Bharatanatyam Arangetram Photography & Video

Looking for professional Bharatanatyam Arangetram Photography & Video for your long awaited arangetram? Performing a bharatanatyam arangetram is one of the most challenging, emotional and exciting achievement in a dancer’s journey. Planning and executing an arangetram can be stressful to the family, teacher and especially the dancer. Having a professional Arangetram Photographer & Videographer to capture and record the event ensures that you highlight the most crucial journey as a dancer appropriately.

Congratulations! You have arrived at the correct place. Arangetram, is the debut on-stage performance of a classical art student, after undertaking years of training. In addition, to photography we provide complete services of an arangetram which includes videos, pamphlet designing, standee designing as well as banner designing.

We cover all Bharatanatyam Arangetram Photography & Video including the traditional Bharatanatyam performance seven sequences: Alarippu, Jatiswaram, Shabdam, Varnam, Padam, Thillana and Shlokam or Mangalam. Bharatanatyam is a major form of Indian classical dance that originated in state of Tamilnadu.


Bharatanatyam is the oldest classical dance tradition of India. Reference

Arangetram Photography and Pre-arangetram Photoshoot 

Crazy Facts: Bharatanatyam remained exclusive to Hindu temples through the 19th century.[8] It was banned by the colonial British government in 1910, but the Indian community protested against the ban and expanded it outside the temples in the 20th century. Reference

Snap That™ had the privilege to do arangetrams in the Durban, South Africa and surrounding areas and here’s a few tips for the parents and arangetrams dancers. Most Arangetrams will require two shoots. One for Pre-arangetram photoshoot to get pictures for the invitations and program and the other is on the day.

  • Arrive on time or a few minutes early: So that the photographer and dancer does not need to rush
  • Using good makeup for arangetram and Pre-arangetram is key because of the resolution and clarity of our Canon DSLR cameras (acne and sweat will be visible). Using waterproof foundation avoiding smearing of makeup when the arangetram dancer sweats. Please make sure that any skin imperfections are smoothed out by the makeup. Aim for more natural skin tone. The skin base should not be too extreme as this will reflect in your photos.
  • We at Snap That™ have created a list of poses and facial expressions that we love. Almost like a look book. Whether its indoors or outdoors. If you have any requirements, it’s always best to show the photographer. We found that google and Pinterest is always a good place to start. Have a list of standing poses and sitting poses in mind. This will help with time and allows us to plan. We could also setup a meeting a few days before to plan and select the photos. Your arangetram teacher is more than welcome to join us.
  • For Pre-arangetram photos, indoor photos with a plain background works the best. Outdoor shots can look really amazing but it is difficult to use those pictures for invitations and programs. Make sure to run through all your poses prior to the dance shoot.
  • Make sure that you bring along a friend or a parent for the shoot. A person who will keep a close eye on the dancer, dancer’s hair, jewellery and outfit to make sure that everything is straight and in order. The last thing you would want is to find out after the shoot that the dancers jewellery was off centre or the outfit was slightly off centre. The assist should also be able to wipe/dab the sweat off of the dancer’s face and neck in between dances. Dancer needs to have someone they’re comfortable with.
  • We would love to have access to the dancer during the make-up session. This will produce some amazing natural and emotional pictures.
  • Have some prints or photo albums made of the arangetram / Pre-arangetram photos.  Prints and albums make it much easier to enjoy and share your pictures instead of hiding them away on a USB or hard drive.
  • Try to get the most of the photographer. We can cover
    • Getting ready shots
    • The entire event on stage and off (if you would like a few shot behind the stage).
    • Décor and table settings.
    • Pictures with guru, family members and friends.

We are determined, quick on our feet, and patient to ensure that we capture the perfect picture of the dancer. Capturing the expressions and emotions of dance takes time, we understand this, which is why we work closely with the dancer, to find the best moment of action.

Some of Our Work

Complete Bharatanatyam Services:

We provide professional services for Bharatanatyam arangetram, from photography, video and sound to our designing creatives and amazing invites.

If you would like us to design your invites, this is what we require (Our Guidelines)

  • Few Pictures of the Arangetram Dancer
  • Cover
    • Dancers Full Name
    • Date:
    • Time:
    • Venue with address:
  • Inner Pages
    • Parents Name
    • Dancer Teachers Name
    • Dance Teachers Message and small history.
    • List of the dances in order
    • List of choreography
    • List of Guest of Honours
    • Music Ensembles
      • Nattuvangam
      • Vocal
      • Mridangam
      • Violin
      • Flute
      • Morsing
      • Ghatam
    • Program coordinator
    • Compering
    • Script
    • Special Thanks List such as the Photographer, Makeup, Costumer design…

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    Arrangetram Photography and Pre-Arrangetram Frequenly Asked Questions

    How much does it cost?

    Snap That™ fees vary depending on time, travel distance, and coverage expectations. We need to understand all these variables before we quote. To give you an idea we charge +- R900 per hour. Contact me to book a free consult and we can discuss a quote.

    Do I Need to Pay a Deposit?

    Yes and our contract signed. So we all on the same page.

    How do I get my photos?

    You will receive all the HD images and videos on USB or a Hard Drive. We recommend a hard drive. You are welcome to provide us with on or we can purchase one for you.

    We also add a few images to our Facebook page of your special day. If that’s ok with your of course

    Do you also offer video?

    Yes, of course. Photography and video work hand in hand. With arangetram a photo capture a still moment, while video does everything else.

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