O Udaan Academy - Bharatnatyam

“Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances.”
- Maya Angelou


Bharatanatyam is a major form of Indian classical dance that originated in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is one of eight forms of dance recognized by the Sangeet Natak Academic year and it expresses South Indian religious themes and spiritual ideas, particularly of Shaivism, Vaishnavism, and Shaktism.

Udaan Academy is affiliated from Prayag University Prayagraj for a 6 years diploma course in Bharatnatyam. Bharatanatyam style is noted for its fixed upper torso, legs bent or knees flexed ( Aramandi ) out combined with spectacular footwork, a sophisticated vocabulary of sign language based on gestures of hands, eyes and face muscles. The dance is accompanied by music and a singer, and typically her guru is present as the Nattuvanar, director and conductor of the performance and art. The dance has traditionally been a form of an interpretive narration of mythical legends and spiritual ideas from the Hindu texts. The performance repertoire of Bharatanatyam, like other classical dances, includes nrita (pure dance), nritya (solo expressive dance) and natya (group dramatic dance).

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Bharatanatyam Rules

  • Half Sitting - Maintain Proper Half sitting (araimandi) – It is the forte of
  • Bharatanatyam – can’t insist that enough!.
  • Mudras - Always hold clear Mudras
  • Stretch - Arms should be stretched while doing Adavus and kept at shoulder level when needed.
  • Proper eye movements – eyes should follow the hand.
  • Elbows up - When the hand is held in from make sure the elbows are kept up
  • Smile – ‘Yours is worth a million dollars’
  • Expression - ‘What is dance without it’? Expression REALLY matters
  • Rhythm – Always keep proper thalam with the music
  • Practice! – ‘makes you perfect’
  • Distance between hands – when held in the front keep 6 inches between your body and hands.