Online Foundation Course In Bharatnatyam

Learn the basics of Bharatanatyam in a self-paced, three-month course

Introduction to Bharatnatyam

Bharatanatyam is an ancient dance form local to Tamil Nadu and is the oldest classical dance tradition of India. An early reference to Bharatanatyam from 2nd century CE can be traced to the ancient Tamil work Silapathikaram. The dance features narration of legends and spiritual concepts from our scriptures. The unique aspects of this dance form are the fixed upper torso, a wonderful foot movement combined with bent legs and knees, and the distinctive sign language including hand gestures and eye movements. Bharatanatyam is today one of the eight popular classical dance forms in India.

About the course

You will learn the basics of Adavus, the three main components of Bharatanatyam namely: Sthanak (the basic standing posture), Chari (the movement of hands and feet) and Nritta Hasta (stylized hand gesture). You will also be given training in different Mudras (hand gestures) and Padabheda (leg movements).  At the end of the course, you will learn a short dance piece and would have gained a deeper understanding of this art form.


The self-paced three-month course is designed to teach you the nuances of this unique dance form. You will have access to:

  • 16 recorded sessions
  • 10 practice videos

 Level: Beginner


  • Practical experience of learning Bharatanatyam
  • A short Bharatnatyam dance piece 
  • The grammar and composition of Bharatanatyam
  • A certificate of completion

Know your teacher

Kalaniketan Bharatnatyam

Kalaniketan Bharatanatyam dance institute was established in 1984 by Guru Uma Tilak. Since then, hundreds of graduates have created a name for themselves as good performing artists as well as teachers. Kalaniketan gives scientific dance training and follows the traditional Guru Shisya Parampara

Over the years, the institute has secured many awards, including: 

  • Yuva Kalakar Award 
  • Hind Gandharva Shree Award
  • Adarsh Paalak Award
  • Pune Gaurav Award
  • NDE award 
  • Vishalakshi award

The team of teachers includes 

  1. Gauri Bhise 
  2. Pragati Newale
  3. Chaitrali Chitnis

Artists share their experiences

“It was an honor to perform Kathak under the guidance of Pandit Birju Maharaj and team. So grateful for this opportunity when you find an audience of more than 2.5 lakh applauding you.”
Manita Gauba, 38
“It was like a dream to perform on that magnificent floating stage, in front of such a mammoth audience. I was a part of Cosmic Rythym - a yoga dance, at the World Culture Festival 2016. There were many hitches before going in for the finale. But, in the finale, it was perfect.”
Jayashree Prabhakar, 50
“We had started practicing ahead of the grand event. The entire Gujarat team was preparing for traditional Garba. It was a visual treat to see 1500 Garba dancers performing together. The performance was received with a standing ovation. I loved it.”
Ronak Pala, 32