Bharatanatyam ('Naatyaakhyam panchamam vedam' - Dance is the fifth veda) Welcome Artists and Art lovers!
Enter into the very vast world of Bharathanatyam.
Let us understand the constituents of this dance form, the training, the practice, the textual content, the repertoire, the performance, the accompanists, the costumes, the philosophy, the artists, the rasikas et al. It is a process. The list flows.
'Naatyaakhyam panchamam vedam' - Dance is the fifth veda
So says Sage Bharatha in his 'Natyashastra'
Bharathanatyam, an acronym of bhava, raga and thala, is one of the main classical dance forms of India. The others being Kathak, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Mohiniattam and the gentle Manipuri.
The main constituents of bharathanatyam are
The Nritta (the rhythmical base) and
The Abhinaya (the expressional base).
The training begins in the realm of Nritta..The child starts learning the 'adavus' i.e the basic steps of dance. There are series of adavus, where the movements blossom from the simple to the complicated.
Before starting with the adavu training, the child learns
THE SALUTATION movement in dance, which every dancer does before starting the dance and after ending the dance, be it practice or performance. THE STANCE The initial stance or posture in Bharathanatyam is the 'araimandi' or the half sit position. This is the basic dance posture in which most of the adavus are executed. The hands are extended in the natyaarambham position.
THE ADAVU SERIES (Broad classifications) Some adavus are named after the position of the feet, whereas, some adavus
are known by the drum syllables recited for practice.