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Diploma in Bharatanatyam


4 years


Kalakshetra Foundation

About the Course

Four year full time diploma course in Bharatnatyam

The intent of the institute has been to create a consummate performer, an adept dancer, with a thorough understanding of the theoretical, literary and musical basis of the traditional art. Therefore, language, music and theory are subjects that support the main subject of study.

The Kalakshetra dancer is renowned for his/her impeccable form. One of Rukmini Devi’s most far-sighted inputs to the dance was in the method of teaching the basic steps or adavus of Bharatanatyam. She classified the various adavus, and refined many of the movements, giving them a geometric precision and grace based on some principles of the Yajur Veda.

Main subject taught: Bharatanatyam

Allied subjects taught: Carnatic Vocal, Mridangam

Other subjects:

Dance Theory, Dance History, Heritage, Nattuvangam, Kathakali, Yoga, Kalari & Fitness


Tamil, Sanskrit, Telugu & English

At A Glance



Language of Instruction

Tamil, Sanskrit, Telugu. English

Total Fees (INR)



4 years


Education Level

30 June 2022


Admission Process

All applicants should read the following information on the applications and admissions process for the diploma course in Kalakshetra in music and dance, as well as other information available on this site about the College of Fine Arts and the Kalakshetra Foundation. The information provided will enable them to understand the range of resources available to every student.

Students between the ages of 17 and 25 who have passed the 12th standard are eligible for admission to the college. The prospectus and application form will be available on the web and in the College office in February of each year. The age restriction can be waived in the case of foreign applicants, after due consideration by a selection committee. The final decision will be taken by the Director.

Prospective students must submit their completed application with testimonials before 31st May. Applicants who are selected for the interview will receive an interview letter giving them the exact date and location of the interview. Interviews are held in the second week of June, a week before the college reopens. The interview is mandatory for all prospective students.

Foreign students / NRI’s may submit the completed application form with a self introduction stating why they wish to learn Bharatnatyam in Kalakshetra along with the DVD of their music / dance / art experience latest by 31st May after which the selection committee will view and convey the results in Mid June. Selected candidates will get the provisional admission letter by e-mail to enable them to get student visa.

The college opens in the second week of June and selected candidates must be prepared to join within a week. Students are selected on the basis of a practical aptitude test and an interview. The school seeks students who intend to become professional artists, and who will give the practice of their chosen art primary importance in their lives.

The first year is a probationary year for all students. Students must complete the entire course in four years in the case of Bharata Natyam, Music and Visual Art in order to earn the diploma. Students who fail in the main subject during second or third year will be advised to redo the year again to achieve perfection in the main subject. The decision of the promotion committee and the Director will be final in this regard. Students who fail in any other subject other than the main subject can take the same in the next year of their study as arrear exam paper.

Tuition for the courses offered at Kalakshetra varies, depending on the program. The following table outlines the various tuition costs. Costs are given for the whole year. Tuition costs are payable in three terms. All students must pay the tuition for the new term 10 days before the college reopens. New students must pay tuition at the time of selection. All figures are given in Indian Rupees. Please note that tuition costs are subject to revision. Book fees, field trips and other fees will be intimated separately.

Eligibility Criteria

For Indians

Age limit 18 – 25 years.

12th standard or its equivalent

Foreigners / NRIs

Age: Decided by Selection committee.

Equivalent to 12th standard


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About The Institution

Kalakshetra Foundation

Kalakshetra, as the name suggests, is a centre for artistic endeavour. Founded in 1936 by the vibrant visionary Rukmini Devi Arundale, the Institution stands testimony to her dream of creating a space where the essence of Indian thought would find expression through artistic education. An institution she established with the vision “of imparting to the young the true spirit of Art, devoid of vulgarity and commercialism.” Spread over almost 100 acres by the seashore in Chennai, the Kalakshetra Foundation, as it is known today, is a vital centre for the study and performance of fine arts.

Kalakshetra Foundation

Kalakshetra Rd, Radhakrishnan Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600041


Kalakshetra Foundation

Board : +91 44 2452 4057/3418

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1,3 & 5th Saturday

9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.


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