Indian classical dances bring out the quintessential cultural ethos of the diverse regions of India. This programme offers practical training in the basics of classical dance forms and provides a holistic and integrated approach to understanding Indian performing arts through theory courses with seventy and thirty weightages for practical and theory percent. It combines the flexibility of distance and continuing education with conventional learning system, and provides for face-to-face interaction, for both theory and practice sessions.
Bhakti Natya Niketan (BNN), founded by Karuna Sagari, offers a comprehensive Bharatanatyam dance curriculum online and offline for students of different ages and levels in the Kalakshetra style. The lead trainer in the course Karuna Sagari has graduated with honours from the world-renowned performing arts institution, the Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai, in 2008. For 10 years, outstanding choreographer, Sheejith Krishna guided her in her pursuit of this dance form. Currently, she is under the mentorship of veteran danseuse, Malavika Sarukkai. She holds a Masters degree in South Asian Studies from the University of Heidelberg, Germany and a Masters degree in Tamil from Annamalai University.
Karuna is an Aikya Awardee (2013) presented with the title, ‘Women defending our Culture’ by Global Adjustments. She has been awarded with the Vasantalakshmi Narasimhachari Talent endowment award by the Narada Gana Sabha (Aug 2011). She is an ICCR Empanelled artist.
What is Blended Learning?
Blended Learning is a unique mode of learning which combines traditional, face-to-face classes as well as online materials. In this program, Blended Learning offers a merger of live classes as well as online course content, created by Bhakti Natya Niketan, to provide a more holistic & engaging learning experience and to allow the student to understand the artform more effectively.
- To introduce Bharatanatyam, in the Kalakshetra Bani in the organic pedagogy.
- To prepare the body to cope with the intricacies of the art form so injuries can be prevented specially in adult students
- To help every student appreciate the nuances of the artform so, besides being dancers, they will develop an eye to see art
- To inculcate empathy in the practice of art
- Understand the basics of Bharatanatyam.
- Know the language of gestures and its usages.
- Perform two pieces of dance
Theory 1 Theory of Bharatanatyam
Theory 2 History & Heritage of Bharatanatyam
Practical 1 Bharatanatyam Preliminary
Practical 2 Specific Adavus and Performable Pieces
Practical 3 Dance Appreciation
Structure of the Programme
The course shall extend over a period of 1 year in an Annual Pattern. Examinations shall be conducted at the end of the academic year for the respective subjects. The candidates admitted to this course would attend 210 hours per year to complete the course. The course includes study visits.
To ensure that the classes run smoothly and efficiently, we would require a set of specifications and requirements that would help us do so:
- A good internet connection (a bare minimum of 10-15 Mbps download speed and 2 Mbps upload speed)
- A laptop with a webcam (or an external webcam)
- Speakers for your Laptop (so you can clearly listen to the audio from our side)
- Speakers for your Phone (to playback music for you to dance along to that we’ll be sharing with you on a Google Drive Folder that we’re setting up for you)
- A Google Drive Account
Eligibility for Admission
Anyone above 17 years who had a childhood dream of learning Bharatanatyam