Bharatnatyam

There are various dance forms in our culture that represent various acts and dance moves and styles. Bharatnatyam happens to be the oldest Indian dance form. 

Dance is an expression of your emotions and thoughts through the movements of the body. It defines your internal emotions and how you use them to connect with the external world. 

Dance plays a significant role in the depiction of musical acts like songs, folk music, or plainly, music. Expert dancers know how to convey an emotional act or a happy act without talking. They can show myriad emotions through the dance. 

There are various dance forms in our culture that represent various acts and dance moves and styles. Bharatnatyam happens to be the oldest Indian dance form. 

It was previously known as Sadhir Attam and is an Indian classical dance that originated in Tamil Nadu. Bharatnatyam is known for expressing Southern India’s religious beliefs and spiritual themes. These ideologies specifically include Shaivism, Vaishnavism, and Shaktiism.

Bharatnatyam contains some types of banis. Bani, is a traditional term to describe dance method and style. This dance style is specific to the guru/school. These names are assigned according to the village of the guru or the teacher. 

Bharatnatyam is popular for fixed upper torso, bent legs, and flexed knees. These poses are combined with footwork and sign language. This sign language consists of gestures with hands, eyes, and facial muscles. The dance accompanies the singer, music, and has specifically the teacher present during the rendition. This guru is called Nattuvanar, the director and conductor of the performance. 

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