Basics of Bharatanatyam | Level I

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Dr. Rekha
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Course Summary

This course will be an in depth attempt at getting students well versed with the Indian classical dance form, Bharatnatyam. Apart from educating students on the origins of Bharatanatyam, the course will teach students all the adavus as well as mudras and prepare the student for a 6 to 8 minute dance recital called pushpanjali. On conclusion of the course students would have learnt the important adavus or foot movements that combine to form a dance sequence.

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42 Weeks
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Dr. Rekha
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25 Years Experience
From: India
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Ph.D in Dance
Mysore University
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Nrithya Dhama Temple of Fine Arts

Course Details

This course takes an indepth look at Bharatnatyam introducing students to the ancient Indian dance form, its origin and ancestry. Further on, the course educates the students on body posture, the do’s and don't's when learning and/or demonstrating the art from,  as an important constituent for practising Bharatnatyam. The teacher then delves into the core concepts of adavus or foot movements that includes the three basic positions or postures using the lower half of the body, i.e posture with the legs together, the half seated posture and the fully seated posture. Moving on, this in depth Bharatanatyam beginners course trains students on all different adavus or foot movements. Progressing further, students get to learn and practise through live demonstration, 28 asamyukta hastas or single hand gestures or mudras plus 23 double hand gesture, samyukta hastas or hand gestures. Towards the conclusion of the course the students get trained on getting the different aspects of adavus, i.e foot movements and the hand gestures all in sync, to perform pushpanjali, otherwise referred to as a salute to God, Guru and the audience before a performance.

If the student wants to learn more insights on the Basic's of Bharatnatyam like 10 basic adavus, involving the basic standing postures, hand gestures and foot movements,Here is another course tailored by Dr. Rekha Raju: Basics of Bharatanatyam, and The Art of Bharatanatyam | Level II

About Dr. Rekha Raju: Identified as a child prodigy after entering dance school at the tender age of 3 and a half years, Rekha Raju has come a long way. After refining her skills as a bharatanatyam dancer Dr. Rekha Raju has devoted most of her time to mohiniattam, a dance form popular in Kerala. Perhaps her birth in Palakkad, Kerala could be the possible reason for her interest in Mohiniattam. Raised in Bangalore, the gifted artist now runs Nithya Dhama, a dance school in Bangalore. Amidst this hustle and bustle Dr.Rekha Raju successfully completed her phd in dance from Mysore University studying Margi and desi techniques of Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam. Other courses

Value Additions

This course helps you to sharpen and further your dancing prowess and skill performing the ancient dance form of Bharatnatyam. This course polishes and gives confidence to you with your foot movements, hand gestures as well as facial expressions. Undergoing this course helps you develop a flexible body, strong foot muscles, gain body control, swiftness and good stamina to practice as well as perform basic Bharatanatyam steps for longer hours. On conclusion you are well groomed to perform a 6 to 8 minute Bharatanatyam piece, known as pushpanjali, otherwise referred to as a salute to God, Guru and the audience before a performance.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this long term course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since, long term courses are detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more

Course Specific Benefits

Learning from one of the best available talent practicing the art form, students get to learn in detail about bharatanatyam. This long term course also establishes the guru shishya bond that is so revered when learning Bharatanatyam, ensuring the students at the culmination of the course is confident to make a solo presentation.


Students attending this course should be dedicated to learn the artform.

They should have a notebook and pen handy to take down notes during their classes.

Weekly Schedule

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Section A
Mon 07:00 AM - 07:45 AM America/New_York
2 Seats
Section B
Sat 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM America/New_York
0 Seat
Section C
Wed 02:00 AM - 02:45 AM America/New_York
2 Seats
Section D
Mon 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM America/New_York
1 Seat
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Do the students need the attire and accessories needed for Bharatnatyam to start on the basic course?
They do not need it at the beginning. Dressing up for the dance form will be taught at a later stage.
Do the students get evaluated?
Yes, there will be periodical assessment to evaluate the students.
Do you provide students with additional course material apart from the notes and live demonstration?
Students, will be provided, theory notes, PDF’s and referential links on YouTube.
Any specific expectations from students enrolling?
Students enrolling have to be punctual to the class.
What if the student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two days prior to the class. In such a case, the teacher will reschedule the class and conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student. In case the student misses to give two days prior notice about his absence to the teacher, then the decision to conduct another class for that student is completely based on teacher’s discretion.
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.

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