Bharathanatyam is a classical dance form from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The dance is usually accompanied by classical Carnatic music. It dates back to 1000 B.C. It was codified and documented as a performing art in the 19th century by four brothers known as the Tanjore Quartet whose musical compositions for dance form the bulk of the BharataNatya repertoire even today.
Abhinaya or Natya – dramatic art of story-telling in Bharatanatyam
Nritya – pure dance movements, as a medium of visual depiction of rhythms
Rhythms Course Structure covers extensively the following:
Expressive hand gestures as a way of communication. Hastas (Mudras) refers to the hand symbols that a dancer can use. There are two types of Hastas: Asamyukta and Samyukta
The basic unit in Bharatanatyam dance composition is the ‘Adavu’ ( ‘beat of the foot’). A combination of adavus is called jathis.
The Nava Rasas as follows, Sringara, Raudra, Veera, HasyaKaruna, Vibhatsa, Adbhuta, Bhayanaka, Shanta.
BharataNatyam technique includes many other elements such as the Bhedas. Head movements (Shirobhedas), Neck movements (Grivabhedas), Eye movements (Drishtibhedas) and many more
The course objective is, for the student to master all the elements of dance, and he or she perform an Arangetram (debut).