Divine Dancing

Course Description:

Bharatanatyam, the classical dance of Tamil Nadu in South India is one of the most ancient and highly developed forms of stylized dance. Surviving over a period of about two thousand years, the original style underwent numerous changes and acquired a variety of connotations: aesthetic, religious, occult with differences in emphasis upon one or the other during different periods of its long history. Today this dance style is no longer confined to the region of its origin but is practiced and performed by dancers of most other parts of the country. However, the essentially regional flavor is still retained in its association with the distinctive music, language, poetry and local cultural overtones of South India.

The learning path of the student is designed to include several elements that go into the making of a professional classical dancer. These are: body conditioning exercises, physical technique of dance steps and movements, narrative technique of mime to tell a story, interpret poetry, portray dramatic roles and characters through the language of dance; teaching of dance repertoire—traditional and contemporary; music of dance including singing, complex rhythms and oral recitation of drum mnemonics.

Degree Level  Diploma Adv. Diploma Certificate Masters
Credit Requirement 18 30 9 30

University Core Courses (9 credits)

HUC 5001: Principles of Hinduism     3 credits

HUC 5002: Practices of Hinduism         3 credits

HUC 5003: Basic Sanskrit         3 credits

Following credits can be transferred after evaluation of Documents from traditional Bharatnatyam training

HDB 5001 The Basics Of Bharatanatyam  (3 credits): History of Bharatanatyam, Nritta, Nrittya and Natya, Adavus In Bharatanatyam initial steps and other types, hand gestures, ardhamandala


HDB 5002 Introduction to Nrtyakala   (3 credits): basics of movements, rhythm, body co-ordination, singing and storytelling.

HDB 5003 Natyarambham (3 credits): basic steps Tatta, Natta, Visharu, Tatti Metti and Teermanam.


HDB 5004 Nritta (3 credits): a pure dance or sequences of dance that are non-interpretative in nature. This means that these steps, movements or gestures are not meant to convey any message or thought. They are primarily meant to add beauty to the dance form.


HDB 5005 Nrittya (3 credits): an interpretative dance and involves a lot of sentiments, emotions and description. The gestures in this stream convey messages like depicting a king, indicating that it is morning time etc. This consists of leg, hand, neck, head and eye movements to convey the message.


HDB 5006 Natya   (3 credits): A dance drama and its main technique is Abhinaya. It involves acting out a story for the audience using expressions. Also the actors may dress like the character. Natya is usually performed with a mythologial theme, like on the stories of Ramayana or Krishnaleela, etc. This would involve enacting parts of Ramayana or Mahabharata.

HDB 5004 Arangetram (3 credits): a solo debut performance in a public theatre setting, which signifies the successful completion of training as a professional performer.

Admission requirements: A Bachelor’s degree. For those without the Bachelor’s degree an advance diploma will be awarded and the Master’s degree will be awarded upon completion of the Bachelor’s degree.

*The courses will be offered based on sufficient number of student registered.

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