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 Nighat Jul 28, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    I liked the basic info you provided. My daughter has just started learning this dance. It is helpful to have an explanation of the various steps and gestures.
    Thanks, Nighat Kokan

  • 2 Anjali Jul 29, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks Nighat. It is encouraging to know that you like the information. I shall try and post what your daughter would like to understand better. Please suggest the steps and gestures that you would be interested in.

  • 3 Nithya Sep 7, 2007 at 8:58 am

    Hi Anjali,

    Thanks, really information you gave is very helpful.
    I’am 30 yrs old.now started leanrning Bharatnataym.Since childhood very interested but could not get oppurtunity to learn.Now I got good guru.
    I want to know whether age matters in learning dance?
    Sometimes i’am getting stuck in 3 beat(fast pace)
    Do you suggest anything for improving the speed.

    With Regards.

  • 4 Anjali Sep 7, 2007 at 10:52 am

    Hi Nithya
    Its great to know that you have decided to explore your childhood passion now. Nithya age is absolutely not a factor while learning. What matters is your intensity of focus and attitude towards learning. Our body is like any other machine, if not used will either stop working or would show up some problems. Since you have already started your class, any such problems would just disappear with further practice. Dance would be a great exercise for you.

    Unlike the slow and the medium pace, the fast pace (Vilambha, Madhyama and Dhruta as it is called) needs a lost of concentration. When your guru is reciting the sollukattu, you recite them in a numerical form mentally (like 12,123) or just repeat the sollukattu with him. This will help you to focus on your Tala. And perfection is gained through right practice.

    Just free your mind from all apprehensions and enjoy your lessons.
    Best of luck….

  • 5 Nithya Sep 10, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    Really appreciate for your quick response.
    Do you recommend any CD’s for beginners.

    With Regards,

  • 6 sandhya Oct 1, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    hai anjali,
    i really liked your webpage and the important matters that you have shown
    i have completed arangetam in bharatnatyam and i want to continue the dance or what to step to another classic dance
    what would you prefer that i should do



  • 7 Anjali Oct 2, 2007 at 7:37 am

    Hi sandhya, great to know that you have completed your Arangetam. Do not stop here. Continue your quest for more. Since you have a fair idea of Bharatanatyam you can start your experiments on the same. Go and get some beautiful compositions and songs, try and give your own steps to them. It is a great way to revise. Learning a new dance will widen your outlook as a dancer. If given a choice I would love learning a new Classical Dance.

  • 8 sandhya Oct 4, 2007 at 10:49 am

    thankyou very much for your reply anjali and if possible put some videos in the website so that we can get the very good ideas of dance and also of which songs to select and how to compose steps on it

  • 9 Mohammad Nawaz Oct 6, 2007 at 2:41 am

    Anjali Nandan
    Thanks for putting this art on the web,i really appreciate may be can put some stuff on tabla too.

    Thanks again will all the respects.

    Mohammad Nawaz
    From Mauritius

  • 10 Sonia Oct 15, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    really nice site and its superb you put up some videos too. I like the explanations very much you gave for Namaskar. I started learning Bharatanatyam recently. How many basic adavus do exist? Could you please name the adavus? The ones I learnt so far are the following: 1.Tattadavu (8 steps), 2.Nattadavu(8), 3.That thei thei tha(4), 4.They ya they yi (4), 5. They hath they hi (4), 6.That they tham (6), 7. That they taha (4), 8. Sarikul adavu (1). Is it correct so far? Would like to learn the proper name of the adavus and a basic overview, what still is more to come. My teacher said we would roughly learn about 60 steps…
    Thanks a lot and keep up the good work!!!

  • 11 Anjali Oct 15, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    Hi Sonia……Thanks for your motivating words. I have mentioned the names of Adavus in my previous post “More about Adavus” check this link http://onlinebharatanatyam.com/2007/07/21/more-about-adavus/
    The names of Adavu and the number of steps vary from school to school. I shall try naming the adavus as per the sollukettu given by you …3.Tha thei thei tha – Visharu Adavu, 5.They hath they hi- kudittamitta, 6.That they tham- Muruka Adavu, 7. That they taha- tattimitti Adavu, ……… Do not get confused , I am of the view that learning steps are more important than its name……….enjoy your lessons ………keep writing

  • 12 Sonia Oct 16, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    Hi Anjali
    Thanks a lot for your quick response and infos. Looking fwd for new posts n videos :-)

  • 13 chony Oct 17, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    Your blog is superb, I have just started learning bharatam Thanjavur styles, so your video is very usefull for me. Can you say which style is yours. Thanks. Can you Please put a video of naat adavu too. Thanks.

  • 14 Anjali Oct 18, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    Hi Chony,
    Thanks for your kind words. Yes, Natta Adavu video is in process. So stay tuned….
    I follow the Pandanallur style which is derived out of the Tanjore Tradition.

  • 15 manoj.g Oct 20, 2007 at 11:44 pm

    hi anjali….

    hw r u..

    am manu fom US .. i seen ur profile.. and about ur dance too.. so nice to see pictures and knowing me some thing about dance.. am a music lover… i done three music album in malayalam… music is my passion… die for music.. that me..

    keep in touch
    take care..
    god bless you for your nice future…

    by manu

  • 16 Meghna G Oct 21, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    Hi Anjali.

    Happy Dussehra. Celebrating the spirit of triumph. May the spirit of goodness keep shining on you. Wishing you happiness, prosperity and good tidings. Have a joyous and bright celebration. My daughter Aarya, 4 yrs is learning dance and your site is very helpful for us. Aarya touched your feet (the pic frm the site) this morning to seek blessings from guru Anjali. We check in each day and waiting for the video on Natta adavu.

    Warm Regards.

    Meghna G

  • 17 Anjali Oct 23, 2007 at 10:45 am

    Hi Meghana….Thanks a lot for the wishes and may all good luck and prosperity be bestowed to your family. I wish all the success to Aarya in all facets of life. Sorry for the delay in the Natta Adavu video….It will be done soon

  • 18 Anjali Oct 23, 2007 at 10:49 am

    Hi Manoj …good to know about you passion for music ….wish you all the best and thanks a lot for visiting this site.

  • 19 Georgina Oct 24, 2007 at 12:25 am

    I love bharatanatyam. i´m from argentina

  • 20 priyanka prashanth Oct 26, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    hi anjali ,thanks a ton ..i am so glad that u had the idea of teaching online bharatanatyam.i learned bharatanatyam when i was 5 ,..i did for for 3 years n my teacher got transfred to some other state ..and also my studies were getting affected .so stopped . now i am 24 n married but still in my heart i ve the interested to learn again ..i dont knw whther there is any age bar..but seeing your video i ve started doing it .i am so happpyyyyyy anjali . rite now i m in Germany n the dance class i quite far . can u add few more videos .
    ive a question …can we pratice during periods(during the bad days of teh month)
    .IS their any strict rules .can u plz tell me .
    wish u all the best .
    priyanka prashanth

  • 21 Anjali Nov 1, 2007 at 11:36 am

    Hi Priyanka, Thanks a lot for encouraging words. Yes i shall keep adding videos from time to time. So stay tuned. Yes one can surly practice during periods, if you physically feel healthy. There are no rules as such. So enjoy your lessons and donot hesitate to write in your queries.

  • 22 Sobia Nov 3, 2007 at 3:37 am

    hi Anjali! How are you…
    I just wanted to say that i take a high interest in classical indian dancing. Right from childhood, i would watch hema malini’s long stage shows on tv and learn the steps. In fact, i had gotten quite good, but had to stop as my extended family disapproved. But, its been awhile since ive started back on dancing but its much more contemporary dancing. And, i really miss being able to learn classical…when i was younger i was in a country where i could learn it…but, now im in a town that has no facilities. And, i realllyyyyyyyy wish you the best of luck with keeping this website going…because, i know i surely will need it. With the passion that i had and have for it…i really hope that you will be my way to learning the basics at least. Please do not stop posting your videos as i am more of a visual learner. Thanks soo much…and, if u have any idea about other people online that do the same thing as you please do let me know. :]

  • 23 Anjali Nov 3, 2007 at 5:41 am

    Hi Sobia …I am doing Great. I really understand your feelings and passion for Dancing. Hats off to the efforts taken by you in leaning dance. I wish all the best for you dancing career. I will keep adding more thanks to encouragement from you all Thanks a bunch. :) .
    Infact I love contemporary style of dance. It has a beauty of its own. I have seen some performances which concentrates on athletic movements, lot of Kalari steps(A martial art from Kerala, India), some added Yogic postures. It was interesting to watch. Where do you learn this from….keep going…and have fun. Do think of sharing this contemporary style with us.

  • 24 Vidya Nov 4, 2007 at 12:38 pm


    Anjali ,

    I posted a question ,its rather a problem my daughter is facing with the ardhamandala position.

    She is bending her body front when she is trying to get it right .She is 9 years old and just started learning.She is coming home crying as the Teacher admonishes her saying “She has never seen anybody finding the ardhamandala step difficult and it is the easiestone”.In front of the whole class and she comes home and cries. It will be nice if you can suggest a remedy as you are already doing a wonderful job by giving so much
    information and lessons about Bharathnatya.

  • 25 Anjali Nov 4, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Vidya, I would say ardhamandala is a difficult position for starters. Needs a lot of practice. Make her practice this position daily. Ask her to do a set of fifty counts thrice. since you have seen the video correct her every time she is wrong. Its is a commonly seen mistake . Do not worry. I remember my days of learning since i was constantly bombard by my guru. I was so scared of her that i would make all sorts of excuses for not going. But now I have no regrets. Her guru must be a perfectionist. Keep motivating her and donot stop her training. I would request parents to keep encouraging. She will be fine soon. Thanks.

  • 26 Vidya Nov 4, 2007 at 10:53 pm

    Thanks Anjali .

    I made my daughter read your message to make her understand

    that she can get it right . I was really getting worried thinking she

    might have a crooked back or some sort of a problem.


  • 27 Sangeetha.S Nov 15, 2007 at 7:51 am

    Dear Anjali,
    Love your work. I don’t know if it was just by coincidence that we came upon each others websites.( I try to manage Chidambaram Arts) I would love to link your video in my section on adavus. Though I don’t teach exactly the same style, it can be a great aid to students. With you working on the practical side, it gives me all the more time to work on the theoretical side.
    Would love your input.

  • 28 Georgina Nov 21, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    How I can obtain music for adavus?

  • 29 Namrita Nov 25, 2007 at 10:31 pm

    Dear Anjali,

    I am a 26 year old researcher very interested in learning Bharatnatyam,but due to my work schedule i can’t provide much time to it and moreover i dont know of any school around my place in Noida.Can you refer me to a good guru.I wanted to learn Bharatnatyam since i was a child but coud n’t do it.I want to seriously pursue the dance form.Kindly suggest some good school and guru around Noida,UP.

    Kind Regards


  • 30 Anjali Nov 27, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    Hi Namrita, I have come across this link do go through it might help you.

  • 31 Divya Menon Dec 3, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    A very commendable effort!!! I am so excited to see this.
    I learned Bharatnatyam in my chilhood.I love to dance.I was searching for good teachers here in Pune.DO you know someone?I am looking in the areas near Pimple Saudagar and Aundh.


  • 32 Anjali Dec 5, 2007 at 10:17 am

    Hi Divya , Thanks a lot for the compliment. I shall get back to you with some info. stay tuned.

  • 33 krishnaa Dec 7, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    Hi Anjali!!!
    I really appreciate your website (as i have already mentioned in the hasta section).
    I would just like to know which style of Bharatanatyam you have learnt. It is just a curiosity. :)

  • 34 A Bharatnatyam dancer Dec 7, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    For Divya Menon –

    Here is some info for you:
    1. my guru Mrs. Gauri Desai, who teaches at Pashan (Ph: 25890114)
    2. my earlier guru Mrs. Manik Ambike, who teaches near Sahakarnagar
    3. Mr. Parimal Phadke, probably around Deccan or Senapati Bapat Rd – whose group some of my friends have performed in
    4. Dr. Sucheta Chapekar Bhide – A renowned guru in Pune
    5. Mrs. Uma Tilak, who teaches at Aundh

    For the ones I have not listed phone numbers for, you might find them online (do a google search).

  • 35 aiswarya Dec 9, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    Vey nice posts, rather i should say informative, I have a doubt, what is the difference between a thodayam and a varnam, similarly between padam and shabdam, can you please explain it to me, can you tell me the exact defenition of padam and shabdam.

    Hope to see your reply soon



  • 36 Deepa Dec 10, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    I took my three year old daughter to observe a dance class today as she wanted to learn dance. Seeing the aramandala position, kind of thought it may be too early for her to bend her legs like that. What do you think?

    It was so nice of you to post the videos and it is a pleasure watch you demonstrate the steps. Can you please post an mp3 of the beats so that we can play the beats.
    while kids practise. I think as a beginner that understanding of thala and the gaps in between is really important.

    I’m really pleased by your ability to explain this art form so that I could understand without much effort and your videos are extremely useful.

    Thank you so much. Btw, my daughter’s name is also Anjali :)

    Keep up the good work!

  • 37 Dori Dec 15, 2007 at 6:42 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I really appreciate that you’ve made this website available for everyone. When I watch your videos I think of generosity and the joy of sharing dance.

    With thanks and respect,

  • 38 Dr.Rammohan.S Dec 18, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    respected divine artist…..

    Thank you for giving basic introduction about this divine art.I was searching for information on mudras and their meaning to paint lord shiva.( painting is my hobby).

    All the components of our culture have roots in Vedas.In this fast changing world we are loosing sight of our great traditions.All that is old is not alway bad or out dated.At this moment we need artists like you to speak out and inspire the youngsters to keep the best of this vedic land alive.

    I feel those silent narthakis on the walls of the great ancient temples of this country will speak eloquently to any one who goes through your series web pages.I heard that natya shastra is one of the disciplines of Indian wisdom and philosophy which simplifies and makes every one (learned & common people) understand the concept of dharma artha kama moksha.

    Add more illustrations photographs,miniature paintings,wall paintings,sculptures from temples , samskrit texts ,to the web site so that this web site develops in to a virtual academy.

    Thank you for making the this information available.

    wishing you long life , very best of every thing in life


  • 39 Vipin Dec 26, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    Iam a research scholar from IISc bangalore. Now iam doiong a work in which we are inspiring something from bharatanatyam mudras to describe the various grasps in robotics literature. we are using 28 single handed mudras for this purpose. i have come across a website in which there was urnanbha as one of the mudra. but when i checked other websites they were not mentioning about this mudra. Can u tell me why urnanbha is not popularly mentioned..

  • 40 Anjali Dec 26, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    Hi Vipin, nice to know about your research topic. Sounds very interesting. We call Urnanbha mudra as Vyagraha. Vyagraha denotes a Tiger. Abhinayadarpanam does not mention about this gesture. But Natyashastra (NS) does talk about Uranabha. I have picked few hastas from other books like NS and hasta lakshana deepika.

  • 41 Vipin Dec 27, 2007 at 11:36 am

    thanks anjali for ur information. You solved the confusion which haunted me for weeks.
    thanks once again


  • 42 Rama Mohan Dec 28, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Anjali

    Thanks for you comment on my blog http://lifestyle-india.blogspot.com
    I have changed the name and posted again today. But I have deleted the old post because the old url have the text mrinalini.

    Now the new url is:

  • 43 Rama Mohan Dec 28, 2007 at 5:39 pm

    I have added your blog link in my indian bloggers page in the dancers category


    and also I like to write something about your blog in my next post.

  • 44 Rama Mohan Jan 3, 2008 at 10:20 am

    I have posted one article about your site with a title of “Online Bharatanatyam is helpful site for dance students”

    the url: http://lifestyle-india.blogspot.com/2008/01/online-bharatanatyam-is-helpful-site.html

  • 45 aiswarya Jan 6, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Hi Ajali
    My daughter is getting training in Bharathanaatyam(Kalakshetra style), She had participated in some competitions recently, The most remarks we recieved from the judges were that she is having body shake and the gap between her feet increases while doing fast swaras, It would be greatful if you could give me some tips to reduce body shake and to attain a better control on feet movements.

    To be frank, Anjali you are doing a great job, hats off to all your efforts put in to this site.


  • 46 Shalini Jan 11, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Dear Anjali,
    It would be bad on my part if I didn’t leave a comment here.Your blog is like a prayer answered to me.I am a beginner and had my initial training in Bharatanatyam in Chennai,but now I stay in Switzerland.I am not able to find a guru here and so your blog is a very useful resource to me so that I don’t forget whatever I have learned.It is unfortunate that I have come here so late :)
    I really appreciate the effort taken by you in keeping this blog so well documented.I was amazed to see the details in all the posts.Also the videos of adavus are just like a guru teaching you.
    You are doing a great job indeed!!May God bless you.
    Here’s wishing you all the very best and looking forward to more of Bharatanatyam.
    Best Regards,

  • 47 Anjali Jan 11, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Oh Shalini, thanks a lot for this heartfelt appreciation. God Bless you too friend. May you find a Great Guru soon so that you continue your lessons. I’ll try my best to keep you updated. Thanks once again.

  • 48 Sreemati Jan 17, 2008 at 4:09 am

    Dear Anjali,

    Your efforts are superb. I am a beginner and I learnt basic Bharatanatyam in Chennai before coming to UK. I have been surfing the net for a long time to keep in touch with all I have learnt and I hit the jackpot with your website.

    All the material, videos and resources are very well presented and very helpful.

    Thanks a lot for your efforts,

    Wishes and regards,

  • 49 Ajith Kumar Jan 17, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Hi Anjali,
    I have been searching for mudras of Samyukta & Asamyukta Hastangal on the net. I need them to teach my daughter (Anusha), who is 7 years and learning dance (2 and half years) from Kalamandalam Sreejaya in Bangalore. She has got her exam on 26th January 2007. Though she knows all the mudras, I thought it will help if I can show some pictures of all those mudras. If nothing is available on the web (pics) can you suggest some books on these mudras that I can buy in book stores).

    Your help will be highly appreciated.

    Best regards,
    Ajith Kumar

  • 50 Anjali Jan 17, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Hey Sree, Thanks a bunch for your compliments. Its nice to know about your earnest desire to learn this Art. I wish u best of lucks ahead. I will try my best to keep the information flowing. Your feedback will keep giving me direction and do better. Thanks again. God bless you.

  • 51 Anjali Jan 17, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Hello Ajith, I thank you for visiting this site. Nice to know about your little dancer at home. May Anusha excel in all aspects of her life and I am sure you will always be proud of her. I wish lots of luck for her exams on 26th. To see pics on Mudras go to my Resources I have linked to sites that show all the mudras. Also I have given meanings and photos of some Asamayukta hastas in this site (check the Index page). A book called “Dance Gestures-Mirrors of Expression” by P.Ramachadrasekhar will be a great reference for her ahead. It is a translation of the sanskrit text Abhinayadarpanam. Visit http://www.giritrading.com, guess you can buy it online. Else there is Abhinayadarpanam by Manmohan Ghosh which is a hallmark Text.

  • 52 Ajith Kumar Jan 19, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Thank you Anjali for your best wishes. Your response has been of immense help. Thank you once again.

    Best Regards,
    Ajith Kumar

  • 53 aiswarya Jan 19, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    I am really a bit dissappointed i have asked something on Jan 6th and until now you didnt answer me, I know it is not easy for you to answer each and every silly posts like mine, but for me your answers to my querries are of great importance. hope you will answer me.
    My question was
    My daughter is being trained bharathanatyam and had participated in some competitions recently, the most comments from the judges were about body shake and the gap between the feet which increases while doing fast swaras and jatis.
    can you please suggest something to reduce these. Do you think that she will improve if she does more practice, she is now 10years old.

    Hope you will reply this time

    We are really greatful to you for your sincere efforts and dedication to familarize bharathanatyam.

    Its now my daily routine to visit this site and look for new posts

    thanks a lot for all these great help you are rendering to us,


  • 54 kavya Jan 19, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Hi Anjali, you are doing a great job. Thankyou very much. I am kavya from Germany, I wanted to learn Bharatanatyam right from my childhood, thanks to you that my dream is coming true. The way of teaching is very clear. I have learnt all the steps until now.
    Keep uploading. Thanks.

  • 55 Sunita Vemana Jan 20, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    I really appreciate and thank you for your efforts in sharing info about the basics of Bharatanatyam. I am glad to know that there are many people out there who wish to do stuff that are of use to others. Believe me, sharing knowledge can be so difficult, because it is that knowledge that puts us on a higher ground and to be able to share that and let others step up is a huge thing, really.

    I started learning Bharatanatyam in the last quarter of 2006. I am currently working and staying in Dubai. My Guru follows the Thanjavur style. But, unfortunately, due to personal reasons, she has relocated to Chennai in Feb 2007, just after a couple of months of my lessons. And since then, I’ve been searching for another Guru to teach me Bharatanatyam. Hopefully, I should find someone, soon!

    Which style of Bharatanatyam do you follow? I have seen your instructional videos on youtube and noticed that its a bit different from what I was taught.

    Thanks and hope you have a good day!

    Kind regards,

  • 56 Anjali Jan 20, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Hi Ashwaiya, I thank you for the encouraging words. Also nice to know about your daughter who is learning bharatanatyam. I wish her success in every aspect of her life.
    Very sorry for not answering you. Indeed your question is not Silly. Increased gap between the legs while doing the fast swaras is very common mistake seen among the beginners. Such an act reduces the beauty of the dance. It looks awkward. It has to be corrected every time she does it. Infact she has to be aware of it. So from our part we can only point it out every time the mistake is repeated. Ask her to practice the Teermanam Adavu and the Jati adavu nonstop in the 3rd speed every day in proper Araimandi. The steps in these adavus are used in the fast swaras. Practicing in front of the mirror will help. You have also mentioned about Body shake ie swaying of waist while dancing. That too will stop once she is aware of it and with right practice. This is my opinion….you can also ask her guru for some tips. Thats it…… nothing much to worry about. She has a long way to go.

  • 57 Gopi Kumari dd Jan 23, 2008 at 1:33 am

    Dandavats Pranam,
    I’m from Spain and started learning Bharatanatyam a few months ago (I’m 28 now). I only get lessons once a week so it’s great to have your site for doubts and so on.
    I have been looking for a site like this for long time and I must tell you that this is the best so far. The videos are very helpful.
    Thank you very much!!
    Gopi Kumari dd

  • 58 nigamaa Jan 23, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    i have been following your vids on utube and reading some of your comments, like on jan 20 th you wrote about

    ….while doing the fast swaras…

    As a musician who can play the swaras on his instrument or sing them I often wonder where it is laid down how to perform them with limbs, legs, waist etc. In dance scripture we talk about the rasa of a swara, and one should perform so that the rasa is felt, either song, music or dance. This seems to have been the older way of yore. You seem to have some knowledge, perhaps you can point out some of your instructional vids to me or let me know of coming up vids where I can check this out?

    God bless your work

  • 59 nigamaa Jan 23, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Nigamaa forgot to add:

    Josiane Sarrazin dite Jyoti dances Bharata natyam
    style in front of a shrine dedicated to God, but no
    explanation is given what rasa she is depicting, if sringara or santa?
    It should be sanata anyhow, since it is a temple of peace!

  • 60 Anjali Jan 23, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Hi Nigama, Thanks for visiting this site. I saw the video link. The audio is not very clear. what I understood from her actions was its a song on SriRama. Now coming to your question on which Bhava to use. See while doing a dance we have to constantly change our expression in order to explain the meanings of the lines. But we must be aware of the Central Idea of the song. Like in the dance while showing Srirama…bring out the Santa Bhava. While showing the emotions of love bring out Sringara. It is also important what character are you dipicting. If you have a role of a departed lover show the depression on your face and body language. If you are a goddess at war its the Raudra Bhava and not shanta Bhava. I am of the opinion that expression change as per the situation.

  • 61 nigamaa Jan 23, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Anjali, thx for following up on my questioning.
    The above mentioned BN dancer is using a very sacred spot in a church
    usually reserved for a male priest only. If made public to conservative folks,
    quite alot people would take this as affront, ecspecially if they knew it depicts SriRam in a place dedicated to Christ. It is like offering a christian sermon in a Kali temple. I think Shanta Ras could compensate for this if made clear? To my understanding dance scriptures are presently researched into and in the future we might get a better picture of how Rasa was defined in the old days, see also the topic here
    History of Carnatic Music

    From pondering the subject, to me it appears in the beginning there could have been one sringara rasa, with seven bhava rasas. The themes treated below might be in shanta ? This way the vids below would become very meaningful to me.



    It seems comparatively easy to see rasa in connection with dance or drama, but in the oldest writing this included music as well, so that even shruti and sowith swar had a rasa .

  • 62 Leela Jan 30, 2008 at 6:35 am

    Anjali garu,

    In my childhood I had learned basic steps and now when I could not refresh those steps to teach for my 9yr daughter, your web site and videos helped me alot to teach. I had learned in telugu words and I still find these words are easy to follow. One request is, now that my daughter is following all of your steps, I like her to perform these steps on the stage with some music to play all these steps. One request from you is , could you also compose a musical dance with all your steps. So that we can use your steps and dance song and make my daughter do on the stage. Thanks in advance. Very happy with your teaching.


    Hi leela
    Thanks a lot for your kind word. I donot know how long your daughter has learnt. It is always better to learn classical for atleast 4 yrs before you give a stage performance ie classical based. Only by that time your child may attain perfection in body language. I can understand your concern aswell. I shall try doing something on these lines also. May be I can put up a small music with these steps included. But wait till I finish atleast three more adavus.


  • 63 wenti Feb 1, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    dear anjali,

    thank you so very much for your blog! it is so helpful – especially for people like me, who are just beginning to study the dance. keep up the good work!



  • 64 Sheila Feb 19, 2008 at 6:34 am

    Hi Anjali,

    This is an incredible site – I was surfing the net to find diagrams/pictures and explanations of the mudras to help my 5yr old daughter with her Bharathanatyam practice. You have exceeded my expectations. Your site is clear, informative, well-organised, culturally rich.

    One question – since my daughter is studying Kalakshetra style, will there be much difference in the basics as I would not want to confuse her from what her teacher explains?

    Also, Priyanka Prashanth had asked about practising during the “monthly period” times. I am studying Ayurveda and my understanding is that traditionally women fully rested during the first 3 days of this period, not exerting themselves at all as it is the body’s natural way of cleansing itself to maintain harmony and balance in nature (our prakruthi) which explains why our ancient women aged gracefully and lived long and quality lives. Today, our busy modern lifestyles do not give time for rest and we suffer the consequences in our post-menopause years having all sorts of physical, emotional and cognitive ailments. I hope this helps and hope I have not contradicted anyone.

  • 65 Anjali Feb 19, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Hey Sheila, thanks for your kind words. Also you have explained Priyanka’s query quite well. This kind of tradition is still followed in our culture. I appreciate your concern. Now coming to your question…there are bound to be difference in the sequences of Adavus and their variation. I would advice you to follow her teacher while practicing. But the Mudras and the theory stuff would be common. You can refer this site for some extra tips and guidance. Keep visiting and adding you valuable comments

  • 66 Arv Feb 22, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    This site is a wonderful piece of work from your side and I’ve been reading your posts for almost 4 months now. I’m sure atleast a few of those with enough passion but less time and resources to continue their proper lessons would benefit from this site.

    I’m also glad that you enjoy reading my blogs.

    Will be in touch. Take care.

    [Arvind Padmanabhan].

  • 67 Ramya Feb 27, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Hi Anjali
    I do not have any words to say thanks about your wonderful job, but still thanks so much,
    you have written about ADAVUS, there i have a confusion, please tell me the difference between – position of the legs and the posture of the legs. please let me know as soon as possible.

  • 68 Jyothi Mar 2, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    hi anjali

    i am a person that who interested a lot to classical dance (bharata natyam). i am very much impressed by this site and got happy. its very nice anjali..please be keep it up.
    it is the most useful for the students who wants to learn the natyam online.

    all the best,

    smily regards,
    – jyothi.

  • 69 kavya Mar 3, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Dear Mam,

    I dont know how to be thankful to you. My name is Kavya and I always wanted to learn Bharatnatyam since my childhood. I am very thankful to you for teaching me all this. You are my guru now. And please continue to teach me further.


  • 70 Anjali Mar 5, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Jyothi, Kavya and Ramya thanks a lot for your kind words. May god bless you all.

  • 71 Deepa Mar 15, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    My sincere congratulations and appreciation for your efforts !! I am currently residing in Saudi Arabia and am 28. I want to learn bhartnatyam. But donno how to begin. I donot have access to any schools or gurus here. I came across your website while searching and its really very good. In addition I also came across these DVD’s- Dances of India – Bharata Natyam Arangetram Dances DVD(Dancer: Padma Chebrolu, Directors: David Morrison) and Dances of india, learning bharatnatyam(Dancer: Padma Chebrolu, Directors: David Morrison) from this website- http://site.voila.fr/dancerindiana/Bharatanatyam_Bharatnatyam_Bharata_Natyam_DVD_VCD_Odissi_Bharathanatyam_Indian_Dance_yoga.html

    I wanted to know your opinion before buying these DVD’s. I want you to advise me if these will be helpful. If you can recommend some dvd’s for beginners it would be a great help.
    The country I am living in makes it difficult to get hold of things , so I have to resort to learning online or through CD’s.

    Pls guide me on how to start and mode of learning. I would be ever grateful.

    Thanks in advance and All the best,


  • 72 Anjali Mar 16, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Hi Deepa , thanks a lot for your appreciation. I am impressed by your strong desire to learn this art. My heartfelt wishes and good luck to you.
    Yes this Dvd of Padmaji (learning bharatanatyam)is quite educative and good for a starter. I would also recommend you to buy “Bharatanatyam Adavus – the depth and diversity” by Swathi soft solutions. It is an hour presentation of Adavus in a very stylized manner. Here you can see grace and expression of the dancers. This will also help you to improvise on your movements. You need not buy the Arangetram DVD now.

  • 73 Marzia Mar 16, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Hi Anjali, I think that by publishing the bharatanatyam basics video in your blog you give a great gift to all dance students and lovers. And they seem to be very clear and well explained. I would like to do something similar with kuchipudi one day! :-)
    Good job. Carry on with it!

  • 74 Anjali Mar 17, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks a lot Marzia. Kuchipudi is very vibrant and elegant with its fast pace. Infact I feel fortunate to be receiving such words from dancers like you. Looking forward to some kuchipudi lessons from you.

  • 75 scarlett Mar 18, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Dear Madam,

    I absolutely am thrilled to find this website! I am currently in the States – I learnt Bharatnatyam for just 3 months, then my work at office got too hectic and I couldnt continue. I still love this dance form and havent found any place here in States where I could continue it. This site is simply too good to be true. I hope I can learn the remainder from this site – at least I can practice it out!! Thanks Again!!!

  • 76 Maria Mar 22, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    I really enjoyed exploring your site. I have limited knowledge of bharatanatyam, having seen it only a few times in performance; I have never taken a class. It’s really informative and your site would be a great resource to a student.

  • 77 Marzia Mar 24, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Dear Anjali, please have a look at the 2 videos I’ve freshly sent to Youtube.
    Here are the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pWpAuM0Br8
    Feel free to leave a comment and don’t hesitate to criticize it if it is the case.

  • 78 Megan Apr 5, 2008 at 1:23 am

    i was just wondering,
    about this type of dance, only i want to base it as my theme for my gcse choreography?
    instead of being a normal 8 beats is it 9 and a half?
    id like to no some information if thats ok?

  • 79 Daniela Apr 13, 2008 at 7:37 am

    It’s beautifull all that you have done for disseminate bharatanatyam,
    i want to deeply thank you.

  • 80 Anjali Apr 13, 2008 at 7:42 am

    Thanks a lot Daniela for your kind words. Your support and wishes will only help the site grow. Good luck!

  • 81 Rekha Apr 22, 2008 at 6:27 am

    Hi Anjali,

    Thanks so much for this wonderful website ! I am 30 years old and have been learning bharathanatyam for 4 years. I am very serious about bharathanatyam and would like to do this professionally. I am wondering how to improve my form. I have heard that practising adavus daily for atleast 1 hour helps (vs. practising complete pieces like thillans and varnams). What is your experience. How much practise would you recommend on a daily basis for an advanced student who is really serious about bharathanatyam. Thanks much in advance for your response.


  • 82 N Apr 22, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    It has been my lifelong dream to learn bharatanatyam, but since I’m a guy, dance wasn’t encouraged for me and I learned Carnatic music instead. I’ve learned some of the basics from your videos and I’m really happy for that. I will not perform for anyone and nor do I want to, but I’m excited to learn for my own satisfaction!! Thank you for making my dream come to fruition.

  • 83 Anjali Apr 22, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Thanks Mr N. Its good to know that Dance has been your passion and this site is helping you get closer to it. May god bless you.

  • 84 Anjali Apr 22, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks Rekha for your appreciation. If you wish to be a professional dancer you must learn further. You must be a full time devotee of this art. It must be your first priority. A professional dancer spends altleast seven hours a day practicing for their performances. One hour of dance will help you to keep in touch with your basic and to be fit. Think about it. Decide your priorities and make a right choice.

  • 85 Anitha Apr 23, 2008 at 12:19 am

    I’m going to teach my friend’s sister bharatanatyam and i’m not a teacher,i’m a teen and i want to teach her bharatanatyam.Since I haven’t taught anyone i dont know where to start and what order to follow.so can you please help me?

  • 86 Anjali Apr 25, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Hi Anitha, thanks for visiting the site. I assume that you are a trained bharatanatyam dancer.
    The right age to start learning bharatanatyam is 5 yrs. First class is only an introduction and breaking of ice between students and teacher. Then Begin with introduction to Samapada and Araimandi positions. Some basic warm up exercises. Give them a brief introduction about Bharatanatyam and lord Nataraja. From the Second session onwards recite the Angikam bhuvanam Shloka. Teach the Namaskar. Explain to the kids the importance of namskar. Revise the first session. From the third session onwards start with reciting Angikam bhuvanam sloka, followed by namskar and warmup. Then introduce adavus. You can follow the adavu as you were taught or can follow the order on this website. Every session revise the earlier steps taught. Do not move ahead if the student is not clear with the previous session.
    Feel free to mail me if you need any help. Good luck.

  • 87 arti Apr 29, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Dear , Anjali i am also from pune i have lerned bhartnatyam from different different places and may be because of that i found my own style of dancing bhartnatyam is different rather than the kalakshatra actuly i want to learn more and more about this beautiful dance form you can help me in that

    please mail me about your classes

    and help me in that



  • 88 Anjali Apr 30, 2008 at 6:57 am

    Hi Arti, thanks for visiting this site. Style and differences does not matter as far as the dance is beautiful. Finally a dancer has to go beyond techniques to explore the art. I will be going to US for a year now. Therefore some well known teachers form pune are
    Sucheta Chapekar , Mrs. Shashikala Ravi, Parimal Phadke, Uma Tilak, Geeta Nair. Just google and search their names, you will get their contact. You will find lot of other teachers too. Meet them, decide and Good luck.

  • 89 Pratibha Patil May 8, 2008 at 3:49 am

    Hi Anjali,

    Do you teach ‘Bharatnatyam classes’? If so, which style do you teach? My daughter will be in Pune in July and August. She is learning Bharatnatyam of ‘Kalakshetra’ style. She would like to join the classes. Please let me know.

    Thank you in advance.

  • 90 Anjali May 8, 2008 at 7:15 am

    Hi Pratibha thanks for visiting the site. I shall mail you with the details.

  • 91 atia May 13, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Anjali

    I am living in Vancouver, Canada, I am looking for a guru in vancouver , Canada , Your blog so impressive and I hope you can help me to find a Guru for my daughter to learn bharatanatyam , If u have any information please mail me ,


  • 92 Janaki Jun 3, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    I teach Bharatanatyam at Jakarta, Indonesia. Found your website really interesting and a wonderful resource for students.

  • 93 Anjali Jun 4, 2008 at 12:19 am

    Hi Janaki, It feels nice when you are appreciated by people who are in the same stream. Your words are a great motivation to do better. Thanks a lot.

  • 94 Nisha Jun 4, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    I just discovered your website and I think it is absolutely fantastic!! I learned Bharatanatyam for around 6 years but I was very young at the time. I had to stop because the classes werent very effective as new students kept joining. Now all these years later I wish I had never stopped. I am keen to get into Bharatanatyam again and will soon see if I can find a teacher in London (where I reside). Your website has enabled me to teach myself the steps again. As I have already learned it before it is coming back very quickly. I think its great that you have created this website demonstrates all the steps and handmovements! I have already spent 3 hours practicing today (after 15 years!!) because I enjoyed it so much!!! :-)

    I am trying to re-teach myself the Alarippu dance. I remember most of it but I have difficulties getting the last fast part of the dance right. I was wondering if you could demonstrate the steps for the Alarippu?

    Thank you so much for this website!!!


  • 95 Anjali Jun 4, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Wow, Nisha thats great !!! This show your interest. Hey Nisha, thank you so much for those encouraging words. Actually I have not yet thought about putting in dance items as online lessons. Not sure how that will work out. As of now I am concentrating on gestures and adavus. But yes I shall look into your request closely. Thanks again.

  • 96 Nisha Jun 5, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Anjali! I have just completed all your videos and realized that most of the fast part of the Alarippu are the TattiMetti Adavu steps which you have demonstrated. So this is very helpful. I hope you carry on adding more videos so I can practice at home until I find a guru in London. Thank you so much again for this website!!! You really have done an amazing job with this. Many thanks!

  • 97 Sumathi Jun 5, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    Thanks for putting this blog and your great videos online! It helps me learn a lot!
    I wanted to ask you which of the DVDs on adavus you would recommend – there are 4 different DVDs on http://www.jayq.org , and I am wondering if you have watched any of them.



  • 98 Anjali Jun 5, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Hi Sumathi. Thank you. Yes It is “Bharatanatyam adavus-the depth and diversity”. It explains the steps clearly, shows a few variations in three speeds. Also the dancers have perfect body language and expressions. Also the Cd “Bharatanatyam- percepts and practice” is good for hastas and bhedas. Others I have not gone through.

  • 99 Nivedita Jun 8, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I realize you are a great dancer.
    I have a great love for Bharathanatiyam .My 6 year old daughter is learning Bharatanatyam . May I know which song will be best for children for stage performance.
    If will help if you can suggest me a few songs good for Bharatanatyam and easy for children.

  • 100 monika Jun 9, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    You’re indeed doing a wonderful job by promoting Bharatanatyam. I wanted to ask your opinion about teaching the dance to my daughter who’s just turned 3 years old. Is it too early to start? And if not, could you recommend any school near Reading, Berkshire which might be teaching this beautiful artform?

    Thanks a lot!


  • 101 Anjali Jun 10, 2008 at 1:23 am

    Thanks Nivedita, for your encouragement. It would be better if you ask your daughters guru, because he/she will be the right person to select a song best suited for her depending on her dancing abilities.

  • 102 Anjali Jun 10, 2008 at 1:30 am

    Hi Monika, thanks a lot for your kind words. If your daughter enjoys the whole process then you can go ahead with it. Else cannot force her to do so. Otherwise the right age to begin is 6yrs and above.

  • 103 Chitra Jun 11, 2008 at 5:18 am

    Hi Anjali,
    I am Chitra from Singapore. Today i stumble upon your page by chance. I have learnt dancing when i was young and have stopped it for the last 7 years due to circumstances as i was out of the country. But the passion is still there in my heart. I would love to dance again. I am 28 years old now and thinking whether it is too late to start all over again.. I even have the drean of someday doing my arangetram.. Kindly advise me…

  • 104 Sue Jun 11, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Hi Anjali

    I am truly impressed by your website and the service you do to all the students of Bharathanatyam world wide.

    Please can you let me know of any good Jatiswaram videos. My daughter is doing it right now and I am keen that she watches some videos.

  • 105 Christina Jun 12, 2008 at 10:40 am

    Hi, i’m christina. i’m 15yrs old. i really love dancing and i would love to learn Bharatanatyam. But i’m nervous about learning i feel like i’m too old to learn dancing now all my friends graduated from their bharatanatyam class. Anjali can you email me at asiancutie9310@yahoo.com if you have any suggestions for me? By the way i saw your classes on youtube you were amaaazzinnng:)

    Thank you have a nice day

  • 106 AM I A HINDU Jun 15, 2008 at 4:35 am

    Namasthe Anjali:

    People like you who are adepts in the Bharatanatyam and other Indian classical dances are the true ambassadors of our culture. I salute you and wish you all the very best.

    May God bless you in your efforts.


  • 107 sol Jun 16, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Hello dear Anjali,
    Congratulations for your new web design. It’s very nice. Well, I’m studying Bharatanatyam in Spain and I may visit Mumbai in a few months. I would like to ask you if you can recommend some book so I can purchase them when I visit India and also if you know about some Guru who gives intensive courses or something like that.
    Thank you very much for such a wonderful site. It’s very helpful and inspiring.

  • 108 Anjali Jun 16, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Hello Mr Vishwanathan (Am I hindu)
    Thanks a lot for visiting. I believe it is the duty of every Indian to carry and preserve our rich culture. May be this blog has given me an opportunity to contribute in my own way.

    Dear Sol
    I am happy that you liked this design. Thanks.
    Mumbai is a very vast city. If you could tell which part of Mumbai you will be residing (may the name of the place) I will be able to guide you. And certainly there are lot of Bharatanatyam teachers in mumbai. A well known school is the Nalanda institute of performing arts founded by Dr Kanak Rele.(a renowned Mohiniattom dancer.)

  • 109 Sakthivel Jun 16, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Dear Mrs. Anjali:

    Thanks for the Bharatanatyam videos. We live in Detroit. My 6 year daughter Bavya is learning everyday from your videos. Instructions are very clear. May be you can release instructional DVDs.

    Any way !!, Thanks for all the good work and making it available for us.

    Thanks again


  • 110 Kapil Suvarna Jun 17, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Hi ! Anjali,
    Congrats on your new website design. Your website is very rich in content and has great information for beginners and newbies like me, even just to read about Bharata Natyam. Hats off to you !!!! Keep up the good work.
    All the very best to you.

  • 111 Anjali Jun 17, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks Sakthivel for these motivating words. I wish your daughter good luck in all her endeavors.

  • 112 Anjali Jun 17, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Thanks kapil for your inspiring comment.

  • 113 Vidya Jun 17, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Hi Anjai,

    I liked yr website. I stay in Aundh Pune. I havee 2 qtns –
    1) what is the right age to start learning Bharatnatyam dance. I have a 21/2 yr old daughter.
    2) I want to know any good carnatic music teacher in Aundh or nearby places. I have already learnt music but lost touch. Also If someone can come home and teach music to small kids.


  • 114 bansuri Jun 17, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Hi Anjali!
    I love the new look of the website!! 😀
    Keep up the good work!

  • 115 aumsree Jun 19, 2008 at 4:43 am

    Sri Ramajayam

    May Lord Shiva Bless you always.

    With Love and Prayers

  • 116 Archana Jun 19, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Dear Anjali,

    I really appreciate your efforts in creating this website, especially videos with explanation. I have learnt Bharatnatyam for 5 years in India and now am in USA.
    I came across your site today while looking for dance classes in our area for my 3 year old daughter.
    I will surely visiting this site frequently.
    Thanks, Archana

  • 117 Anjali Jun 19, 2008 at 8:52 am

    Dear Vidya
    Thanks for visiting. The right age to start a formal bharatanatyam lessons is 6yrs and above. Sorry I am not aware of any music teachers.

    Dear Bansuri
    Thanks again for your encouraging words.

    Hello Aumsree
    Thank you for the blessings. May God bless you too.

    Dear Archana
    It feels nice when this site is liked by dancers themselves. Thank you very much.

  • 118 Gayathri Jun 24, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    hi Anjali…i am Gayathri…actually i use to collect the famous dancer’s albums and videos, photos…..and i use to go and purchase many dvds, & acds from http://www.kalakendra.com and other sites. But i couldn’t find your any product cds on kalakendra.com and other than sites..also..like celextel…artindia.net…etc..etc…
    so, can u just help me to identify that where can i collect your products…..

    Gayathri N

  • 119 Anjali Jun 24, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Hi Gayatri. thanks for the interest shown. I have not yet thought about releasing the Cds. But yes it is a good idea.

  • 120 sol Jun 27, 2008 at 5:00 am

    Dear Anjali,

    Thank you very much for your reply. I will be in 7, K.M.Munshi Marg Girgaon Chowpatty. That’s the exact address. I will spend maybe a couple of months so what I was looking for was for some intensive course or something. If you have some information that would be great!
    Thank you very much and sorry for the inconvenience.
    regards, Sol :)

  • 121 Devi Jun 29, 2008 at 10:28 am

    Dear Anjali
    Thank you so much for this blog. My daughter is 4 years old and she is crazy for dance, whenever she listens music automatically she starts dancing and she likes classical dance mostly. We are in UK and I was just worrying about how to teach her dance here and I saw ur blog just today and its really amazing I feel. I will try to teach her from ur videos and could u please suggest me where to start first and which part continues… it will be a great help for me
    All the best and Thanks again

  • 122 Tina Jun 30, 2008 at 9:59 am

    this is just amazin
    i couldnt find any site learning bharatynayam
    i searched for months
    finally today i got see ur video in u tube.com
    u are so perfect st dancing
    ur dance is awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    i love it
    thanx for the help
    i appreciate that u respect our tradition

  • 123 Anjali Jul 1, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Dear Devi
    Thanks for encouraging. You can begin with the Namaskaram followed by the Adavus. check http://onlinebharatanatyam.com/2007/07/more-about-adavus/. Good luck.

    Dear Tina
    Thanks a bunch for your kind words. May god bless you.

  • 124 Rajesh venugopalan Jul 3, 2008 at 8:47 am

    G8 work,but can u make the site more organised ,what I mean is the video clipings can be provided in a way how a student starts off with this great art.Also u can have a archieve of all the clippings in the order so that a lay person like me can about it.

    Congrats on ur great effort and the dedication to the unparallel dance art.

  • 125 Rajesh venugopalan Jul 3, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Thanks a lot , I have got a answer for my questions from ur website itself.Thanks G8 wrk

  • 126 Anjali Jul 4, 2008 at 7:07 am

    Thank you Mr Rajesh for the feedback. I have now organised some of my videos on the Index page. I hope that should be better. Do let me know.

  • 127 k.t.jagannathan Jul 13, 2008 at 3:18 am

    I just saw your blog. very good. I don’t know much about about. but am learning instrumental (flute) music along with my wife sudha. we are running a news website – http://www.carnaticdarbar.com.
    this is one is basically aiming to serve as a platform to provided all news (shorn of frills). this site will not be complete sans news about bharatanayam. i wish you take a look at the site. will be glad to receive your feedback. your comments are very important for us. shall keep dropping into your blog to pick up a few lessons.



  • 128 Rupa Jul 21, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Hi. I was wondering how does each dance in Bharatanatyam represent each God’s life in the Hindu culture?

  • 129 Anjali Jul 22, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Hi Rupa, thanks for visiting the site. Bharatanatyam began as a worship in temples by Devadasis. They usually sang and danced on songs and poetries in praise of gods. Thats how kautukams and kirtanams came in. Also there are lot of padams that narrate stories of the gods. It is largely based on Indian mythology.

  • 130 sol Jul 28, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Hello dear Anjali,
    This is Sol again. I don’t know if you remember me, but asked if you had some information about some intensive course in Mumbai. I will be visiting India in 2 or 3 months and I’m trying to find some teacher. If not intensive at least I would like to take regular classes.
    I’m very neophyte student. Just know a few adavus, but I have great enthusiasm to learn.
    I will stay at Girgaon Chowpatty. Maybe some of your readers have some information too.
    I feel a bit embarrassed for asking again. I guess you must be very busy.
    Thank you again,
    kind regards, Sol :)

  • 131 Anjali Jul 29, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Hi Sol,sorry for not having answered. I have mailed you with necessary details now.

    Meanwhile if there are any readers who know about good classes around the area, please feel free to write and send us the information.

  • 132 Baladev Das Aug 11, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Namaste Anjali,
    Dear Anjali, i like your entusiasm in teaching Bharatanatyam online very much :) I’m translating diary of vaishnava saint Cintamani Devi to lithuanian and i’m looking everywhere for illustrations for my work. Could you help me? I’d like to ask you some beautiful pictures of bharatanatyam dance.
    Radhe Radhe,
    Best wishes, May Radhika bless you.

  • 133 Anjali Aug 11, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Namaste Baladev das ji
    What kind of pictures do you want. Is it relating to any mudra or any deity etc. If You can specify may be I can help. and Thank you for you kind words

  • 134 Baladev Das Aug 12, 2008 at 12:43 am

    Dear Anjali, it’d be nice to find one illustration of ‘luxurious’ bharatanatyam performance, because that diary is about girl who was dancer and entertainer and suddenly became brahmacharini. In exchange I could give you some interesting food recipies. And I have one question, can I dance bharatanatyam? I’d like to dance only in presence of my home Deities. Thank you very much.
    Radhe Shyam,
    May Radhika bless you :)

  • 135 Sylvia Aug 13, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Dear Mrs Anjali,

    Thank you so much for creating this website. It’s great help as I practice this wonderful dance often at home, too. I’m from Europe and there’s only one Bharata Natyam teacher in my country; our other teacher from India comes twice per year. Our dance group practices on a regular basis but there’s so much more I’d like to learn about this wonderful dance form (and, luckily, there’s a lot of great info on this website – I really like your views on how to prepare for a stage show:)
    I also have a question: How can I improve the balance in pirouettes/turnings – especially in the 3rd speed?
    Looking forward to your reply.
    Kind regards,

  • 136 Anjali Aug 13, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Dear Baldevdasji
    There are a number of dance performances on the youtube. You should visit and you would get one. I have in my favorites added a few. Take look at them aswell.
    Dancing before the god is a very noble thought and yes, you can learn this art too.

  • 137 Anjali Aug 13, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Dear Sylvia
    Thanks a lot for your kind words. Its good to know that there are so many Bharatanatyam enthusiasts outside India. I wish you good luck and success ahead.
    A step that is difficult practice it again and again with a positive belief that I will get it right. Start with a slow speed and as you progress try doing it faster.

  • 138 Sylvia Aug 14, 2008 at 4:54 am

    Dear Mrs Anjali,

    I’m very happy to have recieved your advice – thank you:) I shall practice such steps in this way. There’s another thing I’d really like to know about Bharatanatyam. So far, we have been learning various choreographies (Alarippu, Swarajati, Tillana, etc.). But is improvisation possible in this dance form, too? Many friends ask me and I don’t really know what to tell them. If it is possible, how many years experience (or what knowledge) is needed to improvise well?
    Best regards,

  • 139 Baladev Das Aug 14, 2008 at 7:02 am

    Thank you, Anjali ji,
    I’ve learnt Nata and Tata Adavus a bit from your videos :) I’ll try to learn more. Thank you for posting such educational videos. And one more question, i’m dancing with dhoti now, are there any special dhoti draping styles for dancing? :) Best Wishes
    May Radharani bless you,
    Radhe Radhe

  • 140 Anjali Aug 18, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Dear Baldevdasji
    Traditionally bharatanatyam is danced in dhotis. If you are comfortable you can continue or can switch over to a pyjama.

  • 141 Anjali Aug 18, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Any improvisation must look decent and not just altering or cutting down the item. just take a look at these links on how allarippu is improvised.
    1. http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=UJIISv6ZwWA
    Allarippu can also be done on a song playing at the background and sollukettu being said simultaneously.
    2. http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=_qWonFBGisM&feature=related

  • 142 Ann Aug 25, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Hi Anjali,Very useful site for the readers. Very helpful. Please provide me the details of Sthayi, shathvika and other bhavas.

  • 143 Anjali Aug 25, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Ann, Thanks. I shall very soon put up some details on Bhavas. Meanwhile check out a the articles on Navarasa and Abhinaya part 3 for bhavas and satvika abhinaya.

  • 144 sheetal Aug 29, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    hi anjali
    i found this site to be such a great informative site. i m a student of bharatnatyam and have just begun learning it since the last 2 mths. when i do the leg movements, specialy in madhalya, i feel my heel gives me quite some pain, which makes me uncomfortable to do more practice. as such i dont have any heel problem. is it becoz i m putting too much pressure on my heels while doing it, coz even my arms start paining, and my teacher says i m keeping my arms too tightly stretched. well, maybe its becoz of less practice since its only 2 mths?
    i love reading the information on ur blog, keep it up. i wud love to visit ur blog for more.

  • 145 Varsana Rani Sep 4, 2008 at 6:10 am

    Dear Anjali,

    it`s great that you show us how to dance Bharatanatyam! We live in Germany and we made a one-week-class with an indian dancer and now we continue to dance with your intenet-you-tube help.

    Thanks a lot!
    Varsana Rani and Draupadi

  • 146 Anjali Sep 4, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Hey Varsana and Draupadi I am glad you liked it. Thank you so much.

  • 147 Sherryna Sep 7, 2008 at 5:39 am

    Hi, anjali… like your post… I am 30 and have just started learning the dance form!
    It is beautiful… i was always enthralled by bharat natyam and never got an opportunity to learn… i gave up.. but i work for a school and told our dance teacher that i was interested… she immediately made me realize its never too late!!
    I am enjoying this learning experience!!
    I want to learn and read deeply the theory… can you suggest some good books…

  • 148 Anjali Sep 7, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Sherryna, it is encouraging to know you liked the posts. Two good books that is a must read is the Abhinayadarpanam and the Natyashastra. There are lot of English translated versions available. Books by authors Manmoham gosh and P. Ramchandrashekar are good. I wish you good luck for your lessons ahead.

  • 149 Kiran Kumar Sep 8, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Gud work……i like this site as its very useful for all who would like to begin with. I appreciate your hard work that you put in this site. Keep going.

    Please suggest me
    I am male with age 30.Unmarried and leaving in Bangalore. I want to know if its feasible for me to start learning this now. And what is the process i need to follow and the time i need to dedicate if i want to consider my self that i learned considerable amount of this art in next 1 or 2 years….? …Thanks.

  • 150 Anjali Sep 9, 2008 at 7:05 am

    Hello Kiran, I am glad that you liked the contents here. Thank you. You can surely start learning now. If you only have a time of 1 or 2yrs, Then I think you must devote as much time as possible towards understanding the art. You can join dance institutes like kalakshetra, that offer 2-3 yrs full time course on Bharatanatyam. Good luck.

  • 151 tejaswini shinde Sep 14, 2008 at 6:55 am

    respected anjali madame
    i am learning bharatanatyam and i really enjoy it
    this information is really helpful and it is explained in a simple manner which is easy to understand and helps you more.
    i hope that you continue updating your site.
    i am grateful that you have introduced this unique way for learning.
    thank you tejaswini

  • 152 Anjali Sep 14, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Tejaswini, with so much of encouragement from people like you, I am always inspired to do more. Thank you.

  • 153 Ashlesha J Sonar Sep 20, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    I was student of Bharatiya sangeet samiti. I have cleared five cerificate exam of that. I am interested complete my course. Right now I am in canada( vancouver). I am going back to mumbai. Could you pls. guide to complete my course.

    Thanks in Advance

  • 154 Anjali Sep 21, 2008 at 6:47 am

    Ashlesha, nice to know we are from the same school. I shall mail a phone number of a friend of mine in Thane. You can contact her when you reach Mumbai. Good luck!

  • 155 rekha Oct 7, 2008 at 5:05 am

    Hi Anjali,

    Thanks so much for your prompt response regarding knee pain in bharathanatyam. I have a question about abhinaya. I feel I am too shy to fully express myself in front of my teacher. But I feel really motivated to be expressive in front of the morror. I however do not acknowledge this to my teacher or anyone else because I feel they will then pay more attention to me when I am doing abhinaya :) How do you overcome this shyness ? Thanks in advance again !

  • 156 Anjali Oct 7, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Dear Rekha, it is very important to forget yourself when dancing. Just assume the character you dance. Ignore anything around you. Instead of practicing before the mirror behind closed doors practice where your members at home can see you. They are the right people who can give you a true feedback. Their words may sound critical and funny sometimes, but if you can take in a right spirit you will overcome your fear.

  • 157 Niveditha Oct 10, 2008 at 6:36 am

    Hi Anjali,

    You are doing a wonderful job with this website. I have learnt Bharatnatyam for over 8 years in India and am teaching kids here in the Boston area. I came across your website when I was looking for information and pictures on Bharatnatyam to send to my niece who has just started learning in the DC area. I appreciate your patience and enthusiam to compile your knowledge and present it to the world so beautifully. Keep up the great job!

  • 158 Anjali Oct 10, 2008 at 7:03 am

    Hey Niveditha, thank you for that encouraging words. Feel free to share your opinion, ideas and experiences here.

  • 159 panna Oct 19, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks Anjali.

    I have learnt dance some many years ago. I want to retsart. I am a young at heartt and looks older person In my 40’s… I want to do it slowly.

    I live in rural Arizona where there is no teacher.

    Can you make some kind suggestions?

    I am so pleased to see your website. Thanks a million. You are so lovely.


  • 160 Anjali Oct 20, 2008 at 9:03 am

    hey panna, you can surely practice using videos. Initially start with namaskara followed by tatta adavu. I shall soon be starting an online coaching and shall mail you with the details soon.

  • 161 Neha Gokarn Oct 28, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Hi Anjali!
    Nice name! I was just browsing some bharatanatyam dance steps on Youtube. Fortunately! I found your online classes. Im so greatful. I was learning bharatanatyam in my childhood days. In fact, I love & respect bharatanatyam hearty. But could’nt continue classes for certain reasons. Im glad that I found your videos, now i can pratice all the steps & learn more from You at home itself. Once again I would love to thank you so much and wont forget to wish you Happy Diwali !
    God bless!
    Warm regards,
    Neha Gokarn

  • 162 Pratyusha Menon Oct 29, 2008 at 7:42 am

    Hi Anjali.I am a 20 yr-old girl.When i was in my 4 th grade though i had learnt a bit of this art but for just a month.But i always had this passion for learning.I am sure of re-starting it all over again.I have one question for you though.I heard Bharatnatayam helps bring grace to our basic movements like walking and facial expressions?Is it true?Also i would like to truly appreciate and all the more thank you this blog of yours.Please answer my question and do keep posting more such mudras.

  • 163 Anjali Oct 31, 2008 at 6:12 am

    Thank you Neha and Pratusha. Wish you all a very happy Diwali. Pratusha the answer to your question is ‘Yes’.

  • 164 Pratyusha Menon Oct 31, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    thanks a lot for replying ot my query Anjali ma’am..one more question though..I live in thane.Is there any way you would know and suggest any dance class out here?I would be obliged if you know.

  • 165 Anjali Nov 3, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Well Pratyusha, in thane there are couple of experienced dance teachers. Those known to me are Rakhi chikte- 98969196979 who has her classes in Naupada. Uday kumar (uday386@rediffmail.com ) has his classes in Brahmand complex and Rutu enclave on Ghodbunder road.

  • 166 Ampili Karthik Nov 6, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Hello Anjali,

    I just wanted to tell you how much I love this website. I have always been a great admirer of Bharatanatyam and have wanted to study this great art form. Unfortunately due to various reasons, it has remained an unfulfilled wish. A month ago, I came across your site and since then, I have been studiously following your videos and memorizing steps. I can’t express the happiness I feel when I realise that I am finally able to learn something of this divine art. I am looking forward to the day when I will be able to start learning formally under a Guru, but your videos and blog are definitely a great asset in helping me undertsand the basics of Bharatanatyam.

    Right now, I am practicing the Visharu Adavu and am eagerly looking forward to more videos. Since I am not used to dancing much, my legs ache a lot, but I don’t care really; I feel so happy that I am finally able to learn!

    Thanks a lot for all the effort that you take in educating people like me and may God bless you!!!!

  • 167 Anjali Nov 6, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Hey Ampili, I am glad that you are able to learn from the videos. Things will fall in place for the dedicated and the passionate. Good luck and thank you.

  • 168 Priti Vaidya Nov 19, 2008 at 12:33 am

    Hi!!I’m Preeti. I have done Upantya Visharad from Gandharv Mahavidyalaya. My guru is Mrs. Neha Shah. Beacuse of soem personal reson I ahd to discontinue my Visharad. I liked a lot the way you are spreading Bhartnatyam. I’m really keen to continue with my Nritya sadhana in Bhartanatyam. Can you guide for reviseing my knowledge of Bhartnatyam?
    Waiting for your reply.
    Thanking you,
    With worm regards,

  • 169 jaya Nov 24, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    hi anjali,

    let me thnk your first for the effort u have done.I reside in USA and my daughter goes to a dance class where she come with doubts with the postures and meanings, ur site had been a great help for my daughter.thnk u once again for ur time and good work..take care

    Best of Luck

  • 170 Anjali Nov 24, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Hello Preeti, If possible get in touch with your teacher again and see how she can help you. I believe she would be happy to do so.

  • 171 Anjali Nov 24, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Hi Jaya, I am glad to know this site this helping your daughter. I wish her good luck with her lessons ahead.

  • 172 Aarthy Nov 27, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    My daughter is looking for Shabdham video. Is it possbile to post it on your website.

    Since you are in the U.S I just wanted to know if you would be interested in offering web based lessons for my daughter who has learnt till jathiswarams.

  • 173 Mrs. Manchula Sritharan Dec 2, 2008 at 2:14 am

    i haved see your website. it’s greatfull.it will very usefull for the people who is insrested by bharathanatyam. by the way i’m a dance teacher living in france.
    thanks for your wonderfull work.

  • 174 Deepesh Dec 3, 2008 at 3:48 am

    Hello Mam,
    Thanks a lot for your quick reply.I really gained confidence by reading your message.I will definitely put the same into action and practice,and sure it will help me a lot.I will be much oblized if you guide me in this way if i require any help in future.
    Thanking you
    Deepesh :)

  • 175 jigeeta Dec 5, 2008 at 2:17 am

    hi anjali
    m very thankful for u creat this blog. as i am in riyadh cant learn bharatnatyam here but now as i found ur blog it seem easy for me. i think bharatnatyam is course of up to 7 years. can u pls explain here which adavu and which hand mudra belongs to which year. i mean which steps r for which year. it will be easy .

    and other thing about hand mudra can u post picture of every mudra with its name.
    again i am very thankful to u. u r great.

  • 176 Bridget Dec 7, 2008 at 3:55 am

    I have been healed by this beautiful dance.

    I have a cronic pain condition and this dnace helps me strech every day and I feel strong and gracegul and beautiful for once. It is a lovely thing and I hope to study it it Tamil Nadu next summer. Thanks so much for providing great refreshers!

  • 177 Anjali Dec 8, 2008 at 7:36 am

    Hi Bridget, happy to know your experiences with the art form. I wish you good luck for your lessons. Thank you.

  • 178 Carolyn Dec 9, 2008 at 5:42 am

    Thanks for showing us. Please let me know if you perform in Florida.

  • 179 meenaxi Dec 14, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    i have completed my nritya visharad in bharatnatyam….but i am confused whether to perform arangetam since i have finished my nritya visharad………….plz help me……..

  • 180 Anjali Dec 15, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Arangetram is said to be the first ever performance given by a student with the consent and the support the guru. Your guru should tell you if you are ready. It is one of the best opportunities you have to project your talent. Also one need not spend too much on arangetrams. It can be very simple. . Is your confusion on these lines?

  • 181 nikhil karpe Dec 15, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    hi Anjali,

    My friend is interested in doing Ph. D in Bharatanatayam from mumbai, can you please help me with this?
    Can you please provide us with the contact info of the place?

    Nikhil Karpe.

  • 182 Anjali Dec 16, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Hi Nikhil, Dancer Sandhya Purecha i believe helps students for their Ph.D. Her contact info I got from narthaki ie
    “Kala Parichay”, Sandhya Purecha
    1-Maya Co-Op. Hsg. Society, 5-College Road, Behind Prabhadevi Telephone Exchange, Dadar, Mumbai 400028
    Ph: (022) – 24311422 Mobile: 0-98692 05891 / (022) – 32777311
    e-mail: sandhyapurecha@hotmail.com
    Also take a look her profile in the kalakshetras website
    1. http://www.rukhminidevikalakshetra.com/ProfileDet.asp?LnkCode=21
    2. Her website http://www.sandhyasculturalcentre.com/index2.htm

  • 183 smitha Dec 19, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    It was a pleasure to go through your website. You are simply superb in sharing the great knowldge you have.thank you so much again.
    i teach dance for little kids. I just started with thata advus.I am kalakshetra student.
    I was wondering if you could post small pushpanjali for kids say about 3-5 minutes.thanks in advance

  • 184 Anjali Dec 20, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you Smitha. Its great to have dancers from such renowned institutes on this blog. Your words are surely a motivation for me. I shall try posting some pushpanjali. Else if i find some links online on pushpanjalis I shall send it to you. Also wish you success with your newly started class.

  • 185 Shiva Shankaran K Dec 26, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Hi Anjali

    Sorry for the delayed response.

    I deeply ask for your apologies if you feel that my website is a true copy of yours.Actually, my intention is not to copy anybody’s website for my own benefit.

    My true intention is to bring all bharanatyam artists/groups/dancers/Bharatanatyam Schools/academies in to one network.
    In the near future, I am planning to add blog, so that users may publish their respective program mes/views on bharatanatyam on to my blog.

    I will definitely invite all known bharatanatyam celebrities(including you) to add their remarks/articles to my blog.

    Basic purpose of my website is to spread the oldest cultural dance form worldwide.

    Once again, my apologies if you got hurt by my copying some of the contents from your website.


  • 186 Shiva Shankaran K Dec 26, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    If you wish, may we exchange our respective website links to be posted on each others website.


  • 187 Nalini Dec 29, 2008 at 5:01 am

    Hi Anjali

    I was very happy by seeing all the replys in web site.& encourage the people through online . i very blank about dance and i was very interested to learn but iam handycap i could not .i want my daughter to become a dancer likeyou and My daughter has just started learning she 4 yrs has i have no idea about it can my dream come true . how should i make her practice


  • 188 cheryl Dec 31, 2008 at 4:05 am

    hi anjali
    i really appreciate you making all these videos for us i woul like to ask you will you only show the basics or will you teach us some dances to
    like alarippu pushpanjali etc
    please post some soon
    \best of luck

  • 189 Anjali Jan 1, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Hi Nalini
    I can understand. See your daughter is just 4yrs, she has a long way to go. Right now you just need to support and encourage her. Trust her guru and give her all your cooperation. As your child gets older she will discover her own niche and let you know what she wants. Lets hope for the best.

  • 190 Anjali Jan 1, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    HI cheryl,
    Thanks for your support. Yes I hope I am able to do all that you have mentioned.

  • 191 vijaya meesala Jan 6, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Hi anjili
    When I was 10 years , I learnt bharatnatyam two years and stopped. Now I am 40 years. we are living in Canada, but we live far away to Edmonton. I have one grand daughter I want to teach bharatnatyam to her. I learnt in Telugu. I taught some basic steps to her. I want to teach some items also. So I request to you how to find the songs (Telugu Raa ra venu gopa bala Swarajati, alaripu jatiswaram ect., song could you please let me know how will I get that songs.


  • 192 jayakamala pandiyan Jan 7, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Very good attempt. I am daughter and disciple of Late Swamimalai K. Rajarathnam Pillai Bharathanatyam Guru for Frontline dancers like Malavika Sarukkai, Priyadharshini Govind, Srinidhi Chidhambaram etc. I found this site really useful to suggest for my students. Please keep in touch.

  • 193 Anjali Jan 7, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Hey Vijayaji
    I guess your grand daughter is really lucky to have an active granny like you. I have heard of Raa ra venugopala song in some kuchipudi dances. let you know when I find it. Allarippu and jastiswaram Cd’s are available in sites like Kalakendra.com. Though I have not personally bought them. Good luck .

  • 194 Anjali Jan 7, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Hey Jayakamalaji it feels nice to be encouraged by Gurus like you. I am glad you liked it. Thank you.

  • 195 Sandhya Jan 10, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    This is a great website and I appreciate the hard work you put in this. I am a teacher myself and this website helps me in providing my students with more information that I did not learn as a student. Please keep sending such information like the other various hastas. Thanks very much.


  • 196 Anjali Jan 12, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Hello Sandhya, thanks. It feels nice when dancers themselves appreciate the work. Keep adding in your thoughts, comments and suggestions for our readers.

  • 197 sreelatha Jan 13, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Hello Madam,
    i’ll be greatly thankful if i could get some mp3 / songs of varnaas so that i can make my kid do this.. i had a copy of these which i lost recently…
    kindly do the needful…….

    thank u

  • 198 Nirmal Jan 13, 2009 at 3:15 am

    Your efforts in promoting Bharatnatyam is incredible. I never thought that I could google for information on such a subject till a friend told me. I do not have words to express my feeling towards your kind work on this subject.

    My daughter is learning Bharatnatyam from a very good teacher in gurgaon for last three years. Till now we could not help her learning at home. But you have just made this possible.

    Thanks a lot & keep up the good work.

  • 199 Anjali Jan 13, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Hi Sreelatha
    Thanks for visiting the site. I am not very clear of what you want. There are a number of Varnams. Any specific song that you are looking for?

  • 200 Anjali Jan 13, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Hi Nirmal
    Thanks a lot for the encouragement. I am happy that this site is helping parents to guide their children. I wish all success to your daughter. Thanks again.

  • 201 kaiva Jan 14, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Your page is really marvelous
    But have really a problem. there is no possibility to get some traditional audios for free. i know there are much of cd’s but i cant find anybody who has it.
    so- maybe there is some fantastic person in this portal who could send me through msn some classical dance pieces (kathak style too) 😀
    of course i hope that this person would like the music i can share. (i have quite large collection in different styles)
    so my msn adress is kaivva@yahoo.com
    and very big thanks to everyone !
    and all my love and bliss

  • 202 divya bhatt Jan 15, 2009 at 3:47 am

    hi anjali

    myself divya bhatt, married and living in noida. i very much intrested in leraning bharatnatyam dance, but the problem is, that the period of 6 years for bharatnatyam is very long. now i am 28, n dont have any kid. other side i m searching a job, is it possible, what to do, just tell me.

    all the very best

  • 203 neha Jan 15, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    i want mp3 song of bharanatyam

  • 204 hemamukhi Jan 17, 2009 at 7:26 am

    hello Anjali,
    i think that your web site. It is great.
    ilerned alot of the mudras and i am learning more from it. thank thank you sooo much it is very helpful.

  • 205 Sangeetha Jan 17, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Hi Anjali
    I just started learning Bharatanatyam. I am 29. My teacher said there were different styles in this. She is teaching in Tanjore style. After seeing your site, I am seeing these movements also. I have a question to you, The videos posted by you are in which style? I tried to look in this site, couldnt find it. Can you please let me know. I look forward your answer. Thanks

  • 206 Anjali Jan 18, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Hi Sangeetha
    This is the pandanalur Style.

  • 207 leena Jan 18, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks for the class. I am taking class now. I saw one site selling all adavus in DVD. I was thinking about ordering one.
    I saw your adavu’s in you tube.
    I am intersted in online course.

  • 208 Sandhya Jan 19, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    My daughter is 4 and a half years old and I am very keen that she learn bharatanatyam. I had started learning when I was a child but could not continue since my father had a transferable job. Though we are from Kerala, we are currently living in Gurgaon. I came across your website while searching the net for a good teacher. Its very impressive what you have done with your knowledge and passion for this dance form. I would like to ask whether you know of any good Bharatanatyam teachers in Gurgaon. Thanks, Sandhya

  • 209 Rekha Jan 21, 2009 at 8:42 am

    HI Anjali,
    I have written to you a couple of times in the past and I really appreciate your prompt answers and suggestions. I have a question about becoming a professional / performing artist. I am 30 years old and already have an established career in software. I have always felt very passionate about bharathanatyam and would like to pursue this at a professional / performing artist level. I am currently learning a varnam with a very good teacher in the US. I will be doing my arengetram in 1 year. My question is how do I improve myself from that point. Should I go to India on a regular basis and learn from famous gurus (in addition to learning advanced pieces and nattuvangam from my teacher here). I am planning on cutting down my hours at my present job as a software engineer so that I can pursue dance at this level. Dance is my passion and I really want to achieve my goal of pursuing this at a professional level. I will gladly dedicate 7-8 hours a day dancing or being involved in dance. Kindly advise how I should go about improving my skills in dance once I complete my arengetram. Thanks much in advance.

  • 210 Anjali Jan 22, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Hi Rekha, nice to know about you. I wish you all the best and good luck with your decision. You tend to mature as an artist when you keep performing. Perform where ever you get an opportunity. Initially you might have to give some free performances. Join the dance groups of experts.I have started realizing that the learning process never ends. As we progress ahead in arts its our contribution to the the field that matter. It could be in terms of your choreography or creating an repertoire of your own. It is much in terms of inner realization than with reference to external perfection. It is some kind of discovery that happens. Probably doing a Ph.D could help dig deeper as you could be doing your own research. I am sure your guru can guide you better.

  • 211 Prashanthini Jan 22, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    Really it is very much usefull website to learn dance,it helps me more to learn from this.Plz can u provide Allaripu and all junior protion online,this will help us more to learn dance.


  • 212 Anjali Jan 22, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Thanks Prashanthini,sure you would see them soon. Stay tuned.

  • 213 Padma Jan 22, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Namaskaram Anjali Garu, I am really excited after looking your website.All the videos are so encouraging to everyone in learning Bharatanatyam. I really appreciate all your efforts. Thanks for this wonderful thought and online classes.
    God bless you!

  • 214 Anjali Jan 24, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Padma, thank you. Good to know the site its helping you. Wish you good luck.

  • 215 Prashanthini Jan 25, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Hi Anjali Garu,
    Thanks for your reply,plzz let me know how many years it will take to complete bharathanatyam.

  • 216 Chandrapathee Ramma Jan 26, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Hi Madam.

    I will not write any comments. All that i want is to know if i can seek some advise from you but Private.



  • 217 Ashritha Jan 27, 2009 at 4:13 am

    Madam, I am Ashritha from Mumbai. I am 10 years old and am learning this dance for the last 5 years. I am enjoying the dance very much and want to be a great dancer some day. How can learn dance online from this site???

  • 218 Anjali Jan 27, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Hello Ashritha, good to know you have learned Bharatanatyam for quite some time. My best wishes are with you. I have some videos, audios and articles on this site, that serve as a reference. Also I do take one to one sessions online for those who need.

  • 219 Yvon Jan 29, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Thanks for you so useful site. I teach Bharatanatyam and one of my pupils discovered your site, I’ve told them to watch your videos to improve their practice. I’m only sorry my english is too poor to thank you the way we should !


  • 220 Anjali Jan 30, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Hey Yvon, I am glad you liked it. Thank you.

  • 221 Megha Jan 31, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Hi Anjali di

    Today is my day one with you (virtual mentor). I am really glad that I found you, otherwise learning Bharatnatyam would have been an unfulfilled dream.

    Felt like saying thank you. I will get back to you as soon as I learn at least the first four variations ( Day 1)

    Warm Regards

  • 222 Divya S. Feb 1, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Hai Anjali ji,

    My name is Divya. And i have learned dance for few years.Did my Arangettam. I was not lucky enough to continue my dance classess because we shifted to Australia. It was very painful for me. Because…….. DANCE is my passion.Can’t express it in words.Itz beyond anyone’s imagination.I simply Love classical dance forms.My parents were getting upset, I was becoming gloomy day-by-day. And they were planning to send me back to India during vacation,so that i can continue with my classess. But after finding ur website…O GOD.. i can’t tell how happy iam.Itz like getting rain in Desert.

    Thank you soooooooooo much Anjali ji.You are doing a wonderful job :) Hope to see more videos in future for jyathiswaramm, padham, varnnam and all.

    Thank You
    Love , Divya

  • 223 Anjali Feb 1, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Hello Megha, I am happy that you are learning from this site. Thanks

  • 224 Anjali Feb 1, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Divya,
    Really nice to know about you. Hope you find somebody to continue your lessons. Wish you good luck. Thank you very much for your motivating words.

  • 225 sowmya Feb 2, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    hai anjali,
    A very good website,..i jus happened to see it by luck i guess,its really wonderful.I learnt classical yrs ago and even did my aragetram but couldnt continue due to my studies,..atleast now i hav a chance to keep in touch with the steps and dance.hats off to u anjali.my best wishes forever.

  • 226 Avani Mistry Feb 2, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Hi ,Anjali ,
    My daughter , Dhwani , is 13 yrs old and is learning Bharatnatyam since she was 4 yrs of age. She completed her Arangetram last year in June and is currently doing her Volume 2. She has been learning the Kalashetra style . She has also been giving her Gandharva exams .She is very keen on her dance and wishes to complete all five volumes. Her Guru was Shalini Sharma a disiple of Guru Ravi Sharma. She is currently doing Volume 2 with Guru Ravi Sharma. But being in a city like Mumbai and with today’s culture , things are getting more commercialised. I really wish that she has a better Guru in future and if possible a private Guru. Can you give any references specially since you have doen your courses from Mumbai . Also I understand Hema Malini does not have any dancing school in Mumbai , but due to your experience with her , can you guide if she has any schools or private classes where she teaches or her senior student steach Bharatnatyam under her guidence. Thanking you .



  • 227 Lalitha Subramanian Feb 8, 2009 at 1:59 am

    Dear Anjali,
    I want to know the difference inbetween Pandanallur, Thanjavur and Adyar style of Bharatnatyam Style. I was said to have learning Thanjavur style of Bharatnatyam. Please let me know the difference.
    Lalitha S.

  • 228 Divya S Feb 9, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Hai Anjali ji,

    Thanks 4 ur reply. Yea i found someone… and itz u Mam. Now am refreshing my steps through this site.


  • 229 sonali Feb 9, 2009 at 8:23 am

    hey i am also a classical dander .
    can tell me where is youe classes in U.S.A please……..


  • 230 Preethi Feb 9, 2009 at 9:31 am

    You are great. No words to describe. I too learnt dance but life did not give a chance to continue. Now trying to do it but has forgotten many. You are helping to remember them. Seeing your videos i corelate what i learnt. It makes me go to my old days. Thanks for this. I can see the passion you have for dance.

    Lover of Bharatanatyam

  • 231 Amy Ford Feb 9, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Namaskar Anjali!
    I am an African Drummer who turned Latin Drummer and then Latin Dancer. I have been teaching Yoga since I was a teen. Now in my adult life, I have found my way to this glorious expression of devotion and myth through dance. Though challenged by it, I love the beauty and practice. I thank you for your site and the information here as I am not able to be with my teacher every week. You are most informative and your love for Bharatnatyam fills me with the motivation to practice!

  • 232 Hemalatha Gunasekaran Feb 11, 2009 at 6:07 am

    Really good job Anjali!!Came across one of your videos in youtube…Goodluck.

  • 233 Anjali Feb 11, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Hello Avani,
    Good to know about your daughter who have been learning dance for quite some time. I would suggest not to change teachers if she is able to learn and give exams. As you know Hemaji does not have any classes. But her students do have their own dance schools in Thane and Dahisar.

  • 234 Anjali Feb 12, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Hello Lalitha,
    This is the order of styles. Tanjaore – Pandanallor – Kalakshetra – Adyar. Tanjaore is the ancient and propagated by the Tanjaore quartets. The contributions of their student Meenakshi sundaram pillai from pandanallor, a great natuvanar, came too be know as Pandanallor bani. Rukmini Devi a disciple to Meenakshi Sundaram pillai founded the Kalakshetra style. And finally Adyar lakshman an alumini of kalakshetra. His students call it as the Adyar Style.

    Hello Divya,
    God bless you and wish you all the best. thank you.

    Hello Sonali,
    Good to know you are a dancer too. I am in Arkansas, US. I only provide online one to one sessions currently. Thanks

    Hello Preethi/Uma
    Thank you for your kind words. happy to know the site is helping you. God bless!

    Hello Amy
    Nice to have such a talented a artist on this blog. Glad to know this site is helping you. I wish you good luck with your endeavors. Thank you.

    Hi Hemalatha Gunasekaran
    Thank you. God bless you.

  • 235 Maria Feb 13, 2009 at 5:16 am

    Hi, Anjali!!!

    Im just started my Bharatnatyam lessons in Moscow, Russia. Your site is very useful for me as a beginner and it is great that you have some pages in russian.
    Im very curious about your interest to russian.

    Thak you for information and videous.

  • 236 Anjali Feb 14, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Hello Maria, Thank you. I am glad you found the site helpful. I am greatfull to Nina, one of our readers from russia who is helping me with the Russian translation.

  • 237 nigamaa Feb 23, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I have found some news from Hema Malini which might be of interest:
    “I love dancing and I can’t live without it. For this I do at least two-three shows in a month and for each show I’m on the stage for minimum two hours. Each show requires rigorous rehearsals. So that’s how I remain fit,” “Apart from that I also do yoga and some exercises. You have to live a different kind of life; you have to sacrifice a lot of things. You cannot have things like tikki, jalebi and so on; you can see them but not eat them,”
    end of quote

  • 238 Crissy Mar 3, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Next time can you add the bhedas too i learn bharatnatyam and i am a bit confused with the bhedas a nd please do this as soon as you can because it is my grade 1 exam in a few days

    P.S. Please please add the bhedas ( with the pictures)

  • 239 Crissy Mar 3, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Thanyou to you Anjali (chechi i don’t know how to call you)
    that i have learned my mudras now my mudras are more easier than usual and this website you’ve made is very helpful.

    P.S. Thank You and provide us the pages of BHEDAS too!!!!

  • 240 Anjali Mar 4, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Hello Crissy, Thank you. Stay tuned and I shall posting the Bhedas gradually and as soon as I can.

  • 241 ChidambaramNatarajarTemple Mar 4, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Hi anjali,
    Great work. Very informative.

  • 242 Jai Mar 4, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    Vey informative website.

    Is there any adavu called “Korvai Adavu”?


  • 243 Ksenia Mar 8, 2009 at 2:04 am

    today is Women’s Day. I congratulate you, Anjali. Be always as beautiful,graceful, and kind as you are now. Thank u for this site :) My best wishes to you!!!

  • 244 Anjali Mar 8, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Hey Jai
    Thank you Jayanthi. Korvai’s are the combination of different adavus put together. In other words it is the stringing of various steps to form a sequence. So Korvai adavus may have steps form different adavus blended together. We can say that a jati is a combination of different korvais ending with a Teermanam.

    Hi Ksenia,
    Thank you for your greetings. Wish you the same and God bless you !

  • 245 Preeya Mar 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    I am interested in getting some more info on your dance classes. Do you have any DVDs with all of your classes together?

  • 246 Siva shankari Mar 9, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Dear Anjali,

    Im a MCA graduate.Ive been learning dance for the past one year. And, i had the burning desire to learn dance, from my childhood. But unfortunately, dint had proper guru. Im much impressed by this blog, and the way u respond, and the documentation of ur site, its really inspiring. Your dedication, simplicity, and interest is great. I would like to know more about Mandi Adavu. And by the way, will it be difficult for me to progress in natyam, as im grown-up, and my muscles became tight.. Of course, it was relatively bit tougher for me to learn till now. But, i managed to progress. And, now really struck with this Mandi Adavu. But i definitely dont want to give up. Well, waiting for ur response.. Thanks alot.. Keep going..

  • 247 Anjali Mar 10, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Hi Preeya
    I have mailed you some info on my online classes. I shall be soon coming out with my DVD’s. Shall let you know then. Thanks.

    Hello Siva Shankari
    Good to know about you and your passion for bBharatanatyam. I am aware that mandi adavus are slightly difficult for adult students like you. But keep practicing and do not struggle or get stuck with this adavu much. There is a lot more beyond mandi adavus you can learn and do in natyam. Dancing in itself is a good exercise. With practice you will be at ease with it. Enjoy your journey

  • 248 usha dharam Mar 14, 2009 at 6:38 am

    dear anjali,

    My 7 yr old daughter started her first class in Bharat natyam yesterday and i was just googling to have some infm..

    You have done great job and all the best in life.

    As its said, knowledge is to spread and not to keep it to yourself.

    God bless,


  • 249 Anjali Mar 14, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Thank you Uma. I wish all the best to your daughter. And God bless you too.

  • 250 Raji Mar 15, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Nice videos Anjali. I was on google for lookout for Bharatnatyam teacher, for my daughter who is in 7th grade in Saudi arabia (Dhahran). It was then I came up on ur site. I think till we get a teacher( if we are lucky), she can refresh her steps from the videos. You have done a awesome job. Keep up your work. Incase, you have any contact info for any teachers through ur network, please email me at rajasreesanjay@hotmail.com.

  • 251 Shreya Sumudralwar Mar 16, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Hi Anjali I’ve been a bharatanatyam dancer for 7 years now and I’ve seen you dance before an you do a wonderful job! I was in Little Rock last week but now i’m back in Tamil Nadu India for a bharatanatyam performance.I’ve been learning kuchipudi too and it’s very hard to do.I hope I’ll see you someday in india!

    Shreya Sumudralwar

  • 252 Anjali Mar 16, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Hello Raji
    Thank you for the encouragement. I shall mail with some details soon.

    Hello Shreya
    Glad that you liked the site. All the more happy be encouraged by a dancer. I have learnt Mohiniattom for some years, but never got the opportunity to learn Kuchipudi. What a coincidence you were in little rock and we never met. I wish you all the best with your performances and Kuchipudi lessons. Will be in touch and would love to see you perform. Thank you.

  • 253 Shakti Mar 17, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Hi anjali! I just finished my schooling last year. i am 17 and from malaysia. i was always interested to learn bharatanatyam since very young. then when i was browsing through youtube, i came up to your video. i really appreciate all the steps that you taught. it was very useful. seeing the way you explain about the steps, i have decided to take you as my Guru. Since i am new to Bharatanatyam, i hope your website does provide the real steps.

    thanks a lot by

  • 254 mahesh Mar 23, 2009 at 8:56 am

    its very useful for learners like me .
    Please tell me where should i get more videos like this
    Very best luck to you

  • 255 Jimly Mar 23, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Do you do any competitions

  • 256 Jimly Mar 23, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    I loved your step and also i am learning bharanatayam and i love it too .There is also an grader coming tommorow . I really like to do tatta adavu e.c.t – i really enjoy it. Where ae you now and what do you do? Your steps help me to learn more things .It encourges me to do more and more.I am 10 Years old and i think i am quiet good at it but still i will have to learn more.Your infomation isreasly useful fo me Thank you.!

  • 257 Anjali Mar 24, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Hello Jimily,
    Good to know you are learning bharatanatyam and you are able to learn from the videos. I am in little rock, USA and I provide dance lessons online to my students. Jimily, God bless you and I hope I can see your performance one day.

  • 258 Anjali Mar 24, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Mahesh, thank you. I shall keep updating this site. Many learning Cd’s are available these days. Check with kalakendra.com

  • 259 siri Mar 24, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    hi anjali
    i love ur dance
    i admire u r dance
    but u r not answered my question.
    iam 25 . i dont know little bit of dance.
    can i learn it with in one year

  • 260 Anjali Mar 25, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Siri, Thank you. Sent you a mail yesterday regarding your inquiry for online classes. You will not be able to learn entire repertoire of bharatanatyam in a year. But definitely you could complete the basic steps (Adavus) and one or two innovatory dance pieces. There is no age bar to learn something you love. History talks about great dancer Rukmini devi who started learning in her early 30’s. You are still young.

  • 261 Deepa Apr 1, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    I am 19 years old and I would like to learn bharatanatyam. Do you think it’s too late? I really don’t have much dance experience. Also it’s intimidating to be in a class with students much younger and more experienced than me, but I am really interested and excited at the prospect of learning. I viewed some of your youtube videos, and they’re just getting me more energized to do this. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and videos!

  • 262 nigamaa Apr 3, 2009 at 1:14 am

    just to let know of a new service called similar, maybe you know already? In case not here is link

  • 263 Dee Apr 10, 2009 at 6:00 am

    Hi Anjali,

    Kudos on your passion and service. Great website.

    My daughter learns Barathanatyam and we are having a little argument on the 2 mudras for ‘sadness’ and ‘being scared’. Which mudras are generally used for these two emotions.

  • 264 Anjali Apr 10, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Hello Dee, Thanks. There ‘n’ number of ways to denote bhava-Bhaya (sadness and fears). Few gestures that can be used in this context are Mrigashirsha, Pataka, Dola, Pasha.

  • 265 Nandini Chhatre Apr 15, 2009 at 2:46 am

    Hi Anjali,
    Like you, I have learnt Bharatnatyam from Madhuri Tai (Smt Madhuri KElkar, from kalyan, Maharashtra) tto. I did my Arangetaram under her guidance and under the guidance of her Guru, Shree Santhanamjee.

    However I havent been able to stay in touch with this art form for the past 10 years. I am planning to revive it in me.

    Any advice?



  • 266 Anjali Apr 15, 2009 at 9:27 am

    I am sure that having learnt under madhuri teacher, you may not have forgotten the basic adavus and the allarippu, kautukams and similar small items. What you would need is jatiswaram, tillana, padam, shabdams etc. I would recommend you to refer some cd’s and probably start learning by yourself. You could easily do that.

  • 267 Nandini Chhatre Apr 16, 2009 at 3:42 am

    Thanks for the tips. Just that Madhuri Tai was enough a motivation for me to rehearse. Now I kindof have never found a reason to touch the ghungroos…But planning to start now.
    Please do stay in touch.

  • 268 Gayathri Suswaram Apr 18, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Hello Anjali!

    I am a budding Bharatanatyam artist and my goals are to open up a new Baratanatyam school in NJ. Your website has refreshed and summarized all the years of arduous note-taking in from dance class years ago. I thank you for taking your time and helping others out in this wonderful art! This website truly shows your dedication to Bharatanatyam and your humbleness by sharing your knowledge with others. I really look up to you. Take care, keep it up and what an amazing website!

    Best of luck in everything you do,


  • 269 Sangeetha Apr 20, 2009 at 4:40 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I glad to know your online site with so detailed explaination in step with pics and videos. its very clear to understand and help to every body who is keen to learn detailed. I am also a student of Kalamandalam Sreejaya in Bangalore.

    Please can you also include bharatanatyam songs used in arangetram, with the lyrics. which will be very use for learner like me to understand better.


  • 270 shikha shukla Apr 22, 2009 at 2:07 am

    hi Anjali

    I have visited your site many time.Its really good medium for those
    who want to learn bharatnatyam. I have learn many things from your site.

    But now I want to know the process to be your student.
    I want to learn bharatnatyam dance.

    I checked your site… it is awesome…

    Please tell me how can I join the online course…. and little more about mode of teaching…like video/text/conferencing…etc.
    I couldn’t get much info about online teaching there…and fee structure of your course

    Please do reply… and thanks in advance…

  • 271 prathima Apr 22, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    hai Anjali,

    i’m very much intrested in learning this classic art. I know some basics like Tattadavu, Kattadavu etc, but never really got hold on further. I need your advice to how to go about from this point. Should i find a guru or is it fine with online lessons?

  • 272 Anjali Apr 22, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Hello Shikha,
    Glad that this site is helping you. I have sent you mail asking a few details. will let you know about the classes then.

    Hello Pratima,
    I would say it works just like the regular classes. We meet online and the classes are held. I shall mail you with the details soon. Please fill up the form by visiting this link http://onlinebharatanatyam.com/online-classes/

  • 273 roopa Apr 23, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    This is a really good site as i wanted to brush up my memory of bharathanatyam. i learnt bharathanatyam close to 12 years, completed my senior and then caught up with my education, as well i do not have any song recordings with me so could not even practice. So this site is a real help to me . i just had to go through once and i could remember everything .Thanks once again.

  • 274 Soumya Apr 29, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    Its a request if you can upload any one of your performance… Like any dance item on Krishana or Lord Ganesha.
    Its a request.


  • 275 Anjali Apr 29, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Very soon I shall do it. Thanks

  • 276 Neetha May 4, 2009 at 3:07 am

    my daughter is learning bharathanatyam. she has completed her steps and just started dance. she cannot do that eye thing properly. and i think she is not that interested in dance or she cant follow it. i love dance. how can i make her interested. the the teacher has lot of students and is not getting personal attenbtion.

  • 277 Anjali May 6, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Neeta, She is a beginner. It will take time for her to be expressive. Probably when she starts learning the Abhinaya pieces, her teacher will teach them the eye techniques. Lot is based on your daughter’s interest and observation. She will only get better as she progresses.

  • 278 m .vedavyas May 7, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    thank u .
    u’r decision is good. i learn bharathanatyam to tis website. one sec more thank u..

  • 279 Suren Shetty May 9, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Dear Anjali,

    I am planning to migrate to Indonesia and I have two daughters, one of them is 9.5 yrs and she has completed 4 yrs of Bharatanatyam. We are looking for some teacher in Jakarta, Indonesia and found one Ms. Janaki to be teaching there. Can I have her coordinates pls.

    Suren Shetty, Mumbai, India (Mobile:+91-9769001800)

  • 280 Anjali May 11, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Hello Suren,
    Thanks for your comments. Will definitly mail you regarding this.

  • 281 Sarayu May 18, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Wow, I have seen ur dance in youtube.com
    U r great.. is there a way to see more of ur videos.
    We live in NC
    How long does it take to learn bharathanatyam…
    Thank u

  • 282 vaishnavi May 18, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    hello.really liked the information you have provided.iam 20 years old.i have been learning bharathanatyam for 1 and a half years now.my guru teaches dance in her house.i want to know how long will it take for a person to do her arangetram?will a person be known as a dancer only if she does her arangetram?how can i find out if my guru can take me a long way in bharathanatyam?

  • 283 Anjali May 20, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Hello vaishnavi,
    Our progress in dance largely depends on our passion and interest for the art form. A good teacher can show you the path, you have to walk the way. You must trust your guru with full faith. Rest will follow.
    Regarding the arangetram, it depend on the student or how soon he/she gains angashuddi. Then the teacher decides.

  • 284 Ammu Jose Jun 1, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Hi Ma’m,
    I am Ammu. I’ve studied Bharatanatyam for 8 yrs. But unfortunately, i couldn’t complete it. I couldn’t continue the dance with only one Guru. I learned it from 4 different teachers & got different styles of bharatanatyam. Now I don’t have touch with the classic at all. I just do cinematic dances now. I want to continue my studies on bharatanatyam… I hope your website will help me. Your style is entirely different from mine but would like to catch yours. I am 19 yrs old. I’m afraid if it’s too late to learn the bharatanatyam. I would be pleased if I can get the video for Alarippu, shabdam, pushpanjali, jathiswaram & varnam. Thank you and all the best for your future.. God Bless You.

  • 285 Sarayu Jun 2, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Hey Anjali,
    I wrote earlier and still waiting for ur response.. Is there a website to look at good arangetram dances…
    what is the order in which arangetram is done…and how many hours is that?
    God bless you for all ur work.. I am ur fan….in youtube.com

  • 286 Ashritha Jun 3, 2009 at 3:56 am

    Madam, I find your webpage as one of the very few active sites of Bharatanatyam. I am looking for good quotes on Bharatanatyam or classical dances. Can you help? Thanks in advance.

  • 287 saranya Jun 4, 2009 at 5:28 am

    hello, i have watched many of your videos and they are simply GREAT!! i started learning Bharatanatyam when i was young then i moved country so i had to leave it and now i want to learn it again..and when i saw your Natta Adavu videos you had 13 variations.. is there any more variations for Natta Adavu??

  • 288 Sunita Jun 11, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks Anjali for all the videos on you tube and just happened to see this site.
    My daughter is 5 and with just one class a week, I am able to correct my daughter’s steps by watching your steps


  • 289 Shyla Paul Jun 15, 2009 at 12:53 am

    I am very much interested in bharatanatyam from small. I am now 33. When I saw this site . I am very much happy. thanking you for creating this site and I am sure I can learn it completely. thank you.

  • 290 prathebba Jun 15, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    hi anjali…

    i have learned bharatanatyam for 2 years and i had to stop my classes because i went abroad to study..so now its been like 5 years i havent got involve with bharatham stuffs…not dancing or either classes….i am really interested in and looking forward to learn dancing back and i hope you can help me out….


  • 291 Anjali Jun 15, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Pratheeba, i have mailed you the details of the classes.

  • 292 vinshri Jun 17, 2009 at 8:17 am

    I cannot put in words my appreciation towards your effort in making this website available with all the information and videos you put together. May god bless you Anjali.

  • 293 Anjali Jun 22, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Thanks Vinishri for the appreciation. God bless you.

  • 294 Gita Jun 25, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Hari om,

    I like to know what is the right age to start bharatnatyam.i started my 5yrs daughter bharatnatyam last 3months .What do you suggest.

  • 295 Anjali Jun 25, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Hari Om Gita, 5yrs is just fine to start off. Good luck!!

  • 296 Pushpanajli Jun 26, 2009 at 5:02 am

    Hi Anjali… I am Pushpanjali…. 26 Yrs old… I always had a liking towards Bharathnatyam……. I also had been to classes for around 2 yrs when I was in my High school… but due tio some reason i had to quit it…. But I am interested to learn now also… Can u please guide me how to proceed…… Right now I am working in Chennai… But by August I will be back to my native and will be searching for a new job there. So I would like to utilize this period to begin learn dance also….. What would u like to suggest me….. Waiting for ur valuable suggestions……. Thanks in advance……..

  • 297 Krithika Natarajan Jun 26, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I am krithika Natarajan. I was a student of Padmasri Shobana Chandrakumar while I was in india. I gave a number of dance performances. Now I am in Swiss , Geneva. I have passion in teaching for begineers as well as advanced students in dance.

    I congratulate you on your site. It is very interesting. As a dancer myself, I am able to appreciate your time and dedication in this field. Your videos would sure prove useful to everyone who is interested to learn classical dance.

    Do Keep up with your good work. Keep in touch @ my email id


  • 298 Anjali Jun 27, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Hey Pushpanjali,
    Currently you are in a place where you would find number of eminent dance gurus who can guide. Think of taking two months guidance from teachers there before you leave Chennai. Secondly where is your native? if you let me know that I can suggest teachers from my network.

    Hi Karthika,
    Thanks for the appreciation. Happy to know you have been a student of Padmashri Shobana. Will be in touch with you.

  • 299 Pushpanjali Jun 27, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Hi Anjali,

    It is actually difficult to go to classes in Chennai for me because of my working hours and more over i travel to my Native Bangalore every weekend……… So if u please suggest me in Bangalore to whom to contact for the classes it will of great help. And how about learning through online…… Shopuld i begin it learing with ur help online and then join???

    Thanks :)

  • 300 gauri Jun 28, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Dear anjali,
    thanx for a gr8 site…I’ve learnt bharatnatyam for 6 yrs, howeevr due to my studies had to quit.I was unable to practice my craft for 10yrs now. I desperately need to brush my memory for all the syllabus and continue with the dance as I’ve not practiecd them for last 10 yrs now.I’m looking for a guru in thane,maharashtra. hope you could help me with the same…
    thanx and keep up the good work.

  • 301 Natali Jun 29, 2009 at 4:48 am

    Hello, nice to meet you. We are interested in indian classical dances . may be you have disk DVD with your class. can we buy this disk and resive it by post.

  • 302 Anjali Jun 30, 2009 at 5:20 am

    Hey Gauri, thank you. I shall get back to you with some details soon.

  • 303 Srinivasan Rangaswamy Jul 4, 2009 at 6:12 am

    I appreciate your ardent wish to use the ‘SKY’ (the web) as the limit for Barathanatyam (so far left out) fittingly to pay obience
    to the Great COSMIC DANCER LORD NATARAJA. I agree guru-sishya is important to learn flawless work, but i’m sure your
    great attempt will deiinitely help the sishyas to practice at home,
    since the classes arenot affordable on dailly basis nor the Guru is free to teach daily.
    May the Lord NATARAJA bless you and your site to grow and prosper.

  • 304 Anjali Jul 4, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Hello Mr Srinivasan, your words will always keep me motivated. Glad you liked it. God bless !! Thanks.

  • 305 Nelda Herrera Jul 11, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Hi, my son’s friend is haveing the Bharatanatyam Arangetram, and he is wanting to know what is a good gift to give her atter her Bharatanatyam….Thank You,

  • 306 radha Jul 13, 2009 at 3:53 am

    i’ve started bharathanatyam lessons but live abroad..i am thinking of going in holidays and learning but can u suggest any ways of learning while i’m abroad ..will ur website help me in doing that..I’m 14 now and i really want to learn..i don’t have the oppotunity here

  • 307 radha Jul 13, 2009 at 3:55 am

    or can i learn it by myself is there any cds? plz help me

  • 308 bindu rao Jul 14, 2009 at 7:56 am

    hello anjali , i am bindu rao . i did my vidwat in karnataka. now i am teaching in kolhapur (maharastra) , , it is difficult to give notes in hindhi or marati for exams do you know any books related to bharatanatyam in hindhi or marati . bye bindu

  • 309 Anjali Jul 14, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    There is no specific rules in case of giving gifts for arangetram. A jewelery box or a make up set is a good match for the occasion.

    Where are you located? I provide online personal lessons to people like you who do not have easy access to teachers. I shall mail you the details soon.

    I have personally not referred a hindi or marathi book. I am sure there are options. will get back to you. Also try contacting giri trading who keeps a good stock of books on Bharatanatyam.

  • 310 gayathri Jul 15, 2009 at 9:33 am

    I like bharatanatyam very much

  • 311 arun raj Jul 18, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    very beautiful..
    in fact i do think you should be an expert coz you have had the opportunity to perform at so many stages..

  • 312 Anjali Jul 20, 2009 at 5:29 am

    Thanks Arun, though I teach and perform, I am learning a lot in the process. A continuous learning process…

  • 313 rani Jul 20, 2009 at 5:44 am

    Can u please email me the details of ur online lessons thank u
    I want 2 join it

  • 314 arun raj Jul 20, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Thanks for your comment anjali

  • 315 arun raj Jul 20, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Though that is humble of you to think like that i do think you are exceptionally talented or else someone else might have been performing insted of you

  • 316 Anjali Jul 20, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Hello Rani…I saw your last comment by the name of radha!! I have mailed you the details. Any ways will send you again

  • 317 rani Jul 21, 2009 at 2:34 am

    oh sorry about that my friend posted it 4 me…thanku.

  • 318 rani Jul 21, 2009 at 2:48 am

    i didn’t get the email..): can u try sending on this address please…

  • 319 Sowmya Jul 27, 2009 at 2:57 am

    Dear Anjali,

    You are doing a fantastic work. Your contribution to the art world cannot be described in words. I am a carnatic classical singer. I have learnt music for close to 5 years. But I was interested in learning dance too, but couldn’t pursue during my early days. I have started learning bharatnatyam from your Youtube videos. I am 25 now, currently in UK, so do you think it is a bit too late for me to start? Please do reply as I want to know your precious feedback.


  • 320 Anjali Jul 28, 2009 at 4:29 am

    Thanks Sowmya. Glad to know you are able to learn from the videos. You can very well start learning dance now. I have women much older than you who learn from me and they are doing very well. Please go ahead and take your lessons.

  • 321 Dhvani Joshi Jul 28, 2009 at 5:04 am

    Hello Anjali,

    I am a trained Bharata Natyam dancer myself with a formal training of 9 years now. I have also acquired a “Nritya Visharad” from Bharatiya Sangeet Samiti (Mumbai).

    Currently I am settled in Bhavnagar and here I have found a guru for myself and now I am preparing for “Arangetram”
    Since “margam” will go on for a year now I was wondering if you cold give me some tips on how to build up stamina for my first stage performance!


  • 322 Anjali Jul 29, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Practice..practice and practice is the best way to improve your stamina. You need not do anything else for building stamina. Eat good food and keep yourself hydrated after every session.

  • 323 Padmini Aug 5, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Can i get more details too ??

  • 324 Madhura Sawant Aug 5, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I have already posted a mail to you.I wish to leanr bharatnatyam from the point of view of giving exams and to be a knowledgable dancer in this art.I have learnt it for few months when i was 12 but have not much traces left in my mind :).I am in US,illinois right now.I am 26 years old.I wanted to know is it a bit late to start this training?I also wanted to know ow does this online training works?

  • 325 Geetha Rajesh Aug 6, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Your Website is very resourceful.My daughter is 7 year old and she is learning Bhrathanatyam from Guru Kripa bhaskaran in Wisconsin, Since I dont know much about the Bharthanatyam,your website is very resourceful to learn .
    Thanks for your effort and its appreciated.


  • 326 Anjali Aug 6, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Hi Madhura, You can certainly start learning dance. I have mailed you with the details.

  • 327 Anjali Aug 6, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Thank you Geetha. I Wish your daughter good luck with her lessons. God bless!!

  • 328 assumtha bernadina Aug 7, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    hai anjali

    im glad that i got u online….. i m assumtha and i currently in italy for a vacation and we have great festival and my friends force me for a bharathnatyam dance,yes i know say abt 60% of it but now i lost touch wit could u please help me to find a nice bharathnayam film song which would be a bit fast……
    waiting for ur reply through mail
    kind regards

  • 329 Balaji Chari Aug 9, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Anjali..
    This is balaji, architect working in Bahrain (Middle east). Am such a passionate lover of indian classical art forms. Bharathanatyam is my strong passion since childhood to this date. Unfortunately, without proper backing i cudn’t learn it at all. Now, i staying in bahrain with tight schedules, am not finding enough time or right place to learn from. I had always been looking over the internet to find a site which could guide me through basic concepts and steps which i cud atleast manage to know from home. Yours is such a great site i came across which really has helped me a lot. Still i feel the lack of a guiding Guru, which i hope to find soon after getting back to India. I would like to know whether there is any specific variation in style performed by male performers or can i just follow your videos in the exact way you do it? In many of the shows i hv noticed gents performing in a sturdy fashion whereas ladies do it more gracefully.. so the doubt arises.. I kindly request you to guide me on this issue.. I really wish this site keep going very successfully.

  • 330 Anjali Aug 9, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Thank you Balaji for your wishes. I wish you find a good teacher for yourself soon. Naturally men have more Tandavam (stronger movements) than lasyam(soft). It is always advisable for male dancers not to perform the lasyam way (except for certain characters in kathakali and kuchipudi). Good male dancers are not feminine yet have graceful movements. Male students are advised not to dance effeminately by their teachers. In case of my videos there will be slight changes in if you are referring it. These videos are only reference in case you are learning it or need to revise them. I offer online lessons for those who have been following my videos, that way they get their corrections and finishing touches during the session.

  • 331 Mesak Aug 9, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Hello Anjali , I enjoy viewing your video clips that you provide that is very informative but, i wanted to ask if you could provide more close ups as far as the leg movements .i also would like to recommend that you use more of the bare floor instead of the carpet while you film these basic movements. Regards,Mesak

  • 332 Ranjan Aug 10, 2009 at 4:20 am

    Which is better dance to learn Bharat natyam or Kathak and what is the diference between this two?

  • 333 Anjali Aug 10, 2009 at 5:56 am

    Thank you Mesak.

  • 334 Anjali Aug 10, 2009 at 6:08 am

    Hi Ranjan, Both the dance styles have their unique features. It is impossible to identify one as a better form. A few difference are prominent in the Music, the dressing, and the movements. BH is based on the carnatic classical while Kh has the hindustani classical. Bh movements are performed often in the Half sitting postures, whereas the Kh is performed in the samapada (standing) positions. Please watch some videos of both styles and you will clearly see the differences. It all depends on which style appeals to you the most.

  • 335 nigamaa Aug 10, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    @assumtha bernadina: assuming ur Xtian ? u might find some of classical-like bhajan/ dance on Kisho Geos video page, or else tamil Angel TV, Kerala Shalom TV or Divine Vision TV send some occasionally (google)


  • 336 Balaji Chari Aug 10, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Am very impressed by your immediate response for my query posted yesterday. Thanks a million. Learning this graceful art of bharatanatyam (Even interested in other forms of dances) has been my dream since childhood. Dance is very close to my heart. Am 25 now and somehow i couldnt manage to learn till this age. I have classical training in flute for 4 years. I have a lot of confidence that i can pick up well with the help of some Guru like you. I have applied for the details of your online classes. Expecting the details from you. But am really concerned about the time. I could manage to access the internet either at night (11 pm and above) or at early morning (5 am to 7 am) as we friends are sharing the connection. Morning is preferable as i can get a room free for practice here. One more clarification please. Will it be possible for me to pick up the dance with a grace of men under the guidance of a lady Guru? Thanks for your concern. Waiting for the reply. My hearty wishes for all your efforts through this blog and one to one sessions.

  • 337 Anjali Aug 11, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Hello Balaji, I have mailed you with the details.

  • 338 Yashna Sep 1, 2009 at 3:06 am

    Thanks for the information you’ve given. I started doing bharatnatyam when i was 10 years old but it was on and off lessons. i didnt keep it up. i was still too young to decide if i want to do it or not but when i turned 14, i made up my mind that i’d do and thus started certificate one in Mauritius (where i’m from) but unfortunately i feel sick and really couldnt dance for alteast 1 whole year. i tried to start all over again but my parents decided to move to Australia and here i am 16 years old now, still interested in doing it but they dont have any classes here. i’d really love if online classes could help me.
    do u think that’ll help me?

  • 339 Anjali Sep 1, 2009 at 6:36 am

    Hello Yashana, thanks for letting us know about you. I have mailed you with the details. Looking forward to hear from you.

  • 340 Joyeeta Sep 1, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Hi Anjali,

    Thanks so much for leaving a kind remark on my blog. It made my day. You have done a remarkable job in building this online school for Bharatnatyam. I often come here to get the sollukettu or the steps to the Adavus right. I am learning Kalakshetra style and I guess it is a little different than how you are teaching here but that doesnt really matter. Its great to learn the differences as well….thanks for your time and effort in doing this :-)

  • 341 suhi Sep 6, 2009 at 4:36 am

    such a great site with lots of infos.Thanks a lot. My daughter(age 7) is learning Bharatham in Toronto, Canada. Could u please give me some infos about Nanthikeshwarar Sthuthy, which she needs for her grade 2 exams? Thanks.

  • 342 Rajeshwari Sharma Sep 6, 2009 at 4:41 am

    Hi mam,

    I wanted to join your dance group.
    Please guide.


    Rajeshwari Sharma

  • 343 Aarthi Sep 6, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Excellent work! I learnt Bharatanatyam from age 4 to 12 and left abruptly but after watching a performance recently, I am inspired to restart learning/training again at 26 years of age. I may not be able to do my arangetram, but this time around I will be learning for learning’s sake and for the love of this dance form :)
    Thanks and keep up the good work!

  • 344 Cinna Chandran Sep 6, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Thanks for the informations that you’ve given.. I’d studied the Classical dance for 10 years, and due to some reasons i couldn’t continue it.. Now i’m married and settled in Mumbai.. Here i got an opportunity to teach Classical dance. Actually i was searching through the internet for my refreshment, at that time i found you.. Wow !! you did a very good work Anjali.. My sincere thanks to you, for reminding me all the basic adavus and the theories…
    Though i’m new to this teaching profession, i need some tips from your side.. Can you suggest me sessions for each class ?? I’m planning to take 3 classes in aweek for 1 hour.. How many portions that can i cover in 1 session ?? Whether i need to teach my students the detailed version of theories or can i start directly to the adavus etc etc.. I’ll be very grateful if you send a reply to me either through mail or through this..

    Thanking You..

  • 345 Anjali Sep 8, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Hey Chinna, you can start off with the Namaskaram and basic steps. you can cover two or three steps in a class. Since the class progress is based on the pace of the entire group. Initially practical lessons are interesting. Later get started with gestures and Navarasa which kids enjoy a lot. Also get back to practice and keep yourself updated.

  • 346 Anjali Sep 8, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Hey Arthi, thanks.

    Hello Rajeshwari, please fill up this form . I shall get back to you.

  • 347 Anjali Sep 8, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Hey Suhi, what I understand by a nadikeshwara stuti is a Shiva Stuti or a kautukam. It is a song in praise of Lord Shiva, or the Lord of Nandi.

  • 348 Ashah Sep 9, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Hii Anjali,
    I am also bharatnatyam dancer,and took my training about 9 years in India.I live in USA now,and now want to open my bharatntaym dance academy.
    I would really appericiate if you could be teach me some basic information beofre starting it.
    Waiting to seeyour reply.

  • 349 Cinna Chandran Sep 10, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Hi Anjali,
    I’m very happy to see ur reply.. Whether i need to wait for all the 10 basic adavus( Tatta, natta, sutral, tattimetti, kudittametti etc..) to complete for starting an item or can i teach any simple item in between ??
    Which should be first item that i’ve to teach them ?? Ganesh vandana, Kautuvam or any padam ??
    I’ll be very happy if you complete that remaining Jati adavus soon.. Also i’m waitning for the mandi adavus :-)


  • 350 Chhaya Desai Sep 15, 2009 at 3:38 am

    I am a student in India. I will be appearng third year exam.

    I need help in remembering the sholka related to PATAKA, TRIPATAKA, AARDH PATAKA, KARTRI MUKHA, MAYUR, ARDH CHNDRA, ARALE, SUKHTUDKA.

    All these add up to 100 Mudra.

    As I grew up in US, it is hard for me to remeber by just words.

    These above are shloka, if you can give me the sung narration, it will help me remeber them. And also the video for each one I would really appreciate it. My exams are in 10 days and I am very desperate.
    I would really appreciate your help. Thank you!!


  • 351 Anjali Sep 15, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Chayya, here are some a mudras explained:
    Currently I am not ready with any narrations recorded. There are Dvd’s available check with kalakendra . com

  • 352 Gowri Babu Sep 19, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    hi, i’m gowri from Canada. Since your an great dancer which i have seen i believe that you know about the theory part to dance.

    If you ma help me i would like to get some notes on the 7 kinds of TANDAVAS.

    Thank You

  • 353 NIMA Sep 21, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Hey. I just started learning the dance. MY teacher told me that i have to say somethin after i finish the sixth or seventh step of Tatta Adavu. But i really don’t remember what she said. She said it meant standing still. It was somethin like tha ki ta ki

  • 354 bramhyai Sep 22, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Dear Anjali,

    While I was searching if it was possible to learn Bharatnatyam online, luckily I came across your site :) Was surprised to find lucid explanation with videos. Thank you soo much. I have started to learn and practice as explained.

    Thanks a lot,

  • 355 Ashley Sep 22, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    You teach an online course? I mean besides posting vids on youtube?

  • 356 olga Sep 23, 2009 at 12:15 am

    I’ve found your letter.Thank you so much!I’m not sure you’ll read my letter but if you do,please ,give me an advice!My friend has been learning Bharatanyan.I think that in her past life she lived in India.She’s gifted.Where should we send a letter or maybe videomaterial with her dances.
    Your reply will be appreciated!Thank you in advance!

  • 357 Anjali Sep 23, 2009 at 5:18 am

    Hey Olga, I would first like to see her videos and then comment on this. Upload it on site like youtube, daily motion etc. Let me know.

  • 358 Anjali Sep 23, 2009 at 5:22 am

    Yes, Ashely I take online personal lessons apart from the videos. All you need is a computer, cam and a mic.

  • 359 Raj Sharma Oct 1, 2009 at 1:46 am

    Wonderful Site, great job

  • 360 Kirtimalini gadre Oct 6, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Dear Anjali
    I have recently recolecting basic adavus in bharatnatyam which I learnt in school days . I have learnt almost 7 years this dance style..as I was obesrving your videos..I was continiously thinking that your perfection in movements is matching to my guru..and guess what !!!!!!!!!!!!! we have learnt from same teacher Madhuri kelkar…I am from kalyan where she used to conduct classes…due to poor economical situation she gave me and my sister some concession during that time and we could learn…she was a great teacher although I never seen her performing..do you have her any clip or recording ?..I reside in Zurich and I am conducting a group where we practice Folk dances in our capacity and I am also taking opportunity to practice bharatnatyam I have learnt……………………I am soooooooooooo happy to know that you are student of madhuritai…

    bye kirtimalini gadre

  • 361 Anjali Oct 6, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Dear Kirtimalini, happy to know that you are madhuri tai’s student. Madhuri teacher was a perfectionist. I have never seen her perform as well. I would be glad if you could share her photos if you have them. Wishing you all the best with your work in Zurich.

  • 362 Emmanuelle Oct 11, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Thanks very much for all this useful information. I started Bharatanatyam in Paris, France a bit more than one month ago and your website is really great to help me practicing things I learn during my class. What an amazing amount of precious details. Thanks again.

  • 363 Sherry Oct 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    I’m glad I found this site ^_^. I’ve just recently become interested in learning this dance form. Do you have any advice for practice of the hand gestures? Some of them feel awkward because my hands are unused to the movements, do you have any stretches that you would recommend?

  • 364 Bibiya Oct 21, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Hi Anjalichechy
    I’m Bibi…. from Swiss… I saw ur video and I find out that ur a mallu…. Are u?… Well I’m a mallu… Anyway now I’m a Student of urs… And pls don’t stop this…. Keep doing it…. And thanx a lot!!!!

  • 365 Neha Oct 25, 2009 at 5:18 am

    hi Anjali, i really like your attempt to help people learn the great art of bharatnatyam online. i have been searching for a guru since quite sumtime now, there is an ancient saying that when the student is ready, the guru will appear. well,lets see.

  • 366 Shankar Nov 1, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Hello Anjali,

    I would like to know the lyrics of each steps for beginners. Can you guide me on this. Is there any books like vocal music books for beginners for dance? Please advise.


  • 367 Anjali Nov 3, 2009 at 7:56 am

    The syllables or the lyrics are given in the Index page under the audio section. Please check. Thank you.

  • 368 Lakshmi Nov 5, 2009 at 11:57 pm


    Can you please recommend me good bharatnatyam dance teachers or instituions in Mumbai? I have no clue regarding Mumbai, neither I have friends nor family there. But I will be moving to Mumbai in coming months. So can you please refer me some teachers/institution names? My duaghter has been learning Bharatanatyam for the past 4 years. Long story short, I am moving from USA to Mumbai. Appreciate your help!!! Thanks

    Hi lakshmi,
    Mumbai is pretty big. If you could specify which place you will be in I can help you.

  • 369 Kanakadurga Nov 7, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    i live in NZ, since we moved here i have struggled to get a good teacher for my daughters, they both learnt dance intermittently, now i am pleased to find out a suitable dance teacher who can teach online. i am looking forward to continuing their lessons. i am really thrilled.

  • 370 Kalyani Nov 9, 2009 at 3:31 am

    Dear Anjai
    Am happy to see ur blog and ur doing a great work.
    I have learnt Bharatnatyam till jathies and this happened 15 years back. In between i was busy with studied and then job etc. Now i want to practice my dance what i learned. Ur dance videos gave me a good remembrance and i want to extend my thanks to u.
    I looking for auido songs where i can download from online. Can u provied me vinayaka kouthuvam song since am planning to start with that. Once again thanks a lot.


  • 371 Anjali Nov 9, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Dear kalyani. Thank you for the kind words. happy that you are able to practice. Check kalakendra’s option of Mp3 download where you will get vinayaka kautukam. There are a number of versions of vinayaka kautukam sung on Youtube. That will help.

  • 372 Archana Nov 14, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I have been dancing since I was 7 years old and am now 32 years old. I stopped dancing in between for some years and have lost some choreographies too. Could you send or add on utube dances like alaripu ( tishra and mishra)and jatishwaram and more dances please.

  • 373 Archana Nov 14, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Also I’m presently based at Bangkok. Do let me know if you have any dance performances here. I would like to be a part of it. I have been dancing for a very long time and have a flair for it.

  • 374 Sumitra Nov 16, 2009 at 8:54 am

    I’m just amazed and awestruck at your dedication and care in creating this wonderful website. I was learning Kalakshetra style of dance for many years and discontinued several years back due to lack of time (now I’m in my second year of college), and planning to continue again (hopefully!). You are such a beautiful dancer! Do you give performances (sorry my question mark key doesn’t work!) :)

  • 375 Srividya Nov 20, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Hello Anjali,
    Your site is very helpful. Thanks for helping us aspiring dancers. I used to learn bharatanatyam when I was young for about 3 years. I am now 30 and haven’t kept in touch with dance. However, I am now trying to learning it again. I have just gotten to the thattadavus and the nattadavus. One thing I have noticed is my knee hurts quite a bit after practise – especially the 2 inch area immediately above the knee. Sitting in mulumandi is extremely painful. I am not sure if I am doing something wrong when practicing or if this is just starting pains that go away as I practice more. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.


  • 376 Anjali Nov 21, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Dear Srividya, I guess its the pain that beginners have. Probably doing a suryanamaskar daily would be helpful. And start your practice with some simple warm up exercises. It must subside as you get used to it. check the forum here http://onlinebharatanatyam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13

  • 377 nigamaa Nov 24, 2009 at 2:55 am

    questioning balance? unbelieveable:

  • 378 Anjali Nov 24, 2009 at 7:00 am

    What a source of inspiration!!! Thanks Nigama

  • 379 sobiha santhrasekerem Dec 2, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Hi mam im sobiha,i have completed my dance in india. Currently im in canada, i want to start dance class here, but they r saying that i have to take grades or something like tat,,Please give me some information related to that.

  • 380 Anjali Dec 3, 2009 at 5:26 am

    @sobiha, Do they mean you need to have some certification?

  • 381 Zenitha Ram Dec 4, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Dear Anjali,
    I am so glad i ran into your website.It is an excellent contribution to all dance lovers.I myself had been trained in bharatnatyam for almost 10 yrs .Unfortunately i do not have the classical songs to practice bharatanatyam.iam currenlty residing in Texas.It was so refreshing to see your video tutorials.I was wondering if you could also do some dance video tutorials on Alaripu,thodayam ,Jathishwaram etc. I would be really grateful If you could do them too and also could you tell me where i could find audio for those classical dances like that of Alaripu,thodayam,jathishwaram, padam ,varnam ,Thillana etc
    Thankyou so much and i wish you all the very best in this venture of spreading and educating the great jewel of indian arts – Bharatanatyam.

  • 382 Sobiha Dec 6, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    not a certification……i have a certificate from india that i have completed my bharathanatyam..but they were asking about grades if i complete 8 grades in canada i can become a teacher,but each grades take one year,so its a long period.

  • 383 indra Dec 6, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    when can become bharathanatyam teacher for the students?
    how many year it will take to become teacher?

  • 384 Anjali Dec 7, 2009 at 10:38 am

    @Zenitha, Thank you . I am in the process of making the videos further, so stay tuned. Try Kalakriya or kalakendra websites for audios and videos. This website managed by giri trading can also give you options to download songs http://www.addkiosk.in/

    @sobiha, I am not aware of the canadian grade system. Post it on the forums, may be somebody can help you.

    @Indra, when ever you feel you are confident to teach. As a teacher I am still learning, so learning never ends.

  • 385 Shilpa Dec 7, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    Thanks for putting together such a wonderful website. The other websites that you have directed us to are also very useful, specially the “dancingforthegods.org” where I have also registered.
    I have always wanted to learn Bharatanatyam but didn’t have an opportunity when I was younger. But like they say, better late than never !
    I am trying to follow your lessons on youtube and teach myself.


  • 386 Swapna Pradeesh Dec 9, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Hi Anjali
    Nice work! I really appreciate.
    Keep going….

  • 387 Ganeswary Dec 10, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Thanks for your effort…..I have continued to dance bcoz of you although I couldnt catch up with my bharatham classes as i have been posted very far away from home and nooneduct classes here. I have got a house and converted a space for my dance…my laptop will be on and i will practise…..thanks a bunch….I really appreciate it.

  • 388 G Shasshidharan Dec 11, 2009 at 4:59 am

    My little batiji Anjali anjali anjali….good good good….
    nice to see your blog…happy happy happy….wish you all the sucess in your career…..

    Regards and love from sath samundar par….


  • 389 Daniela Gabriel Dec 13, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Hi Anjali,

    Thank you for offering all this information on the Internet.
    I started learning Bharatnatyam when I was over 30 as well. From all the dance styles I have ever tried out I find Bharatanatyam the most fascinating. It has a positive effect on mind and mood. I might be depressed one morning going to class, but then I just dance a complicated adavu, and my mind focuses and my spirit is uplifted.
    I was wondering if there are any resources about Bharatnatyam and neuroscience, because I never felt this effect so strongly in other (mostly Western) dance styles.
    Another question I had was if you also teach dances like the Alarippu, Jathiswaram, Stotram etc.?
    And last but not least, is there a dance school where I could learn Bharatnatyam in an intensive course from morning till evening for about a month or two? At the moment I’m living in the UK but am able to travel for the next 2 months…
    With regards,

  • 390 ANAND KAUSHAL Dec 13, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    you should also work on some more old devotional and spiritual of the great spiritual country THAT IS HINDUSTAN(INDIA). I have started to learn it. but i want more stuff. Many Many thanks for ur hard work, I really appreciate, Try to open anacdemy in Usa. I also live in usa, at connecticut.

    Jai Hind

  • 391 Anita Veeramani Dec 14, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    I learnt Bharatanatyam for over 10 years but could not do my arangetram. Its been 7 years since I left the dance form. I am based in Mumbai and want to start learning again. But considering I’ve done the entire course it might be a waste if I have to learn all over again. How would you advise me start again? Could you connect me with teachers in Mumbai who would be able to help me?

    You are doing a great job, keep up the good work!!


  • 392 usha Dec 17, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Hi Mam,
    I am Usha,
    Really information you gave is very helpful for the learners…
    Mam i have some question,when can we do arangetram?how many years it will take to go for arengetram?what are the dances to learn for arengetram?till now i learned allaripu,jathiswaram,thillana,pushpanjali and some devarnamas,still how many daneses i need to learn?….Waiting for your reply ..

  • 393 Anjali Dec 17, 2009 at 10:58 am

    @Daniela, I feel if your heart is into your action, peace and joy is the experience. Nice to know you have found your peace in dance. I do teach the intermediate and advanced dance pieces you have mentioned in the online classes I offer. But the blog moves gradually and will be updated. check this link http://www.bharatakalaanjali.org/ievents.html. If I get some more details I shall update it here.

    @Anand, Thanks for the feedback.

    @Anitha where in Mumbai are you, so that I can give some one close to your locality.

    @Usha, Bharatantyam Arangetram repertoire (margam) consists of allarippu, jatiswaram, Shabdam, padam, varam and Tillana. It is said the dancer should aleast know more than one margam before arangetram. Your teacher is the right person to decide about your arangetram. Atleast 5 years of training is required. Usha learning never ends. It is a journey to enjoy and not a destination

  • 394 Dushyantha Dec 20, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Hi I want to know who will teach Kalakshetra style of bharatnatyam @ Dubai . I am 27yrs old. just came to UAE 2months back searching for a new job. please do comtact me.



  • 395 Chhaya Dec 21, 2009 at 5:04 am

    Myself Chhaya. I am 30 years old residing in Kothrud, Pune. I am looking for guru for Bharatnatyam. Can you suggest me a guru who will teach me the true spirit of Bharatnatyam. It’s my passion. It’s worship for me. I liked basic information you provided.

    Thank you.

  • 396 Anjali Dec 22, 2009 at 11:30 am

    @ Chhaya,You can contact Mrs Suchheta chapekar http://www.kalavardhini.org/ or Mr parimal phadke http://www.parimalphadke.com/Profile_Frameset.htm. They are wonderful performers and teachers.

  • 397 Mani Chowdary Jan 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm


    This is mani chowdary from Andhra pradesh,now working in Noida as software engineer.Is it possible to learn Bharata natyam online…please suggest

  • 398 sarab Jan 2, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    thanks Anjali madam for sharing your knownedge of dance Steps/knowledge.

  • 399 brindha Jan 16, 2010 at 7:43 am

    hi i very much thankfull to u for providing this oppurtunity..now i like to learn bharatanatyam..is there any cd to learn from basics?..will u upload any item performance?

  • 400 Anjali Jan 17, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Thank you Brinda, I shall be starting such a segment soon.

  • 401 charan Jan 23, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Thanks for very helpful information. can u give give some information regarding dance schools/univesities in india.

  • 402 sneha Jan 26, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I am very impressed by you .Iam very
    please suggest me some

  • 403 neha mishra Jan 26, 2010 at 11:04 am

    i have just started learning bharatanatyam.and u won’t believe i clear my doubts watching your videos.i thank ou a lot for this.thankyou very much.

  • 404 shrinithi Jan 27, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    hello mam, i loved ur website , excellent effort.. mam iam 20 years old and live in coimbatore,tamilnadu . i am a bharathanatyam dancer, can you please tell me various programs which take place around so that i can take part in it..

    thank you mam:)

  • 405 Medha Jan 27, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Namaskar Anjaliji,

    I really appriciate the way you have put dance info. in this site. Its amazing. I have learnt bharatnatyam but I need to recollect everything as I haven’t practiced it for years. I thank you for giving all needed info. It really helped me :-) Can you please also put all the items of margam like Alaaripu, Jatiswaram, Shabdam, Padam, Tillana, Kirtanam, Shlokam & Varnam? It would be really appriciated & I would be very thankful to you.

  • 406 sneha patel Jan 30, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    hello mam…
    your site is amazing. m trying to knw abt dis dance.. can u plz
    gv me informaion relatedd to bharatnatyam dance???
    i mean the proper words which r used in dis dance.
    i will b very thankful if u guide me
    i will wait for yr reply

  • 407 Lakshmi P Feb 2, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Hi Anjali, many many thanks to you.today I have joined my 3 yr old in dance class , and I want to know more about Bharathanatyam. I saw your website and I am like wow I felt like I can learn dance too:). your demonstration is really good.
    Please keep posting new steps and once again great work.

  • 408 prashanthi Feb 4, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I am 36 years old and have just begun learning bharathnatyam for the past 2 months – I came across your website when i was searching online about the knee pain that is bothering me so much. I am not able to make out if this something normal and will subside as I continue practising or am I injuring my knees. My children are also practicing for the past 1 year they do not have any such problems. Looking forward for your advise. thanks

  • 409 Anjali Feb 4, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    @Medha, I shall gradually add all the dances. Thank you
    @Sneha, what information are you looking for?
    @Lakshmi, Thank you.
    @Prashanthi, Slight pain initially is normal, but if it is bothering you in your daily routine pls consult a doctor.

  • 410 Sheela Feb 5, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Is there an age limit to performing an arangetram?

  • 411 Anjali Feb 7, 2010 at 9:10 am

    @Sheela, No age limit, But the student must have had a training of atleast 4 to 5 yrs before an arangetram.

  • 412 Shobha Srinivasan Feb 8, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Hello Anjali,

    Thank you so much for your lessons in Bharathnatyam. My daughter is 4.5 yrs. old and I just initiated her in this field. Since I am not a dancer myself, your site is my reference to make her practice at home what she learnt in the class.

    I like the way your lessons are structured, your perfection and the humbleness with which you have described about yourself. I am also very glad that you are able to give so much back to the community. Keep up the good work.

    Thanks and Regards,

  • 413 Nithya Jaishankar Feb 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    I am looking for a beginners DVD in Bharatanatyam for my daughter who is going to be 5 years. I am 30 and I may also learn along with her. Can you suggest a good one for learning from the basic. I found some Learn DVD’s of Smt. Sreekala Bharat when I was searching online. Are they o.k. to start with?

    Nithya Jaishankar

  • 414 mageshwaran Feb 10, 2010 at 12:02 am

    hai this is magesh from tamilnadu , i like barathanatiyam,
    u r work is very wonderfull, so u keep u r work, with best compliments ,
    thanks & best regards

  • 415 priyaa Feb 10, 2010 at 12:15 am

    can we start practicing bharatanatyam in the age of 22??

  • 416 Anjali Feb 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    @Shobha and Mageshwaran, Thank you for the encouraging words. I am happy this site helps mother’s initiate their children into the dance form. God bless!! I owe a lot to readers like you who have accepted and supported this concept.

    @Nithya, I have only seen some clippings on youtube. Looks like its good.

    @ Priyaa, yes you can if you believe!! I have students above the age of 45 learning with sincere devotion.

  • 417 shefali Feb 10, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    heyy didi!!
    i started to learn bharatnatyam by watching your clipings in youtube but there are so many advus and hand mudras and i don’t know where to start with……. can you guide me through this???
    thank you

  • 418 Anjali Feb 10, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Dear Shefali, learn the Adavus in the order mentioned in this link http://onlinebharatanatyam.com/2007/07/21/more-about-adavus. And Hand mudras in the order in these links:
    Asamyukta hasta: http://onlinebharatanatyam.com/2008/01/03/asamyukta-hasta-or-single-hand-gesture
    Samyukta hasta: http://onlinebharatanatyam.com/2008/02/28/samayukta-hastas-or-double-hand-gestures-in-bharatanatyam

  • 419 pooja Feb 11, 2010 at 3:33 am

    hi am a teacher in bharatanatyam.it has help to clear my small doubts.i am kathak dancer.i am completed 5 years in that.i had done my arangetram in 2000.me learning more bharatanatyam n revising it.i am 22 yr old.i want to perform n be famous and wht more should i do

  • 420 shefali Feb 11, 2010 at 5:28 am

    but which adavus should i learn first so that i can get the basics in my head………..

  • 421 Anjali Feb 11, 2010 at 9:27 am

    @ Pooja perform where ever you get an opportunity to. Delve deeper understand the theory. Also try and introspect if dance is what you intend to take up in future. Then you may have to look into option of working towards it.

    @Shefali, begin with Tatta adavu on the website and follow the order given there.

  • 422 simla vishnu Feb 15, 2010 at 7:52 am

    i studied bharatanatyam 10 years bac….this site really helped me to revise my lessons….thk a lot…………

  • 423 Anita Feb 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Hai Anjali,
    I am really interested in Bharathanatyam. I have learnt 4 years of this beautyful classical dance but it was not continuously. I used to change Gurus for several reasons and finally stopped learning 5 years ago.(i don’t know why i stopped but i regret a lot now.)
    Now i’m living in England and my interest to Bharathanatyam is increasing. but unfortunately there are no bharathanatyam teachers where i live(warrington). so i started browsing on the net and very luckyly i found your website. i am really very happy that i found your site because it is extremely detailed and simply superb!! from today i will learn bharathanatyam from the begining with the help of your videos. so can you please guide me in how i could organize or just give me any suggestions?
    thank you very much!

  • 424 Meenakshi Nag Feb 17, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    This is Meenakshi,I am a lawyer by profession and a Kathak Dancer.Recently I have shifted to Kolkata and I would like to learn Bharatanatyam. If you can please provide me some information regarding Bharatanatyam classes in Kolkata.

  • 425 Lavanya Feb 18, 2010 at 4:32 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I am lavanya, im very much interested in learning bharatnatyam from basics. Due to my family suituation I was unable to go to the classess. But its my life long desire to learn bharatnatyam. Can u please help me in this regard to learn bharatnstyam through online. Hope to receive your reply soon. Thanks

  • 426 veena vijaya babu Feb 24, 2010 at 8:37 am

    hai anjali!!!!
    i m soooooooo happiee that i started learning Bharathanatyam again after 3 years gap… I m soooo muchhh excited … thank u… thank u… thanku very very muchhh!!!!!!!! got no words 2 express my gratitude….
    well! 4got 2 introduce myself.. i am veena vijaya babu, 17, doing my first year in engineering.. a resident of Kerala ……….n how r u???
    GOD bless u!
    take care!!!

  • 427 Niv Mar 1, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    What a wonderfully compiled Blog!
    I have always wanted to learn classical dance, but never found the opportunity. Now, I’m 24 yrs old – too old to start learning Bharatanatyam. But I can at least give it a try. Thanks a lot!!
    Can you give me any links on the syllabus/certification structure for the students?

  • 428 Anne Mar 2, 2010 at 6:52 am

    hi anjali,
    i too started learning bharatanatyam from this site. I am from australia and there was no source to learn the dance. I started learning from a lady and am practicing from your website. thank you for this. and wish u all the very best,

  • 429 giuditta Mar 4, 2010 at 5:51 am

    dear Anjali,
    thank you for your great commitment in this marvelous dance form, your help is very useful for those who do not have the fortune of being in India! I have a question for you or for the other followers of this website: I have trouble finding the text of a Pushpanjali dedicated to Siva Nataraja in Nattai Adi, I have the meaning but not the correct lines/traslitteration in the original language. can anybody help? thank you very much
    Giuditta – Italy

  • 430 Bhavna Mar 7, 2010 at 3:00 am

    hey, im 13 years old and im I’ve been dancing bharatanatyam for 10 years… i live in south Africa and im close to becoming a kumari, will you please put up down loadable songs that comes up in the graduation.

  • 431 Anjali Mar 8, 2010 at 5:31 am

    Bhavana check kalakendra.com for down loadable bharatanatyam songs.

  • 432 Uma Mar 11, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Hi Anjali
    Your effort and idea to provide this information online to the world is simply superb.

  • 433 Uma Mar 11, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    I had and still have a great love and passion for bharatanatyam. I am now 28 yrs old unfortunately i dint get an oppurtunity to learn it until now. I have a 3 years old daughter. She has interest in dancing. And hope she has the blessings to learn Bharatnatyam. Can you please let me what would be the right age for her to start learning bharatnatyam. I was looking for information on basics to learn on bharatnatyam and indulge my kid as well. I found this website quite useful and a good start for beginners. I have no words to say .. This is an amazing work. I have now words to appreciate your work… Thanks for all the effort you have put which will be a great gift for people like us.

  • 434 Anjali Mar 16, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Dear Uma, Thank you. I would think the right age to start a formal training can be 5 and above.

  • 435 Kishor Mar 17, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Hai Anjali ….
    I’m a final year engineering student form Bangalore. Since my childhood I had a great interest and love towards Bharatanatyam but I couldn’t learn because of my family financial conditions. I would like to learn now …. I dont think it is late …… Can u please suggest the places in India where free Bharathanatyam classes are conducted ….. planing to do MS …… So also provide the information about about the free classes in US ….. Plz help me with your valuable reply …….

  • 436 gargi sukhatankar Mar 22, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I am a student of Bharatnatyam. Thankyou for this website. I am a great fan of Hemam malini and mythili Prakash. They are my Bharatnatyam role models. Thats so nice that you have dance in hema ji’s ballets. Are any ballets coming to dallas,Texas

    I am learning from one of Shri Deepak Majumdar’s first students, Ratna mehta

  • 437 Anjali Vasani Mar 28, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Hi Anjali, I want to ask u something that i m interested in learning “BHARATNATYAM”.i m 23 yrs married girl.so my question is can i start learning this dance at this age.I have learnd bollywood dance in ahmedabad.But mostly i’ve deep interest in bharatnatyam dance form.right now i m in seattle(USA).
    Waiting for ur reply,
    Anjali Vasani.

  • 438 Anjali Mar 28, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Dear Anjali, you can sure start learning the dance at this age. You commitment and interest matters.

  • 439 gayatri Mar 29, 2010 at 2:54 am

    i liked ur site a lot…!!..m pursuing bfa(bharatnatyam) so it helpd mee a lot in completing my journals…on specific topics…

  • 440 gayatri Mar 29, 2010 at 2:57 am

    can u allso plz advice me is chitra abhinaya and samanya abhinaya r same or different topics..??

  • 441 Mythili Apr 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Dear Anjali, Now iam 31 yrs old. Still longing to learn Bharatanatyam at this age too. How long it will take to learn it completely ? I mean basics. Hope it will be endless for learning it.Can you guide me where to start from ? what are the basic things i have to learn .pleaseeeeeee reply me. Thanks.

  • 442 Shah Krupa Apr 3, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I love your website. i learnt it for 7 years and now i am teaching it to couple of students in Australia. I refer to your website all the time for the info. but I couldn’t find Nadai Adavu….can you please include them?

  • 443 Anjali Apr 4, 2010 at 4:53 am

    @Mythili you can start in the order of videos put up in video section on the index page. Also hand gestures under the Mudras and bheda section.
    @Krupa, nadai adavu is another name for jati Adavu. it is also called pancha nadai.

  • 444 Alma Apr 5, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Dear Anjali didi,

    I saw your website and now I am gone mad, I am longing to join your dance class. Dance is my passion, though I am a GNM nurse now I am not interested to do any other work expect dance. My parents cannot effort to send me for a class, my mother has learnt a little bit in her childhood, I thank you from the bottom of my heart through me operating the computer my mother is learning from you and conducting classes as an income because my father is ill and not doing anything. May God bless you for reaching out to people and making life easier.

  • 445 Anjali Apr 5, 2010 at 11:51 am

    God bless you too. I am glad that the site helps your family. you are welcome.

  • 446 Meri B Apr 6, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    how much is the charge for online?

  • 447 nazley fakir Apr 9, 2010 at 4:38 am


    Could you advise me. I have been having pain in my knees and feet. What can you recommend? Also Does a dancer need to keep fit and what sought of exercises do you recommend.


  • 448 priya Apr 11, 2010 at 1:01 am

    can i have the basic gestures for grade 1 dance

  • 449 Anjali Apr 12, 2010 at 9:21 am

    @ Nazley, Dancer needs exercise for warm before you begin dancing and flexibility exercises like splits and stretches. may be done with care and at a slow pace. For beginners there will be pain in the thigh, calf and feet, but if the pain persists for long and disturbs your routine, please see you doctor.

  • 450 Anjali Apr 12, 2010 at 9:24 am

    @ Meri, I have sent you a mail in this regards. Thank you for your interest.

  • 451 Anjali Apr 12, 2010 at 9:30 am

    @Priya, please check http://onlinebharatanatyam.com/2008/01/03/asamyukta-hasta-or-single-hand-gesture

  • 452 Anu Krishnan Apr 14, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Dear Anjali,
    Thank you very much for your phenomenal efforts with this web site. My daughter has started learning Bharathanatyam and this is wonderful reference for me.
    Thank you so very much again,

  • 453 Merlyn Crasto Apr 15, 2010 at 4:04 am

    Thks Anjali my daughter who is doing her 5th year in
    bharatanaytam, i always refer to your site incase she needs more information. your site is really a helpful for parents like me who dont know much about this dance thks once again

  • 454 Alpa Apr 18, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Hey Anjali…I have a question..I have learnt Bharatnatyam for eight years..basically completed my course from Bombay..just didn’t give my Aarangetram performance….well I do teach dance in USA, but it is bollywood style dance ..I wanted to know if there is a dvd of the entire bharatntyam dances available for me to teach bharatnatyam to my own daughter and to students…also where can I get the beats cd…during my times the teacher used to sing live to teach us the dance…Please let me know…Thanks for your help..Alpa

  • 455 Maya Apr 25, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    I thank you for making this website. It is truely beautiful to explore and see. I have always been interested in this dance, did take some lessons when I was younger, but have forgotten most movements as I’ve grown older now. This website has everything I could ask for in answering my questions and learning this wonderful dance once again. Thank you again for making this website Anjali!

  • Hello Anjali,

    Namasthe!! I have seen your teaching on youtube.

    Superb. It is very clear. Infact I am a carnatic classical singer and teach online. I love teaching. I just went through your clips and felt like writing to you as it is great teaching to understand people like me who are not dancers.
    I really enjoyed it Anjali.
    Bharathy subrahmanyam

  • 457 Anjali Apr 29, 2010 at 5:22 am

    @ Bharathy, Thank you for your kind words. Glad to know that the videos are helpful. Also happy to meet another online teacher here. Wishing you all the best and feel free to send me your Articles related to music that can be posted on the website.

  • 458 Mira Apr 30, 2010 at 12:55 am

    I was just surfing when I came across your blog. My daughter has been learning bharatanatyam since she was 7. Now she is studying in Australia and is still very interested in bharatanatyam. I have recommendeed her the site.

  • 459 Shakthi, Isha, Adithy May 2, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Mrs. Anjali,

    Me and 2 other girls in my class would like to show our experiences in dance but I am kind of behind. We tried songs from youtube but none of them work. We want to be original. Can you please recommend some songs??
    Thank You,

    Shakthi (from her email)

  • 460 Shakthi May 2, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Mrs Anjali,

    How can you do Astami?

  • 461 Sujatha May 4, 2010 at 5:17 am

    Hi Anjali,

    My daughter is 3.5 years old. I have noticed that she enjoys dancing.. Want to start bharatanatyam classes for her and I am doing the ground work of checking good schools for the same. Would you suggest any teachers in Jaynagar Bangalore, India. I want to ensure she joins the right place for coaching.


  • 462 Anjali May 4, 2010 at 9:26 am

    @sujatha, These are the address I found on narthaki.
    “Kinkini Nrithyashala”
    308, 10th Main Road, III Block
    Jayanagar, Bangalore 560011
    Ph: (080) – 26631526

    “Nritya Geethanjali”
    Aishwarya Ramani
    1607, 40th Cross, 18th Main
    4th T Block, Jayanagar
    Bangalore 560041
    Ph: 9916132768
    e-mail: aishwarya.ramani@gmail.com

    “Nrityakala Mandiram”
    Banumathi B
    462, Rajalakshmi, 7th Cross
    7th Block, West Jayanagar
    Bangalore 5600082
    Ph: (080) – 26765468 / 26760963
    Fax: (080) -26650966
    e-mail: bharatanjali@hotmail.com

  • 463 rinu May 8, 2010 at 7:14 am

    hi anjali ,
    i could really improve head and neck moments,
    in which i was very poor

  • 464 Sharmela May 8, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Keeping an art form alive is a prayer in itself. You are going to be a virtual guru for several generations to come and all with selfless service…. God Bless!

  • 465 Anjali May 9, 2010 at 6:32 am

    @ Sharmela, The blog had brought me closer to this art form. It has no doubt helped me in learning and getting closer to want I wanted. And above all encouragement from wonderful people like you, whom I don’t even know. It feels great!! Thank you and God bless !!!!

  • 466 srinidhi May 9, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    i have learned dance for more than 8 years.I like to learn more about bharathanatyam. thanks srinidhi

  • 467 Navadwipa May 11, 2010 at 9:32 am

    I was really taken with this blog, is very good, complete and interesting. Congratulations Anjali. Im a fan of onlinebharatanatyam.com

  • 468 swathi May 14, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    HI Mam,
    I am a classical dancer,but still learning ,i have one doubt
    i like to do arengetram,can u plz tell me what are the dances we need to learn for arengetram?what is the first dance we shoud do for arengetram?can u give me the list plzzzzzz mam..
    waiting for your reply.

  • 469 Anjali May 16, 2010 at 5:31 am

    @Swathi: A format of arangetram is as follows. Allarippu or Pushpanjali. Kautukam, Jatiswaram, Shabdam or padam, Varnam, Tillana, and finally a mangalam. But then its the choice of the teacher to decide how it should be.

  • 470 siraj May 18, 2010 at 6:36 am

    First of all, many thanks for giving insight about this great art form thru your web site. I am also a registered member now.

    May I ask for a small help ?
    I need to present a paper on any of the topics for about 7 minutes, and I wanted to choose the something on bharatanatyam, since I had learned this art form for almost 5 years.. The problem is to summarise this subject.. What would you suggest like which part would be easy and presentable for a 7 minutes session. Pls help ! Thanx a lot. Siraj

  • 471 Anjali May 18, 2010 at 8:17 am

    @Siraj Thanks. You can take up the topic of Abhinayam focusing on hasta abhinaya and Mukhabhinaya. Talk about how hand gestures convey meaning. later show them the navarasa and how they are interrelated.

  • 472 Varsha May 21, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I’ve started leaning from your site..I want to know what type of Bharatnatyam I am learning from you..well, actually I don’t know much, but many people have asked me for this..
    Thank you..

  • 473 Priyanka May 23, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Hi Priyanka,
    Do you recommend any CD’s for beginners.
    I want 2 learn dis classical dance form.

  • 474 Bhavana Naveen May 27, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    My name is Bhavana. I live in bangalore and i am learning bharathnatyam from past 15 yrs nw. But in between i had a break for about 8 yrs since i had to go abroad. But now im back and i have taken Bharathnatyam as a profession.
    I have recently started dance classes. I am also learning further to do my senior exams. But that is not enough. Can you suggest me what else i can do to improve my knowledge in dance? I want to live in dance. Im very much interested but do not know how to approach and move forward. Can you suggest me few tips?
    Thank you and will be waiting for your reply.

  • 475 Anjali May 29, 2010 at 4:37 am

    @Priyanka, CD’s of priyadarshini govind and jayalakshmi eshwar are good for beginners.

    @Bhavana, You must try and perform where ever possible. Try and choreograph your own pieces whenever you can. Secondly reading related books and poetry will help you a lot. Also teaching is another way of keeping yourself in track. learning carnatic music or vocal also helps.

    @Kalpesh, Thank you

  • 476 Bhavana Naveen Jun 1, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Thank you so much for your tips. If there is anything else, i will get back to you.

  • 477 Bhavana Naveen Jun 3, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Hi anjali,
    Where can i find related books and poems in bangalore to improve my knowledge in bharathanatyam? Also which CDs you recommend for me to choreograph?

  • 478 Kya Jun 4, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I love your youtube video. I’ve always wanted to learn Bharatanatyam ever since i was a child and my parents ahve sent me to classes but ive never went to the point where i did my arangetam. Im wonder if you could help me do classes through out webcam, so that i know some what of it rather than nothing ! I also bookmarked your youtube vedio ad im going to practise it and make sure i can do it. !

  • 479 Anjali Jun 6, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    @ Bhavana, check vedam books .com and kalakendra. You get books and audios on the respective sites. I am not aware of its availability in Bangalore.

  • 480 Anjali Jun 6, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    @kya, sure will send you a mail regarding the classes. Glad that the videos help you to practice.

  • 481 kausalya suresh Jun 9, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    I am male. i have learnt bhartanatyam in kalakshetra style for a while. i just have a few questoins. nowadays is it allowed for am male to dress as female in the dance. Also i like to know who to wear a bharatanatyam practise saree. thanks.

  • 482 kausalya suresh Jun 9, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Hi Bhavana,
    In bangalore few books on bhatanatyam, and a whole lot of bharatanatyam DVDS available in landmark -forum.

  • 483 mrs shamista sivakumar Jun 10, 2010 at 5:34 am

    ihi, i am from london, and I need some rescources from you. Could you please contact me. thank you

  • 484 Anjali Jun 10, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    @Kausalya. A practice saree is worn just like the normal saree. Only thing the number of pleats are less, to increase the length of the pallu, so much so that you are able to wrap around your waist once.

  • 485 Bhavana Naveen Jun 11, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Hey suresh,
    Thank you so much for the information. I will definitely check in forum………

  • 486 kausalya suresh Jun 11, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Hi Anjali,
    Thanks a lot for the information. just google around a bit. and found some info like follows.
    Its made of cotton and worn over a salwar? ( pajama).
    and in http://www.shubhanu.com/dance-costume-stitching/practice-costume/practice-costume.htm , it is mentioned the width is shorter than normal saree and the length longer.and i guess saree is worn upto the knee level.

    Its been so nice to see the blog. to see it when it was hosted on wordpress to an registered domain. Great going. I guess you are doing this site with a big heart. Thanks a lot again.

  • 487 Vanshika Jun 12, 2010 at 5:32 am

    Can you post JATISWARAM dance to your website and my email ID ( vanshika.rajeev@gmail.com )

  • 488 Ramya Jun 15, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    your dance videos are adorable and amazing.

    Shall I know what is your dancing style best know as, that is, is it kalasehtra style or pandanallur…..?

  • 489 Anjali Jun 15, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    @Ramya, Thank you. The style is Pandanallur.

    @Vaniska, site will be gradually updated with these videos. Thank you.

  • 490 Auroshree Das Jun 16, 2010 at 7:36 am

    mam its an honour 2 gt in tch wid u.can u plz suggest me wch teacher shud i go 4 in bharatanatyam for my daughter who is 6yrs old and has performed in 1 of the anual functions.she is very eager an wants to continue with it.mam it wud b very kind of u if u so provide me wid some contacts in my email id.

  • 491 Auroshree Das Jun 16, 2010 at 7:38 am

    mam we r settled in Gurgaon(Haryana).

  • 492 Yogen Jiva Raja Jun 16, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Hello Anjali Nandan,

    I’m Yogen from Malaysia, i’ve started my Barathanatyam classes 3weeks ago. I’m practising the 3rd variation of tattadavu at the moment. I’m a little confused of Ramya’s comments on 15june 2010. Are there different styles in Barathnatyam?
    Kalasehtra style… ? Pandanallur style..?
    How many styles are there in total?
    How do i find out what’s the style i’m learning?
    Is it rude to ask my master about the style of her teaching?

  • 493 Anjali Jun 19, 2010 at 6:39 am

    @ Auroshree, sure will send it to you.

  • 494 Anju Jun 22, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Namaskar mam. I am 34 years old and learning Bharatnatyam from last six months. I am based in Jaipur, Rajasthan. I find your site very useful to get a better understanding of whatever I learn in my dance class. It gives valuable support to explore new horizons. Hearty thanx for being there and help people like me who find very little resources around. Please suggest me if there is some recorded material available to practice different adavus at home. Though I have got some video CDs of demo dance lessons but I want to practice in continuation. Are there recorded ‘bols’ available which I can use for repetitive practice of different Adavus. Please guide.

  • 495 Anjali Jun 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    @Anju, I have all the bols (sollukettas) uploaded on the website. Check on Index page under Audio section. That might help. You can also download it.

  • 496 Anju Jun 23, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Thanx mam…I downloaded it..its very helpful.It provides clear understanding but just one minute practice.I have been looking forward for a bit longer recitation..is it available anywhere!

  • 497 Anjali Jun 27, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Anju there is a cd by Madhurai Murlidaran On Adavus and korvais. Check this link

  • 498 Cherie Sampson Jun 29, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Thank you for the good, clear photos of the hastas and the accessible information. This supplements my learning very well! I am a student of Soorya Dance Co, St Louis since Jan 2009.

  • 499 Anjali Jun 29, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks Cherie. appreciate your support.

  • 500 Ritika Jul 4, 2010 at 10:54 am


    I am going to 5th grade in this fall. I have been learning Bharatanatyam for the past 2 years and recently my parents changed my dance teacher for the better attention of the teacher and my better learning. But what I learnt during the last 2 years is a little different from what my new teacher is teaching. What I learnt is tanjore style and my new teacher follows kalakshetra style. With a very little knowledge that I have your style appears to my like tanjore style. Would you please confirm if my understanding is right. As my teacher follows kalakshetra, would you please help me out with the material on kalakshetra style.

    I appreciate your help and thanks in advance.

  • 501 Anjali Jul 6, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Ritika, I follow the Pandanalur Style. The basics remaining the same, there are slight differences in movements. check the learning CD’s by jayalakshmi eshwar.

  • 502 Deb Jul 7, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Thank you so much for your wonderful website!!!! It is very helpful!!

  • 503 Kala Raghunath Jul 14, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    you are providing me a chance to know abt the dance form i always wanted to learn. i am learning through your videos, i would like to post them to you as a video for your guidance.

    guru namaskar to you

  • 504 sudha Jul 14, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    i liked ur site very much. i wanted to know what is the right age for learning bharatnatyam(, though u have mentioned that the right age is 5 years) since my daughter has turned 4 1/2 years this july and she is very slim and short. So I wanted to confirm whether 6 years will be suitable for learning bharatnatyam?/

  • 505 gowri Jul 16, 2010 at 2:49 am

    Hi Anjali ,
    I am Gowri, i learned nattu adavu and tatta adavu when i was a student, but i couldn’t continue.Now am 24yr old and keen in learning Bharatanatyami Is it ok to start learning Bharatanatyam in this age? i have already downloaded most of your videos in you tube.Do you recommend any advice as am beginner.(possibe mail me @ )Thanks
    Gowri ..

  • 506 Anjali Jul 19, 2010 at 8:46 am

    @Sudha, yes 6 years would be good to start. Actually there are no rules when your child can start learn. All depends on your child’s interest and focus.

  • 507 divya Jul 20, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Hi Anjali,

    Thank you so much your online lessons.These days when art is becoming commercial I appreciate your efforts for making it reach to people who cannot afford it..I learnt Bharatanatyam for 5 years and but have no much grip on talam.as a result I’am not able to compose any dance songs.Abhinaya part is easy for me but the beats is tough to compose.I would like to learn nattuvangam part in bharatanatyam. Could you please upload some of your videos about it..

  • 508 deepa bhat Jul 20, 2010 at 9:07 am

    please i want to know where i can get bharatanatyam basic learning DVD’s.

    i want to buy. i am very much intresed in bharatanayam………..
    plz let me know.

  • 509 deepa bhat Jul 20, 2010 at 9:17 am

    thanks a lot for such a nice site. i am learning steps…

  • 510 Swathi Jul 24, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    I liked the basic info you provided,it helps all the poeple to learn bharathanatyam,I am bharathanatyam dance teacher,one of my student is doing arengatram,this is my first arengetram with that student,so can u give me some information about Natuvangam,how can i practise the natuvangam?waiting for your reply….

  • 511 sudha Jul 24, 2010 at 10:45 pm


    u r giving a lot informations. i dont know anything in this field.

    my daughter is now 4 and half yrs old. may i know a guru in

    chennai like u?

  • 512 Nisha Jul 25, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Hi Mam,
    It is a pleasure to see this website. My daughter who is 7 yrs is going to start classes (Kalakshetra style) here in Gurgaon.
    Do you recommend any good DVDs or online videos uploaded by you for beginners?

  • 513 Tulsi Mehta Jul 28, 2010 at 11:51 am

    thank you for all the hard work you have put in to making this website so informative and helpful! i had a question – isnt there one more adavu where the hands start in shikhara mudra and the bols are ta tai tam dhi tai tam ? i cannot find it on your website so i was wondering about it….thanks

  • 514 Anjali Jul 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    @swathi, Books on Nattuvangam like ‘Essence of nattuvangam ‘ by kamala Rani, a CD on nattuvangam by Seetharama Sharama should help to understand the basics. But adavanced concepts you must either approach a mridangist or a teacher who can teach nattuvangam. Good luck!!

  • 515 Anjali Jul 28, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    @Tulsi, Apart from mandi , it is the murka/sutral adavu. http://onlinebharatanatyam.com/2009/05/sutral-adavu-in-bharatanatyam/

  • 516 aatma Aug 4, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Dear Anjali Madam,
    Your effort is appreciable & remarkable. am having doubts regrding certain Mudras to show Caste, Divine, Curse & punya. If you could please help me to clear the above…

  • 517 Sindhura Aug 4, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Hello Anjali, I would like to know if you teach one-one classes in NewJersey?

  • 518 Anjali Aug 5, 2010 at 5:29 am

    yes I do Sindhura.

  • 519 geeta vani Aug 6, 2010 at 1:46 am


  • 520 shefali sonecha Aug 8, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Hi Anjali~
    With your help, i have started to learn this dance on youtube. Thank you very much!
    I wanted to know that for the beginning of first year, where should I start and through the years of 1,2,3,and 4?

  • 521 neha agarwal Aug 9, 2010 at 3:08 am

    i had mailed you and wanted to join your on line classes, i am from a small town and there are no teachers for bharat natyam there i need your help.

  • 522 Archana Aug 12, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I loved finding the mudra shlokas on your website – thank you for providing this information!

  • 523 Ruben Aug 14, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Hai Aka Anjali,
    I,m from Malaysia, I realy enjoy surfing your web page.
    I love bharathanatyam since young age, I learn bharatham
    from movies and bharatham cd’s, due to the financial problem I face. But after looking at your web page, now I can learn from my Guru Anjali.All the spiritual movemant and the lesson realy helpful for me,
    I would to suggest for more videos of you dancing Bharathanatyam.
    Thanks Aka, For your help…..

  • 524 dimple Aug 19, 2010 at 5:51 am

    i hv a daughter, her age is 12 mth nw, i want her 2 learn bharatnatyam. so can u tell me wt is the age, can i start her classes.

  • 525 Akshaya.Sridharan Aug 22, 2010 at 3:59 am

    hi, What,s up chechi?

  • 526 Anjali Aug 24, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    All fine sis.

  • 527 Anjali Aug 24, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    @dimple, 5 yrs would be good to start.

  • 528 Lydia Aug 27, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Dear Guru Anjali, first of all I would like to thank you for posting such a beautiful website with useful information. I’ve been learning the art form Bharatanatyam since last year. I went exclusively to Mumbai and learned for 3 months in a very intensive course. Due to some lack of time I dont have to practice at home and therefore I decided to do Ballet class in order to be more flexible and be able to sit in ‘araimandi’. I really like your website. Would love to be in touch with you and ask for your help in case I am in doubts. – I wanted to ask you whether you have or you could send me a suggestion where I could find Alarippu song. I had a recording given by my ‘Guru’, unfortunately got somehow destroyed and she hasnt been able to send it to me. Further the second part of your video where you explain Alarippu part 2 isnt available in my country… How can I watch it???? I want to apologize for posting so many lines in one go… and the same time many questions – I just love Bharatanatyam. Thank you in advance for your kind support. Warm regards from Germany, Lydia

  • 529 Anjali Aug 27, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Thanks lydia. Appreciate your interest for the art form. I have no idea why the second video should not play. Check out in some public libraries where internet is available. Will check on my side too.

  • 530 Lydia Aug 28, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Dear Anjali, thank you for such a prompt answer. I have checked in some different places. I think it is a sort of youtube policy… Is it possible for you to send me a recording of the Alarippu song (jathis, etc… for instance.. ta tey teyum ta ta dita…)… it shouldnt be that sophisticated recording I just need it for practicing. Hope this is not much to ask from my side. Just let me know if is possible for you or not. I have checked online but it’s just not the style of Alarippu I learnt. (I can defenitely manage to dance with any other talam, etc… or style.. but your style is exactly the same I learnt – Tanjavur style). Thank you in advance for your support. Wishing you a nice day.
    DANYAWAAD Guru Jii… Warm regards from Germany, Lydia

  • 531 Ananta Aug 28, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Can anyone please share the address or contact number of kalamandalam sreejaya’s dance institute in Bangalore. Please drop me a mail (anantamc@yahoo.com) the possible details. My daughter is around 10 years and was learning Bharatanatyam for last 3 years.


  • 532 Shobana Sep 1, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Hi Anjali
    this page of yours is really inspiring and helpful.
    I have a questions to all of you
    pls can some write me the sollkattu of this varnam?

    I am learning bharathanatyam and I am very interested in to get to know the sollkattu of this great varnam!!!!!
    If anybody wants to help me then pls mail me
    Thanks a lot!!!!!!

  • 533 Aruna Badre Narayanan Sep 8, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I liked the organization of your website. Simple and yet resourceful.
    I am 30 yrs old. I have learnt Bharatanatyam when i was a child. I didnt get to pursue it for a long time, but i renewed my passion and interest once i was grown up ie after my 20’s… I am currently preparing for my arangetram with my guru. I am a mother to a 3 yr old now and age/lifestyle is taking a toll on my feet on account of my regular practise from adavus and other stamina building exercises. My feet grew really tired and weak, had severe foot/ankle pain for 2 weeks and i am under medication. The doctors have asked me to take it slow.

    I want to know how long it would take to build up stamina for a performance like “arangetram”. Since i have other responsibilites with my family, i do not want to take too long a time either. I have seen most people take 6 months to 1 year(people who have quite a solid background) for this.


  • 534 Anjali Sep 8, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Aruna, I am not sure what is your pain due to. But recently me and some of my friends who have learnt natyam long time back, got together for a performance. After the first day of practice one of my friend felt immense pain around the ankle area. She was an active body during her teens and later got inactive after pregnancy and child birth. It was after three whole sedentary years one fine day she started the practice. She is now being treated for ligament and meniscus tear. What I learnt is, before anybody wants to get into a dance schedule they must first atleast for a week or two start with exercises like walking or cycling. These basic activities will prepare you for vigorous dance sessions. Experienced teacher’s say that you must start your practice with adequate warm up and cool down exercise after practice. I would say you could target your arangetram 1 or two year down the line and perform the same piece that you learnt for the arangetram. That way you can take it easy and you have a long time to assimilate and practice.

  • 535 vengat Sep 10, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Great work anjali , nice encouraging work ..
    you are beautiful .

  • 536 Suma Sep 12, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    My daughter just started going to the classical dance and I wanted to make her practice at home aswell..then I came across your website..it is really good and very very baby spoon feeding for the beginers. Thank you so much for posting the classical dance online, it definetly helps people like us.


  • 537 anupama Sep 13, 2010 at 2:09 am

    i just loved your blog! too good

  • 538 Anjali Sep 15, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Thank you Anupama.

  • 539 Pallavi Jain Sep 17, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    Great to see you blog. Iam really loving it.
    I have also been a trained dancer in Bharatnatyam and more of Kuchipudi.
    I have learnt for 9 years and have done Visharad in Bharatnatyam.
    I have started taking classes here in Banglore.
    But I want to join you so that I don’t leave my practice and passion for dance.
    Please let me know about your suggestions.

    Thanks & Regards,

  • 540 Panna Sep 17, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    We loe you Anjali. Thanks for making it available to everyone through this format.

  • 541 vijaya kumbaji Sep 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Anjali Nandan,

    I would love to hear from you about the basics, I too began learning BharathNatyam recently, I learnt it when I was a child too, but I stopped for almost 15 years and now learning again. I live in HErndon VA. I want to Hastha mudras and Early Adavus (Steps) from you in addition to the dance school I attend.

    Thank you,

  • 542 Kim Hamsher Sep 24, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    This is the best site I have found on BN. Very descriptive and easy illustrations. Gee haa, to me you are an expert! I am training to teach a fusion aerobic class that uses mudras for ailments of repetitive strain injuries. I just married into the Indian culture this year and absolutely love the different forms of Indian dance, esp. Bhangra. I’ll be going to Mumbai next month for the final few days of the Dance Festival and hope to be able to participate as well as immerse myself in dance. Do you have any suggestions for an English speaking studio to take a random walk-in? Keep up your hard work, this website is wonderful.


  • 543 smita mehta Sep 26, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    hi anjali
    its,s a nice website where we can clear our doubts baout bharatnatyam dance,i hav eno knowledge of dance but my daughter started learning dance1 year back . as there are so many opinions about different teachers,i want to know how iam suppose to judge the teacher wether she is making my kid do enough practice what hse needs for this dance. it would be really good if u can throw some light on this .

  • 544 arpita das Sep 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    i m arpita das
    and am 19 yrs old.
    i have joined a bharatnatyam class now and hv been simultaneously learning from your videos as well.
    i just had a question in my miind that,
    is it possible for me to start learning bharatnatyam at this age
    and still be able to learn it as quickly and gracefully as kids do?

  • 545 Prerana Sep 29, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Hey Anjali,
    Have you updated the website for the Colum to post add for dance class?
    I wanted to learn item – ashta nayika – have you uploaded / or any plans to upload anything on that?
    Can you tell me any vcd to learn that item – Kalakshetra style

  • 546 Anjali Oct 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    @Arpita, Yes you could and enjoy the learning. Remove the time limits from your mind.

  • 547 Anjali Oct 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    @Kim. Wishing you all the best. I would say just give your best shot, enjoy the process and leave the rest.

  • 548 Anjali Oct 1, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    @Vijaya, I shall mail you with the details.

  • 549 Neha Oct 3, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Hi Anjali
    This is Neha- I learnt barathanatiyam when I was very young and then I had to discontinue. I have performed a variety of dances right from kutthu to belly dancing, but I’ve always regretted not learning classical. I don’t really have the time to go for classes because I have a lot of studying to do, Your site has given me the confidence that I can finally learn bharathanatiyam. Thanx a million :)

  • 550 sujatha Oct 4, 2010 at 4:57 am

    Hi Anjali Nandan,

    Thanks for such a wonderfull site which you have come up. i stay in a small city in austria. my daughter is going to be 3 years now and i was looking for some bhartanatyam classes in the city.. as there is no indian community here. i dont find any dance school here. but i am lucky that i found it online. so first i am going to learn it and then teach her. one question is that can i teach my daughter at this age of hers? you are really doing a great job. once again thank you very very much.

  • 551 sudha Oct 5, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    willit be a problem to a child if it learns bharathanatyam at the age of 6

  • 552 Anjali Oct 6, 2010 at 7:10 am

    @sudha, no not at all. Its the right age

  • 553 reeja cumes Oct 7, 2010 at 6:17 am


  • 554 Balasubramaniam Oct 12, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Our heart felt thanks to u for providing such a wonderful info about Bharatanayam, my daughter is 7yrs old and she is learning Bharatanayam, the info provided is helping her to learn & understand better.
    Thank U very much and keep rythem going.
    Bala, Bangalore

  • 555 Deepa Oct 13, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I am currently learning Bharatanatyam from Shobana in Chennai. But I will be moving to Bangalore in a month. I would love to continue under another great Guru. Do you know of anyone in Bangalore? I would appreciate your help since I am not able to find much info on the internet.

    Hope to hear from you. Thanks in advance.


  • 556 Shruthi Oct 13, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Hi Anjali,
    Thanks a loads for the information provided, this would be a great attempt to popularize the great classical form of dance i have a great passion for dance but due to personal issues, education and family concerns couldnt achieve anything in the same
    now as i hv completed with my studies am planning to join for the classes and would you suggest me the gurus i can get connected with in bangalore and
    it would be great help if u let me how long it takes for the one to do arangetam in bharatnatyam

    to mention am now 23yrs and wil this start be too late for me

    awating for your response


  • 557 Pragash Oct 14, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Bonjour Anjali,

    My daughter started learning and it’s really super and helpful for the beginnors.
    Do you have all the video from the first Steps available in a DVD for sales ?


  • 558 ANU Oct 16, 2010 at 3:36 am

    were we can learn maha ganapathim

  • 559 kajalkeswani Oct 16, 2010 at 6:17 am

    hai iam 11 years old i like to be a bharatanatyam dancer from 5th class one dyi search about bharatanatyam so i liked it so much first i saw natta advu so i jumped and liked so much your type to make us perfect are very nice now in my exams holidays iam learning so iam seeing on net and learning iam confuing on second variation of natta advu so send me a video of it ok buy

  • 560 Laju Oct 18, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    i wud love to talk with u anjali
    i have been learning bharatnatym with my daughter and have developed great interest in it. i really need some tips and some advice
    how do i talk with u?
    I am DR who has passion for dancing.

    Thank u so much and God bless u

  • 561 Deepalakshmi Oct 19, 2010 at 4:10 am

    Respected Madam,
    My name is Deepa and bolongs to Tamilnadu.But we r in jaipur now. I Want to teach Bharatanatyam to my daughter. Actually i learned in my childhood for three years known Mudras, and Adavu only and don t know the name for that but now after seeing your website.
    Really i learn a lot.surely it is very useful and understandable to me .I am happy now.I want to be touch with you.
    And surely i will ask the doubts also .
    With regards

  • 562 Anjali Oct 19, 2010 at 7:50 am

    @pragash, currently I have all the steps online. Will put up a DVD for sale soon.
    @Anu, which song are you talking about.
    @Kajal, let me know where you have trouble, I have the video online already.
    @Deepa, Thank you.

  • 563 Anjali Oct 19, 2010 at 7:52 am

    @Laju, you can mail me at anjaliATonlinebharatanatyamDOTcom. Thanks.

  • 564 shweta iyengar Oct 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    i need shloka of asamyuta hastas which starts like this patakastripatako ardha pataka kartari mukhaha…i dont the complete shloka of this please help me out with this…

    take care..

  • 565 Anjali Oct 20, 2010 at 9:13 am

    @Shweta, I have now uploaded the shloka in audio format..check that might help

  • 566 Vethika Thillaimohan Oct 26, 2010 at 2:40 am

    I love dance very much but I didn’t get a good teacher and enough time the information you have given have help me a lot my mother like to anrakatham but i should do it next year otherwise i won’t have enough time i am not going any classes can i do with the information you have given and learn it within 1 year
    reply me soon

  • 567 Anjali Oct 26, 2010 at 9:39 am

    @vethika, no you cannot just by this website. Probably you need to have personal session with a teacher. Consider joining a regular class may it be online or traditional.

  • 568 Sanaa Saeed Khan Oct 28, 2010 at 2:11 am

    i jst lv it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,i lov to dance,,, bt i cnt,, i lv to stdy diffrnt culturs especially indian,,, i wnt visit u,

  • 569 shruthi Nov 2, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Hi Anjali,
    Thanks a loads for the information provided, this would be a great attempt to popularize the great classical form of dance i have a great passion for dance but due to personal issues, education and family concerns couldnt achieve anything in the same
    now as i hv completed with my studies am planning to join for the classes and would you suggest me the gurus i can get connected with in bangalore and
    it would be great help if u let me how long it takes for the one to do arangetam in bharatnatyam

    to mention am now 23yrs and wil this start be too late for me

    awating for your response


  • 570 Vethika Thillaimohan Nov 7, 2010 at 3:50 am

    thank you for your reply
    i will try my best to go to a class
    what can i do to learn bharatanatyam more fast?
    reply me soon

  • 571 Badshah Nov 8, 2010 at 12:20 am


    Can you please advise when/where the next Bharat naytam dance is going to be held in Mumbai between 8th Nov 2010 to 14th Nov 2010?. I have tried NCPA, Nehru Centre, Shanmukananda Hall and Chavan Centre but no luck.

    Thank you.


    S Badshah

  • 572 Meenal Joglekar Nov 8, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I happened to stumble upon this website and was highly impressed by it…… you have really done a great job and i loved your videos as well…..you are an awesome dancer with lots of grace n perfection….I have learnt Bharatnatyam as well for over 8 years and guess what!!! i too am a student of Madhuri tai…. :0) ….No wonder your dance felt so familiar!!!


  • 573 Anjali Nov 8, 2010 at 11:34 am

    @vethika, try and take more frequent classes, preferably daily, if you intend to do it within one and half year.

  • 574 Anjali Nov 8, 2010 at 11:45 am

    @badshah, I shall soon make a post of programs that you might want to visit.

    @Meenal, Happy to know you are Madhuri tai’s student. Thank you for the compliments. I am sure, we as madhuri tai’s students would always be thankful to her. I have met couple of readers here who too are her students. Thanks once again.

  • 575 pankaj Nov 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    my daughter is aged 5 years and is learning this dance form by local teacher-my problem is she is being trained in group and her teacher tells that she should practice at home.-the problem is that neither i nor my wife knows any dance form-how to help her practice-are there any training materials available

  • 576 Vethika Thillaimohan Nov 9, 2010 at 3:56 am

    thank you for your reply
    can you suggest me dance classes online

  • 577 Anjali Nov 11, 2010 at 8:46 am

    @pankaj, The best could be if you can record during the class. You can talk to the teacher and decide mutually. Reference materials by Shrekala bharat and priydarshini govind are available in online shops like Kalakendra.

  • 578 Neerja Nov 12, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Hi Anjali . It was wonderful info about the Bharat Natyam — it has helped me in my profession of script writing . I do anchoring of a lot of Arangetram shows for which I write the script myself. Thanks.

  • 579 Poulomi Nov 21, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Hi Anjali !
    Recently found this extremely helpful site for online Bharatanatyam.Really nice to have you with us.Professionally I am an engineer.Bharatanatyam is my passion.Recently I have joined class to learn this beautiful classical dance.Can you please give me some information about the syllabus as per the annual exams are concerned ?How many years does it take to complete honours in Bharatanatyam?

    Thank you& regards,

  • 580 treasa Nov 22, 2010 at 4:55 am

    which age is best for starting bharatanatyam

  • 581 Anjali Nov 26, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    @teresa, age 6 and above is considered.

  • 582 Bhavana.S Nov 27, 2010 at 4:42 am

    hello mam. you have explained the beauty of dance and its inner crux clearly. hats off mam:) i wish you all success and wish you to continue this mam:)

  • 583 Bhargavi Dec 1, 2010 at 6:27 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I am Bhargavi of age 28yrs. I am very much interested in learning Bharatanatyam. Right now i am in Frankfurt , Germany. Could you please suggest me some institute in Frankfurt or any website through which i can learn . I have no experience in dance but i admire a lot to learn. I used to dance in School days nothing more.Could you please help me in this.


  • 584 Anjali Dec 1, 2010 at 6:52 am

    @Bhargavi, have mailed you with details. Thanks

  • 585 Bhargavi Dec 1, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Thanks a lot Anjali for your quick response…… :)
    definitely i will check out with the places around ….!!
    This is really a helping hand from u….. :)

  • 586 Jaya Dec 3, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I have been reading your website for some time now. Very impressive !! Do you know any good bharat natyam teachers in north east region. NJ/NY area.

  • 587 treasa Dec 3, 2010 at 10:33 am

    it takes 10 years to complete bharatanatyam ,
    then if anyone starts in 6 they will finish it in 16, so late

  • 588 vaishali Dec 14, 2010 at 1:18 am

    i want samyunktahasta bheda do u hav ny audio or vedio of this?

  • 589 dindayal Dec 16, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I think you initiative to show the basic steps for new learners in Bharatha natyam is commendable. i think you are a marvel and I will recommend your website to anyone interested in this dance.

  • 590 diksha Dec 18, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Hi Anjali,
    i really liked your webpage, dance is my passion and classical dance is been my dream from childhood. I did bharatnatyam in school for two years but after that i could not get oppurtunity to learn. Its so great to learn here the basics. They are really very helpful. Now i have started learning the basics. Thank u so much.

  • 591 Namitha Dec 19, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    since school days had interest in dance.but i could not able to do anything. Now I am in 35 yr. ican able to start now. or age is the limitation to study this dance forms. now my daughter has full of spirit and entusiasm in this Bharatnatyam and she is learning too

  • 592 Deepthi Jan 1, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Hi Anjali…
    Nice to see you share your knowledege on Bharathnatyam.
    i appreciate it.

    I had learnt this dance form for 7 years from a kalamandalam trained teacher in kerala and wanted to follow my career in it, but drifted away and its been almost 13 years since i performed this dance. I live in pune (pashan) and have been in search of a good acclaimed bharathnatyam trainer around pashan , with whom i would get opportunities of stage performances. If you can share any of your contacts in this area, i would highly be grateful to you.
    Wishing you all the best in the coming year.

  • 593 Anjali Jan 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    @Deepthi, Thanks and good wishes to your family too. I am aware of dancers like Sucheta chaphekar, Shashikala Ravi, and Parimal phadke who are well known dancers. You can approach them.

  • 594 Alexia Jan 2, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I love the way you teach bharatnatyam(:
    I have been watching your videos on youtube for a long time now, and I thought it would be great if you could post up a video on gale bujhanga? I’m not sure how to spell it, but here is a video of shobana dancing to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tlykh19lTOo
    I don’t want an instructional video, but just a clear version of you doing this dance. Thankyou!

  • 595 Arthi Ravishankar Jan 3, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Dear Anjali,

    Excellent web site and I have no words to appreciate the effort you have put into explaining the significance of each aspect of Bharata Natyam in detail. Your website is so rich in information that it’s not only useful for new learners, but also for teachers.

    To briefly introduce myself, I have learnt Bharata Natyam for abt 15 years from guru Savithri Jagannatha Rao, Chennai based on Kalakshetra style and currently teaching Bharata Natyam in United Kingdon. My dance school ‘Kalalaya Bharata Natyam School’ is located in a place called Ashford(Surrey) in United Kingdom. I notice that many people check with you for dance teachers, please can you refer me to people in the United Kingdom?


  • 596 Bindhu Jan 10, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Hi Anjali,

    Do you recommend any CD’s for beginners. what’s the rate of cd. How can I get from u the cd’s. pls send me the details. i am eagerly waiting for ur reply

    With Regards,

  • 597 Bhavani bhagyasree Jan 15, 2011 at 9:52 am

    dear anjali maam,
    i have learnt till alarippu.
    thanks for your beautiful explanation.
    what should i do next?
    please do reply to my email

  • 598 Divya Jan 18, 2011 at 2:51 am

    Hi Anjali,
    This is a wonderful blog started by you. I really appreciate the thought behind this initiative.
    I am 40 yrs old and have always loved bharatnatyam though I never had the opportunity to learn. Can you suggest a guru/teacher who can guide me (face to face). I stay at Andheri, Mumbai.

    Thanks and All the very best.

  • 599 Priyatisha Jan 18, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I want to thankyou for how much you have helped me whilst learning Bharatanatym. In the coming April, I will be taking my Grade 3 exam, and I will have to perform the Kuraippu (set to Rupaka talam) . Is there any chance that you could do a video on it? It would help me out alot and Im sure that other may benefit from it too!
    Please could you get back to me!<3

  • 600 Laura Gallucci Jan 19, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I am very happy to find people who love to teach this beautiful dance. I’m from Argentina and I teach there. Your site is always very good reference material! Thank you very much for sharing this site!!!


  • 601 Laura Gallucci Jan 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    very nice to know you and your beautifull site!!! I´m Laura from Argentina and I Teach Bharatanatyam here and the information on your site is always very good reference material!! Thanks!!!

  • 602 vijay Jan 23, 2011 at 8:16 am

    i am a boy of age 16,keen to learn bharathanatyam .i asked my mom for to join classes.but she said nobody from our family learn so u also should not learn,she also said this should be learnt buy girls only and not u.but the problem is she likes bharathanatyam and once when she asked my sister she told ,she wasnt interested.i really do know why she dont want me to learn .i asked her 3 times.even my relatives tease and say are u a girl to learn bharathanatyam .so i need your help on how to convince her as i want to learn it

  • 603 vijay Jan 23, 2011 at 8:24 am

    could u help me .how to convince my mom to learn

  • 604 vijay Jan 23, 2011 at 9:27 am

    sorry to ask
    but could u tell also a solution to this problem

  • 605 Vasumathi Balamurugan Jan 30, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Hi Anjali,
    Your web site is a very useful and informative.I appreciate your work and keep going.Wish you good luck.

  • 606 Diana Feb 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Ms. Nandan,
    Its so kind of you to bring up such an innovative idea of spreading interest for classical dance styles.
    I too have been a student of Late Mrs. Madhuri kelkar and I studied dance under her for nearly 10 years. However, now i have lost my touch into dancing but i always wish to complete my Arangetram, as this was one of my Madam’s wish. Hope I could complete, However, this effort is truly adorable and encouraging. Kelkar madam will surely be happy in heaven .

  • 607 Anjali Feb 8, 2011 at 11:50 am

    @Diana, glad to meet one more student of Madhuri teacher. I wish you good luck with your Arangetram. Thanks for your kind words.

  • 608 Aneela Feb 13, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Hi,Anjali .. I looked at some of your video’s on you tube and found them very nice . I’m 25 years old and started learning bharatnatyam now. It was my childhood dream to learn . On a daily basis how long do you think I should practice and how long will it take for me to get to a certain level. Do you think age matters?

  • 609 sheethal Feb 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Hello Anjali,

    This is a wonderful website on Bharatnatyam, esp for people who live overseas to continue and rediscover our culture. By your teaching methods that I have found to be clear and explanatory, I am able to practice the basics giving more meaning to the dance which I had learnt long time ago when I was a child.
    Keep continuing and hope to see more updates.

  • 610 Soumya. B Feb 16, 2011 at 4:33 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I was reading through blogs, and came across this one, which actually gave me a ray of hope to start and pursue my long time dancing passion. The Hastas demonstrated are really fabulous. Just wanted your suggestion on whether i could learn dance through these online sessions, along with my job and family..I have always loved dance, but couldn’t go ahead with it for various reasons, now is it possible to reach my dreams… Your suggestion would be of great help

  • 611 Miluja Feb 22, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Hi Anjali,
    I have already registered one to one classes with you I am just wandering what you mean by certification? Will you be giving us certificates?

  • 612 akshithi Feb 28, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Hi Anjali,
    It’s really a wonderful and informative site and you are a very graceful performer.I started to study dance when I was three and half yrs old.I did not get the opportunity to study it continuously as I was brought up abroad .During my vacation when I visit Kerala,I used to meet my dance teacher and study an item for the stage performance.Now I am 30 yrs and wish to study an item for a small performance.Can you please assist me in this.

  • 613 MIGUEL JACOB NETO Mar 4, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Anjali, gostei muito das informações. Trabalho com teatro no Brasil e gosto de estudar gestos. Obrigado pelas informações. Desejo continuar me comunicando com você. Se for possível, me mande uma resposta. Beijos..

  • 614 shweta Mar 6, 2011 at 2:59 am

    hi aanjali
    i was and am still inclined towards dance but presently doing a job and also my masters.so dont really get the time.it would be nice if u would like to explain me some more about the classical daance form bharatnatyam
    i really liked the iidea that some online courses in classical dance.basically i know performing it ppratically would be difficult but then theory u could guide mebetter just for my knowledge.

  • 615 PM Balaji Mar 10, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Salutions to you lady on this100th International Women’s day.
    Lucky guy our Nandan.
    Keep smiling, sharing & writing……………..PMB

  • 616 Sowmya S Mar 26, 2011 at 1:00 am

    I love your dance and the way you teach bharathanatyam.. !!! Keep rocking and dancing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 617 Dr.Geetanjali S. Bothe Mar 26, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Liked your web page.The dance step demonstrations are really good.Otherwise it is difficult to understand only by reading.

    Dr. Geeta

  • 618 Ashwathy Mar 28, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Hi Ma’am

    I am very passionate about dance and had to give it up due to medical school. I had forgotten the order of adavus, and even when I would think I should practice once in a while Id be at a loss
    Its wonderful to practice along with your videos, I feel like Im back in my dance class:-)

    Could you post the hasta bhedas, the slokas tht start naatyarambhe vaarivaahe…I remember on pataka hasta bheda..would be lovely to brush on those too:-)

    Thnks again..you hv no idea how much ur videos mean to me:-)

  • 619 Anjali Mar 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    @Ashwathy, Glad you are able to practice. Thanks for the suggestions, will work on them soon.

  • 620 G.MADHU KARTHEESH Apr 1, 2011 at 11:08 am

    hai,im basically working out on all traditional activities of Tamilnadu and how they are interrelated with human body.Bharathanatyam and our body functions and its metabolism are much related.can u please guide me with some information regading this.

  • 621 Taramati Natekar Apr 6, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Dear Mrs. Anjali hello , its a great thing that you have been learnig bhartnatyam .. I am a hardcore fan of bhartnatyam but only the thing is I have not learnt it ,… knowing the fact have one qurrey cum request , recently I have come across the ad of Karina Kapoor on TV , of airtel .. start .. stop .. in the begining of the ad their is some lyrics .. pankaj shankar please let me know the voice or form where the song has been picked up .. I want to know who has sung this song .. please let me kow .. thanks & best regards .. taramati natekar

  • 622 Darshana Apr 6, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Great Work!!!
    I have also finished my Bharatnatyam Dance back in India several years back. It’s been a while since I danced; I’ve been following your website lately and trying to recall everything; do you have by any chance “Varnam” video clips please? I couldn’t find one. It would be great if you can send me the link when you have it or otherwise, thanks very much.


  • 623 aditi singh Apr 8, 2011 at 11:41 am

    greetings to u maam…i stay in noida..had learnt bharatnatyam in lko az a school kid…..wanted to resume my training again…..can you please suggest any school from where i could learn bharatnatyam…..will eagerly wait for any response..:)

  • 624 N.D.L Apr 9, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Hi Anjali,
    I am a 28 year-old Tamil speaking Singaporean and very much into learning Bharatanatyam. I was forced into Bharatanatyam class in my childhood days while I was more interested to attend some Martial Arts classes (I was pretty much a tomboy growing up)…. I dropped out after few months and forgot about it (I didn’t get to learn Martial Arts as well).

    Just few years ago, my teenage niece (distant relation actually) did a Arangetram in both India and Singapore and we were all very proud of her. It didn’t even occur to me then…. but about 3 years later, I happen to watch a Bharatanatyam video of young Harinie Jeevitha on youtube… Thats when it hit me…about how much of our tradition (especially Tamil tradition) I have missed out on. It felt like a deep hole in my chest. But I thought I was already too old to start learning Bharatanatyam….

    To learn Natyam at 28? I would be laughed at by everyone….right?

    Recently, I shared my feelings to a very close friend of mine (who has some Bharatanatyam Background in her late teens as well as childhood days)…. And she felt the same as me….

    We then decided to find a Guru or join a school to learn this art and now we just started our first steps…. This time around I’m definitely gonna go all the way!!
    I was comforted by the fact that the famous Kalashetra co-founder Rukmini Devi Arundale herself just picked up Bharatanatyam around the age of 29-30ish and she gave her first public performance just about 2 years after learning it…. and she reformed the ancient Devadasi style of dance called Sadhir to current day Bharatanatyam….

    I’m not saying I’m gonna learn it in few short years… but its encouraging to know that such great legend started at around that late age considering the majority of current day beginners of Bharatanatyam.

    Finally, your blog site is awesome! Since my friend have lot more experience in this dance form then me…. I was feeling guilty to slow down the entire sessions… Now with the help of your blog, I’m beginning to show much improvement and picking things up much faster rate. Thanx a lot and do kindly continue to share your knowledge about this great ancient Art.

    P.S: Post more videos! (especially on all the Adavus)

  • 625 Anjali Apr 9, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    @NDL, I have students learning in their 40’s, you are much younger . Please continue learning. I shall keep updating often. Thanks

    @Aditi, please visit http://www.narthaki.com/bhnatyam/bhdivi.htm and find a institute around your place.

  • 626 Sowmya Apr 10, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I just happened to stumble upon this website and found it very interesting.
    Could you please upload videos or atleast audios of the Hasta Viniyoga slokas?

  • 627 viveka Apr 11, 2011 at 6:17 am

    i too love bharathanatiyum i am learning it from the age of 7 till now………indian classical dance is awesome

  • 628 reshma S gaonkar Apr 11, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    i saw your videos on youtube they are really nice

  • 629 NDL Apr 12, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Hi Anjali,
    May I know which Bharatanatyam school you are based from?

    After reading about Bharatanatyam, I found out there are various different schools… namely, Pandanallur, Vazhuvoor, Kalakshetra and Thanjavoor…. Besides these is there any other forms of dance schools around still?
    Whats the main difference from each of these schools…?

    I know Vazhuvoor is less angular as compared with Kalakshetra or Pandanallur… and their Adavu steps are different, somewhat…..and some school still have the Sringara Rasa in their dance form…

    If possible, do try to list and describe the various forms and the main differences of the all known existing Bharatanatya schools… I feel that its quite vital in order to bring about more awareness of this ancient classical dance.

    The Shocking part is, almost all of the Bharatanatyam dancers I’ve across so far in person lack the knowledge about these different schools of thought…. I heard there are various stages in Bharatanatyam as a educational level… from Merit cert holders to those doing a Diploma, Degree and even a PHD… Does the folks who pusue all these get to study about all these various schools? Is there actually a written paper for Bharatanatyam?

    I feel its important for a person to know what they are doing, (learning) besides just practicing and memorizing dance steps…

    But still… you have pointed out and explained various steps and what they mean… Good job on that, and thank you for encouraging words… people just beginning to learn it in their 40s is boosting enough for a late beginner like me.

  • 630 Cauvery Apr 12, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Hi Anjali,
    I just came across your site while looking for Bharatanatyam classes in London. Not sure if there are any, so thinking of going to India for a year to do a course. I learnt dance as a kid and after a long gap in College, but the teacher never let me go furhter than the Adavus. So I quit. Now I am 31 and wish to learn so that I can also take classes in London. Do you this this is possible at this age? Also is your dance Mysore style? Your site is very very useful. Thank you for the lovely site.

  • 631 Anjali Apr 12, 2011 at 10:17 am

    @Cauvery, I follow the pandanallur style. Yes you could learn if you serious and committed. Glad you like the site. Thanks

  • 632 Anjali Apr 12, 2011 at 10:34 am

    @NDL, I follow Pandanallur style. Infact I really don’t care about the style one learns. Because it hardly matter’s when you get to the advanced levels. What matter’s is your Angashuddi and how precisely you can convey the message to the audience. I have read Dhananjayan sir’s article where he say’s that there are only two types of dances: good dance and a bad dance. Now as I am by myself and learning and working , I pick up everything that I like, irrespective of the styles. It would be wise to stay away from analyzing the styles and spend more time in learning from whatever source you are exposed to.

  • 633 Anupriya Gupta Apr 14, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Hi Anjali!

    This is a wonderful site you have maintained. I have started learning Bharatnatyam recently (at the age of 27 – I always wanted to do that – am finally doing it now!). And I refer to your site frequently for tips and to just learn more about the dance form.

    I must say you have put in a great effort here! Its really remarkable! Thanks a lot for this wonderful site!


  • 634 Roopa Pandarinath Apr 21, 2011 at 11:36 am

    This is absolutely wonderful. Thanks for your contribution. There are lot of us who can benefit from this. As much as I am happy that this art form is flourishing in the United States, I also feel sad to see people with minimum skills completing arangetram and contributing to the downfall of this wonderful art. I am going to make my daughter visit this site regularly…I will too. Keep up the good work! Thank you again.

  • 635 Reena NC Apr 22, 2011 at 2:20 am

    hi mam, thank for this site mam.. i love barathanatyam soo much but, i don’t know barathanatyam… but much interested in classical dance… thank you mam ….

  • 636 MAYA T. NATHANI Apr 28, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Dear Anjali

    I’am 33 yrs old.now I started leanrning Bharatnataym.Since childhood very interested but could not get oppurtunity to learn.Now I got good guru.

    My request is that please you send the VCD or DVD of your basic adavus steps.


  • 637 Rhea Patel Apr 28, 2011 at 2:47 am

    this is not as good as my teachers website!!!! hahah and yes i do learn bharatanatyam i am on grade 2!!!!

  • 638 priti tripathi Apr 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    can I learn for free? I am 40+

  • 639 Anjali Apr 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    @Priti, you can always see the videos which are available for free. But to have someone correct you with steps, then you have to join the course which involves fee.

  • 640 Vidhya Sivakumar Apr 30, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Hi Ms. Anjali,

    Nice to see a site which can help more and more people get into this divine art.. I’ve a die hard passion for baratnatyam, but my story is too long.. Actually i learnt baratanatyam from the age of 7 or so. My father was in a transferrable job and so we had to pack up every two years.. though the style of the dance doesn matter, everywhere i went, i was told tat they style they follow was different and i was advised to start from thattadavu, even when i had completed it.. so the story goes, i’d always reach pushpanjali or alarippu and again, in the next place i’d start thattadavu.. At last by God’s grace, i came to chennai and got a great great opportunity to learn from Mrs. Meenakshi Chittaranjan. I learnt for three years with her, and was deciding to get with her in a Gurukulam Style so tat i can take my steps towards the prepartion of a typical proffessional dancer, BUT VERY VERY UNFORTUNATELY again the story of my father’s transfer and stuff started and i had to discontinue due to family situations.. after tat marriage, kid and all those stuff which led to a situation tat i’m not even able to practise.

    Now i’m 27 and i’ve a 2 yr old kid ( i had a C section).. i felt it was God’s gift tat i’ve a daughter and of course i wanted one so tat at least i can fulfil my dream thro her (and this dream story is continuing only as a dream since three generations and the dream was started by my Mom who is no more).. so was just thinking to start once again my Most Loved Passion..

    so i just wanted to know will the C section i’ve undergone would b a barrier and i’m planning for my next baby after a year or so, so ‘ll tat also be a barrier??

    and from Mrs. Meenakshi Chittaranjan Mam, i”ve learnt till jathiswaram and if i practise and send u the videos, can u correct me if i’m wrong somewhere?? if so how to send u??

    SORRY FOR WASTING YOUR TIME BY A LONG LONG RESPONSE.. BUT PLEASE DO FIND TIME TO REPLY.. let me be a squrriel helping Rama who is taking this divine art to homes worldwide.. hats off to your job

  • 641 Anjali May 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    @Vidhya, Glad that you have been benefited. God bless! Yes you can send me your videos or upload on youtube, shall keep adding comments that might help you. C-section should not be barrier in pursuing your passion. There are many dancers pursuing their carrier inspite of surgery and injuries.

  • 642 sonam May 2, 2011 at 3:11 am

    hey anjali this is a great effort on your part
    i just wanted to know how can i get jatis online not jaatis
    the jatis used in varnam, jatisvaram etc.

  • 643 Anjali May 3, 2011 at 10:28 am

    @Sonam, jatis for Bharatanatyam Cd by Mr Anirudha might help. check this link http://www.raaga.com/channels/carnatic/moviedetail.asp?mid=cl00787

    @Adriana, A series of CD’s and books on karnas by Dr Padma subramaniyam is available on many online website. That will help help.

  • 644 Sosha May 13, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Great great website to share your excellent efforts at promoting the dance form you are passionate about! My best wishes are with you, Anjali!

  • 645 Saranya Nair May 14, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Hi Anjali, I have learnt Barathnatyam in my childhood but was not able to continue furthur. Now again i have started learning from this site . It is very useful for me . The demonstrations given are very clear. Thank you so much Anjali. I wish to do Arengetram now, can you help me how to proceed, i dont have a guru to lead me now. Can you help me to proceed Anjali.

  • 646 Markandeya Mahesha May 28, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I am very happy to have found your instruction videos. I wasnt sure , at first, if it would be appropriate to imitate classical Indian dance, but after finding your welcoming and very helpful videos, i decided to honor this art form by learning it and proudly performing it in my dance artist community. I just adore not only the movements but also the meaning behind them. What a thrill it is to experience this beautiful culture in this particular way. However, i do have a question. Im trying to find the complete music to all the dances you use in your demonstrations. I see a bunch online and on different websites but im not sure if they are the ones you use or if they are anywhere close. I would like to know where to look or how to order the dance music that best corresponds with your training videos. (Natesha Kautukam, Allarippu, and Pushpanjali)
    Another question i have is, how can i get a performance dhoti or learn how to tie the normal one i already have to fit this dancing?
    Once more, I thank you sincerely for your wonderful work and accurate teachings!
    -Markandeya M.

  • 647 Anjali May 29, 2011 at 8:30 am

    @Markandeya, Appreciate your positive feedback. I like Kalakendra . com for my audios. They have the neatesha kautukam audio. Apart from that I have the pushpanjali audio link in the post. Regarding the dhoti, I hope I can find something for you.

  • 648 Ramchurun Margaret Jun 6, 2011 at 7:30 am

    PLease help me. I urgently need an item song for an opening ceremony. Can u provide me. thanks

  • 649 S.Sathya Jun 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Mam, Thanks to have a dedicated personality like you. I think that i’ll be in contact with you.

  • 650 Andrea Lam Jun 9, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Hi Anjali,

    Thankyou for providing such an amazing resource and being of such a generous spirit with the knowledge you possess.

    I just wanted to write a note to thankyou… As I know a lot of effort went into this website… And not many people would be so generous.

  • 651 ram Jun 14, 2011 at 4:59 am

    i love it

  • 652 MADHURI Jun 25, 2011 at 12:31 am

    HEY, anjali mam….can u plz send me some of the basic videos of bharatnatyam, like jathiswaram, allaripu, etc. i am unable to downlod it……pleaseeeeesss…….my email id is
    pls help me with the videos

  • 653 Uma Jun 28, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Hi Anjali,
    Dance has been my life and I had to stop for couple of years due to unforeseen reason. I thought I lost touch of dance but as I watched your blog, it helped me to refresh my memory of what I had learnt since I was 6. Dance will never die…It lives forever. Thank you for doing this for all the dance lovers.

  • 654 Shruti Jun 30, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Thank you for providing this information.
    I am a Btech student and am working on a project related to Bharatnatyam dance.
    I am interested in knowing how the single hand gestures meanings change with change in hand positions.
    like padmakosha when near mouth could mean eating, elsewhere can have other meaning.
    Could you please help me with this?

  • 655 vidya Jun 30, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    hello Anjali,

    my daughter is 4 years old. Can she start dance classes at this age?

  • 656 binesh Mahavdevan Jun 30, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    This a very useful site for working people who dont have time for regular classes becoz of commintments and family pressures. they can revise recollect and learn thorugh this site in traditional methods. bless u for such a wondeful and novel effort. pls do undate more on Charis, Sthanaka, Mandala, ura Bheda and bhru bhedas thank you

  • 657 Sindhu Nair Jul 5, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I am 30 and just started learnign Bharatanatyam from an academy in Mumbai. Since childhood I had an inclination over the same but didn’t get a chance to learn this passion of mine. I have finished just one session and covered Tattadavu in 5 variation. Can you suggest some warm ups before practising Bharatanatyam as my legs weren’t supporting me to sit in the Aramandi posture to continue with the dance. Also was keen in knowing in how much time can one perfom the Arangetam.

  • 658 Shubhen Pal Jul 6, 2011 at 12:33 am

    this is our project website i have given a link to your website hope u wont mind

  • 659 Anjali Jul 6, 2011 at 8:05 am

    sure shubhen. Good luck.

  • 660 Anjali Jul 6, 2011 at 8:11 am

    @sindhu, if you start now you should be able to complete one margam with adequate practice in 4yrs time. Do basic relaxing exercises followed by Tatta adavus and kuditta metta. They are great work out for the legs. Always begin dancing only after a simple warm up sessions, working your joints adequately. Else you might sprain or injure.

  • 661 Mythravarune Jul 12, 2011 at 7:05 am

    hai Anjali,
    am learning bharatnatyam for the past 7 years, i finished ma arangetram on 20th jan 2008. i still feel tat i shud learn a lot in bharatanatyam. the style in wch i learnt was vazhuvoor stye. and nw since am in class 12 i hav been paused ma classes. ma guru is busy with ma juniors and she is nt taking a good care for us. i want to learn a lot in dance.i have no one to guide me in dance. im sure you can show me the right path.

  • 662 Michael Schertel Jul 13, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Namskar !

    Hi there Anjali and all the fans of BN.
    I just want to tell, that I am a guy from germany and I learned BN for many years.
    For me this exotic dance was sometimes a bit strange to me, but it`s true, one of the best exercises one could do for head and body.
    All the best.

  • 663 karthy Jul 14, 2011 at 11:49 am

    kalavardhini’s dance cd for porpadam thookye composer madurai r muradaran PLEASE LET ME KNOW RHE LYRICS AND THE CD WHERE CAN I BUY. tHAKS

  • 664 sivaramakrishnan Jul 15, 2011 at 4:11 am

    this is just a query. i am 24. i would like to dance baratha natiyam for a classical song. is it possible to learn and dance to a particular song perfectly.?

  • 665 Vishwa Protim Banerjee Jul 15, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Namaskar, maam…….Guru Brahma, gururavishnu, gururadevo Maheshwara…guru sakshat parambrahma..tasmaaye Shri guruve namah……..Heartly greetings on the occasion of GuruPoornima!

  • 666 A gangopadhyay Jul 18, 2011 at 1:05 am

    The way you have posted resources under this blog is impressive.I am sure it would benefit and let the learners save some time too by cutting down learning time in keeping manual notes. This notwithstanding the usual benefits of having everything written down by ones own hand.

    thanks a lot.a request- can the adavus be put on the bolg with dance notations?

  • 667 sugeerthana Jul 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    i was wondering. can you post videos of you doing the pathaka hasta viniyoga, thripathako viniyoga and so on. it will be helpful.


  • 668 Mihiri Anuradha Palliyaguru. Jul 22, 2011 at 3:21 am

    i really like your website.
    it gives a great help for my thesis.i always refer it.
    go on.give something more.

  • 669 Prajna Jul 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks for the educational website, Anjali! I enjoy learning the dance from you.


  • 670 varalakshmi Jul 31, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Hello Anjali.i have bharathanatiyam background for nearly 7 years.i have started learning from the age of 3.now i have a long break.After seeing your website and some videos im so excited to learn it again.can you plz send your videos right from the beginning jathis.since i cant get all your basic videos with continuity.it will be more helpful for me to refresh again.expecting your reply.thanks.

  • 671 nirruja Aug 2, 2011 at 10:05 am

    bhartanatyam is a good exersize
    today i went to bhartanatyam dance class

  • 672 Aparna Aug 2, 2011 at 11:12 am

    hi Anjali,
    I read your ,About me’.You are student of Ms Madhuri Kelkar.Did you learn in Kalyan?As I know she was staying nearby my house in Kalyan.I was a student of Mani sir and later Rajashri Sonavne.Because I heard Madhuri Kelkar’s name so many times in my childhood when I was learning.I am a nrittya-visharad from akhil bharatiya gandarva mahaviddyalaya,Miraj.
    Anyaways,Its really nice to see your efforts.Its wonderful.all the best.Warm regards…aparna

  • 673 Anjali Aug 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    @Aparna, Thank you. Happy to know that you have been in my teachers neighborhood. I grew up in Thane and she used to travel down.

  • 674 Pooja Aug 2, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    thanks a lot for all the info provived. It has helped me a lot in my course. It has always been my dream to become a professional in this field. hence i’m working hard to fulfill it. Your website has given me the required info and has also encouraged me.. i once again thank you. you r doing a great job. keep it going.
    with regards,

  • 675 Radhika Aug 4, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I want nattadvu in video.please help me.

  • 676 vijay Aug 5, 2011 at 7:25 am


    i saw ur videos,i really want to learn this dance form.but the problem is my parents say that u are a boy of 15years and u cant learn it,even my relatives say that you are not a girl to learn.I need your advice to convince my mom and dad.

    your sincerely

  • 677 ankita Aug 10, 2011 at 3:13 am

    i luv thz form…..

  • 678 Lata Dilip Ravji Aug 11, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Hi Anjali
    I like your dance lessons video, it really helps me to learn Bharatnatyam dance. I always want it to learn Bharatnatyam, when I was young, but that wasn’t possible that time, because being in a big family etc. But is it possible that can you provide me your dance lesson DVD, it will be appreciated, Please e-mail it to me, and let me know how can I purchase it. Thanks Lata Ravji.

  • 679 kalamandalam meera nambiar Aug 14, 2011 at 8:54 am

    enjoyed your effort. very useful for students of the art form.
    best wishes.
    i am in the classical dance field for the last 32 years. (teaching, choreography, stage show etc.) now in doha/qatar. (meera nambiar in facebook)
    best wishes.

  • 680 Anjali Aug 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    @Meera, Thank you. Glad to hear words of appreciation from experienced dancers in the field.

  • 681 Calvin W. Hodgdon Aug 25, 2011 at 1:36 am

    From Calvin in Cairo:
    I have tried to register but keep getting a notice
    that I have exceeded the number of log ins and
    that the info is invalid (user name and password)
    What’s this????
    You confirmed that my user name is Calvin
    And my password is ARABESQUE.
    What can I do???
    Calvin W. Hodgdon
    El Marg, Cairo

  • 682 sithara Aug 26, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Hi Anjali,
    Thanks, really information you gave is very helpful.
    I’am 30 yrs old.now started leanrning Bharatnataym.Since childhood very interested but could not get oppurtunity to learn.Now I got good guru.

    I liked the basic info you provided. My daughter has just started learning this dance.
    Thanks, sithara

  • 683 sowjanya Aug 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    your blog is very helpfull. can you tell me where i can get videos of pushpanjali,alllarippu,jadeeswaram,padam and thillana.

  • 684 NIRAJ MITTAL Aug 31, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Anjali ji you are doing a great job. You are the true devotee of our ancient cultural values….So many thanks to your parents…May Krishna bless you for their wisdom…

    please visit my page…


  • 685 Krishnamurthy S R Sep 5, 2011 at 4:29 am

    It is very useful for my daughter and an excellent opportunity for her doing perfectly in her coming years. It is excellent thing you are doing and all our best aashirvadams to you. regards-srk(shortly)

  • 686 Lalitha Sep 13, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Hi Anjali!
    Really your online classes are excellent and its really helping me at right time. I’m a mother of 2 kids. I love to learn Bharatanayam from my childhood days but I couldn’t get an opportunity after marriage I came to US. Now really happy after seeing your website. Please guideme how to start step by step . Thank you so much for your workout…cheers.

  • 687 nagamani Sep 15, 2011 at 12:52 am

    hi. i want to learn bharatanatyam online. please tell me the sequence that i should follow to learn bharatanatyam

  • 688 Ashlie Jade Sep 15, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I am a choreographer for our Fall dance concert and our theme was weddings. I knew no one would want to represent Hindu culture and so I took it upon myself, loving the rich styles of Bharatanatyam and the Hindu wedding rituals!
    I have since been told, as my heritage is of mostly Western European and Native American decent that I would be “Appropriating” Indian culture. So I decided to do a modern dance style with some BharataNatyam influence. Still got yelled at for it. In my mind the word ‘appropriating’ is stealing and disrespectful, but I have nothing but respect and love for Indian culture having been raised Buddhist. I know Hare Krishnas believe the Buddha was just an incarnation of Krishna. At my temple we were taught stories from the Vedas and the Bhagavad Gita. I just wanted to know, I suppose, what your thoughts and feelings are about non Indian persons dancing BharataNatyam, Kathak, Odissi, or any other traditional indian dances and also your take on using the mudras and some of the steps and using it in another dance art form is? I would love to show you the piece when it is finished and I would like to ask you if you feel it is offensive. I am sorry but this has really bothered me and my teacher and I have butted heads so to speak about it. I in no way mean disrespect but I would like your honest opinion!
    I also want to thank you for the efforts you have put in to making this available to people. I had been using the AlaPadma without realizing it’s actual meaning, so I looked it up and it absolutely means what I was using it for, which excited me and so I have been exploring your website ever since last night! I appreciate your time and efforts and thank you again from the bottom of my heart for this wonderful resource! Namasta!

  • 689 Anjali Sep 16, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Dear Ashlie, When ever I see a non-Indian performing Bharatanatyam, I feel inspired seeing the hard work they put forth and dedication they show towards learning it. They are ready to leave their countries come to India and learn. Amazing!!!
    As far as combining two or more style are concerned, it can be very tricky. Unless you are trained in both the styles, one may not be able to give justice to both. Hence it is hard to keep up the quality with half knowledge or no training at all. Example: if I am trained in Bharatanatyam and want to use Ballet techniques, I will not be able to give justice to ballet, because of lack of training in the subject. And it might look funny too. Watch the link below, they have beautifully blended styles together.

    Also I thank you for the words appreciation. That will keep me motivated.

  • 690 Ashlie Jade Sep 17, 2011 at 12:10 am

    WOW!!! Thank you Miss Anjali! That is exactly what I am talking about! I really was having a hard time visualizing it but they really did a fantastic job, I am incredibly impressed! You know, I’ve been looking for a few weeks now on youtube for something like and have found nothing even close! Amazing! As far as misrepresenting the dance form, I completely understand, I am in no way ready to tackle any Bharata Natyam, but feel comfortable in the few mudras I will be using, being fully aware of their meanings and general uses. You are much the reason for that! Thank you so much!

  • 691 A. Amarnath Sep 17, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Pranams! I would like to have the Sanskrit slokas of the 24 Mudras in Hastha Lakshana Deepika. This is for a book we are preparing for traditional Indian Shilpakala. Can you help.

  • 692 SEJAL MUKUND PATANI Sep 17, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Dear Ma’m,

    Thank you very very much for providing us such helpful blog with detailed explanations. Being a beginner till now I remembered everything by counts and in numbers. Your website is helping me to understand movements and also actual terminology to be used to communicate.

    Warm Regards,

  • 693 poorva Sep 17, 2011 at 9:55 am

    mam i m 21 year old ,doin b.tech .i stay in delhi.i have great passion for dance since childhood whether it is any kind.when i was 8 i started learning bharatnatyam but due to some reason couldn’t continue. now i want to learn classical dance can i start now?

  • 694 Anjali Sep 18, 2011 at 6:17 am

    @Poorva, Start it out with a local school nearby. Do not worry about your age.

  • 695 Sahana Sep 22, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks a lot for this website. I want to practice Pushpanjali, tract Mooshikavahana. How can i purchase/download the same? I learnt Bharathnatyam from the age of 5 to 17. It’s been 5 years I am not able to go to dance class. How can I learn more ?

    Waiting for your reply

  • 696 calvin Sep 24, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Hello from Cairo:
    Just THANKS for our videos. I am now up to visharu adavus and
    still going strong.
    I am wondering what school of dance you learned what we see
    on the videos. Does it resemble Klalecshetra at all?
    Well, back to practice
    I hope to visit Indai for the Bharata Kali Conference in Madras.
    My former guru was Adyar Lakshman.
    Best wishes.

  • 697 Nisho Sep 25, 2011 at 9:33 am

    could u give all grade tips like theory paper

  • 698 Anjali Sep 28, 2011 at 3:59 am

    @Sahana, Click on the link of the song and you will be directed on how to download. You start by practicing what was taught to you and slowly moving to choreographing some dance pieces. That will add to your learning.

  • 699 Subi Oct 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Anjali,I really appreciate your open mentality.You dance lessons are really helpful for everybody.GOD bless you more & more.Thanks.

  • 700 prabhakar Oct 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    its great to have such kind of persons like you. You will be an inspiration to the younger generations.

  • 701 Raghu Oct 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    Firstly, Let me thank you of this initiative of using modern technology in enabling another channel for enhancing the reach to those who love Bharatanatyam. I am no expert in this field but had a great appreciation of the richness this dance form brings to our culture. I am a male and in late 40s but do practice regularly Yoga. Recently I am feeling to leverage my yogic experience and see if it helps in getting myself started “atleast” in the basics of Bhatanatyam. Do you think if there is a chance for me to give it a try and experience this divine dance on my own rather than just observing others doing the dance. I also feel my regular yoga practice will enable me to keep a strong focus in learning this woderful danceform. Pls. advise

  • 702 Deepa suresh Oct 16, 2011 at 2:51 am

    We are in Saudi Arabia. My daughter is very much interested in dance. But we don’t have a Guru here, so we like to follow your dance steps videos. Is it correct Ma’m ?
    Thank you

  • 703 Lisval Oct 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Hi anjali I’ve been learning about añitos barathanatyam, and I know a lot to learn, I learned also the Pushpanjali, but I have music and teachers do not want to give the music, I’ve seen you put a wonderful Pushpanjali on your site, as it could get, do not ask for much but if you think you could share with me. The truth always need videos, music and everything to keep learning, and always watch your videos I love, Thanks for sharing all that, blessings

  • 704 Anjali Oct 17, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    @Raghu, It is never too late to learn. Just remember our body will not be as supple as a 20 yr old. Keeping that in mind will not let you down, when you see you are not able to jump around like the young dancers. It is a great exercise to keep you fit and relaxed.

  • 705 sree Oct 23, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Hi Anjali,Thanks a lot for this webpage.This is the best online bharatanatyam i ever seen..

  • 706 pallavi Nov 3, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Hello Anjali,
    My daughter is 2.8 yrs old.She is interested in dance.I want her to learn bharatnatyam. I am not sure what is the right age for the same?Can u please advise me?

  • 707 Anne Domnic Nov 3, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Your web page is very informative & thanks for the update. I am looking to buy some books on Bharathanatyam, can you please give some suggestions.
    Once again thanks and keep up the good work

  • 708 Thulasi Nov 7, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Dear Ms.Anjali,

    I am 28 years old and would like to learn bharatnatyam. How long does it take to complete this dancing course and to be able to perform arengatram? Is my age is to old to learn this dance? Need your kind advise in this matter. TQ :)

  • 709 Anjali Nov 8, 2011 at 6:59 am

    @Thulasi, you can start learning any time . Atleast 4 yrs considering your age to finish one margam. Good age to start learning would at 6 or 7 yrs.

  • 710 Anjali Nov 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    @Anne there are many books available on different topics. Can you elaborate on what you are looking for. Thank you

  • 711 Anjali Nov 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    @pallavi, 5 or 6 would be a right age to start.

  • 712 Tejaswini Dalvi Nov 16, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Hello, ur website is surely impressive and reveals massive efforts. I highly appreciate.
    I am extremely thrilled to read ur guru latebSmt Madhuri Kelkars’ name. If its her from Kalyan, India, then even I am her student.
    It was after a long time that I read her name and was extremely moved. I owe a Nirtya alankar degree to her. Hope to read from you.
    regards and best wishes

  • 713 Anjali Nov 16, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    @Tejaswini, Thank you. And yes she is from Kalyan. Glad to meet yet another Madhuri Tayee’s student. Will be touch.

  • 714 pallabi Nov 18, 2011 at 12:38 am

    hi Anjali mam, i have been learning bharatnatyam since 12 years but it is kalamandalam style, i want to learn one good item from you in your style as i have liked your style very much, please provide a good item with audio, or if any such thing is already there please provide the information.

  • 715 Prachi Pendharkar Nov 19, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Namaskar mam.
    I am Prachi from Pune, i liked your attemp for our beautiful dance!its really great that you have created a website for all bharatnatyam devotees like me,i am giving my 3rd exam this december,that is Praveshika Purna,
    It was great seeing you.
    Thank you

  • 716 maya vishnu Nov 23, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    hai, am maya ,dance is my passion, i learn dance since childhood, now am got married and staying in maharashtra with my my hus,so i cant attend dance classes .so this is very helpful to me ,now i started practicing, thank you so much.

  • 717 Rajalakshmi Nov 26, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Hi Anjali,
    This site is very useful.thanks for providing such informative sites.i am 17 years old and I have started learning dance only now.
    will i be able to do my arangetram

  • 718 maya vishnu Nov 27, 2011 at 8:49 am

    am maya this site is very helpful to me ,dance is my passion ,i learn dance since childhood, now igot married so cant continue my studies, after see this i started practicing, thank u very much

  • 719 Anjali Nov 28, 2011 at 9:28 am

    @Rajalakshmi, You will be able to, but for now your focus should only be on learning.

  • 720 mandira chakraborty Nov 30, 2011 at 10:51 am

    i am happyto see your work . it is very importentfor student

  • 721 Madhavi dabir Dec 7, 2011 at 3:45 am

    hi anjali,
    I have learnt bharatanatyam till madhyama poorna before marriage, i want to continue learning, i want to perform arangetaram also. please suggest some gurus in pune. how is mrs. Geetha Sharma mam. also tell me how much it will cost for arangetaram in pune if we perform in group. and let me know when can i have my own dance class. is alankar necessary to grow in this feild?

  • 722 Madhavi dabir Dec 7, 2011 at 4:30 am

    Also suggest me some gurus from nalanda in pune. as my earlier guru was from nalanda.

  • 723 Anjali Dec 7, 2011 at 4:45 am

    @Madhavi, I am not aware to nalanda teachers in Pune. Those I have heard of are Sucheta Chaphekar, Parimal Phadke and Shashikala Ravi. You can spend any where from 30000 onwards depending upon the venue etc.

  • 724 Madhavi dabir Dec 7, 2011 at 4:57 am

    thanks for the information anjali mam.

  • 725 Deena Dec 7, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Can you break down what traditional training was like? How many hours? What practices? Ect.

  • 726 Anjali Dec 7, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    @Deena, If you are talking about the gurukulam style, where the student would actually live with the guru and spend most of their time understanding the subject. The student would also participate in daily chorus at the Guru’s house such as cleaning and cooking for the family. The student would perform them with an attitude of seva bhava. Student is almost like a family member. It is almost a full time learning. Not only Natyam, but the nuances of Rhythm and music were also taught.

  • 727 Freda Dec 8, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Hi Anjalimam,

    I am thankful to your wesite and your videos. I am 35 year old from Bangalore and have started taking bharatanatyam lessons last month along with my 5 year old. Your website is very informative and is a guide for both of us.

    Because of my age factor I am not sure if I can be a good dancer, but i am interested in this and try to pratcice at home with the help of your videos. Does one need to practice daily? how many hours?

    Once again thank you for your effort. Its of great help to me and my daughter.

  • 728 elva Dec 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    hii anjali …i saw your allarippu learning….video….i am so interested…..in that …i want to get allaripu mp3 …plz provide allaripu audio in your web.

  • 729 Meenakshi Dec 11, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Respected Mam,
    I respect you a lot.It was my dream to learn Bharatnatyam since my childhood.I am from Nainital ,this dance form is not much popular in that area.Now i am in Pune.Last year i saw your website ,then i started practicing.Now i can do all adavu’s taught by you.I am thankful to you mam.Can you please suggest GURU in pune area.I want to continue my dream..

  • 730 Alexandra Dec 11, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Hi Anjali! I am from Greece and i really want to learn Bharatanatyam. Can you tell me how can i start right? I mean with wich video? Here in Greece its very difficult to learn a dance like Bharatanatyam because nowbody nows that! :(

  • 731 Anjali Dec 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    @Alexandra, start as per the order you see in the index page under videos

  • 732 Anjali Dec 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    @Meenakshi, You can check for Sucheta chaphekar, shashikala ravi , parimal phadke. They are known in pune.

  • 733 Anjali Dec 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Freda, Glad you have started to learn, Yes you might want to practice every day for atleast half an hour after some warm up exercises.

  • 734 Sonia Dec 13, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Thank you for this wonderful website Anjali. I have just started Bharatanatyam lessons. I find it very difficult stand in the Aradhamandal pose. My legs slope forward instead of to the sides. Will this change with practise , the other students who started with me don’t have a problem. Though they can’t hold the pose for long.

  • 735 Khushi Dec 25, 2011 at 6:37 am

    I am leaning Bharatanatyam and am going to appear for an exam very soon.Your website has been a great help!
    Thank You!

  • 736 Khushi Dec 25, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Thank you!
    I am learning Bharatanatyam and your website has been a great help!

  • 737 Jyotsana Desai Dec 27, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Dear Anjali,
    Nice to see you on web. I am very impressed for your effort.In present days nobody can try to give someone to others without any expectations. And your efforts is very appreciable to give without any cost.
    I want to like make your friendship.Such a people very impressed to me. Please it’s my humble request , be a my friend. I am waiting for your reply.
    I feel that god wants , we become a friend. I am a student of Bharat Natyam – 2 year.

    With Love,

  • 738 Ranjith Kumar Dec 29, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Hi Anjali

    I am father of 3 1/2 yrs. old baby girl. I can see my baby interest towards dance. Basically, we as a family not aware of all about dance.

    Can you kindly suggest me how to move forward on this,

    1. Do you want me to put my baby in Bharatanatyam classes.
    2. If so, I stay in Bangalore, kindly suggest me to get a good guru for my baby ?

    Ranjith Kumar S

  • 739 Siva Dec 30, 2011 at 3:10 am

    I have just started to practice. It is easy to me to follow your informations and the basic steps. Hope that I will learn quickly.Thank you mam.

  • 740 Vivek Vyas Dec 30, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Dear Anjali,

    I do not know abcd of dancing, recently came across your eye movement video which is exceptional and beautifully explained. I am sure this site will be a great source of information and learning for young dancers.
    I sincerely appreciate your contribution towards young dancers.

    Best Wishes,

  • 741 Anjali Dec 30, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    @Ranjith, I feel she is too young to start with a formal dance class. At home you guys can teach her some steps form the videos available and work with her. Make dance as play and fun. Also you can buy for her some Chelengai (bells), that might interest her more to move her legs and dance around. There are number of teachers around Bangalore. Check this link and hope fully you would find one in you locality.

  • 742 Pratap Vatambeti Dec 31, 2011 at 7:15 am

    My daughter is very much interested in Bharatanatyam and till recent past she went to dance school. At present place we dont have dance school, through online only we are able to provide training. Your video is helping us very lot. Thank :U:

  • 743 Thothathri Raman Jan 1, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Dear Anjali, the website is a great idea! I am not a dancer nor do I have any knowledge of the art-form, but I have a deep appreciation of what you people like you do! My feeling is that you should move to the next level in this sort of work so that real benefits would flow from your work. Here is something I am trying to attempt which may be useful to you! http://classicaldanceresearch.blogspot.com/2011/12/classical-dance-researchers-should-look.html

  • 744 Sumhita Anant Jan 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Hi Aunty! I never told you how much I loved this Website of yours! Beautiful and full of information! If you could call me. I sent you a mail just a few minutes ago. Thanks! And I am planning on learning a few dances from this website and maybe i can show them to you at Chinmaya mission one day :)

  • 745 Anjali Jan 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Hey Sumhita. Thank you. Sure , I will be glad to see you dance.

  • 746 Ranjith Kumar Jan 2, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Thanx Anjali, Kindly let me know what is the right age to start of with ?

  • 747 sowjanya Jan 5, 2012 at 3:50 am

    Hi Anjali garu,
    its nice to see ur website regardings the things which we r searching in diff places….iam 25 yrs old and now iam learning bharatanatyum……before that learnt kuchupudi ….and because of some reasons i discontinued ,now i got a guru who is coming and teaching me dance…..but he not coming regularly and iam loosing my intrest what should i do to boost my intrest….give me a suggestion plz

  • 748 Vaishali Jan 5, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I am 40 and want to lear Bharatnatyam with my daughter can i start at this age

  • 749 Amal Jan 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Hi Ajali
    I looked at your website oneday, when my daughter got nice scolding from guru and came with tears. I was looking a way to encourage and help her. And I saw your tip and comments. It is very informative and encouraging.

  • 750 Dhiviya Balakrishnan Jan 8, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    your description about every adavu and sorkattu is excellent. its very basic and easily understandable. as i am a classical dancer i can realize your hard effort on this website. great job.
    Best wishes..

  • 751 Sowmya Jan 12, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Hi Anjali,
    Wow!!!! U r simply suberb…I have become ur fan…. I have learnt dance for 6yrs but lost my touch and after seeing ur videos am getting back my interest..
    ..I can understand the great efforts u have taken for this…pls upload some more videos…if possible pls send me the complee continous song f natesa kautugam and mallari which will be useful for me to practice….

    My best wishes to ur gr8 work… may god bless u with all goodness…


  • 752 bhavani sadanandan Jan 14, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    hello, anjali chechi, i had proper dance training under a very good dance teacher during my 11th grade but only for 7 months, and my lessons on the keralanadanam dance item for my arangettam was going on well, as i had learnt basic dance steps for 1 year when i was in 8th grade. but i had to stop the arangettem classes immediately due to various reasons. so i couldn’t do my arangettam. also as i’m 19years old now, my family doesnt think it proper for me to go to dance classes , atleast in my village. they told that i could learn the dance after 3 years after i complete my BTECH degree course, and get a job. but i cant wait as its my dream BE A DANCER so i want to learn it even if atleast 1day a week through dvds as i really want to be a bharatanatyam dancer, eventhough i’m in hostel. ur videos have renewed my hopes to be a dancer. could u PLS SUGGEST SOME DVDS so that i could learn whenEVER possible??? THANKS a lot for ur help in advance, and i wish u ALL THE BEST for inspiring many others like me who has a passion for dance.GOD BLESS YOU

  • 753 Anjali Jan 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    @Bhavani, glad to know that this website has ignited the dormant passion in you. Well the adults are right in their own way, since only dance does not earn you enough. So do complete your Btech. You can be good academically and artistically. Visit kalakendra . com and Kalakriya . com you will find many dance related DVD’s.

  • 754 shalini Jan 16, 2012 at 1:26 am

    hi anjali,its an absolute pleasure to be on your blog. you have put in huge effort and given us so much of happiness.i use your blog for the training in this dance form for my daughter.keep adding continue to delight us. thanks

  • 755 radhika Jan 17, 2012 at 1:34 am

    its a good effort that you are providing. i have learnt bharatanatyam for 8 years and now taking a degree in kathak. sowhat ever i had forgotton i can recollect.
    thak ‘u’

  • 756 Divya Jan 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    I had learnt Bharatnatyam as a kid for 5-6 years and now after 15 years I have decided to resume it. I want to do my Arangetram. I had learnt till Jatiswaras. I would like to know with regular practice how long do you think I can achieve this?

  • 757 Falguni Jhaveri Jan 19, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Dear Anjali,

    I am Falguni Jhaveri residing at Mumbai, India.

    I myself am a Gold medalist visharad in Bharat Natyam Bhruhad Gandharva Gujarat.

    I am practicing this art as a profession locally and am keen to learn more.

    As to keep myself update, I happened to visit youtube and found your clips.

    Firstly the clips were really educative and I appreciate your work.

    I was quite happy to see them and I believe it would be of great help if you could allow me a compilation of all the work on a cd or share it online maybe.

    Do revert on my email id soon.



  • 758 Sugantha Jan 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Can you tell me how to prepare for Dance exams (like Nritya Visharad etc.,)? I am looking for the same for my daughter. I don’t have any idea about dance. Also her teachers are not able to give any good info. Thankyou.

  • 759 Ayesha Butalia Jan 24, 2012 at 4:03 am

    i want to know that the same hand gesture has different meanings. can i get a site, where these meanings are shown with the same hand gesture. for example pataka has so many meanings, how to demonstrate it differently.

  • 760 Cherie S Jan 25, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Dear Anjali,

    I just heard about this website this evening and was so curious to see if it was possible to consider trying to learn Bharata natyam on line. I have been reading through many of these comments, fascinated by all of it and your thoughtful responses! I also want to say first that I rarely write in posts like this but was moved to say to Vaishali: I am a 48 year old non-Indian woman who began to learn Bharata natyam with a teacher in a my city in the Midwest 3 years ago (who has since stopped teaching in my area, so now I must travel 2 hours one way for lessons!). It has been incredibly challenging on many levels, physically, mentally…but I am very committed to the practice and wish to continue to learn as long as I am able. I have been practicing yoga and an eclectic mix of dance forms (as well as even martial arts for a couple years) and am a performing artist for many years, but nothing prepared me for rigor of Bharata natyam. I have asked myself many times – what do I think I am doing, learning a dance form entirely outside of my own culture of such a level of complexity and physical challenge that young Indian girls generally start at 5 or 6? But, I am hooked and I feel it is a lifelong practice, and perhaps even a devotional one at that, certainly at the very least, I am fully dedicated. It is not a piece of cake to start, that is for sure. My teacher told me it would be at least two years before I even felt like I was actually dancing, and having passed the 3 year point, I would agree with him. It takes me a very long time to learn one dance (especially as I travel and have other obligations in life). I am only now learning my third dance, after learning the adavus. But I can say that YES, it can be done in your 40’s, but as Anjali said, the speed and flexibility may never quite be attained, as it would were one starting at a young age and the body ‘grows up’ with the dance embodied. I doubt I will ever be able to do a good ‘third speed’, but I accept my limitations as the same time I enjoy every part of the learning …and practice regularly — which is -really- important……

  • 761 Anjali Jan 26, 2012 at 5:16 am

    I came across your website on a quest to find dance classes in pune .I am currently pursuing my law degree . I had commenced my classes at the age of fie and continued till I was thirteen .However i did not do my arrangetram .Now after these many years I want to start again as my love for dance has been roused again. I still remember certain dance items that I had learnt like the kautukams and allaripu and jatiswaram vaguely while the others I am confident of brushing up.can you suggest any classes for me

  • 762 Anjali Jan 26, 2012 at 9:28 am

    @Cherie, thanks. You said it all. It would take an eternity to master this Art form alone. What we can do best is enjoy the journey gracefully. Good luck and Bon voyage :)

    @Anjali, i am not sure where in pune , but the teachers I have heard of are Sucheta chaphekar, parimal phadke, shashikala ravi. Google for them.

  • 763 Anjali Jan 26, 2012 at 9:31 am

    @Divya, may be in 3 yrs time. With classes thrice a week.

  • 764 shankari Jan 26, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Hi anjali,
    Good to see this.I had undergone caesaren before 7 months for delivering my first baby.Will it be safe to start my bharathanathyam classes.
    thanks ,Shankari

  • 765 ram kumar Feb 3, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Which is in up grade either pmb diploma holder or gnm diploma holder

  • 766 Ritika Feb 4, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Hie di ! I am in 8th and i like ur videos a lot. My guru’s name is Shri Ram Kumar Bhattacharjee. I have passed my PRA.1 n 2 and now (IN 1ST YEAR) i am having some problem in learning PADO BHED.
    So, kindly post the video or pics of pado bhed.

  • 767 Ritika Feb 4, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Hie di! i am ritika and study in class 8th in GIS. I liked ur videos a lot. i also learn bharatnatyam and have pased PRA.1 n 2 and tmrow is my 1st year exam n i am not really gud in PADO BHED. so, kindly post video or pics of pado bhed. i know its too late but still snd it later. i smehow urgest it tmrow. thanks for helping me out in allaripu. PLS RPLY….:)

  • 768 Ritika Feb 4, 2012 at 7:12 am


  • 769 vanitha Feb 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    hi anjali,your website is really useful and also enhance our learning interest.one small request.please we need the correct sequence of dance.in the website everything is scattered i feel difficult to oderize.for eg after steps alarippu.pushpanjali then after that what?wheather mallari or jatiswaram.then when to learn muthirai neck movements etc.teach us in pattern if we attend the real barathaanatyam class instead of online.you please frame a lesson what is next to what?expecting your response mam.

  • 770 Adrienne De Forrest Feb 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Anjali, you are lovely and a very good teacher! I’ve looked at many web sites; have even ordered DVD’s – but I find you teaching method to be the best for rank beginners such as myself. Thank you so much for providing all of us this valuable resource!!
    Very sincerely, Adrienne

  • 771 shraddhachidambaram Feb 10, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Hi Anjali,
    Thanks a lot for all the info u r sharing with everyone.My daughter is 5yrs old and she is learning bharatnatyam since last 3 months.Your site has been a real help in understanding all the steps she shows us at home.Will continue to visit ur site regularly to learn more about this beautiful art form.

  • 772 gayatri Feb 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    iam looking all ur teaching technique in youtube,my daughter is learning bhartnatyam with one of the dispile of padma subramanian,i need to know the step of that adavu ,can u provide the video on that same.,thank u for all the help u provide us to teach our children

  • 773 Anjali Feb 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    @gayatri, can you pls name the adavu or step?

  • 774 Uma Hymavathy Feb 11, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    This forum has reinforced in me a lot of zeal!!!. I have completed my junior examination in dance but I happened to discontinue after that. But now after 5-6 years I realize its an integral part of me and I want to go back to it. But unfortunately I have forgotten some steps. So could you kindly give me some insight about the CD’s I can look into that will help me recollect a few steps?

    Uma Hymavathy

  • 775 vanitha Feb 12, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Hi mam this is vanitha i like bharatanatyam from my childhood. But i didnt get any oppurtunity to learn that precious art .Now iam 18 can i start learning bharatanatyam .I like to achieve in this field can u help me by suggesting some ideas.I like ur page very much its useful for people like me.

  • 776 Anjali Feb 14, 2012 at 9:28 am

    @Uma there are many CD’s available in the Market buy Priyadarshini Govind, Srekala bharath and kalakshetra. Also go to the index page on this website and scroll down to the videos sections. You will find adavus that have been posted in an orderly manner. This should be enough for you to get back to dancing.

  • 777 Pavithra Feb 15, 2012 at 5:41 am

    hi anjali.. i want to restart my bharatanatyam once again. can u suggest me a good tutor in Hyderabad?

  • 778 Shripriya Feb 19, 2012 at 2:56 am

    hi Anjali,
    my daughter has just started learning dance and is learning from a guru who is the disciple of Smt.Padmini Ramachandran, disciple of Vazhuvoor Ramaiya Pillai. some times i take her, some times she goes with her father. she is currently learning Jaati adavus. i am looking for a demo of Nattu kattu jaati adavu. any info will be helpful.

  • 779 SHARI VIMAL Feb 21, 2012 at 2:23 am

    I liked all yours notes regarding bharathnaatyam, it would b more good if you can add all theories regarding the mudhras and bhaavaas. I live in Sydney, would to open a dance school here.

  • 780 Swathy Feb 21, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Hi Anjali :) I’m Swathy I’m 24 yrs old… I wanted to learn Bharatanatyam but couldnt do so due to family’s pressure on studies.. I can dance well (just performed in school and college functions). Can i learn Bharatanatyam now??? or is it too late to start??? Plz advice…

  • 781 Dr vijayashree Feb 23, 2012 at 11:00 am

    my daughter is 4 yrs old .she loves watching your online lessons and tries to perform . please let me know the right age when we can start the formal training for her .

  • 782 Reshma Feb 24, 2012 at 6:15 am

    hi anjali. i really like the videos that you have posted on youtube. They are very helpful. i was wondering if you could teach me a 5-6 min bharatanayam dance. I have a program coming soon that i want to participate in. I have done bharatyam for 2 years

  • 783 arpitha Feb 28, 2012 at 4:47 am

    I like to learn Bharatnatyam ,now my age is 20 i can learn
    .how many years it will it learn Bharatnatyam plz tell me

  • 784 meddyjackson Mar 1, 2012 at 5:08 am

    This is a nice post in an interesting line of content, I appreciated what you have done here. Thanks for sharing. Regards

  • 785 Anjali Mar 1, 2012 at 9:44 am

    @ Reshma, YOu can use any of my videos and learn. But I personally dont teach just for performances.

  • 786 revathi Mar 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Hello mam,gud mrng…..i am 24.i want to learn bharatnatyam….i dont hav any knowledge about it…but i m very passionate and seriously to learnt it…is it possible for me to start at this age…suggest me the oppurtunities i have….i m doing my MS in punjab….awaiting ur reply

  • 787 Priti Mar 6, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Namaskara Anjali,

    I run dance classes here in CA, USA. Sometimes needed I take few tips and descriptive part from your website. Exactly the passion you had in your child hood in learning Bharatnatyam, same is with me too. I took lessons for many years with my guru named Vijaya Laxmi @ Balanadam Dance Academy , which don’t exist anymore.

    Your website provides lots of information about art form. Thank you for publishing your website to explore the knowledge in Bharatanatyam to the interested people like me.

    Thanks again with full of gratitude and respect.


  • 788 jeya Mar 8, 2012 at 3:00 am

    hi Anjali,
    i am jeya had login to your webpage .Really it was nice and useful. i had given link of your website in my webpage http://onlinecarnaticisai.blogspot.in/ as the name of onlinebharatanatyam please visit our website and also please add our websites link in your website if possible . i hope you will do this for me .
    waiting for you reply

    mail me on
    thanks from

  • 789 pritam kulkarni Mar 9, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Hi Anjali mam,
    I am baratnayam dancecr. i want to Alarippu,Jatiswaram,kautukams audio music.
    pls Request to you website name.

  • 790 Catia Marzoli Mar 10, 2012 at 6:25 am


  • 791 Barbie make up games Mar 12, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Anjali Nandan
    Thanks for putting this art on the web,i really appreciate may be can put some stuff on tabla too.
    Thanks again will all the respects.
    Mohammad Nawaz
    From Mauritius

  • 792 ErhythmGuru Mar 12, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Hello Anajali,

    This is a nice blog! I appreciate your efforts to spread the word about Indian dances. We at ErhythmGuru offer online tutoring in Kathak, Bharatnatyam, and Bollywood dance forms and would love to hear your feedback on the concept. We are a local group of dancers based on Raleigh and are trying to reach more people through our online dance studio. We appreciate your comments.

    Team ErhythmGuru

  • 793 poornima Mar 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    I appreciate your work.Really you are doing great….My daughter is learning from ur link….When i was childhood i learned till thilana after that i couldn’t able to continue…I’m teaching my daughter at home…..She’s 8 yr old…I have doubt after natta adavu what will come….Totally i forgot….Pl do recall me…
    Thanking You

  • 794 BHAVYA Mar 12, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Very easy steps and easy to follow. I just started to practice . So its fun to do this .

  • 795 sasha Mar 14, 2012 at 8:51 am

    hey thx a lot u saved me from the bharat natyam class and i got the best point meaning all good

  • 796 lavanya Mar 15, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    keep it up.

  • 797 rekhagodhwani Mar 20, 2012 at 7:36 am

    hi i like the way u teach the dance

  • 798 poornima Mar 22, 2012 at 7:49 am

    hi..i would lyk to know about the books which i shud study for M.A bharathanatyam. This is my first year and I do not know where and how to get them. I have the syllabus. Right book and author details are needed. Can u help me please ??

  • 799 kathir Mar 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Mrs.Anjali…Iam very much interested in learning Bharatanatyam…I din get a chance to learn in my childhood days….As I’ve crossed 18,the teachers who are in my locality are hesitating to teach me Bharatanatyam…so, now I’ve decided to learn through online…..cud u pls kindly help me where to start and what to learn first????

  • 800 Sangita Nair Mar 25, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Hello Anjali, I chanced upon your tutorial of Mallari while searching on youtube. And I really loved your dance! Your technique is so organized and in line with the classical style.
    I wish you good luck with you endevour to teach dance online :-)
    Best Regards,
    Sangita Nair

  • 801 arun gupta Mar 28, 2012 at 5:11 am

    The beautiful art form age old India, Bharatanatyam is known for its strong foot work highlighted by the bells on the dancers ankles. Keep it alive, spread it to the youth.

  • 802 jody Mar 31, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Hi i’m learning dance and i have a real problem with the standing steps to move backward for example “takita taka dimi” if you could help please or u have any video which can help me thanks a lot

  • 803 Kubra Apr 1, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I really need advice from you. I was never encouraged by my dad to learn Bharatanayam so i could never learn. I absolutely love it so I joined the classes at the age of 29. My husband supports me for which I really feel happy. I am also a Bollywood dance performer and I do paid performances. But recently I injured my knee slightly and my knee makes a lot of grinding/crunching sounds. I am really worried that I cannot dance like other dancers…what do you think?

  • 804 Jaya Bhat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:43 am

    HI Anjalidi,

    Thanks for the great work… It was my all time dream to learn Bharathanatyam but because of poverty and helpless condition of my parents I couldnt spend money on learning this great art. Now I am well educated and working as a Asst Manager in one of the IT company. Your work has made my dream come true. I tried to download the vedios but it was very slow and I couldnt download it. Do you have any DVD’s or CD’s that I can use for my learning. Its my Humble request.


  • 805 Brindha Apr 15, 2012 at 5:44 am

    Hi this is brindha and i wanted to learn classical dance but my friends tell me not to join because i might become fat and my butt size will increase
    is it true
    i wanna learn bharathanatyam so badly
    pls advice

  • 806 Atreya Apr 16, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Hi Anjali,

    Can u suggest me a best website to download and learn “Anghikam bhuvanam” with dance? I tried with different websites but unfortunately couldnt get the best. Or else, can u send your dance video with this song?


  • 807 Greta Apr 18, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Thank you very much for your page!
    I have a question about dancing Bharatynatyam while being pregnant. Is it safe?

  • 808 Sowmya Apr 19, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    Great and Wonderful Site!. I Learnt Bharatanatyam in my childhood days for 5 years and then discontinued due to studies. This is really a helpful site to start my practice again. The explanations are really clear and helpful. Though this great art is of great interest to me, i have not taken this as a passion till today. After seeing this site, i am going to start the practice again and iam planning to become another Anjali :-)

  • 809 Anjali Apr 22, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    @Greta you have to talk to your gynecologist before you decide. Usually they say you can keep doing what you have been doing. They recommend not start any thing new.

  • 810 Anjali Apr 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    @Brindha, This is not true , only a myth. Go ahead and learn

  • 811 Anjali Apr 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    @Jaya,thank you. WIll have CD’s worked soon. For now many CD’s of various artists are available on kalakendra website. Check out.

  • 812 Anjali Apr 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    @Kubera, pls consult a doctor. He should be able to guide you better. You might want increase your calcium supplements.

  • 813 Nir Vana Apr 23, 2012 at 4:47 am


    Thanks and great service!

    As a further service to all, I would request you to please research and print out the original texts as it is rendered in Devanagari. The reason is that as the translations are made, and as it gets copied from one handout to another, the original word in Samskruta (‘Sanskrit’) is completely destroyed. The original word, in the absence of even one positional syllable renders a different meaning!

    Even within a first word some handouts say “Nattyaa”, some say “Naatya”, some say “Natya”. Samskruta is naturally phonetic as taught in the original, but it corrupts to a different phonetics in English.

    Thanking you,

  • 814 Brindha Apr 23, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Thank ou anjali now i will conmence my learnin processes:)

  • 815 Falakhee Shah Apr 24, 2012 at 6:08 am

    My daughter,she has completed her bharatanatyam now she wants go to ahead in this field so guide her.


  • 816 Rethi Shamundeeswary Suppiah Apr 24, 2012 at 8:00 am

    hi mam….im also a bharathanatyam dancer…..wen i left 4my further studies i couldnt continue my dance…..but after seeing your video in youtube i manage to recall back what i’ve learnt…..thanx 4ur video in youtube cos it helped me alot mam…..:)

  • 817 Mahesha Apr 24, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Hello madam, my self mahesha 36 yrs from Nelamangala Bangalore rural dst. karnataka, India, India. working as a Agriculture Officer. Madam it is my dream plan to make my son/ daughter as Bharatanatya dancer. i have got a daughter last month.
    Since we are illetarate in this and keep searching in web from last one month. Ultimately i found u r site and i started practicing.
    Thank you madam for the details uploaded which is helping me to learn and intern in 3/4 years i will be bit informative to my daughter.
    once again thank madam

  • 818 Anjali Apr 24, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    @Falakhee, you can decide if you want a degree in Natyam. Else you can connect with some good natyacharyas and continue your further studies. Perform as regularly as possible. Choreograph and present your work. All these might just help you get started in a dance career

  • 819 SujathaKummathiKummathi Apr 27, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Hi Anjali this is SujathaKummathiKummathi from jax.I watched the movie swanakamalam and premikudu in Telugu.in those films bhanupriya did very good bhartanatyam.i was inspired by that movie.and in the premikudu movie here did the bhartanatyam and he drew the heroine picture with the leg moments that was amazing.now I started bhartanatyam class to my daughter .

  • 820 kokila May 3, 2012 at 2:37 am

    hi namaskaram,just small request i want to learn nattuvangam in talas just a simple lesson for song for 2weeks.i will stay in jeevaratnam nagar.i’m looking nearst class. pls send me mail tq.

  • 821 Dr Krithiga Shridhar May 3, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Hello Mam
    Wonderful site …thank you
    Iam an amateur dancer ..I had learnt bharatanatyam since childhood and still practising …
    Please suggest me a shabdam to practice and please tell me how can i download the same..
    Iam a 30 year old mother from Chennai India
    Thank You

  • 822 mitali m bhide May 6, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    please i want online varnam in adi tala.kindly for my learning.bye

  • 823 K.R.suresh May 7, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    i am suresh violinist playing violin from the younger age ,basically from a music family.playing for the leading dancers in chennai ,all over india and also abroad.its nice to visit ur website if there any chance pls contact me for ur upcoming evnts in this cell number
    +91-9841330512.landline-+91-04442030772.tan q
    with regds.Ragavardhini.[violinsuresh]

  • 824 oindrila goswami May 9, 2012 at 9:13 am

    i am a dancer.i visit your website regularly .i got tremendous help
    from your website.you really helping people like us hugely .i want to know that how much practise a student need who started le earning bharatnatyam like me .pleas give me your detailed view on how i will practice and if you can post avideo on
    exercise for stamina building and flexibility for body it will be a grate help for all of us .
    take my love and regards

  • 825 vidya prakash May 14, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Thanks a lot…. its of tremendous help for dropouts like me…. i am reliving my dream.heartful thanks

  • 826 Rakhi May 14, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Dear Anjali,

    I am 30 and have learnt basics of various dance forms like Salsa, belly dancing and bharatnatyam. But, now I want to pursue bharatnatyam and obtain certification in this dance form. The problem is that I just delivered a baby and cannot travel to attend classes. Can I do this online? I came to know about APAA from your website. Does APAA provide online certification courses? Is there a contact number ? I visited their website but could not find much information on my queries.
    Looking forward to your reply,
    Thanks and Regards,

  • 827 Monica Bambi May 15, 2012 at 1:56 am

    I have visited the site first time and it is very usefull for the begnners like me. I am a 32 yrs Old woman , can i learn Bhartnatyam.
    Thanks a tonnnnnn again for making such a wonderful website.

  • 828 Swati May 19, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Hi Anjali.,
    Wonderful Site! I really liked your page. I have a huge interest in learning Bharatnataym but i am little bit fat (80 Kgs), please tell me is weight is a matter?


  • 829 usha May 20, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Hi, we live in Dubai, my daughter age 6 has just started to learn Bharatnatyam. You videos are a real help to those who have just begun. Thank you

  • 830 Geya May 28, 2012 at 6:32 am

    I also have been learning dance for a while now. I just have a question is your site on Kalkshetra style? My teacher is on vacation now and I have some questions. Please reply back as soon as possible. Thank you.

  • 831 Chinnu May 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    my friend keep discouraging me by teelin me that this dance is good for people thin and fair and not for someone like me who is fat and dark
    is this true?
    i really felt deppressed about this

  • 832 Anjali May 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    @ Chinnu, Ignore any advice that pulls you back. Infact after you start dancing you will discover how much you can burn calories. Any classical dance for that matter is much beyond entertainment and fitness. You will discover the joy in just being with the movements and rhythm. So please pursue natyam without any hesitation and apprehension.

  • 833 Anjali May 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    @ Gaya you can put in your question on the forums of this website.

  • 834 Reshmi Jun 5, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Hi Anjali,

    Firstly I would like to thank u for sharing your knowledge.I am 25 years old and now have got an opportunity to explore my interest that I had from childhood…..In the meanwhile I was looking out for website that helps me to educate on “Bharatanatyam” and I am very happy that I came across your website…It is very informative and helpful.
    If you could please suggest me name of the CD’s that could help me to practice “Adavus” at home with the thalas in different speed…
    Thanks a ton Anjali…
    Reshmi Murali :)

  • 835 JYOTHEESH KOLA Jun 6, 2012 at 2:56 am

    dear sister……… this work is amaging.. god bless you.

  • 836 maya Jun 6, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Hi Anjali,

    Its fantastic to have such a website. Im impressed.Off late i had been looking for a teacher here in US. and my search ends here. Could you pls give me ur contact no?Im located in Missouri.


  • 837 Parimala Deshpande Jun 7, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Hi Anjali Nandan

    My name is Parimala and I live in Los Angeles, USA. I have learnt the basics of Bharatanatyam when I was around 12 years but I always made an attempt to at least dance what ever I have learnt .

    Since I am not working currently I thought of teaching what I know to couple of kids around here and I found your website :) It is really very informative and I hope to learn Bharatanatyam by my self and try to teach the kids also…Looking forward for more information and material on line from you.


  • 838 seema arora Jun 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

    i had learnt bharatnatyam for 2 years at nasik fm Mrs Menon. whenever i danced i was transformed to another world. it was a spiritual experience. that was some 20 years back. i am at new york now. want to start again. i was fortunate to find u online.
    u have motivated me. thanks.

  • 839 seema arora Jun 10, 2012 at 9:36 am

    dear Anjali,
    i had learnt bharatnatyam for 2 years at nasik fm Mrs Menon. whenever i danced i was transformed to another world. it was a spiritual experience. that was some 20 years back. i am at new york now. want to start again. i was fortunate to find u online.
    u have motivated me. thanks.

  • 840 seema arora Jun 10, 2012 at 9:37 am

    dear Anjali,
    i would love to be in touch with u..

  • 841 Mónica Lanzadera Jun 11, 2012 at 8:25 am

    me gustaria ver una demostración de la clase online, es posible?
    Este verano viajo a india ire a kannur y también al ashram de amma, puedes informarme de clases de Bharatanatyan en esa zona?
    Mil gracias

  • 842 Serena Jun 11, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I absolutely love your website! I started learning Bharatanatyam when I was 5 and continued till I went to college when I was 18 in San Diego. It’s been years since I practiced and watching your videos inspired me to get back to dancing. I just wanted to know where can I get mp3s of Alarippu, Jatiswaram and the other dances? I only have my music on cassettes and they’re all at my parent’s house!


  • 843 Anjali Jun 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    @Monica, Thank you. I shall mail you the details of online class. You can ask locally once you get there for good teachers. Kerala Kalamandalam offers courses for people like you. You can inquire ..here is the link http://www.kalamandalam.org/specialtrainig.asp

  • 844 Anjali Jun 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    @Serena, Thanks for the encouragement. You can find Jatiswaram mp3 on kalakendra. Look for the audios by artist priyadarshini govind with Ragam kalyani and Talam Rupakam. This Allarippu is a tishra Eka talam. you can find it on muzigle too.

  • 845 Satish Kumar Ramakrishna Jun 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    My kid name is Shruthika, she is 3y Old, and she is interested in dance.Is 3y the right age to practice/teach Bharatanatyam ?

  • 846 Brindha Jun 20, 2012 at 2:29 am

    i would like to know which style of bharathanatyam you are teaching in the videos.
    Is it
    1. Melattur
    2. Pandanallur
    4. Thanjavoor
    5. Mysore
    6. Kanchipooram

  • 847 Anjali Jun 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    @Brindha, I teach Pandanallur style

  • 848 Soma Bhattacharjee Jun 24, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Hi I teach bharatnatyam. i have started recently i want my students to give exams which are government based please help me where to register for it.
    mumbai- thane

  • 849 Aleena Thomas Jun 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Your website is really helpful, many people like it so congratulations! I am having a dance exam the day after tomorrow and I am very nervous as it is my first exam, I am not too sure what to do…have I revised enough?…how do I talk to the examiner? Can you please give me some advice?

  • 850 Anjali Jun 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    @Soma, Go through this website and you can contact them. http://abgmvm.org/. This the official website for Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya

  • 851 Anjali Jun 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    @Aleena, Very Important to stay calm and relaxed. Practice all you Adavus and hand gestures. I am not aware of the portions in Uk. They will be looking for a good posture and smiling face for sure. Be very attentive and talk to her as a normal human being :) It is ok to say I dont know. Incase you know little you can explain whatever you know. Take it easy.

  • 852 Santha Jun 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Hi. I love to dance. I learned some in my childhood. I want to teach some to my six year old. Ur blog is really neat. It refreshes my memory. I love the way you present each and every steps. I really appreciate your hard work. Wish u r here in NJ. I would definitely send my daughter to a teacher like u. Keep up your good work.

  • 853 ANJALY AGNES Jul 2, 2012 at 8:40 am

    NICE. I LIKE IT. KEEP IT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  • 854 krishnaveni Jul 4, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Hi Anjali madam,
    i want to learn barthanatyam,but no one is here to teach me where i am staying.but i have so much interested to learn dance.

  • 855 Selestin Jul 5, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Hi Anjali,
    so happy to see your website. my daughter is 6 yr old and learning bharathanatiyam. she is preparing for her grade 1 exam and your webpage gave me more information to understand different concepts to start from namaskaram, different positions and adavus. This information helped me a lot to support my daughter to do her preparation well. Thanks a lot for this support. since her first language is English it is very difficult to remember the important words/ but your webpage helped her a lot to understand perfectly and to do the steps correctly. Now she started enjoying of reading your webpage along with me. I am so grateful to you.

  • 856 Gayathiry kris Jul 5, 2012 at 11:46 am

    hi anjali
    i just wanted to know if you could post a video on Goutham
    i learned it but a few steps i don’t get at all:)
    so maybe you can…..post a…video maybe
    But anyway Thnx for reading my commnet:))
    by the way i love you website
    this is my first time on your site
    my friend uses it before the dance exam
    so maybe this will help me alot too:))
    anyway so far it has lots of details your website::)
    anyway can you PLEASE PLEASE try i really need goutham were having our exam in i think 2 weeks sorry though

  • 857 Chaitra Jul 10, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    I’m currently working TCS nw. Im learning dance frm school and till nw ive’nt taken any exams. Can i apply for senior exam without taking junior exam. I love dancing i dnt wantt discontinue. I feel somewat t take junior exam at dis age. I’m 23nw. Pls reply t dis mess. Thank u..

  • 858 Gopal Krishna Jul 11, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I have very much enjoyed your lec/demo kind of presentation.
    You said you live in Schaumburg, USA. Is that in Chicago, IL?
    I am a musician—but more interested in dance these days!
    cleveland, OH

  • 859 Anjali Jul 11, 2012 at 10:14 am

    @krishnaveni, where are you located in I can help you find one.

  • 860 Anjali Jul 11, 2012 at 10:20 am

    @Gayatri, Did you mean kauthuvam please check this link:http://onlinebharatanatyam.com/2011/03/kautukams/
    Good luck with your exams!!!!

  • 861 Anjali Jul 11, 2012 at 10:31 am

    @Gopal Krisha, Thanks for the encouragement. Yes In chicago.

  • 862 swathy Jul 15, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Hello Maam,

    I was in search of this type of website for several times. My heart felt thanks for your effort. I am living in UAE and learned kadhakali in childhood. I am passionate towards bharatanatyam and planning to go for classes. do you know a better place to learn this in Dubai ? please reply.

    Thanks & Regards

  • 863 Sunidhi Jul 16, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Hi Anjali, I am learning bharatatanatyam in kalakshetra style. This website is very helpful to learn different variations of the same aduvus.

    And please help me. Can you suggest a good song for semi-classical dance based on bharatanatyam? Please, I need your help. Better if it is on Krishna. We are a group of 8 and we are planning to show sancharis like kalinga mardhana. Please help

  • 864 Sunidhi Jul 17, 2012 at 4:51 am

    Can I also know about the different styles of Bharatanatyam?? I mean…their origin…differences between them-etc…And how to identify each style while watching a dance recital??

    Which style did you learn and which one are you following? Can we mix different styles together?? I actually

  • 865 calvin Jul 23, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Hello from Cairo: Again
    Anjali there are now ads appearing right over your
    instrtuctional vidwo and block the view of the items
    you are teaching.
    Now 2 o 3 appear all at once and I cannot see what
    you are demonstrating especially the adavus.
    This si a great bother and the blam is google who
    posts these ads. I hote google and trying to get
    it emoved from my computer. Any ideas about
    Also, do you have a personal email address as
    I’m not sure if you have seen the other messages
    I’ve sent lately??
    Thanks. If tdhese ads will continue, Iwill no longer
    watvch your videos.

  • 866 sharli chaudhari Jul 23, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Hi Anjali,
    Thanks, u done very good. now i wnt to ask u I M 27 years old should i learn now Bharatnataym. if yes then send me u r fee structure and imp.information.

  • 867 Shweta Jul 30, 2012 at 7:21 am

    I am eagerly waiting for your response ma’am……………….

  • 868 shakila Jul 30, 2012 at 11:12 am

    which nattadavu is best to vanish upper belly in women?
    Is the Aramandi sitting help in this regard?
    Even though dancing everyday for some 30 minutes i don’t see any improvement in my belly part?
    Please suggest some advice.
    Thanks in advance.


  • 869 Anjali Jul 30, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Dear Shakila, dance is great cardio exercise. It keeps your body fit and supple. What you need to do is to get into a non stop 10 min dancing sessions. Example an Allarippu followed by kautukam and Tillana. Must feel the heat and sweat !!!! But yes if you are looking into toning your belly you must concentrate on belly related yoga exercises and spend more time doing them.

  • 870 priyadarshini Aug 2, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    hi anjali. guru is supreme but to guide rightly to the guru and sharing all that u know about bharatanatyam is also an excellent service ur doing and this shows ur dedication. excellent work. can u help me out in correcting bodyshaking while dancing and how to improve gracefulness in dance for my daughter who is dancing well and dedicated except for some few corrections like this .she is 10 years old.

  • 871 Daniela da Silva Aug 11, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Anjali! My name is Daniela, I am Brazilian and I live in Sao Paulo, I’m learning this wonderful dance, but I confess: It’s a little difficult for me. My teacher is wonderful and your videos have helped me a lot. Come to Brazil and show this beautiful Brazilian dance for us! Thank you for everything.

  • 872 Laxmi Aug 15, 2012 at 1:15 am

    thank you…

  • 873 Shamala Manilall Aug 15, 2012 at 7:34 am

    I really need some help and advice please.
    Do you know of seamstresses who sew bharatha natyam costumes in Canada or the USA?

    thank you

  • 874 Abby Aug 16, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Hi Anjali, thank you so much for providing such great information. It is okay if I ask you a few questions for my research project? It would be great if you could help me.
    I want to learn more about the mudras used in Nalacharitham.

    Thank you!

  • 875 Nidhu Aug 16, 2012 at 3:29 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I am so very happy to find this website. You are a wonderful dancer. Want to thank you as well as appreciate you for this great effort. The information and the videos you have provided are very helpful and the way you have taken effort in providing attention to details help beginners like me a great deal. I love all forms of classical dance especially Bharathanatyam. Though i could learn some basics in my childhood, i could not pursue my dance lessons for long. But learning different classical dance forms had always been a dream. Recently i started taking up classical dance classes ..at the age of 29 (very late indeed)…The saying “better late than never” is my inspiration :-). Your blog is gonna be my reference.

    Thanks a lot for this great website.
    Best of luck for a great future.
    Regards .. Nidhu

  • 876 Rathi Aug 16, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Hi Anjali,
    I am Rathi from Bnagalore…I started to dance Bharathanatyam at my age of 3 without any tuitions and guide ..but everybody used to said That I learnt this art frm my mom’s womb..even though my parents doesn’t know abt the bharathanatyam classes to give more training to me to go in the right way..on 80’s….now I got married & having 2 yr kid..but now I had a wonderful teacher ….THAT’S YOUU I am so happy now I started in real format to dance bharathanatyam…hearful Thanks to u Anjali…

  • 877 rachana srivastava Aug 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    thank you for giving a lot about this classical dance. mam, how can we improve facial expression. plez tell in detail.

  • 878 shilpa wanjari Aug 28, 2012 at 6:38 am

    thnk u ma’am.. i found ths website very knwlegeble. and ur some dance show from you tube help me 2 learn basics.. ge8 work thn u

  • 879 niera Sep 7, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Thank you so much for your all your online lessons. I really appreciate your time and effort for doing this. I’m now learning the basic steps :).

    You are a star and may god bless you always!!

  • 880 Rajesh Sep 10, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Wow! madam you are such a gracefull dancer,
    I want to watch your performance as kali, may i have
    the link of the video.

  • 881 SUPARNA Sep 13, 2012 at 12:11 am

    This is really very helpful.Can u please suggest a bharatnatyam dance class in Pune?

  • 882 Suvarna T Sep 13, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Hi Anjali ,

    Your website is very nice and helpfull to i was learning Bharatnatyam 4 years back and then left due to my work and college and then i got married now i have again started learning this year completed now 9 Months however i m planning for a baby in month of March just wanted to know is it safe to practice during pregnancy and for how long as i dont want to discontinue it again

  • 883 Anjali Sep 13, 2012 at 6:07 am

    @Suvarna, Usually doctors advice to continue with the regular routine may it dance or swimming. But all the while during pregnancy please listen to your body and do not over workout. Each of us are unique, what worked for me shall not work for you. In my case I wasn’t dancing at all. But I was into brisk walking routine that my doctor suggested.

  • 884 Anjali Sep 13, 2012 at 6:12 am

    @rajesh I have not postings on Kali dance. But I had shared some video that I liked. check this link

  • 885 Radha Sep 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    This is an awesome site. Thank you for creating this

  • 886 Chitra Sep 23, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Hi Anjali,
    thanks for the wonderful website.I am a 27year old woman on the wrong side of weight. I had always had a passion for dance but couldn’t learn due to a various number of factors. Now I want to learn. Inspite of being overweight I had always had good amounts of flexibility and endurance for physical work cos of my athletic background during college. Would it be a problem for me if I start learning now. I had always had a deep passion for dance

  • 887 Sumona Ghosh Sep 23, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I have trained in Bharatanatyam for 9 years in Delhi but couldn’t continue due to academics. I think this is a wonderful attempt to share knowledge about this wonderful dance form. It reminded me of my dancing days. Keep up the good work!

  • 888 subashreeArun Sep 25, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Hi Anjali,
    Am a dance one i got married i dint get chance to develop my talent am still hunting for good opportunity , am ready to do programs , do you know any contacts in Delhi…? pls help me…

  • 889 Himabindu Uppari Sep 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I am a graduate from Kalakshetra. I had done my M.A. (Dance) from School of Fine Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad. Done my M.Phil. (Folk Arts) from Telugu University. Presently doing my Ph.D. (Dance) from School of Fine Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad. Presently I am in the final year. I have chosen “Bharatanatyam in Diaspora” under the scope of United Kingdom as my research topic. I visited United Kingdom twice for my research work. Presently I am drafting my rough thesis on my research topic. If you want to share or give any advice on my topic I would appreciate for the same.

  • 890 isha Sep 27, 2012 at 1:31 am

    hi, my daughter is now 9 years old she has passed first level Akhilbharatiya gandharva exam in Bharat natyam, I want my daughter to finish her maximum levels of exam before her standard 9. whether that is possible ?and if yes, please suggest me some well known teachers Near Thane city who can provide me this facility as I am staying at Kalwa,Thane.please guide me I need your help in this regard as my daughter love dancing.as so suggest what kind of government exam regarding this she can give which will help her in her carrier in future?

  • 891 Mrs. Preeti Iyer Sep 27, 2012 at 1:58 am

    mam, i have trained for bharatnatyam under mrs.shreedharan, pune for 6 yrs. I wanted to make a career in it. But my father got tranfered to kolhapur, where i cud not find a guru in the taal i had learnt. This was in ’88. I am 38 today, but my basics r still strong. I still remember all the mudras, allaripu, jathiswarm etc. I want to get back, dancing is still very much a part of me.
    Today i live in aurangabad, maharashtra and am a teacher for a primary school.
    Do u think i can get it back ? Pls suggest how to begin.
    Warm regards,
    Preeti Iyer

  • 892 thilaksy Oct 1, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    hi my name is thilaksy.siva
    i like your dance and i learned alarippu from your web.
    i have exam on this weekend. thanks

  • 893 lcd monitor stand trade show Oct 2, 2012 at 3:47 am

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  • 894 Anjali Oct 2, 2012 at 7:38 am

    @Preeti, Sure you could get back. Look for a good teacher around your area and get started. I have students of your age ans they enjoy their sessions.

  • 895 Anjali Oct 2, 2012 at 8:00 am

    @Isha, ABG exams are good. Keep continuing them. You can contact Asha SunilKumar of Sanskruti dance school thane.

  • 896 Haresh Oct 3, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Hi Miss Anjali…
    I’m Haresh from Malaysia. Bharatanatyam is my passion since I’m small but unfortunately i couldn’t learn it because of my parents who against a guy learning baratham.. Its quite sad for me for that time but after i entered university on 2007. I started to learn baratham on my own through online and friends… SO, now i am a classical dancer but untrained. Most of my friends and people said i really dance very good and all my positions and movements are perfect.. I think its a god’s gift miss. Miss, i actually joined a dance group on 2008 during my university time and my adopted sister who is the owner of the group opened up a dance studio. So, i plan to conduct a bharatanatyam class since i know it and to run the studio as well… Miss, is it possible for me to run it ??? Can i learn from the videos u post ?? I think miss posted all the steps about bharatanatyam… I just want some advice from u miss… Thanks a lot for your time and for all the information that u shared with all of us…

  • 897 Anjali Oct 3, 2012 at 9:02 am

    @Haresh, I would not say you are untrained, because you have taken efforts to train yourself as much as possible. You need so much of dedication and patience to be self taught. Above all its Lords grace. Now what you can do is obtain certification and make your self qualified if that is what you worried about. I get loads of emails each day and I realize that having completed Arangetram or having a certification does not mean you can be a teacher or a dancer. All you need is commitment, dedication and a longing for it. Currently there are few Universities in India that offer BFA and MFA courses and you only need to attend their contact programs once every 3 months. Shastra university,Kalai Kaveri university. Hope this information helps

  • 898 Ratheesh Oct 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Mam,i accidentally saw dis blog.Really wondered while reading the materials u have provided…. Am not a classical dancer. But now i want 2 know more and more and get into its beauty….Have great days ahead mam…Thank u

  • 899 Anusha Oct 10, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Hi Anjaly sis…
    I wish to know,age is a barrier for learning Bharathanatyam?I am 26yrs old.I wish to learn this.Is it possible?

  • 900 Anjali Oct 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    @Anusha, no age barriers to learn. Just get started and enjoy the process.

  • 901 ramya sree Oct 12, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Anjali sister my age is 13 years old and I wish to learn it . it is possible to learn bhartanatyam now

  • 902 KAJAL KULTHE Oct 17, 2012 at 9:01 am

    hi mam am kajal kulthe,
    I have just started learning Bharatanatyam. this dance is very good to keep our health good . and i saw ur video n am very happy that now i can take help from u at any time . great job .

  • 903 Haresh Oct 18, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Hi Miss Anjali,

    Thanks a lot for your reply and thanks for the compliments… Unfortunately Im from Malaysia… Currently im still studying, doing my bachelor… Do u know any institute at malaysia where i can get the certificates mdm ??? Actually after my degree i wanted to learn baratham professionally and finish up arrangrettum mdm… Its my aim actually… :)) Please let me know if u know about the institute at Malaysia..

    By the way, I would like to ask for a small help from mdm… I really wanted to dance for few songs but its quite hard for me to understand it… So, would u dont mind to choreograph and teach me some steps mdm ?? Mainly i want to learn :

    1) Kurai Ondrum Illai song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-vEfCaWW9I)
    2) Vetham Anukilum ( Salangai Oli) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsZyEJF7v_Y)
    3) Abinayam Kanpathu (Salangai Oli) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Te1dMYRWXOc)

    Thanks a lot mdm…. :)))

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  • 905 Anjali Oct 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    @Remya, you are not at all late. A right age to move ahead.

  • 906 Roshni Oct 23, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    I love your dedication and passion for what you do. I am from the US. I did a few years of Bharatanatyam in the Kalakshetra style when I was very young (age 14). I am now 27, and want to continue my training. I am looking for a teacher in India so that I can have daily private tuition. There is one teacher I am speaking to but she teaches Tanjavur style. My question for you is what specifically are the differences between Tanjavur and Kalakshetra styles? I loved the geometrical lines and angles in Kalakshetra style. Will Tanjavur be much different?

    Thanks in advance,

  • 907 Pratap Chandra Pattanayak Nov 2, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Anjali Madam!
    While thanking you for the contribution toward Indian Classical Dance, Iam to say that, Lord Krishna is not part of Dashavatar since Krishna is Avatari not Avatar as He bears
    16 Kala with reference to Hindu Puranas & upanishads.

  • 908 `nimisha Nov 6, 2012 at 4:05 am

    u r style of dance is very nice.today classical dance did not get the importance. u r website is very helpful for leaners and congrats

  • 909 shilpa Nov 9, 2012 at 12:13 am

    can you suggest me what should be the height of the cotton practice saree, knee length or below knee or mid calf ?

  • 910 bharathi Nov 12, 2012 at 6:43 am

    thanks a lot

  • 911 Supreetha Nov 13, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Anjali mam, I would like to know about the eye movements fone in Bharatantyam. I am just a beginner. Could you please help me out?

  • 912 Anjali Nov 14, 2012 at 9:44 am

    @Shilpa, The cotton saree can be below knee of mid calf.

  • 913 Roma Nov 15, 2012 at 7:42 am

    That is a really good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Short but very precise information… Thank you for sharing this one.
    A must read article!

  • 914 Haritha Nov 16, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Dear Anjali,

    your videos are really wonderful and inspiring. thanks for all the hard work and enthusiasm you have put into making them so lovingly. Keep it going!!

    Best regards,

  • 915 Yogita Nov 17, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I stay in San Francisco bay area in US. I am currently working as a guest choreographer for studetns of Stanford University. I have written some articles and would like to post here if you allow. Also, I run an online diploma in Choreography (dance drama).

  • 916 Nirmala Nov 22, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Excellent work Anjali! I have learnt bharatham from the age of 8 and continued till my college finals. After a long break now wanted to teach my little girl (6) bharatham. When searching for authentic nattuvaangam, songs, meanings and steps stubmled upon your videos. These are simply amazing. I am going to use it and will let you know the feedback. Now risiding in a remote village near Sathuragiri hills, your contribution is a treasure to me. May Lord Nataraja belss you always!

  • 917 Ganga Bhavani Nov 26, 2012 at 11:56 am

    hi, am also learning classical dance from past one year. Since, eventhough its really helpful to those who canno go to classes. great job.

  • 918 Ganga Bhavani Nov 26, 2012 at 11:57 am

    i really liked your webpage and the important matters that you have shown
    Great job

  • 919 Ganga Bhavani Nov 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Great Job mam

  • 920 Geetha Nov 27, 2012 at 4:19 am

    Hi, I need your suggestion. My daughter goes to some dance school near my place. Her teacher is asking her to take up Aadya – I level exams conducted from Ravindrabharathi University. But none of my friends know about these Aadya, Madhyama exams in dance. We all know Junior, Senior and Vidvath. So, im in confusion, what to do. That exam costs 3000/- and every year there will be exams, which is not affordable for me. If it is really good, then somehow I will arrange the money. So please let me know, is it really necessary to take these exams or can she directly take junior exams?

    Please suggest

  • 921 Radha Arganis Rivera Nov 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Mataji Namaste! Pranams. My name is Radha Arganis and I am learning wery well from you in the videos of You tube. You are my natya guruni. Pranams mataji. I had already know 4 adavus y two dances punspanjali and Alaripu. I am encourage to follow learning fron you. If you have Skype, I coul show my skill in the Natya dances. Please let continued be your sisya.
    With my best wishes.
    Radha Arganis-Rivera 9 years Radha Govinda’ devotee.

  • 922 Anjali Nov 30, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    @Radha, I am glad you are able to learn from here. Thank you for your kind words.

  • 923 Vipin Dec 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Hi Anjali.
    I have visited your webpage quite a lot of times. I am a PhD student in the area of robotics. In my research work I developed a whole new theory of hand posture description by observing hand Mudras. In my thesis I would like to use some of the pictures you have posted in webpage related to single handed Mudras. It is only for research purpose not for any commercial purpose. Kindly allow me to use the pictures in my PhD thesis, as copyright act is a big issue nowadays.

    Hope you will respond ASAP

    Thanks and Regards

  • 924 Anjali Dec 11, 2012 at 9:26 am

    @Vipin, Thank you for letting me know. If these pictures are helpful for your research, go ahead and use them. Make sure you mention the source in your citation.

  • 925 manasa Dec 17, 2012 at 3:25 am

    Hatsoff to your interest and dedication towards this great devine art.you are really an inspiration to all the artistes …..keep up your good work:)

  • 926 parimitaa Dec 19, 2012 at 10:29 am

    hi Anjali sis i’m 13, living in malaysia and i’m eager to learn bharatham.i’m very happy to find your blog its very helpful.If u know tamil and if u wanting to upgrade your blog why don’t u teach us in tamil so we could learn it more deeply.thank you.

  • 927 kannathal Dec 20, 2012 at 12:26 am

    hi anjali sister,
    I am al.kannathal,from madurai in tamilnadu i have been learning classical from 2nd standard now i am in 9th.its very help ful to me.tahnkyou very much.

  • 928 Freedom Om Dec 22, 2012 at 10:27 am

    You are simply divine! You are so professional it’s shocking! You make learning from you so enjoyable! You are so modestly beautifull and seemingly genuine! You are Devi sent! You are that divine Devi!
    Much praise unto thee from devotees of the Devi!!!

  • 929 Vasumathi Dec 23, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Hai Anjali..
    i am really very interested in classical dance..but did’nt get a chance to learn it..your web page is very useful to me..
    with the help of your page i am gonna perform in my school day..thanks a lot..take care..

  • 930 Sudesh Shivaji Gaonker Dec 23, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Ms. Anjali,
    Its a very good initiative by you to present before us this website. Indeed, good and talented artists like you are required to preserve our rich Indian culture. You are also helping to preserve our religion. Millions of thanks to you. May God bless you always and guide you in your beautiful endeavour.
    Sudesh Shivaji Gaonker
    NOTE: Did you perform at Thanjavur Dance festival in September 2010 to commemerate the 1000 years completion of Shri Brihadeeswara Temple, RajaRajeshwara Temple? If so please also upload a video of full dance steps of Nagendra Haraya Trilochnaya (Shiv Stuti) as it was performed in Thanjavur. Its really a beautiful Bharatnatyam dance. I hope you will consider my humble request. thanks in anticipation.

  • 931 monali Dec 24, 2012 at 9:52 am

    HI ANJALI! I saw yur videos n its v helpful. U r v gud dancer n i found yur postures perfect while dancing. After watching yur videos i decided to mk u my dance GURU bt thn sadly found u in othr country. MY NAME IS MONALI n i am 35 yrs old. I learnt bharatnatyam at small age bt cldnt complete it. So now finally i decided to restart. I m home maker n have 2 kids n cant go far to learn at Nalanda university. so want your advice tht shall i go to class or get persnal tutor at home bcoz its tym consumin in Mumbai n plz contact me vd gud female tutor in south mumbai. Desparatly waiting to start my dance. Thnx, Monali Jain.

  • 932 Shubha Dec 26, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Hi Anjali,

    Yours is really helpful site. The way of teaching online is very much understandable for me like new learner and 30 crossed age. My sincere thanks always. I am learning bharatanatyam in my area dance school at Chennai. Since I’m 32 years now, I am unable to do the Third speed (First 2 speeds – low and medium are able to do). Please suggest per day how many hours I can spend to work out to get this 3rd speed easily..I am 75 KG of weight with 5.7 feet of height (unmarried).


  • 933 Anjali Dec 27, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Dear Shubha, You can spend atleast half an hour working on dance daily. thanks

  • 934 Anjali Dec 27, 2012 at 8:01 am

    @Monali, not sure where in mumbai you are. Will send you an email with a list of teachers in Mumbai.

  • 935 Anjali Dec 27, 2012 at 8:04 am

    @Sudesh, Thank for your kind words. The dance you are looking will be available on kalakendra. I had uploaded the link of these dances which has now expired. No I wasn’t a part of that festival.

  • 936 Gayathri Dec 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    I’m a 23 year old student studying in Canada. I’m from Tamilnadu and learning Bharatantyam is always my dream from childhood but never had a chance to. I dance to myself by seeing videos. Your online website is such a great venture to help people like me. I highly appreciate your effort. Thank you.

  • 937 Bhavani Dec 27, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Sri Gurubhyo Namaha
    Anjali mam,u r my first Guru.I am very interested to learn Classical dance.though my parents are supportive,they said that first u complete your education.Recently I completed MCA.I am hurry to learn classical dance than getting a job.Because in my child hood due to some financial and other problems,I didn’t took first step on learning.Now I am able to do so.I am trying to do job In Bangalore.can u please send me the list of experienced dance Gurus in city of Bangalore and Chennai too….please mam….thank you for your site…..very helpful for the learners like me…

  • 938 Somu Dec 28, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    I am 19 years old boy. I want to learn bharatnatyam. I have no experience about this dance form. Can I able for this dance form?

  • 939 Mehul Shah Dec 31, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Simply great work, I like your interactive videos, the way you explain each posture and meaning. Must say you’r very good teacher of this divine art, I experienced the power while watching your dance.

    Thank you !

    Best wishes,

  • 940 Madhumita Jan 1, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Hi Anjali,

    Thanks for sharing information on Bharatnatyam its really helpful to understand the basic term.

    My daughter is 5 year old & she has recently join in Bharatnatyam class.Can you please tell me the different stages in Bharatnatyam to learn systematically.

  • 941 Ritika Bhattacharya Jan 1, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Hi Anjali, I also learn Bharatanatyam and it helps me in revisions

  • 942 j.sandhya rani Jan 3, 2013 at 4:07 am

    hi anjali,i am sandhya i have passion for dance but i dint shown it anywhere i want to learn bharatanatyam and dance for atleast one song in my whole lifetime..can you plssss help me.

  • 943 Rajeshwari Shastri Jan 9, 2013 at 1:42 am

    I want to learn Bharatnatyam.

  • 944 Prabhakar Gundlapalli Jan 27, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Ms. Anjali, Any tips for my daughter to get through the interview at ‘Kalakshetra’ of Chennai, for admission to Graduate / Diploma course in Bharata Natyam ?
    Any of your students, having first hand information may also like to advice us, most welcome.

  • 945 Tricia Jan 31, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Hi where can I get the chollukattu for Nadesha & Ganesha Kauthuvam…

  • 946 Kalpana Jan 31, 2013 at 3:07 pm


    I am a 30 year old woman living in Seattle with my husband. I started learning Bharatanatayam when I was really young but did not continue for long. I always regretted leaving it since I really loved dancing. I now have some time on my hands and i feel i should start again.

    I think your webpage is a great place for me to start, since I am so totally out of touch, both mentally and physically. So firstly, thank you for your wonderful contribution.

    Secondly, is is advisable to start this late in life? Should I take any kind of precaution, since my body is out of shape, though I am somewhat thin. What would you suggest I start with?

    Thanks so much and again, really appreciate this great online resource you have put together.


  • 947 Sailakshmi Feb 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Hi Anjali
    thank you very much for ur time and efforts in creating such a wonderful website. i learnt bharatanatyam for a couple of years when i was a kid. now almost after 25 years am able to refresh thanks to you. God bless u . look forward to more posts from u.

  • 948 Harini Lavanya Adhav Feb 9, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Hi…Anjali mam…

    Its a boon in disguise for me to watch all your teaching classes and adavus…through online Barathnatyam… of course ur teaching lessons are the boost to improve my skills…. your way to teaching is very clear…and adavus are very prominent…. thanks very much for your teaching lessons….I visit it almost everyday…. its a boon for me….

  • 949 Anjali Feb 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    @Kalpana, Thank you. I believe you should get back to dancing. It is never too late. I have students much older than you, restarting all over again. Now they are much confident and enjoy sessions. What I tell them that it is important to get started and then be sincere and patient. Leave aside all apprehension. So Kalpana get started and good luck to you. Looking forward to see your dance sometime soon.

  • 950 Maliga Feb 14, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I am 55yrs old I always wanted to dance but circumstances did not allow it .I just joined a dance class supported by the dept of arts and culture I would like some hint and tips on how to speed up the learning besides practicing everyday.You mentioned Hemamalini Is she the actress in Bollywood movies I always admired her

  • 951 Milan Feb 16, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Hi Anjali Chechi

  • 952 Anjali Feb 20, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    @Hello Milan hope you are practicing well :)

  • 953 kavita Feb 26, 2013 at 4:18 am

    thanks. anjaliji i am just starting learning bharatnatyam , your website is very good for me, thank u very much for the guidance

  • 954 SIRI Feb 28, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    hi anjali,
    how are you, i am very impressed with your website, i have attended bharathnatyam classes for 8 years durring my teenage but could not continue as i had to pursue my engineering, and later i started working for the television as an host and actor, i am 25 years old and in america from past 8 months after marriage, i wanted to revise my bharathnatyam skills so i was looking for a website and found yours, i have all the time now to get a degree or do a course in bharathnatyam, could you please suggest something, i live in baltimore, maryland,USA. it would be great if you can mail me.

  • 955 Siri katti Mar 1, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Namaskar Anjali,
    I am siri, I have learnt bharathnatyam and Carnatic vocal for 6 years in guru shishya method in Bangalore but due to academics I could not continue during college, after my engineering I discovered my love for dancing and acting, I worked for the television industry for three years, recently I got married and moved to USA , I was looking to do something in dance now, and came across your website, your website helping me revise my bharathnatyam skills, I am very impressed and greatful to u for providing such a wonderful website, can u please guide me on how I can learn more from you and what would be a good certification course for me, can i pursue masters or phd in dance here? I am very interested in making dance my profession here in America. Please give me details about your online class and fee structure.
    Thank you

  • 956 Milan Mar 2, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    hope you are having a lovely day

  • 957 Anjali Mar 2, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    @Siri, I have mailed your the details hope you got it. Thanks.

  • 958 pragya Mar 5, 2013 at 6:59 am

    love this site

  • 959 Anupama Mar 7, 2013 at 2:52 am

    Great Work Ms Anjali. Infact i have learnt dance in my childhood and stopped at the age of 8 and due to tremendous passion to dance i have started again and your website is really really helping people like me. Thanks and Appreciate your effort to transfer your knwledge to the passionate dance students

  • 960 sudeep Mar 9, 2013 at 7:40 am

    i started junior class last month its wonderfull. when i am 8year its my dream to learn classical dance now its become true now i am 28…i got one of the best Guru i dedicate all my efforts to become and good artiest. …thanks for sharing your idea.

  • 961 geeta kayastha Mar 11, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Hi Anjali
    Iam also student of late smt Madhuri kelkar at Kalyan my name is geeta . I love watching your videos they were very helpful and I also joined in school as a dance teacher and I refered your videos please post some videos of varnam shabdam and padam and reply whether you are same anjali who was my best friend in kalyan during dance classes I have completed my nritya visharad in1990

  • 962 Anjali Mar 12, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    @Geeta, nice to hear from yet another student of Madhuri Tayee. Will update the dances soon. Geeta, I am from Thane. So not the same Anjali :(

  • 963 Sunita Koul Mar 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    I really appreciate your affort to maintain thi swebsite. I have a 4 year old daugter who has been learning Bharatnatyam here Des Moines from a very good and accompalished Guru. I, myself, do not know anything about Bharatnatyam. My daughter like to watch the steps that you demonstrate. It also helps me to practice with her.

  • 964 RAKSHIT POOJARY Mar 28, 2013 at 12:32 am


  • 965 sridevi Apr 2, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Thanks a lot for providing such a good website. which helps me to fulfill my wish. Good start to go… Heartful thanks to you Anjali…

  • 966 Shruti Apr 13, 2013 at 5:42 am

    Hello Anjali,
    First thing first, I want to thank you for making this website and maintaining it for amutures like me.I love dancing and learning bharatnatyam is my dream, I m based in Dubai now can u pls suggest me a teacher here??
    Looking forward to your reply

  • 967 Vaishala Apr 14, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    You seem like a very kind person lending you time to teach us what you know about the dance. I appreciate many tips that you have taught me and they are very important for a dancer like me who isn’t taught these important details in the regular class which only covers most main details which is still important. I am very grateful for being able to have you here to aid us pre mature or professional dancers.
    Thank you

  • 968 Priya Apr 15, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Hi Anjali,

    i’m 24yrs now. I was a good expressive dancer from childhood but never had any structural training in bharathanatiyam though i used to perform steps in the same with much grace.

    But now i strongly decided to pursue bharadhanatiyam and i joined 3yrs diploma course in near by institute.

    Till now i had 4 classes and in my very first class when i did my adavus mu guru was appreciating me for my abinyas and postures. she told its very rare to see such abinyas in the begining level.
    now she strongly belive i can do arangtram in coming nov month which has only 6 months left and i was asked to pay 1.5lakhs.

    Please advise me, if i can go ahead with arangetram under my gurus training.. is ths 6 month will be sufficient for doing an arengetram?? need your valuable suggestion.

  • 969 shruti Apr 17, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Thanks But I am 18 and do u think I can become a dancer by learning at this age?

  • 970 Prita Apr 18, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Hi Anjali,
    I love to see you dance. I have started learning dance now at the age of 37. Looking forward to see more dance videos of yours.
    Thanks & Regards,

  • 971 Anjali Apr 18, 2013 at 10:24 am

    @Priya, I have not seen you dance hence cannot comment on that. If you think and feel that the school has a good reputation in the past, then go ahead. Ask the senior students and parents about their experiences. If you are a beginner, then it takes almost a year to the learn only Adavus. I feel an Arangetram in six months is too early.But a program or a performance could be a great boost to confidence.

  • 972 Angela Apr 21, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Hi, I would like to enquire, what is the relation between Navarasa and Satvika Abhinaya? Also, is Navarasa Mohana a name of a dance?

  • 973 Anjali Apr 21, 2013 at 10:51 am

    @Angela, Satvika Abhinaya is something that comes naturally without efforts. Example you could show you are sad , but tears coming out is when the Satvikas aspect is highlighted.

  • 974 noorul Apr 25, 2013 at 5:40 am

    hi madam,i have completed adavus and mudiras……within how many years i can complete the barathanatiyam?

  • 975 Genelia Apr 28, 2013 at 3:30 am


    I learn baratha natyam for approximately 10 years (I have now 16). You explain very well about dance.

    This year, I am going to pass the grade 5. I have to make a kind of book (“oppadai”) summarizing the baratha natyam. However I don’t know how to do it. Would you have advice?

    NB: I hope that you understood me, because I am not English but French.

    Thank you.

  • 976 noorul May 6, 2013 at 10:26 am

    hi anjali,how r u?im learning barathanatiyam nearly 8 months..how 2 practice neck movements?

  • 977 Pooja Ramane May 9, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I wish to learn Bharatnatyam. I am based out of Bangalore. Couple of years back when I was in Bangalore you had given me a number of a teacher in Bangalore. She is located somewhere in ISRO layout or Kumarswamy layout. I have missed her number. Can you please share her number again with me? I really want to start learning Bharatnatyam again. Awaiting your revert.


  • 978 Alexus Buckner May 19, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I am christian. Some people say bharatantyam is not for christians.
    I would like to learn. Burt I don’t wan’t to be false for my religion.

  • 979 L.T.Hemalatha May 21, 2013 at 8:22 am

    It’s nice to read about you…

  • 980 Rena May 25, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    This is a topic which is near to my heart… Many thanks!

    Where are your contact details though?

  • 981 hana May 29, 2013 at 5:06 am

    hi anjali,
    your steps are different fromthe dance my daughter learns . what should i do.

  • 982 Anjali Jun 1, 2013 at 8:45 am

    @Hana, Yes the step will vary from one school to the other. Keep practicing the way your teacher has taught you and take this as reference or additional learning.

  • 983 gynec33 Jun 2, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    hi anjali,
    i am a 38 year old gynecologist from india, and i have restarted bharatanatyam now -since the last 6 months.luckily ,i got an incredibly supportive and encouraging teacher, who lets me learn at a realistic pace(even as she puts me through my paces-since i have 30 years of dancing to catch up on.)
    your this website has been one of the reasons i found the courage to start dancing again-thank you so much for the videos and audios.there must be so many people who have benefitted from your dedication, knowledge and talent-and the hard work it took to put up such a lovely site.
    your reply to a previous comment, that age did not really matter as long as flexibility was there, helped me make my mind up.and i can make out the difference in my body movements myself,compared to when i started.every word you said is true.
    thank you once again.

  • 984 Anjali Jun 3, 2013 at 6:06 am

    @gynec, good to know you have gotten back to learning natyam. Wish you all the very best.

  • 985 kim Jun 7, 2013 at 8:43 am

    hi ,
    plz provide the link to download dance septs .
    i’m waiting yyour response.

  • 986 Anjali Jun 7, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    @kim, sure we will soon be ready with our DVD of steps, you will be notified through the blog post. Thanks for your interest.

  • 987 Deepashri Jun 11, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    Great Blog! I am a great bharatnatyam fan and have been interested in it since childhood but never got a chance to learn it. I am interested in learning it now at 30. I just moved to schaumburg. Do you by any chance teach bharatnatyam here in schaumburg. I travel for work and am only available on weekends. so it will be great if you have some availability.

  • 988 nishtha dadhich Jun 12, 2013 at 12:46 am

    hi mam anjali i saw ur videos on youtube you are amazng i am 20 yrs i knoe i m late in learning bharatnatyam . i read ur profile i would like to know is there any school or guru in jaipur as i belong to jaipur i want to learn bharatnatyam please guide me in this i will be obliged thanks . nishtha dadhich

  • 989 kasthuri p sivaranjani Jun 12, 2013 at 1:03 am

    ma’m thank you so much. because of you i will clearly understand various movements in this barathanatyam.thank you so much

  • 990 Gayathri Jun 12, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    I am so much fascinated by your website to start learning Bharatanatyam. I am 28 Years now. I want to start immediately with you as my guru.I have been practising for a while with your videos. I have danced during my school days. Please do let me know how to contact you. Actually i have registered with your online class link. But i haven’t got any reply mail from you. Please do let me know about the classes and other details. I am in USA. Waiting to start my classes soon and to fulfill my desire.

  • 991 Aditi Jun 13, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Hi Anjali: I am overwhelmed by your initiative and effort in teaching Bharatanatyma online. I have a Bachelors degree in Bharatanatyam from the Allahabad Univeristy, India which I received when I was 20 years of age. I am 27 now and moved to Toronto (Canada) for higher studies in academia (Science) soon after I finished my degree. It is unfortunate how I lost touch with my first love (dance). Recently, I got a strong feeling of resuming what I had left behind years ago. I feel that I have forgotten everuthing and need a solid revision. I am confident I will recollect everything soon. I will appreciate any videos/DVDs that you can share for me to be able to practice the basic steps up until the end for a complete revision. I look forward to your response. Thanks greatly.

  • 992 bincylizomon Jun 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    hi anjali thanks very much your bharathnatyam basic adavu. my daughter learning bharathnatyam and i always looking the steps from ur site. keep uodating some more adavus and steps. its really useful for people like me. lots prayers from bincy

  • 993 apoorva Jun 17, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Hi, I am 24 years old and never got opportunity to learn dance before. I love classical dance and want to learn it now. Can I do it?? Am I too old for this ??

  • 994 Divya Menon Jun 18, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Hi Anjali,
    First of all thanks a lot for such a nice blog. I have started learning Bharathanatyam recently. so your blog is really helping me in practice. Can you please add a video of ‘Mooshika Vahana’ slokam?

    Thanks & Regards,
    Divya Menon

  • 995 Keerthy Vasudevan Jun 22, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Thank u mam….

  • 996 Rahul Jun 23, 2013 at 3:23 am

    dear Anjali,
    I like the site and all videos which are very helpful for beginners to skilled dancers. I had love for this dance which really helps maintain a healthy spirit. I being male it generally tough to get admittance from family. I joined classes but with years gap and then rejoining them .this does not help. Now I once again plan to join and learn . My age is 28 so can I pursue. Further I have enquired for classes where there are all females and the number os students per batch is around thirty but two days a week.Another class is for less number of people but only once a week .They are ready to enroll me . Both are female gurus along with few assistants they teach.please suggest what to choose.

  • 997 Kavila Jun 29, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I am a classical dance teacher (Master degree in bharathanadiyam ) I was so happy to see your video . It is good to learn people around the world. But few things wrong like adavu and item please make sure u did the right things before you upload the video. Because people doesn’t want get wrong things

  • 998 Anjali Jun 29, 2013 at 10:01 am

    @kavila, you are welcome to add in your thoughts into the space. Please specify which portions you think does not match your style. I would say the differences are because of changes in style.

  • 999 Anjali Jun 29, 2013 at 10:05 am

    @Rahul, I would suggest enroll yourself where you feel comfortable. I dont think 28 is too late. You may want to take trial sessions with the teachers and find out what suits you best.

  • 1000 Anjali Jun 29, 2013 at 10:07 am

    @Aditi, there are many videos available on sites like kalakendra. Go through and find out what meets your needs.Appreciate your positive comments. Thanks

  • 1001 Anjali Jun 29, 2013 at 10:09 am

    @Divya, the pushpanjali video already has the mooshika Vahana slokam. Thanks

  • 1002 Kaajal Ahuja Jun 30, 2013 at 8:47 am

    You are simply brilliant and you make everything look so easy. Truly this is a unique contribution u r making and what makes it truly special is that you are giving 1005; not withholding anything. God bless…

  • 1003 malavika srinivasan Jul 6, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    halo anjali….. i am a dance teacher and a perfomer… i also reside in USA. this website is a very good effort . thank u…..

  • 1004 abhilasha Jul 7, 2013 at 4:57 am

    hi anjali,it was great to find u ,very helpful for me.actully iwant to know that wat is name of the wodden intrument which u use for teaching?

  • 1005 Sanketi Jul 10, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Hello Anajli mam,

    I am not a good dancer & i m 31years old. Is this possible for me to learn bhartnatyam dance form. You have share lots of information through this site. I like it. pl. advice me

  • 1006 Anjali Jul 11, 2013 at 6:06 am

    @Abhilasha, it is called a Nattuvangam. The wooden one is also called Tatta vadi.

  • 1007 ranjana shivkumar Jul 11, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Dear Anjali,
    Liked your blog. My elder daughter Jhanavi is in her 4th year of bharatnatyam. Probabaly next year would give her arengetram . I would like to how she can appear for exams in Bharatnatyam .her teacher only provides certificate sfter thge completion of the course. can i personally make her appear for exams. We stay in noida kindly provide me details on this.

  • 1008 rahul Jul 12, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Thank you Anjali maam.I had already joined classes which allows me six hours in week. Earlier i had learned upto teermanam .Now let see how i can catch up since i will have to start with from begining.besides the six hours training in classes can you please let me know how much time to devote daily .Also some times i found out that some teachers follow different styles .Once again your all vidoes are inspiring and motivating.If you been in mumbai i would certainly loved to train under you.Thanks once again

  • 1009 PushpaBhaskar Jul 13, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    namasthe to anjaligaru. i am a big fan of ur dance i regularly visit online bharathanatyam.

  • 1010 PushpaBhaskar Jul 13, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    anjaligaru where i get the audio songs of bharathantyam, i mean alarippu, pushpanjali……so on.

  • 1011 SMT.TRUPTI M.THAKKAR Jul 14, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I m confused as whether I should send my daughter for Visharad classes in Bharatnatyam. Guide me.

  • 1012 Ananya Mukherjee Jul 14, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Respected Mam,
    I Ananya Mukherjee currently worked in a school named The Millennium School Jaipur as a dance teacher.I have already completed my sixth year prabhakar from Prayag sangeet sameeti Allahabad.After marriage i cant complete my course .So now i think that i will complete my course.My query is can i complete the course now? Please give me some suggestions.

  • 1013 venkat Jul 18, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Hi Ms. Anjali,
    I make documentaries on various subjects and i am composing a dance sequence on Goddess Durga Devi. I want to know what hand gestures are specific to Goddess Durga.
    Thank you,

  • 1014 Christine Jul 20, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I lived in Mumbai asa a child and studied Bharatanatyam for 3 years. Now many years later in UK I have been able to refresh my knowledge thanks to your online tuition. I am currently working on Alarippu. Thank you for your clear and helpful teaching. I am still a bit unclear about the steps at the end of the dance but will keep trying!

  • 1015 SaiAdithya Jul 20, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Namaskaram Anjali mam,

    I am 24 years old I have never learned any form of dance before, But i am free style dancer. I want learn Bharatnatyam, Is it ok to start learning at this age?

  • 1016 Rati Jul 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I am 30 yrs old but short height (5 ft) . Do you think bharatanatyam would suite me? I am trying with your adavu videos . Thanks a ton.
    One more question….I wanted to have Bharatanatyam costume. Any idea what style would suite my height and also where can I get it (in US / INDIA)?

  • 1017 thendral Jul 23, 2013 at 1:26 am

    hey Anjali ! you are doing a fantabulous job. your videos are very helpfull, easy to understand and are really encouraging. I am 22 yr old. i always had a passion for bharatanatyam. i now got a chance to learn. rite nw in tatta adavu. Bt my teacher keeps telling me that learning bharatnaytam at this age is not alt all possible because the body wouldn’t be flexible enough. Its kinda discouraging me :( Is it possible to learn nw ? I really want to learn bharatanatyam. its my dream. i ws told that the style i would be learning is kalakshetra style. i have no idea abt styles of bharatanatyam. what style are you teaching? pls help me.

  • 1018 Anagha Deo Jul 23, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    I want to know is it possible to learn this dance form in any age? and what is the fees if i learn it from your online bharatnatyam site?

  • 1019 Trupti Jul 25, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Hi Anjali,

    Am aconfused mother of the 7 yr old daughter who is very keen on learning Bhartanatyam.

    My daughter has already enrolled with local Bharatnatyam classes, some classes teach with the ghunrus some without , since am ignorant about Bharatnatyam can u pls provide me some reference point (maybe a website/book etc) wherein i can find the authentic information about the same…………

  • 1020 Senaida Jul 26, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    It is not my first time to pay a visit this web site, i am visiting this site
    dailly and take nice information from here every day.

  • 1021 g ganga baghirathi Jul 26, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I liked the information you have give in the mudras but it would be helpful if you also provide the video of the viniyogum for every mudra

  • 1022 punam Jul 27, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Hi !

    So good to see this website. Its a wonderful thing that you are sharing all about this beautiful art form. I did my arengatrem in Bharatanatyam but have been out of practice since many years owing to work and other things. I am a mother of a kid now but desperately want to start dancing again. I have forgotten so much of it. Hope to refresh and learn from your website now. But I am not sure how I should get back to performing and getting involved actively. I am from Assam and now settled in Mumbai. Looking forward to some suggestions from you and thanks a lot for all the information you have provided in your website.

  • 1023 Simran Jul 28, 2013 at 2:36 am

    hi anajali
    i m a student and i m learning bharatnatyam from past 3 years and this site has helped me alot understand some things which were given for learning to me…. thanks a lot

  • 1024 Pooja Jul 28, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Ur great!i am really happy that I am able to Learn bharatnatyam so perfectly from ur videos!for free at home.i have been learning bharatnatyam from the age of 4 and I am having my rangapravesham in three months I am 14years now.please do give me some valuable tips if u have any.thanx a lot again this website rocks!

  • 1025 Meera Krishnan Jul 29, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Hai Anjali Chechi,

    i really liked your webpage and the important matters that you have shown
    i have completed arangetam in bharatnatyam and i want to continue the dance or what to step to another classic dance
    what would you prefer that i should do


    Meera Krishnan

  • 1026 roopa Aug 12, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    hi..suggest some ideas to compose bharatham natyam song.what are the rules and basic …

  • 1027 Julie Roy Aug 19, 2013 at 5:38 am

    namaskar,i am 27 years old.in my child hood ican not study baratanatyam.but ihave a great passion about this.now i have 2 children.in this augest 1 i started my learning ,i think u r my guru.and its my humble reqest.please consider me your sishya.daily i learning about 1 hour.it is very difficult to fiexible the body.so daily i work out half hour yoga and half hour phisical exercises before dance class.u r my teacher.

  • 1028 vijayabhaskar Sep 18, 2013 at 5:09 am

    hai, your notes are helpful to learners of bharatham students,your anga suddha very neat ,valkakalai valarka your profossional,

  • 1029 MUNMUN SINHA Sep 21, 2013 at 7:32 am

    i want to learn bharatnatyam dance from you mam but i stay in delhi & i am very keen to learn please guide me

  • 1030 Milan Sep 28, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Anjali Chechi!
    Yesterday (28th September)I did my dance.It was great.I used expressions and of course I smiled.I always forgot to smile in my dances before but now I started to smile.When I was dancing I was so scared that I might make a mistake and get mixed up in front of all that people.But I didn’t make a mistake .I did it perfectly.Anyway the hall was big.If you want a picture of my dance please ask my parents and they will send it to yuo through email.
    A big thanks for you for teaching me the dance and also a big thanks to Ipshita Chechi aswell.:)

  • 1031 Anjali Sep 28, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    @Milan, Glad to know you had a wonderful performance. Yes I surely would like to see your pictures and videos. Thank you for you kind words and always keep practicing.

  • 1032 pratibha Sep 29, 2013 at 6:41 am

    hi mam,
    i am 27 now can i learn kuchipudi dance ,if i start how many yr take to complete.

  • 1033 ganga Oct 2, 2013 at 1:43 am

    namaskaram anjali madam
    i would like you to give me the viniyougum of the mudras please i am of class 7 i love this dance form please do me this favour

  • 1034 Purnima Oct 2, 2013 at 6:33 am

    I just came to know of this site today only.. I really want to thank u for you effort.. I always wished to study dance but i couldnt do it due to family issues.. now i’m a first year student of B.Sc in India and still my love for Bharatnatyam has not died down.. Actually this site has given me new hopes of learning this art.. Please consider me as ur disciple and provide me more lessons of dance..

  • 1035 Anjali Oct 3, 2013 at 11:37 am

    @Pratibha, atleast 3yrs considering that you have learnt Kuchipudi and can pick up fast.

  • 1036 sreechitra Oct 9, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    hi ma’m..im sreechitra…. i m very much interested in bharatanatyam….i know that age is not a problem for learning dance..your videos inspired me a lot and after watching those i had an urge to learn it and now i have joined a dance school for learning it…i have already studied the basics in my childhood , but could not continue at that time. your videos are very helpful to me in my dance classes.. now im 22years old. i just want to know that how many years will it take to perform an arangettam (debut performance) ??? is it possible in 2 years??? please reply… thankyou a lot for your videos…and thankyou so much for being an inspiration for me to begin my dance learning again after a long time… regards sree…

  • 1037 lavanya Oct 12, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    This is a good attempt to improve INDIAN cultute now a days.Thank
    you a lot.

  • 1038 Krishnan Oct 13, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Rally .. you are great .. no words …

  • 1039 Clarris Oct 20, 2013 at 4:22 am

    Your information was very useful. If you are doing a bharatanatyam dance on stage (competition) what would a winner need? I mean like expression etc. Thank-you

  • 1040 rani Oct 27, 2013 at 5:55 am

    Wow, your is really a nice site for people like me who love both classical and modern dancing; expressiveness of the body in Indian classical dancing and the agility of the body in modern dancing.

    I am currently doing Multi faith theme with my EHV(Education in Human Values) students. Covered Dasavatar for Hinduism and so wanted to do the dasavathar mudras with them. Checked with your mudras to ensure what I know is correct.

    In case you have not realised, the Shikhara hasta for Rama avatar is linking to Sarpa Hasta. Just thought of letting you know.

    Thanks for such an interesting site. Take care.


  • 1041 Radha Arganis Nov 4, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Namaste mataji:
    I am so thanks with you, by let me learned from your yoube videos class. So, I have more presentations even before to hindu ladys dancers and like so much my humble effort. All is by mercy of Sri Radharani that put to you in path of life for to do my bhaktiseva to Lord Sri Krishna. So, please let my to be your diciple always.
    Sincerily Radha.

  • 1042 Babitha George Nov 6, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Anjali Madam, Greetings from Kuwait.I would like to introduce myself as Babitha who got a dance school at Kuwait. Got a question to you.Do u have original songs of Alarippu, Thodayam, Ganesha sthuthi and Kunitha puruvavum songs?

  • 1043 Vijayalakshimi Ranganathan Nov 19, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I received your mail on the DVD. But Malaysia is not listed in your country list. I want to purchase the DVD and train our children here i have almost 15 children in our temple.
    Madam i learned Bhartanatyam for one year from Master Mohan in India.I am willing to learned and continue my Bhartanatyam from you. Can u help me on this matter. I want to learn online from you first before train others.
    Madam please give me your contact so that any inquiries i can contact u directly. I need your guide too on this matter.
    Thank you madam.

  • 1044 Anjali Nov 21, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    @Vijayalakshmi, thanks for letting us know. We are working on it. Will get back to you soon.

  • 1045 krishnenthu ks Nov 23, 2013 at 4:18 am

    i study bharatanatyam for 6 years under a master .i start learning dance when i was 7 years old now i am 14 and i am still going for programs in school and both out side school .i am from kerala. i like your passion towards dance. i too love dancing.i wish to become a professional dancer.i wish you to be a good dancer

    Thanks for your inspiration,Anjali Nandan

  • 1046 D Pereira Nov 28, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Hi Anjali,

    My daughter is 12 years old, and has completed her “Junior Diploma Grade V” from “Bharatiya Sangeet Samiti”.

    Can you please give me a list of exams in the order they have to be completed?

    Also, please explain the roadmap for a Bharat Natyam dancer to follow and grow to be the best.

    D. Pereira

  • 1047 generos Dec 4, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    hi anjali,
    first,thank you so much. You won`t believe it but I accutally performed on stage with ur helpful blog. Thnx so much. everyon in New york city loved it.

  • 1048 Prema Mohan Dec 5, 2013 at 5:02 am

    I would like to know more about bharathanatyam..

  • 1049 Thanushka Dilshan Dec 6, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Help me to find bharata visharada part 2 syllabus and past papers……Tell me a website to download……Plzzzzzzz….

  • 1050 anjali vineeth Dec 6, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    dr anjali

    i just want to know wich style are u following is it kalakshetra style…
    do u know wether all these are ther in kalakshetra style…i mean naattadavu itself u have so many variations…thts y …as u know ther are several styles in bharatahnatyam as pandanallor style kalakshetra style kalamandalam style…i want to know about kalakshetra styles..

  • 1051 Dr. Swati Daithankar Dec 9, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Nice service in classical field.keep it up…

  • 1052 Dr. Swati Daithankar Dec 9, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Nice service in classical field.keep it up…May God bless…

  • 1053 Alisha Korpal Dec 18, 2013 at 2:27 am

    hello mam
    alisha from ludhiana i love the dance but due to studies not got much time to explore the dance thanku so much for these kind of wonderful videos
    started today but only able to complete Tatta Adavu part
    give me your best wishes so i could complete all the parts and learn a little of bharatnatyam
    thank you so much

  • 1054 Mansi bhagat. Jan 3, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Hi iam mansi from gandhidham(gujarat) i m madly passionate for bharatnatyam. I wanted to do PH.d on bharatnatyam. Is it compulsary to choose arts stream after 10th for PH.d on bharatnatyam? I wanted to choose science stream after 10th and how many years did the study of PH.d on bharatnatyam takes?

  • 1055 revathi Jan 11, 2014 at 2:37 am

    hai anjali nandan ……your attempt is realy useful and appreciable..is this tanjore bani ?

  • 1056 Mukta Jan 17, 2014 at 6:11 am

    My daughter is 5 yrs old, she likes dancing and shows interest in classical as well as mordern dance. I want to start a formal training for her however not sure which dance form to choose, I mean does it really matter that I choose kathak or Bharatnatyam for her I know you might say that it’s your personal choice but the problem is I’m not a dancer I don’t understand the difference between the two forms and may be I end up picking the form which is easily available to me for my daughter(like somebody teaching in near by area). Am I giving too much importance to this, should I just go for any form which is easily available. I really need some advice I don’t have any friends or family who is into classical dance. Thanks a lot in advance

  • 1057 Sanjana Jan 28, 2014 at 7:47 am

    i want to learn bharatanatya. So please provide me vedios of dances from the begining.

  • 1058 Kishneth Feb 1, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Hello there..i was wondering if there is a specific order in a dance demonstration..for instance, do we begin with an “anjali” followed by alarippu, then a kauthuvam..if you can kindly advice

  • 1059 bhuvana Feb 6, 2014 at 1:59 am

    hi mam nice to meet you iam interest in barathanatyam

  • 1060 aakashleena Feb 19, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Guru Anjali, namaskar
    i am really greatful to you to give us a chance to learn Bharatnatyam from begining

  • 1061 apurva deshmukh Mar 6, 2014 at 12:32 am

    i want to learn some performing items on stage. i am preparing for vishrad but here in mumbai all gurus are busy with there own programmes i want to build up my self as an performer …….so i want some kautuvam,stuthi,shloks which ebsite can give pure form of classical bharatnatym’s song?

  • 1062 Vp Mar 6, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Hi, my daughter is 4 years old, she is very interested in dance and we have enrolled her in barathanatyam class. I keep receiving discouraging comments about putting her in dance class at this very young age from family and some friends. She goes for the class only once a week, and is very interested in it. Is it not advisable to dance at this age? please help me.

  • 1063 Toms Mar 8, 2014 at 6:47 am


  • 1064 Rakhi Mar 15, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Hi Anjali,
    I started bharathanatyam from childhood and i am a professional dancer and acted in few malayalam and tamil movies. I wanted to pursue my career in dance and require a degree certificate for that.

    Could you please help me with your valuable advice to acheive it.


  • 1065 Charmain Mar 16, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I am approaching 70 and have just had the ‘all clear’ to re commence Bharatanatyam. I first studied for three or four years when in my late twenties in Zambia with Balasundari (Thanga) whilst l also introduced her little girl to European Ballet. Wasn’t sure whether to have another go but l did love it so much and finally have time – no music but all my notes and now l have you. Oh, and by the way, to the lady with a four year old, – l began classical dance at four. Yes, good time to begin. Thanks

  • 1066 Anjali Mar 19, 2014 at 10:10 am

    @Charmain, glad you have found this website helpful. Interesting to know your ventures with Bharatanatyam. Feel free to share your experiences with us learning in Zambia and still practicing at 70.

  • 1067 Anjali Mar 19, 2014 at 10:20 am

    @Rakhi, there are colleges like Kalai kaveri and shastra who offer distance education programs in Bharatanatyam. That should help you take a degree.


    Hope this should help.

  • 1068 Vyas Treta Mar 21, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Resp. madam,
    My mother knows b.n. dance. But she is in India and I am staying in canada with my papa. I also have completed six years of b.n. when I was in Gujarat, India. For more understanding your site is very useful to me. I cannot express my happiness. I request you to keep the photos of bandhav hastawith sloka and varna hasta with sloka please.
    Thanks a lot.
    Namskar from Treta. (I am of 17)

  • 1069 sarbani Biswas Mar 24, 2014 at 2:54 am


  • 1070 Ellen McKay Mar 27, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Hi there

    I have a website related to healthy eating, nutrition and fitness and I am interested in buying a link on your site.

    Are you interested in something like this?

    If so, please let me know your price, etc

    By the way, nice site! :)

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  • 1071 GOPAL KRISHNA Mar 27, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Anjaliji:
    I am an avid admirer of both Carnatic music & dance forms. And
    a bit of a ‘writer’ in my own right.

    Would you be kind to let me visit you, while you are teaching
    an active class? — I mean, in a ‘live’ class room setting!
    Thanks, //GOPAL//

  • 1072 babita Mar 28, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    My daughter is appearing for 5th exam in Bharatnatyam tomorrow i.e. on 30th March 2014. I have a query that is apprearance marks are given. She dances well and knows all the steps and also orally.

  • 1073 babita Mar 28, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    She has to wear white kurta pyjama and red dupatta. I dress her, make plates, decorating with gajras and also wear her bangles, , earing and necklace. Is any marks for this

  • 1074 ANIL Apr 6, 2014 at 2:21 pm


  • 1075 Shuba Apr 10, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    Thank you very much for the wonderful teaching.. Because of your step by step and very patience teaching, I got full confidence to develop my Classical Dance skills even in my 30s Age..
    One doubt.. I do not find 3rd Part of Mandi Adavu in You Tube. Kindly help me on this,.
    Thank you in advance.
    Best Regards,

  • 1076 Shubha Apr 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Hi anjali,
    Thanks a lot for the uploaded videos which are easily able to understand me like new learners & 30s… Kindly help me the You Tube link for Part 3 Mandi Adavu as I do not find it.. Or Please suggest me where I can get your Beginners CD/DVD in chennai to learn all Adavus..
    Thanking You.
    Best Regards,

  • 1077 Racheal Apr 14, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Thanks so much for a wonderful website! I often recommend it to my students and just love how you have put so much information on here!!

  • 1078 Pooja Apr 14, 2014 at 7:39 am

    hey I wish to learn Bharatnatyam since childhood.. But I have breathing prob.. What do you think? Will it be hurdle while learning Bharatnatyam?

  • 1079 Aparna May 1, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Anjali, This is a great website. I was googling about bharatanatyam classes for adults and chanced upon this site. Are you still at Plano? I am a 41-yr old and would like to learn. Never danced all my life. Do you offer classes? Thanks for the great website and I will keep looking for a teacher. BTW, if you have any references for a teacher in the area, I would be happy.

  • 1080 DEBANSHU MAZUMDAR May 3, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Hi Anjali
    My only daughter is 8 yrs old and we are from Calcutta (India) and she is learning Bharatnataym from one local dance school under Tanjore Gharana, Can I enroll her on online classes, What are the procedure for the same. waiting for your response at my above mail id.
    +91 9830406377

  • 1081 Anjali May 8, 2014 at 7:15 am

    @Aparna, Thank you. Yes I am in Plano. Have messaged you in case you are interested in classes.

  • 1082 Chetna May 10, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Hi Anjali this is a fantastic effort and I’m using your videos to help my four yr old with her practices. Do you have an app as well?

  • 1083 Swathi P.Bharadwaj May 13, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Namaste madam,
    i started learning bharatanatyam when i was in 4 years now i am 15 years old.i passed karnataka board dance junior & senior exam in first class.now i complete succesfully my 10 std (2014)in 77%.i am interested in taking dance courses in corresspondence including my college(PUC COMMERCE) education. please guide me that how can i take the courses?immediately

  • 1084 ruba das manna May 13, 2014 at 10:15 am

    i am a5th year pass out in bharatnatyamfrom chandigarh board…i am 41 year old … i liked your website….

  • 1085 Anjali May 14, 2014 at 9:10 am

    @Swathi, there are a couple colleges I know offer the distance course. I know some who are learning here.Look for details the links below:


    There may be many other colleges that I am not aware. Do your research.

  • 1086 AnuRajeev Jun 1, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Nice , Actually i learned a lot from you. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful performance and teaching notes.

  • 1087 S Krishna Kishore Jun 10, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Hello Anjali,

    I have recently joined 5 year old my daughter in Bharatanatyam classes in Hyderabad, India. I would like to know, if there is any DVD or CD which can teach basics steps of Bharatanatyam that will help my daughter to learn and understand the basics. Please let me know where can i get the DVD or CD.


  • 1088 Durga Jun 24, 2014 at 3:51 am

    I really liked the basics you have tought us so far but I request you to post bharatnatyam steps for nice songs. Thank you mam

  • 1089 Gauri Jul 9, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I absolutely loved your website.. I am mother of 6 years old and wanted to learn it but were not able to find and classes and few which i found were too expensive. I can’t appreciate enough how beautifully you are giving knowledge to everyone.. Only one question i have is which style you teach? is it kalashetra?

  • 1090 S. N. Padhaan Jul 10, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Anjali I red your words about Nritya, great effort!

    I think that it would be right to contact Dr. Madhurima, General Secretary, International Theater, establishing a Theater Academy in India.
    Her Contact No. is: +91-931 340 2744

    Regards & Best Wishes…

    S. N. Padhaan
    Editor & Writer (Law)

  • 1091 Aakashleena Mondal Jul 12, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Ma’am,today is gurupurnima. I consider you as my guruji. So, I am giving you hearty respectation from the core of my heart.

  • 1092 shobha Jul 12, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    i have just joined bharata natyam classes, and i am so excited !!!
    i am in my late 20s, and working and attend my classes on sat and sundays… can you tell me how many hours of practice is needed for a beginner, and the very important adavus that should be known

  • 1093 Noor Jul 14, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    hi, i just wanted to say thank you for sharing your expertise and videos. Your videos have really helped me develop my love for dance. I am Pakistani and have always wanted to learn Bharatnatyam. I’m glad you said age is not a factor. thank you so much :)
    warm regards.

  • 1094 naina Jul 14, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    hi, I just wanted to thank you for sharing your expertise and passion for dance with us. I am Pakistani and have always wanted to learn this dance but did not have the opportunity. I am now in my early 20s and so I was glad you said that age is not a factor. thank you again so much! people like you make the world a brighter place. warm regards!

  • 1095 Mrs.Nutan Vaibhav Joshi Jul 19, 2014 at 5:37 am

    do you provide online teaching bharatnatyam exam wise and also take exams …or if you arrange for exams somehow at centres ….please plz plz tell me yes if it is possible…i had already given 1st exam of bharatnatyam …but after marriage …there are no classes available at my place..and i really really want to learn it….

  • 1096 Renugaa Jul 31, 2014 at 2:02 am

    Is Bharathanatyam necessary to be learned in early ages such as 4 or we can learn it at 14 or 15 or 16… I feel confused about it .. ur practical lessons are useful for me to learn basics of Bharathanatyam..

  • 1097 mohana priya Aug 11, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Hello madam,i want your dvds full courses of bharatanatyam.plz sent me how to i get that,

  • 1098 Savita Sutar Aug 12, 2014 at 3:35 am

    Is doing Bharatanatyam there is a impact on height? , my daughter is 6 yrs old she stared it, so she will grow in same away as other children from her age,or there is less growth?

  • 1099 shirisha Aug 31, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    hi am shirisha.i hav learnt bharatnayam from shri.n.suvarnalatha who is a student of adiyaar laxman,kalakshetra.unfortunately i dropped it midway n would to u practice it again .hope your website will help me do that.

  • 1100 vijayalakshmi vishwas Sep 9, 2014 at 8:29 am

    I have completed junior examination in bharathanatyam,due to some problems i discontinued,can i rejoin now?if yes should i learn from basics or can i continue for next level

  • 1101 Santhosh K Nair Sep 11, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Dear Anjali,
    My daughter is an MBBS student and she learnt classical dance from from her age 4 to 15. Now for last 4 years she is dancing only for college functions. She is practicing a dance performed by Niveda Ramalingam in “Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Festival 2003 Dance Competition Final Performance”, but the audio quality of song is not good. This dance was uploaded in youtube with good quality vedio, but very poor audio. Can you just help me to suggest the name of song, so that i can download the same.

  • 1102 Santhosh K Nair Sep 11, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    The following link is the dance performance by Niveditha Ramalingam. Kindly click the link and listen the songs and please help me

  • 1103 tharriniraghu Sep 13, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Well-organised and informative website.

  • 1104 Geeta Sep 15, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Great website! Been really helpful to practice Bharatnatyam!! Thank you for taking the time to put this website!

  • 1105 mini Sep 25, 2014 at 1:26 am

    I am a dancer , however i am not a professional dancer. I would like to know more about this divine art. please include me for discussions as i can clear my doubts. Thanks.


  • 1106 PIYUSH Oct 5, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Hi Anjali

    An amazing blog on dance.
    I have a similar background like you I started learning dance at the age of 4 and continued it throughout my college days.I have performed the dance forms in bharatnatayam,mohiniyattam and kuchippudi.
    I am currently residing in Texas and hence looking for a good platform to perform classical dance .Kindly advise the same.Your blog kind off motivated to start dancing again :)

  • 1107 Anjali Oct 6, 2014 at 10:20 am

    @Piyush, you can get started with approaching the local temple cultural committees, who will include you into their list ad will invite you during festivals and events to perform.

  • 1108 DIMPLE WADHWANI Oct 7, 2014 at 12:07 am

    HI ! Its been a great help for learning hastmudras from your site ,i’m 33 and just completed my PPII WITH 88%.Its good to share that i’m learning this dance form with my daughter,we both are having keen interest in bharatnatyam .

  • 1109 Bani Maini Oct 28, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Dearest Anjali,

    I respect everything you give to the world via website. Thank you for sharing this knowledge w/ the world.

    When teaching Tattadavu to children, when is it appropriate to move onto Nattadavu?

  • 1110 Deepa Oct 30, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    HI Anjali………Am not sure if you are still actively teaching dance. I live in Plano and am very interested in dance for my daughter

  • 1111 Sruthi Iyer Oct 31, 2014 at 4:21 am

    Hii Anjali Ma’m….I’m Sruthi Iyer from Mumbai..I had been learning dance for 5 years but I had to discontinue midway due to intervening board exams and study schedule.However,I’m still passionate toward this art form and continue to revise all the items through your videos.I really want to appreciate your efforts at popularising this form of dance from your side…

    I would be really glad and grateful if you could choreograph a dance on Krishna nee begane and Shree Ganeshaya Dheemahi-By Shankar Mahadevan and post a video of it.I have always been longing to dance on these two beautiful songs.


  • 1112 Sruthi Iyer Nov 1, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Hii Anjali Ma’m..I’m Sruthi from Mumbai.Now I’m 18.I had been learning Bharatantyam for 5 years but had to discontinue due to intervening board exams and busy study schedule.But i still revise my dance items by watching your videos during spare time which is that what helps me retain my passion towards this beautiful dance form.I would really like to congratulate you and express my gratitude for your efforts at popularising this dance form from your end.It really helps..

    It would have been very kind of you if you could post a video of dance on Krishna nee begane and Shree Ganeshaya Dheemahi-a devotional song by Shankar Mahadevan.I have always been wanting to dance on these beautiful songs.


  • 1113 Kalyani Suresh Nov 8, 2014 at 3:44 am

    hi! I am kalyani suresh from chennai. I’ve been learning bharatanatyam for the past 8 years. And i follow vazhuvoor style.
    I actually have a doubt! what style of bharatanatyam do they follow in kalamandalam?

  • 1114 gangadharan Nov 11, 2014 at 3:39 am

    Namskaram !
    i am gangadharan i want join in b.a bharathanatyam

  • 1115 deltty Nov 23, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Hi Anjali Master,I really happy to watch your videos with explanation,synchronized movements etc.I am like Nithya who mentioned that my childhood passion was to do Indian classical dance.but no money that time.when i see this kind of dance in T.V, i used to do myself without seeing anybody.I am now 34yrs ,had all doubt like Nithya,but your answer is so encourage, hopefully i gonna fulfill my dream.your blog with full explanation about bharatanatyam,so amazing,spend such a time and i don’t think so any bharatanatyam students knows all these history etc.so deep knowledge about this dance.Thank you very much adding such a wounderful site.me too would say the same as Nitya that I got a good guru.Thank you.God bless you

  • 1116 Prathibha.M Nov 25, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Namasthe Anjali,,
    I’m Prathibha,I’m learning bharatanatyam from since 7years…but certificate is not providing in my institute.so i need your help how to write online exams

  • 1117 Divya Dec 9, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    I am Divya lives in Dubai.I would like to learn bharathanatyam. I had my arangettam in my school days. After marriage i leave the dance. Now i think to start again.Actually I learned it Kalamandalam style. Is there any difference in your style, I think so.Please give me an advice about how to learn more through online, because i have two kids so its difficult for me to go out here.

  • 1118 Kal Dec 15, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Hey, Thanks giving all the details in your. website. But many of the links are broken. for e.g. the his link and the pencil Stick figure links do not work would you be able to fix them? Thanks

  • 1119 Uma Anand Dec 26, 2014 at 4:02 am

    I would like to purchase your DVD in INDIA , Please help me i getting it

  • 1120 Anjali Dec 26, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    @Uma please visit the link to buy DVD from India

  • 1121 Shrijita Mishra Jan 9, 2015 at 6:15 am

    Hi anjali didi
    I am Shrijita.I am 12 years now.I am learning bharatnatyam since I was 7 but I discontinued my practice last year but I am now continuing it by your website.You are really a good guru.According to me,you are the best dancer of this world.Htank you for putting this dance form online.Can you tell me where can I get the audios so that I can practice the adauvs more accurately.Aangikam bhuvanam ya sya vaachikam saravamayam aaaharyam chandrataradhike twan namaha saatvikam shivam.can you tell me some books and DVDs related to this dance.

  • 1122 jia Jan 11, 2015 at 1:16 am

    I am boy, but i would like to learn being dressed completely like girl is that ok?

  • 1123 Anuksha Varghese Jan 14, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Hi, I am interested in getting some choreography for a dance routine. I’ve been trained in Bharatanatyam for about 15 years on and off. Please let me if you’re interested in doing something more advanced. Thanks!

  • 1124 jia Jan 27, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Hii@anuska Varghese: Dear ma’m frankly speaking I am guy I have not learnt or tried doing bharatnatyam .. I saw some videos and which caught my attention. I don’t think the clothes or dressing matters between the gender! When I move out I want ot learn it being dress up like girl/ woman.. I have this interest ..though I am to ask directly since it is not allowed or to made fun why a guys ask for this.. If ever you can help write me @soul.truelover@gmail.com

  • 1125 Alla Nan Feb 26, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    i like dance

  • 1126 Swetha Feb 27, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    what is the correct age to join Bharatnatyam class. My daughter is of 3yrs old and she is interested in dance.

  • 1127 Rehan Siddiqui Mar 7, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Hi maám,
    Glad to see the responce. I am also a student for the same field . this is my 3rd year. but still feel something incomplete. Kindly suggest me some book for more knowledge..

    Waiting for your revert…

  • 1128 varsha Mar 24, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    i want to participate in bharathanatyam competitions held in chennai. i am interested to dance snake dance..please reccomend some competition for me

  • 1129 varsha Mar 24, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    i want to participate in bharathanatyam competitions held in chennai.

  • 1130 sree Apr 1, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Is there any cd/dvd available for coaching. Its for my wife

  • 1131 Suchitra Varma Apr 4, 2015 at 10:56 am

    This is an excellent site. I underwent some Bharatnatyam training in the Thanjavur style. But couldnot find many videos in that style. Finally I found this site. Its really helping me. Thanks. I would like to ask your advice on the courses , is there a way of contacting you by email.?
    Thanks and regards

  • 1132 Anjali Apr 10, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    @sree, here is the link http://onlinebharatanatyam.com/2013/11/17/dvd-natyarambham-learning-adavus-in-bharatanatyam/

  • 1133 pushpa p kulkarni Apr 24, 2015 at 5:52 am

    hai mam

  • 1134 chandrakala Apr 25, 2015 at 4:55 am

    hello mam,
    i am very much interested in learning bharatanatyam,because of some reasons i couldnt .but now i made myself convenient to learn now i am23.can i learn complete bharatanatyam through online.please suggest memam

  • 1135 Nilima Apr 28, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Dear Anjali,

    I am a 27 year old and very interested in learning Bharatnatyam,but due to my work schedule i can’t provide much time to it and moreover i dont know of any school around my place in Western Mumbai.Can you refer me to a good guru.I wanted to learn Bharatnatyam since i was a child but coud n’t do it.I want to seriously pursue the dance form.Kindly suggest some good school and guru around Mumbai-maharashtra

    Kind Regards


  • 1136 Shubha May 5, 2015 at 4:37 am

    Hi Anjali,

    Thank you for your clear teaching via online and it is very much understandable for me like learners. Kindly share me your audio for Alaripu, Kautukam and other item pieces..Or please confirm how can i get your audios for dance pieces.

    Thank you..

  • 1137 Merin Jeffrin May 17, 2015 at 6:07 am

    That’s nice. I am 11 and i have been learning dance when i was 4 and i am on my third grade. I am practicing for my test and i find the theory really hard and the steps and alarippu easy.
    Could you give me some advise.

  • 1138 suresh May 20, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Namskaram ! madam, my name is suresh i am from alappuzha district, kerala . i am very much interested in classical dance and a strong desire to learn bharatanatyam , the problem is that i am 27year of age ,iam in poor financial bacjk ground . in my child hood and up to current age there is no postive environment and possiibility to learn classical dance ,i was perform folk dance in school , college levels. i was completed my post Graduation in 2011, i was worked in social justice department on 2 years. now iam 27 year of age i dont know that i have tallent and God blessings to learn bharatanatyam ,iam in poor financial bacjk ground so please help me madam and also give me an answer about weather my age is barrier to learn this art .


  • 1139 Sanjay Srinivas May 28, 2015 at 6:44 am

    I am 47 years old, had low back pain when I was around 20 years old. Took several medication but of no remedy and eventually started yoga training in the last 14 years. Now my back is strengthened leading a normal active life. Daily practicising yoga asanas such as surya namaskar, Sarvangasana, Halasana,Pashimottasana(2-3 various forms), Marichyasana 1 & 2 and little others. I had gymnasium training some years back too. Practising these asanas have given me the confidence looking towards learning Baratanatyam as I find it is taking me to the next fitness level. Since I have blood pressure(under control), I would like to learn basic stages, keep practicising and go on. Last few days, I have seen your online demonstration through youtube and started to follow your steps. As I am thoroughly self disciplined, I would like to take your suggestion and move forward. Kindly assist and if you could direct me to a guru in Chennai where I can dedicate 3 days a week. I am in business and I do quite a bit of touring but wherever I tour, I try to do basic workouts. I do follow a diet free from ghee, oil and take lot of veggie

  • 1140 shruthi May 29, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    hi Anjali, I saw all your information but I could not find what style is your bharatanatyam. is your style kalakshetra?

  • 1141 Roopa vaddadi Jun 1, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Dear Madam,

    I am very happy about learning dance after seeing ur website.
    my age is 24yrs in 2016may i will get married but due to some personal reasons i couldnt learn dance in my young age. I am a working professional.I had learn some part of basics near one guru but i got transfrd frm that place so i had discontinued dance.
    Dance is my passion before getting married i wanna learn bharatanatyam and also complete a course in it from a recognised university in distance mode. Through ur videos i learn a lot .Could you please guide me how to start learning and complete a course.i am very passionate to give stage shows wen ever i see dancers pics i feel very bad of myself that wen can i give shuch performances.Please kindly help me and please let me know total cost it takes to complete basic course and next levels also.
    Thanks and Regards,
    roopa V

  • 1142 Durga Jul 28, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Hi . I am planning to start teaching dance here in Singapore. Been learning dance since the age of 5. I just would like to enquire if you would be willing to teach dance items like pushpanjali, or aallaripu or other simple dance items which i can teach here for the students. I am not comfortable with choreographing the dance steps yet and i need someone to help me teach me . thanks.

  • 1143 DIVYOJYOTI GHOSH Aug 1, 2015 at 12:36 am

    what should be the points to be kept in mind during performing Bharatanatyam being a man to avoid feminine gestures?

  • 1144 saneesh Aug 5, 2015 at 1:42 am

    my daughjter she is 2 year 2 months old is it a rit tme to join the dance class if yes please tel me the joinning process and fees

  • 1145 priyanka Aug 10, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Hey Anjali, I’m 23. Can you please let me know when you come to India(or any way I can talk to you), I want to decide about my dance career after talking to you(need some suggestions and stuff), I have no one else to talk to(about dance)

  • 1146 Ms. Philip Aug 17, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Very nicely put together website. The basics are well described. My daughter just started learning dance and this website has helped me a lot in getting her information.

  • 1147 sarita Aug 21, 2015 at 2:18 am

    your online bharatnatyam lessons are very nice,as we dont have bharatnatyam classes in our area and nearby so iand my daughter started learning from your online lessons,as we dont have acess to this dance form here so i searched and got an oppurtunity to lean from ur classes , i m really thankful to u for posting those lessons , i just wanted to know if i follow ur classes in you tube then is it sufficient that we can learn bharatnatyam fully or i have to search for any dance academy

  • 1148 Pekham Aug 24, 2015 at 4:13 am

    Maam ,
    Am very happy to learn Jatiswaram and tilanna .Is korvai and Jati is same,i mean may i consider that there are five Jati in this Jatiswaram ?How will write this Jatiwaram and Tillana?And a request I you also teach us a beat Varnam,Sabdam and Padam .

  • 1149 v. shanmukha priya Sep 12, 2015 at 8:51 am

    hi teacher its nice to meet you

  • 1150 Sridevi Sep 18, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Dear Anjali,

    I have been looking for online courses to restart what I left 17 years ago, and found this site. Am delighted to see so much information all in one place. I was teaching dance when I stopped last. 17 years, a degree, job and 2 kids had me busy till now. I want to start again, and will be using your blog site for this purpose. Thank you for the wonderful work, and please do continue with this work.

  • 1151 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.

  • 1152 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

  • 1153 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.


  • 1154 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

  • 1155 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.

  • 1156 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…

  • 1157 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)

  • 1158 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

  • 1159 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 ?

  • 1160 suja nanda Jan 5, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Your demonstration is really commendable …

  • 1161 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,