The Academy conducts both structured courses as well as programmes customised to meet the needs of individual students.
The structured courses are in two stages, the first leading to a Certificate/Certificate of Merit and the second to a Diploma. Those enrolling for the Certificate and Diploma courses are required to adhere to a pre-set syllabus, which are revised and updated regularly.
The Bharatanatyam dance syllabus has been revised recently. The syllabus for the various disciplines can be purchased from the Secretariat. The students are advised to sit for the examinations at the end of one or two academic years after completing the minimum hours of instruction and upon the teacher finding them ready. The minimum hours for single or double students are 35 and that for group classes is 70.
The Certificate course takes a minimum of five years to complete. Students who attain a minimum ‘C’ grade of 65 marks or above in the final examinations of the Certificate course are eligible to proceed to the Diploma course, which takes a minimum of three years to complete. External examiners from reputed institutions are invited to assess students from Level 5 to 8.
Students who achieve a high standard of performance in the 8th year Diploma examination may also be awarded the title of “Sangeetha Visharad”, “Vadya Visharad” or “Natya Visharad’ accordingly.
The Academy also accepts the enrolment of students who wish to pursue a course in music or dance but do not wish to join the formal programme. For these students, customised programmes are arranged with the tutors.
Generally, students are advised to attend two hours of lessons each week although they may choose to attend an hour a week. Students may attend Group classes (which have 4 to 8 students) or classes which have 1 or 2 students to suit their individual needs. Students, who are unable to take up their examinations due to ill health or other special reasons, may be allowed to proceed to the next level of their course only on the recommendation of the teacher and with the approval of the Examination Committee. This concession is only applicable to students in the first four years of the structured course.
Students will not be able to proceed to the fifth level and consequent levels without successfully completing the examinations of the previous years.