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Bharatnatyam
- Introduction
- Features

Antiquity
- Legend
- History
- Revival

Technique
- Training
- Gestures
- Margam

Music
- Ancient References
- Tanjore
- Importance of music
- Basic Structure of Music

Costume

Shlokas

Dancers/Institutes




Legend        


Mythological Origin of Dance

The legend traces the origin of Dance to the Divine source where God themselves were Dancers. Bharata, author of the great treatise 'Nătya Shăstra' (the only comprehensive encyclopaedia on dance, drama and music) has regarded the origin of Dance from Brahmă, the Creator (one of the eternal Trinity of God believed by Hindus).
      According to him, Brahmă at the request of Indra and other Deities created the Fifth Veda by going into deep yogic trance and meditated on the essence of the Four Vedas alredy present.



Brahma created the Natya Veda by drawing the essence from each of the following Vedă's.
From:
  1. Rig Veda - the words or the lyrical content
  2. Yajur Veda - the gestures or the abhinaya
  3. Săma Veda - music and chants
  4. Atharva Veda - sentiments and emotions



Unlike other Vedas, the Nătya Veda could be heard by the Shudras. Its main purpose was to provide moral and spiritual truths besides pleasure and delight to ears and eyes of all irrespective of their caste.


With the creation of this Veda, Lord Brahmă instructed Bharta and his hundred sons/disciples to present the first dramatic presentation before Shiva. Shiva being inspired danced himself and Bharata desired to learn this dance of Lord Shiva.

      Lord Shiva then taught the principles of this art to his devoted disciple Tăndu (Tăndav dance) and to Părvati (Lăsya) and thus the harmony of the masculine and feminine movements in the dance was blended symbolically. Bharata learned the art from Tăndu and Părvati (daughter of Himălayas) brought the art from the heavens to teach it to the people of earth.

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