Uma conducts Bharata Natyam workshops online where a new choreography will be taught to interested students.

Workshops usually last 2 to 3 days, with each session being approx 1 hour and 30 minute duration. These are usually scheduled on weekends.

You will be given the audio and video of the item. You can use the audio to perform the item at venues.

You are expected to send video of your performance within a week after the workshop. Individual guidance will be provided based on this video.

You should have at least a basic exposure to Bharata Natyam (or a similar classical dance form) to make the best use of this workshop.

There is a Dakshina (fee) to participate in the workshop, which may vary depending on the item.

Explore the list below to know more about the item.

Upcoming Workshops

Past workshops

  • Nataraja Stuthi - July 24, 25, 26 - 2020

    This is the third workshop as part of Nrtya Kalpanaa Series. The item begins with the Chidambareshwara Stotram followed by a Jathi. The lyrics of the kriti is from the point of view of a devotee praising the Lord Nataraja of Chidambaram.

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  • Sri Rama Stuthi - June 27, 28 - 2020

    This is the second workshop as part of Nrtya Kalpanaa Series. In this workshop, we will learn a Sri Rama Stuthi in Raagam Kapi and Talam Adi, composed by Vannamaamalai Jiyar Swami. This is about 7 minutes long.

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  • Pushpanjali – June 13, 14th 2020

    This is the first workshop as part of Nrtya Kalpanaa Series. This is a pushpanjali in Raagamalika and talamalika. This has a nritta sequence followed by a Ganesha sloka. This is followed by a verses on Lord Murugan. It is about 6 minutes in duration.

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Feedback of Online Workshops


How likely are you to recommend this workshop to a dancer friend 9.6 / 10
Lessons were easy to follow 9.6 / 10
Item taught is useful 10 / 10
Online communication was clear 9.8 / 10
You received individual attention 9.9 / 10

(Summary of feedback from 26 students, June 2020)


Liked your way of teaching…You made sure everyone learned the item and the one on one meeting to rectify each one’s mistake..It was a wonderful experience.. Never thought this would be possible online.

  • Sujina Sridharan, India

Liked the clarity of explanation . Though virtual we had the experience like being taught in a regular class

  • Devija Harikumar, India

I really enjoyed the workshop because for me it was a good push and a motivation to get back to dancing and practicing. Even though it was only a 3hr workshop, the item was so well broken into parts and each of the part explained in detail, helping us to be deeply involved in the progress of the pushpanjali.

  • Nanda Radhakrishnan, India

The class is very helpful and informative. Very well explained about each and every word in the item so that we can dance remembering and understanding the meaning. It is a nice practice item also to improve and control the speed levels. And this is a new experience of being in our own space and dancing.

  • Meera Pillai, India

the teacher was very friendly and enthusiastic to answer to all your questions and patiently repeating movements. and even with through video communication the teacher tried all her best to help to students to understand the item. and I liked that we could ask anything in whatsapp group if we need. and it’s nice that teacher give correction by watching student’s videos.

  • Viktoria Karaivanova, Bulgaria

Learned the item within 3 hours only, very fast, atmosphere was very friendly, item is very beautiful, teacher is just perfect! Highly recommend

  • Olga P, Estonia

Clear explanation for both steps and meanings of slokas.. that makes a dancer more related to the dance peice. Patiently explained each steps until everyone gets it.

  • Greeshma S Kumar