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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.

1,235 Comments

  1. anand

    Jai Shree Krishna,
    Namaskaram,
    Dear Smt, Anjali

    We are very thankful for your videos and online classes. Our daughter is 8 yrs old and has learnt upto Alaarippu and currently has no teacher to learn further. Hence we are looking forward for your guidance. We will be glad to offer Gurudakshina to you if you can teach her via skype. Can we please have a demo session at your convenient time, Kindly respond to our query.

    Meanwhile you can watch the link below to get a short introduction of our daughter Abhidheya. By God’s grace, she has been the youngest to chant the entire Bhagavat Gita out of memory at age 6 and makes videos on various herbs which we upload through our kids’ channel called CONSCIENCE.

    DASHAVATARA STUTI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fikqOOZs-Hw&t=122s

    HEALING HERBS FROM HEAVEN
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkTzWI0ob2Y&t=1s

    Thank you very much
    Awaiting your reply
    Abhidheya’s father ( Anand )

  2. Sowmya

    Hi,

    We live in London, I’m looking for Skype dance classes for my 7 yr old daughter. Please provide me your suggestions.

    Regards,
    Sowmya

  3. swethabalaji

    Hii madam ,I finished my junior exam long ago ,now I want to continue plz help me
    Give me details about senior exams

  4. Anjali

    Sure we will upload and exercise video soon. There may be slight variation, but mostly they will be the same.

  5. Bharatanatyam fan

    Ma’am please can you post a link to just the music you use in your “dance sequence (part 1)” video on YouTube. Many thanks.

  6. S.karpagavalli

    Dear madam Ur dance video really very useful to me to learn.. like that way pls post video about nattuvangam…

  7. Saranya

    Hi Anjali,
    A big kudos to you.You have done a wonderful job in creating this website..Awesome explanations and videos.A great help for beginner
    kids.Thanks.

  8. Anjana Sandeep

    Dear Anjali mam..I’m an online student of your blog.. could you please explain what style bharatanatyam is following in this blog.. ??I heard about different styles of bharatanatyam like pandanallur ,melattor , Kalakshethra styles etc…

  9. Parineet

    HI MY NAME IS PARINEET
    I AM CURRENTLY 12 YEARS OLD AND LIVE IN NEW DELHI, INDIA.I AM LEARNING BHARATANATYAM FROM ABOUT 7 YEARS UNDER GURU SAROJA VAIDYANATHAN’ S DISCPLE. I AM VERY KEEN IN LEARNING THIS DANCE FORM PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO GROW AND TELL ME I GOOD PLACE TO LEARN THE SAME.
    THANK YOU

  10. Meenakshee Singha

    Namaste !

    I am following your website since two years. its very helpful to me.

    Its one request , you have not written anything about sabdam. It will be very helpful to me if you update some videos about shabdam.

  11. Dr.Francesca Bremner

    Dear Ms. Nandan

    I love bharatha natyam and have learnt from the Padmini Ramachandran school in NJ a long while back. Once I got into the doctoral program and started my research projects I could not learn anymore. I am now older, and would love to start again. I followed your alarippu steps very easily, and as I did these steps my body remembered.
    I am able to learn through DVD’s. You are a very good teacher online. Or through individual skype classes. I live in NJ and spend a lot of my time travelling internationally. My phone is 862 621 3398.

    Best
    Dr. Francesca Bremner

  12. Dinesh Balan

    Hello,
    My daughter is planning her Arangetram in Chicago and is interested in performing the Dasaratha Kauthuvam.

    We are looking to the lyrics in Tamil and English for the same. Could you possibly assist with the same?

    Thanks
    Dinesh

  13. vikas kumar

    i visited your web i want to know more about single hand gestures which i didnt found in your web site please reply me so that i can provide you further details.

  14. Vaishnavi Soundararajan

    Hello! I’m living in Minneapolis and have a 10 yr experience in dance (From age 4 – 14) But due to personal situations could not continue. I am interested in taking it further. Love what you’re doing here, and look forward to hearing back!

  15. Suchitra prasob

    Mam
    I. Saw degree distance course of alagappa university details through this site
    Iam a dancer from childhood and now i want a degree but i cant go for regular classes i saw exams were conducted by online.
    Can u pls tell me the details of that course to me
    I tried go contact u many times and i contacted alagappa university
    But no response from there
    Mam pls reply

  16. GANGALAKSHMI CHERMAKANI

    Dear mam,
    I am doing a study on the indian born foreign settled members who preserve the Indian traditional art form. I would like to have your interview in this regard. Could you send your mail id. Furthermore, I would like to have some details on learning bharatham through online.

  17. Pravitha Karuthedath

    Hi ma’am,
    Which style of bharathanatyam you are following? Kalamandalam or Kalakshethre. Kindly reply.

  18. Gaurav Joshi

    Hello, I am Gaurav Joshi, Grandson of the Founder of Bharatiya Sangeet Samiti Late. Shri Keshav Dev Joshi. Its good to know that after doing the Visharad you have started with this Course. I would like to know more about the course and also if you make them appear for Examinations. Kindly drop the mail for further conversation.

  19. Anjali

    Prachi, Usually DVD’s are shipped from Mumbai. Just email me if you need transfer details. We will send you the tracking once it is shipped.

  20. Anwesha Sen

    Dear Madam,

    Your posts are very helpful for learners and young teachers. I have been learning Bharatnatyam since a very young age. But had to leave in mid way due to studies. Then again joined. Your videos help me recollect all the nitigrities of the art. I would really request you to upload more videos so that the online learners gather more knowledge.

    Awaiting more steps, techniques, dance choreographies, bharatnatyam pieces.

    Thank you.

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