Basics of Bharatanatyam

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Dr. Rekha
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Course Summary

This eight week course will introduce students to the highly acclaimed ancient Indian classical dance form, Bharatnatyam. This course will educate students about the Bharatnatyam dance form as well as teach students about 10 basic adavus, involving the basic standing postures, hand gestures and foot movements and culminate by teaching students on performing these adavus to a shloka. Students after completing this beginners course in Bharatanatyam, walk away confident, having learnt the basics adavus of this dance form.

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16 Weeks
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First Name
Dr. Rekha
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Number of years of relevant experience
25 Years Experience
From: India
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Basics Bharatanatyam
Study Details
Ph.D in Dance
Mysore University
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Organization / Institute Name
Nrithya Dhama Temple of Fine Arts

Course Details

This basic course of Bharatanatyam will train students on the nuances of essential postures, foot movements, hand gestures and facial expressions that form the core of Bharatanatyam dance form. In this course, students get introduced to the origin and development of Bharatanatyam. The teacher will teach students the core concepts of adavus, training them on 10 fundamental foot movements of Bharatanatyam, including the 3 basic 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 further in the course, the teacher will also teach students 10 fundamental hand gestures or mudras pertaining to the Asamyukta hasta meaning that which is done using single hand or one hand gestures, of the 28 in total. The next module will teach students 10 hand gestures or mudras pertaining to Samyukta hastas which means two hand or double hand gestures, of the 23 in practise. Further on, in the course the students will be trained on getting the different aspects of adavus, i.e foot movements and the hand gestures, all in sync, to perform to a shloka.

After successful completion of this course, students can gear themselves for the next course by Dr. Rekha Raju: Basics of Bharatanatyam | Level I 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.

Value Additions

By the end of this course, you will attain the essential posture required for Bharatnatyam dance. This course would help you develop a flexible body, strong foot muscles, gain body control, swiftness and good stamina to practice as well as perform basic Bharatanatyam footsteps. The knowledge imparted through this beginners course, training you on the basic adavus involving foot movements and hand gestures, will also equip you to perform to a shloka using Bharatanatyam as the medium. This course is an ideal foundation course enabling you to advance to the next stage of learning.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this Long term course on ipassio have the advantage of getting introduced to or learn the intricacies of an art form, from an experienced exponent of the art. Short term courses deal with creating a strong foundation on a specific topic. The syllabus of a Long term course is predefined and ready before the commencement of the course. This gives students a clear understanding about the knowledge they will gain in the stipulated period of time, helping them in their planning and decision making. The class strength is limited to 3, ensuring that each student gets attention. A set of 3 individuals enrolling for a short term course encourages learning from peers and social interaction. This long term course bodes good for students passionate about learning, setting them up for the long term or advance level of learning.

Course Specific Benefits

This course sets students up, for a journey in the field of Bharatanatyam, the revered classical Indian dance form. Students learn about the basic adavus, asamyukta and samyukta hastas as well as postures that define the core of Bharatnatyam, setting them up for higher learning through the advanced levels.



Students attending this course should be dedicated to learn this artform. They should have;

A notebook and pen, handy, to take down  notes during classes.

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Can students of all age enroll to learn the dance form? Are there any gender restrictions?
Girls aged 6 or above can join this course. Men interested to learn have to be scheduled in a different batch.
Do 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.
Will the students be educated on the history of the dance form?
Yes, there will be theory sessions which will speak about the history of the dance form.
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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