Bharatanatyam (Tamil: பரதநாட்டியம்) is a classical Indian dance form originating in Tamil Nadu, India. One of the oldest of the classical dance forms in India, it is also known as the fifth Veda. Bharatanatyam is usually accompanied by the classical music. It has its inspirations from the sculptures of the ancient temple of Chidambaram. Bharatanatyam, as the name depicts is the combination of:
BHA- Bhava (Expression), RA- Raga (Music) and TA- Tala (Rhythm) Bharatanatyam is a traditional dance-form known for its grace, purity, tenderness, and sculpturesque poses. Today, it is one of the most popular and widely performed dance styles and is practiced by many dancers all over the world.i
Sunday night, the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Nilgiris Kendra, presented Malavika Sarukkai, one of India's best Bharatanatyam dancers. I had never seen anyone with Malavika's skill and experience dance before. She also spoke about what she was going to dance for us, so I had a good idea what I was watching. She named her performance "Dvipravaha - The Sacred and the Secular." The music was gorgeous too. I was in heaven. I went with my friend Sheila, my landlady, and two of her cousins. Met Rose from the Earth Trust event yesterday, so we sat together too. Sigh.