Sridevi Nrithyalaya is an institution for Bharatanatyam specialising in the Melattur style.

An institution for Bharathanatyam specializing in the Melattur style.

Natyam Moksha Sadhanam

This portal of SDN is a venture to provide access to our video library for the sole purpose of viewing our sought-after Dance Dramas and performances in which our team has invested invaluable energy and efforts. We believe that the Rasikas who gain access to viewing our full-length productions, will pay due respect to the time and artistry spent by us and refrain from duplication copyright infringement.

Dr. Sheela Unnikrishnan

Sivamayam

The cosmos is entirely pervaded by Siva Thathvam—the Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Space are verily His manifestations alone.

Sri Krishna Vaibhavam

The Man of Myriad Manifestations, Sri Krishna, is the manifestation of the four Vedas, the essence of Vedanta and the ordainer of the Upanishads.

Shadaksharam

Weaving together stories surrounding the Six Holy Abodes of the Warrior God, Subrahmanya

Varudamellam Vaibhavam

A special production choreographed and presented on the occasion of Tamil New Year.

Bala Margam

These colourful and brisk dance items performed by 7 of our aspiring artists make this presentation a vibrant ‘Spectrum of Dance’

Margam Volume 2

The second volume of SDN’s Margam has some classic choreographies of Sridevi Nrithyalaya, performed by our senior performers in 2018.

SDN Videos

Launching ‘SDN Online Classroom’ soon…

SDN Digital classroom

For the first time ever, SDN launches “SĀDHAKA” certificate courses (one year duration) through SDN online Classroom.

Training sessions will be uploaded in SDN Online Classroom in Units. As and when ready, students who have enrolled and practiced our Classroom lessons may appear for an examination (through online only) conducted by SDN. Qualified examiners will evaluate and those who pass out in the examination will be awarded with a certificate.

AVARA SĀDHAKA
This is a course that builds the basic foundation to train the divine art, Bharathanatyam. The training videos with basic Adavus (steps) will be divided into 4 Units that focuses largely on body discipline and postures, proper practicing of which will enhance the student to gain ‘Anga Suddham’ and good stamina.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does SDN conduct online classes?

Yes. 

Our institution is based ONLY in Chennai and we do not have branches any where else. Due to time constraints and a few other factors, we have not been very keen about accepting requests for online classes. As a matter of fact, Smt. Sheela personally feels that Bharathanatyam is an art that needs to be learnt under a Teacher's personal supervision and guidance and no gadget will bridge the gap between a student and the Teacher when they stay apart.

Owing to the increasing number of genuine requests, Sridevi Nrithyalaya Trust has extended SDN's training a little beyond SDN premises to teach the marvellous Melattur style to sincere students who are in other parts of the country and globe. It is decided to make this our regular regime for such students and the methodology of our teaching, observed in our regular live classes, will be applied for the online classes as well. We have decided to accept only limited number of students, personally handpicked for our batch of online teaching. These students will be considered same as our regular class students in SDN, Chennai and will strictly adhere to the scale of discipline set by our institute.

Does SDN conduct online classes?

Yes. 

Our institution is based ONLY in Chennai and we do not have branches any where else. Due to time constraints and a few other factors, we have not been very keen about accepting requests for online classes. As a matter of fact, Smt. Sheela personally feels that Bharathanatyam is an art that needs to be learnt under a Teacher's personal supervision and guidance and no gadget will bridge the gap between a student and the Teacher when they stay apart.

Owing to the increasing number of genuine requests, Sridevi Nrithyalaya Trust has extended SDN's training a little beyond SDN premises to teach the marvellous Melattur style to sincere students who are in other parts of the country and globe. It is decided to make this our regular regime for such students and the methodology of our teaching, observed in our regular live classes, will be applied for the online classes as well. We have decided to accept only limited number of students, personally handpicked for our batch of online teaching. These students will be considered same as our regular class students in SDN, Chennai and will strictly adhere to the scale of discipline set by our institute.

If one has already learnt Bharathanatyam for some years, can they join SDN and perform their Arangetram?

For all those who join SDN, we start from the basics only. It might take 4 or 5 years to complete the basics. Only then we begin teaching the items. After some years of intensive learning of items, the teacher decides if the student is ready to perform the Arangetram, purely depending on the student’s proficiency.

What is the process for admission into SDN?

Admissions in SDN happen twice a year - February & June (mostly on the first Sunday). Those who wish to join the institution can contact us (over phone) in January or May to get required details.

• Weekly two classes only and the batch will be allocated by us depending on the age of the student.

• Monday & Thursday - 4 batches

   Tuesday & Friday - 4 batches

   Thursday & Sunday - 1 batch (Vani Mahal, T. Nagar)

   Saturday & Sunday - college goers and working people only

• These are the only available combination of days for the batches. No changes will be made in this pattern.

• Minimum age for admission - 5 years

What is the process for admission into SDN?

Admissions in SDN happen twice a year - February & June (mostly on the first Sunday). Those who wish to join the institution can contact us (over phone) in January or May to get required details.

• Weekly two classes only and the batch will be allocated by us depending on the age of the student.

• Monday & Thursday - 4 batches

   Tuesday & Friday - 4 batches

   Thursday & Sunday - 1 batch (Vani Mahal, T. Nagar)

   Saturday & Sunday - college goers and working people only

• These are the only available combination of days for the batches. No changes will be made in this pattern.

• Minimum age for admission - 5 years

Does SDN have branches anywhere else in India or countries abroad?

No. 

SDN runs only in Virugambakkam (AVM Colony) & T. Nagar (Vani Mahal premises). We don’t have branches anywhere else in India or abroad.

What is the duration of the course in SDN?

We do not have any courses in SDN. 

Learning is a lifelong process here. We do not believe in an academic approach to Arts. No exams, no courses

Does SDN conduct online classes?

Yes. 

Our institution is based ONLY in Chennai and we do not have branches any where else. Due to time constraints and a few other factors, we have not been very keen about accepting requests for online classes. As a matter of fact, Smt. Sheela personally feels that Bharathanatyam is an art that needs to be learnt under a Teacher's personal supervision and guidance and no gadget will bridge the gap between a student and the Teacher when they stay apart.

Owing to the increasing number of genuine requests, Sridevi Nrithyalaya Trust has extended SDN's training a little beyond SDN premises to teach the marvellous Melattur style to sincere students who are in other parts of the country and globe. It is decided to make this our regular regime for such students and the methodology of our teaching, observed in our regular live classes, will be applied for the online classes as well. We have decided to accept only limited number of students, personally handpicked for our batch of online teaching. These students will be considered same as our regular class students in SDN, Chennai and will strictly adhere to the scale of discipline set by our institute.

What is the process for admission into SDN?

Admissions in SDN happen twice a year - February & June (mostly on the first Sunday). Those who wish to join the institution can contact us (over phone) in January or May to get required details.

• Weekly two classes only and the batch will be allocated by us depending on the age of the student.

• Monday & Thursday - 4 batches

   Tuesday & Friday - 4 batches

   Thursday & Sunday - 1 batch (Vani Mahal, T. Nagar)

   Saturday & Sunday - college goers and working people only

• These are the only available combination of days for the batches. No changes will be made in this pattern.

• Minimum age for admission - 5 years

If one has already learnt Bharathanatyam for some years, can they join SDN and perform their Arangetram?

For all those who join SDN, we start from the basics only. It might take 4 or 5 years to complete the basics. Only then we begin teaching the items. After some years of intensive learning of items, the teacher decides if the student is ready to perform the Arangetram, purely depending on the student’s proficiency.

Does SDN have branches anywhere else in India or countries abroad?

No. 

SDN runs only in Virugambakkam (AVM Colony) & T. Nagar (Vani Mahal premises). We don’t have branches anywhere else in India or abroad.

What is the duration of the course in SDN?

We do not have any courses in SDN. 

Learning is a lifelong process here. We do not believe in an academic approach to Arts. No exams, no courses

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