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Basics of Bharatanatyam

by Dr. Rekha Raju

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. Also, they would have gained specific knowhow on the fundamental foot movements, hand gestures and expressions to be able to perform to a shloka, through the medium of Bharatanatyam.

  • Course Duration16 Weeks

  • Course LevelBeginner

  • Instruction LanguageEnglish

  • Classes Taken335

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Educator Profile

Dr. Rekha Raju

25 Years Experience

From: India

  • Teacher Skill Keywords:
    Basics Bharatanatyam
  • Education

    Ph.D in Dance from Mysore University

  • Work Details

    Artistic Director - 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.


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