Choreography course – Raadha Kalpa

The Raadha Kalpa Method

(Bharatanatyam vocabulary)

2021 Feb - Oct

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The choreography certificate is offered to intermediate-advanced practitioners of Bharatanatyam who want to learn to create in the form. The months of creative investigation is primarily for aspiring professionals, teachers and dancers to prepare them to understand the nuances within the Bharatanatyam vocabulary. The students will learn the basics of creative research and application from the Raadha Kalpa Method, and understand the depth of possibilities within the Bharatanatyam Vocabulary

Why is this course unique?

Offered largely online, the student can manage their time and structure the self-practise without disruption to their schedule. The structure and content is however so comprehensive, that the student will be able to work on every aspect of their creative practice with the detailed instructions. It is the only existing choreography course that specifically addresses the vocabulary of Bharatanatyam. The Raadha Kalpa method lays stress on analysis, research and cultivating individual creative abilities. The course will offer new perspectives of analysing and understanding the movement vocabulary of Bharatanatyam, while developing a keener understanding of traditional choreographic systems.

Course Outcomes

The course will make the students understand the traditional concepts in the practice and choreography of Bharatanatyam, while developing creative abilities. The students will begin to understand the motivation and intention of Bharatanatyam as a performing arts medium, while developing an inquisitive attitude toward the practise of Bharatanatyam. The course will help the students develop the necessary skills to choreograph within the traditional repertoire and also use the vocabulary to find creative freedom Through the 8 months, the course will enable students to:

  • Understand the basics of injury prevention and allow mindful practise.
  • Understand the implications of a neutral mind and body, in the context of choreography.
  • Understand the ideas of direction, dynamics, posture and gesture in dance and their implications in choreography
  • Assimilate the nuances of rhythm, according to the Carnatic music tradition, and develop abilities to decipher rhythmic complexities in basic Korwes and Jathis.
  • Begin to find the ability to use the position of bodies within a space in emotive contexts.
  • Develop abilities to ideate and create a dance production.
  • Know the practical applications of the concepts of Abhinaya, Bhava and Rasa.
  • Understand the structure of the traditional repertoire
  • Develop an inquisitive thought process that will serve in utilising the Bharatanatyam vocabulary to explore contemporary subjects
  • Develop analytical abilities, such that they can discern the motivation for creating
  • Grow creatively, by fostering curiosity in the layering and nuance of Bharatanatyam.
  • Find a renewed relationship to Bharatanatyam that allows a contemporary, personal relevance to the form through a deeper understanding of the tradition and technique.
  • Apply ideas of movement, and human interaction from their daily lives into performance to become more effective communicators.

Course information

The Course will be a combination of pre-recorded streaming online lessons in combination with Live online sessions. 

Length of course

The entire course is meant to be finished in a span of 8 months. The course is a 200 hr study course. It expects a weekly study of approximately 7 hrs.
Those students who are unable to attend any sessions will be provided a recording of the session. The students however take full responsibility to catch up on assignments and content addressed.

Teaching methods employed

The teaching will be a combination of pre-recorded online videos, regular live online interaction and weekend workshops.
The course material will be largely covered online through live interaction and pre-recorded videos, using lectures, guided movement practise, discussions as tools.
Being a choreography course, the students are required to work with concepts every week and make video submissions. The final assessment will take place at the end of the 8 months in the form of a presentation/ assignment.

  • Practical movement practice 
  • Lectures 
  • Discussions
  •  Demonstrations
  •  Group and Individual Research 
  • Introspective practice and practical application 
  • Watching videos/ performances
  • Analytical essays, critique
  •  Life experience

Online streaming program

The Raadha Kalpa Method online program has hundreds of videos that address almost all the areas of the pedagogy. They are arranged into playlists to ensure cohesive progression and understanding of content, by introducing every aspect with methodical precision and clarity. The student will have access to this program for the time that he/she is enrolled. This will serve to develop their individual practice.

Regular online classes

These classes will be held anywhere from 3- 6 times in a month. The classes will either span a single weekend, in the form of a workshop, or be spread over several weeks, with classes held mostly on Friday/ Saturday or Sunday nights from 7:00 – 10:00 pm IST. Schedules for each month will be given on the 20th of the previous month

ONLINE Workshops

Workshops will be introduced to cover specific topics with continuity. Guest faculty maybe invited for these workshops. They will retain the time of 7- 10 pm IST

Courses and credits

10 Credits

1 credit = 20 hrs work (Contact + self study)


Basic Technique alignment & injury prevention .5 credits
Classical Repertoire
1 credit
1 credit

CHOREOGRAPHY SUBJECTS (theory and practicals)

Abhinaya Technique 1 credits
Rhythm (Korwe & Jathi structure, Saptatalas)
.5 credits
Traditional Choreography
2 credits
Creative Choreography
2 credits
Concept building
.5 credits
Choreography in an ensemble
.5 credits


Stage, Lighting & Costumes .5 credits
The business of dance
.5 credits

Grading system

Every subject will deal with one of the areas of The Raadha Kalpa method. The Grading for each subject will be based on Participation, Individual work and the Final project submissions. Some subjects will primarily involve individual work, whole others will mostly be graded on class participation with no assessments at all. The course overall, is a combination of all three areas. 

Assessments will be made through practical observation, of the students in class. The performance, participation and progress.

(This includes papers, essays, movement studies and other things that need to be shown/ submitted online)

  • Practice hours: The number of hours the student spends on practice.
  • Attendance: The physical attendance in the live-online sessions and the Intensive weeks will be counted towards assessments.
  • Books/ Reading/ Videos: Suggested books for reading must be procured during the course. Books and reading material will be suggested through the year. The submissions made based on this reading will be a part of the assessments.
  • Video Submissions: There will be frequent video submissions expected as creative assignments.
  • Discussion groups: Participation in the discussion groups.
  • Life experience: There maybe assessments made on participation in artistic and performative events.

There will be ongoing online assessments and submissions that will happen on a continuous basis through the course. There will also be a final choreography project that will need to reflect all areas learned.

The following are the grades provided by the faculty based on the performance of the student.



Outstanding. Demonstrates an outstanding knowledge of concepts and techniques with a very high degree of skill and originality; an exceptional ability to communicate; evidence of outstanding research skills and an extensive knowledge base.

A / A-

Excellent. Demonstrates an excellent knowledge of concepts and techniques with a high degree of skill and elements of originality; a strong ability to communicate; excellent research and conceptual skills.


Very Good. Demonstrates a very good knowledge of concepts and techniques; some originality and independence of thought; above average research and conceptual skills.

B / B-

Good. Demonstrates a good knowledge of concepts and techniques; an ability to organize and analyse ideas and to communicate clearly and fluently; good indication of research.

C+/ C

Satisfactory. Demonstrates a satisfactory knowledge of concepts and techniques; together with some skill in using them; an adequate indication of research.


Marginal. Demonstrates a marginal grasp of the subject matter; a less than satisfactory ability to communicate and organize ideas; little indication of research.


Fail. Demonstrates an unsatisfactory grasp of the concepts and techniques; rudimentary knowledge of the subject matter; some evidence that organizational and analytic skills have been developed; but with significant weaknesses in some areas; no indication of research; does not meet the requirements to pass. Can retake the exam.


Fail. Demonstrates an inadequate understanding of the subject matter; poor organization and communication skills. A student at this level has failed to meet the minimum requirements to pass. Has to retake the full course


Incomplete. Some or all of the coursework is incomplete. The instructor does not expect the student to ever complete the coursework.


Deferred. Some of the coursework is not yet complete for valid (documented) reasons (e.g., medical) The instructor and student have determined a mutually agreeable timeline for the completion of the coursework.


Grade Not Available .Grade not available due to circumstances beyond instructor/TA control.


Compassionate Pass. The student has done at least 50% of the coursework and would pass the course by completing the remainder but has a compelling reason not to do so (e.g., medical ,family crisis/death etc.).

Passing the course

85% Attendance is compulsory

Students must pass all the subjects in order to receive the Certificate of completion at the end of the year.
Students who have gotten an F, may retake the final assessments for that specific subject.

  • Jan 25th, 2021

    Admissions open

  • Feb 8th, 2021

    Admissions close

  • Feb 10th, 2021

    Notification of admission

  • Feb 15th, 2021

    Last date for the payment of deposit

  • Feb 19th, 2021

    Program commencement

  • June (Rolling)

    First term assessments

  • Oct 30th

    Final Assessments/ Submissions


The certificate course in choreography is offered to intermediate-advanced practitioners of Bharatanatyam who want to create in the form. The months of creative investigation is primarily for aspiring performing arts professionals, to prepare them to understand the nuances within the Bharatanatyam vocabulary. The students will learn the basics of creative research and application from the Raadha Kalpa Method, and understand the depth of possibilities within the Bharatanatyam Vocabulary.


Dancers above the ages of 18 can apply to this course.


The applicant must have had solo performance experience and must either currently be a full-time dancer or must be intending to take dance as a career. The dancer must have trained for a minimum of 12 years in order to apply.
Students must have finished High school, 12th Grade, or the equivalent in their respective countries, in order to take this course.


The applicant must be proficient in English and must be able to understand instructions in English. A minimum proficiency will also be required to write and communicate content, essays and submissions.

Application form

CERTIFICATE COURSE in choreography


  • Application form must be finished in one sitting. There is no option to save the application form.
  • Incomplete application forms will be disregarded.
  • No emails with respect to admissions will be entertained.
  •  Please note that all final decisions of admissions lie with Raadha Kalpa.

Fee Structure

Fee is inclusive of

Tuition fees, Subscription to the online platform, Examination fees.

Payment instructions

  •  Please make payments only after you have received an acceptance letter and your payment amount has been communicated to you.
  • You can either make a bank transfer to the following account or pay through Razorpay from the payments page.
    • Account Name: raadhakalpa
    • Account Number: 000031031770019
    • IFSC: DEUT0784PBC
    • Branch: Khar, Mumbai
  • Send the proof of payment as an email to [email protected] with the course you are paying for as the subject
  • Once you have emailed us, you will get an acknowledgement in receipt from us within one week.
  • Please note the fee is exclusive of any bank or transfer fee charges. All payments made on Razorpay will incur an additional charge of 2%


Must be residing in India

INR 70K per annum


Foreigners residing permanently in India

USD $1500 per annum


All foreign applicants and residents outside of India

USD $2000 per annum​

Rukmini Vijayakumar

…..Rukmini has burning eyes that repeatedly catch the observer's breath; and she makes those eyes part of the fabric of the dance.... she is not just engaging but also authoritative.

The New York Times (2011, By Alastair Macaulay)

Rukmini Vijayakumar, is the artistic director of Raadha Kalpa Dance Company, and the director of Lshva, a creative space for artists in the heart of Bangalore. She is the founder of The Raadha Kalpa method an educational system for Bharatanatyam that is based on the idea of neutrality. Rukmini’s approach to Bharatanatyam is dedicated, rigorous and layered. She has presented her work as a soloist all over the world, including venues such as the Jacobs Pillow festival, Drive East NYC, and the Korzo Theater. Recently she played ‘the goddess of love’ in ‘Sukanya’, produced by The Royal Opera house in London.
She has studied Bharatanatyam under Guru Padmini Rao, Guru Sundari Santhanam and Guru Narmada. Her style is greatly influenced by the ancient movement practice of Karanas. A Graduate of the Boston Conservatory, Rukmini’s process of creation is both traditional and contemporary. She was a recipient of the Jiri Kylian grant for choreography and a resident choreographer at Korzo theater, Netherlands in 2018. Her productions, Nayani, Prabhavati, AbhimatA, Talattu and The Dark Lord have toured india and the world extensively. Her more recent work, Turiya, MALA, The Muse and Unrequited were created within the contemporary idiom and have been appreciated for their creative approach to the bharatanatyam vocabulary. She was bestowed the title of Arsha Kala Bhushanam by Swami Dayananda Saraswati.