am from Maryland I have 4 year old daughter.i am requesting to teach dance for my daughter. i want teacher like you be the guru for my daughter
    Thank you

  • 37 Srimala Feb 12, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Hello Mam,

    I very much impressed with the amount of information that you have shared. My elder daughter, Ananya Subramanian is learning from 4yrs locally in Bangalore. It would be of great help if you could guide us with the information like: most popular examination boards, about the exams, syllabus etc. As a parent I am interested in pursuing her ambition. Please help me in this regards as I don’t know much about Bharatanatyam.


  • 38 sanjay basu Feb 14, 2017 at 2:01 am

    my daughter sreyasee basu student of mr. samrat dutta learning bharatnatyam. she already compleated margam. she is now 19years old. how can she join your coures ? pls. suggest. we are in india. thanks

  • 39 Anjali Feb 24, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Sanjay, These courses are for students residing outside india.

  • 40 Leena Pillai Jun 11, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Hai Anjali mam,
    I am a dancer from the age of five. During my school days I had achieved many certificate in dance for bharatnatyam, folk (single), group dance, thiruvathira etc..Now I am 39 years. But I had to discontinue due to some family problems..Now I need to learn bharatnatyam and make my career as a dance teacher. Can u help me mam. I did not totally discontinue because during this period I used to teach my daughter & her friends the little that I learned. Can I learn my lessons and teach them also.I need a helpful answer from you soon mam. I want to learn from the starting itself so that if ever I teach anyone they should not blame me or get a wrong guidance. Please mam waiting for ur replies.
    Your’s faithfully
    Leena pillai.

  • 41 Kiki Jun 13, 2017 at 1:55 pm


    This is Kiki from Articulate, an Emmy® award-winning arts and culture show nationally syndicated on PBS. We thought you might be interested in our recent segment on the Indian dance Bharatanatyam.

    Comprised of aspects of dance and acting, Bharatanatyam is a timeless method of communicating Hindu stories and themes. Our segment features three experts who discuss how Bharatanatyam exemplifies Indian identity both at home and abroad.

    The episode was just posted online and we’d love if you could help us spread the word and share with your network. You can watch the segment here: http://www.articulateshow.org/articulate/bharatanatyam-indian-dance

    You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter (@ArticulateShow), and Instagram (@articulatejimcotter).

    Hope you enjoy it!

    All the best,