Tuesday, November 06, 2012

What is Bharatanatyam? Evolution, Popularity & Dance Costumes

What is Bharatanatyam? Evolution, Popularity & Dance Costumes

What is Bharatanatyam? Bharatanatyam is the oldest classical dance form originating in Tamil Nadu, India.

What does Bharatanatyam consist of? The true essence of this dance form can be understood by breaking down the term Bharatanatyam into different parts - BHA - Expressions & Moods or Bhavana, RA - Melody or Raga, Ta - Rhythm or Taal, Natyam - Dance.

In other words, the Bharatanatyam dance form is a beautiful amalgamation of dance movements, expressions, music, mime & moods which derives its structure from the rules specified in the "Natya Shastra" written by Bharata Muni.

Evolution & Popularity It is believed that Bharatanatyam dates back to more than 2000 years. Besides this belief, there are several other stories which are associated with the origin of Bharatanatyam. One common belief is that Bharatanatyam was performed during the earliest days by women who served the temples & worshipped & praised the Gods with their dance. 

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