It is the most ancient of all the classical dance forms in India, which are based on NatyaShastra, the Bible of the classical Indian dance.
What distinguishes Bharatanatyam from all the other Indian Classical dance forms is its clear lines, almost geometric; its agility and lightness together with forceful footsteps, its strength, crispness and most importantly its majesty.
The 3 elements of Bharatanatyam are Nritta, Nritya and Natya.
Nritta: The emphasis is on pure dance movements, creating patterns in space and time, mostly along straight lines, triangles, circles, and semicircles; without any specific intention of projecting any emotion.
Nritya: Combination of Rhythm with Expression. The dancer conveys the meanings of a lyrical passage set to music, through stylized hand gestures, facial expressions, and bodily movements.
Natya: Dramatic Element. Performing for a theme like Ramayana, Mahabharata etc.
The expressions which are shown to express poetic meanings is Abinaya. Here the emphasis is more on facial expressions than rhythmic movements.
Adavus: Each adavu is a basic unit taught in systematic order and then combined with others to produce choreographed Bharathanatyam sequences based upon the rhythmic pattern of a musical composition. If we approach Bharathanatyam with humility, learn it with dedication and practice it with devotion to God, sringara which brings out the great beauties of this dance can be portrayed with all the purity of the spirit. The flesh, which is considered to be an enemy of the spirit and the greatest obstacle to spiritual realization, has itself been made a vehicle of the divine in the discipline of the dance. Sringara thus is an instrument for uniting the dancer with Divinity. Since the dancer has universalized her experience, all that she goes through is also felt and experienced by the spectator".
Bharathanatyam is an attempt to embody the divine beauty, charm, rhythms, and symbols that exist in heaven. Bharathanatyam is a means of spiritual elevation both for the dancer and the audience.
In Our Institution, we impart training to aspiring young dancers not only in practical’s (The Dancing Part) but also the theory part of Bharatnatyam. Many of her students have appeared successfully in the practical and theory examinations and are also regular performing artists.
Monday & Thursday
4.15 p m - 4.45pm & 4.45 pm – 5.15pm
Saturday & Sunday
5.00 pm – 5.30pm & 8.45 am – 9.30 am
The general interpretation for the name is
BHAva(expression) + RAga (music) + TAla(rhythm) + NATYAM(dance) = Bharatanatyam