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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 Learntodance.com. On the last count, the site has been bookmarked by 580 people on del.icio.us ! (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.

167 Comments

  1. Suneetha Karri

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

  2. anita bansidas bhagure

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

  3. Alphonsa mary

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

  4. sweta singh

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

  5. ErhythmGuru

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

  6. Anjali

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

  7. nitika

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

  8. Sachin Naik

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

  9. Lilanandi Subhadra

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

  10. gayathiry

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

  11. S.Chitra

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

    Thanks & Regards

    S.Chitra

  12. balavaishnavi

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

  13. Anuradha

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

  14. Anjali

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

  15. Madhuja Mukhopadhyay

    Hi Anjali ,

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

    Regards,
    Madhuja

  16. Pooja

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

  17. Anjali

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

  18. Sneha

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

    Thanks again!

    Best Regards,
    Sneha

  19. sanskriti

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

  20. Usha

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

  21. Anjali

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

  22. Meriam

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

  23. suma

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

  24. shaheen

    Hi Anjali,

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

    Regards!

  25. sneha

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

  26. Sneha

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

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

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

    Awaiting your response.

  27. Anjali

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

  28. P.Rajalakshmi Iyer

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

  29. mitali bhide

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

  30. rrhujuta

    Hello Anjali,

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

    Regards
    Rhujuta Nadgauda

  31. navdha gupta

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

  32. Tifanm-la

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

  33. Sujatha chavan

    Hello ma’am,

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

  34. Yogeswari Subramaniam

    Vanakam Ms,

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

  35. shruti

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

    shruti.

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