Details regarding examinations for SADHAKA

course – Level 1 (Basics)

  • ELIGIBILITY FOR EXAMINATION
    Examination is not compulsory in this course. However, only those students who appear for the exam and secure a pass percentage will be awarded the ‘SADHAKA’ title by Sridevi Nrithyalaya.
  • Examination fee is INR 3000.
  • TIME OF EXAMINATION
    The examination will be conducted only during the second weekend of May and November. After completing all the 4 semesters of the course, the students can choose to appear for the exam either in May or November as per their convenience.
  • REGISTRATION FOR EXAMINATION
    The exam registration will be open from the 1st of May until the 7th of May. It will then reopen from the 1st of November until the 7th of November every year.
  • VALUATION
    The examination will consist of both theory as well as practical assessments. All exams will be conducted only in English language and through online mediums.
    Theory will carry 40 marks and the Practical exam will be for 60 marks. The pass mark for theory is 20 and practicals is 40. We expect the students to attempt the theory exam with utmost honesty and not indulge in any malpractices.
  • PROCEDURE OF EXAMINATION
    The Theory exam will be in MCQ pattern and based on Adavus (steps) learnt, theory portions and Lectures provided in the syllabus. For practicals, the students have to take a video demonstrating the responses for the questions and submit the Google drive link to us within one hour after completion of exam.
  • DURATION OF THE EXAMINATION
    Theory examination on second Saturday will be from 10:00 am to 10:30 am local time, which ever country the student is from. Practicals should be done the next day (Sunday) itself which will be from 10:00 am to 11:30 am local time, which includes performing and video uploading. All students should strictly adhere to the schedule and NO leniency should be requested.
  • GROUP DISCUSSION BEFORE THE EXAMINATION
    A live session with Dr Sheela Unnikrishnan will be organised for those who have registered for examination. The date and time for the live discussion session will be intimated in advance to the registered examinees so that they can clarify their doubts, if any.
  • ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS
    Examination results for both theory and practicals will be sent to the student before the end of July (for examinations in May) and January (for examinations in November) every year.
  • REAPPEARING FOR EXAMINATION
    A student will be allowed a maximum of three attempts to clear the exams. Exam fees have to be paid for every attempt.

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

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