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Bharathanatyam

February 4, 2014

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.

The Technique

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:

Hastas
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

Adavus
The basic unit in Bharatanatyam dance composition is the ‘Adavu’ ( ‘beat of the foot’). A combination of adavus is called jathis.

Nava Rasas
The Nava Rasas as follows, Sringara, Raudra, Veera, HasyaKaruna, Vibhatsa, Adbhuta, Bhayanaka, Shanta.

Bhedas
BharataNatyam technique includes many other elements such as the Bhedas. Head movements (Shirobhedas), Neck movements (Grivabhedas), Eye movements (Drishtibhedas) and many more

The Margam

Allarippu
Kautuvam
Ganapati Vandana/Pushpanjali
Shabdam
Varnam
Padam
Javali
Thillana

The course objective is, for the student to master all the elements of dance, and he or she perform an Arangetram (debut).