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Can we learn Bharatnatyam online?

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

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

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

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

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


  1. Shanthi

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

  2. sushma toprani

    Hello Anjali,

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

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

    Thanking you

    Awaiting your reply and advise.

    Kind Regards


  3. Madhavi

    Hi anjali,
    I am looking online classes for my daughter(6 yrs).she already know some basics she almost learned for one year.
    We are in USA.please help me to how can I approach.


  4. Riya Vinod

    I really want to learn Barathanatyam .. I hv learned it fr 2 yes .. bt due to some reason I hv to stop .. I want to continue my dream dance .. is thr any way to contact Ur institution .. I think d way u gv exercise n classes r really great .. I would b happy to join. . how can I contact the institution to start learning

  5. Lakshmi Sri c

    I would like to know if any dancing branches of your academy available at Hyderabad and secunderabad if any please provide the contact number and the address

  6. Mahathi

    Which is the correct age to learn bharathanatyam. I’m asking this bcoz I would like to join my daughter in bharathanatyam..?

  7. Subha

    Hi Anjali.. I am a 32yr old lady.. I have studied bharatanatyam for 8yrs I my school days.. Now my daughter wish to learn bharatanatyam. But here there is transportation problem in our area which is making neglectance in her tendency to learn dance.. I am thinking of can follow your vdos which will be a revision for me and I can teach my child.. Thank you

  8. Sumathi Arumugam

    hi mam, can you help me, how will i get DVD’s from Sridevi Nirithyalaya?
    Are they providing online classes?
    If yes how much they charging?
    Thank you,

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