This program is an online Certificate course for a period of one year. This course has been divided into four semesters of three months each.

A set of four videos will be uploaded in the beginning of each semester and the students are expected to learn and practice its contents meticulously.

The split-up of the four videos for every semester will be as follows:
a) Practical – 1
b) Practical – 2
c) Theory
d) Guest Lecture


Those students who have enrolled themselves for the course will have to appear for an online examination, practical as well as theory, and obtain an overall pass percentage of 60% to qualify for the certificate presented by Sridevi Nrithyalaya.


Only those students in the age of 12 and above can enroll for the course. One should keep in mind that by enrolling for this certificate course, one cannot claim to be a student of Sridevi Nrithyalaya or Dr. Sheela Unnikrishnan.

The fee per semester is Rs. 6000, on the payment of which the student can access the learning material for that semester.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does SDN conduct online classes?


    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.

    Can I join this course if I am learning Bharathanatyam already?

    Yes, you can. The lessons in the course aim to make the student practise and develop mastery in the basics. If you are already a student of Bharathanatyam, this course will help strengthen your foundation.

    Can I join this course if I have no prior experience of learning Bharathanatyam?

    Yes, you can. This course focuses on basics of Bharathanatyam with demonstrations and in-detailed explanations on each topic. Therefore, this is suitable for those without previous experience too. However it is advisable to learn with keen observation of the instructions and demonstrations to avoid injuries.

    Can I join this course any time or is the admission date fixed?

    One can join at any convenient date once we commence the course. One year will be calculated from the date of joining after which the student is eligible to take the exam.

    Is it compulsory to take up the exam at the end of the course?

    It is not compulsory to the exam. However, only those who pass the exam will be given the certificate.

    Is it compulsory to take up the exam at the end of the course?

    It is not compulsory to the exam. However, only those who pass the exam will be given the certificate.

    Can I take up the exam alone without registering for the course?

    No. The exam is only for those who register as a student for the course.

    Will there be online sessions with Dr. Sheela Unnikrishnan?

    Depending on the availability of Dr. Sheela Unnikrishnan, we might arrange for a couple of online sessions for the students with Dr. Sheela. The students will be intimated regarding that in advance.

    Can the annual subscription for the course be cancelled if I want to discontinue the course?

    Yes, the subscription can be cancelled any time. But if you wish to discontinue in the middle of a term, that term's fees will not be refunded.

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