Bharatanatyam Classical Dance

Bharatanatyam is the most ancient of all the classical dance forms in India. This dance form which is called poetry in motion and its origin can be traced to the Natya Sastra written around 4000 BC by Sage Bharatha. Bharata Natyam stands in the forefront of all the classical dance arts now prevalent in India, owing to its religious origin and its highly developed technique. This art form grossly disallows new fangled innovations or gimmicks except in repertoire and forms of presentation. It was originally known as 'Dasi Attam,' a temple art performed by young women called 'Devadasis.' Bharatha natyam is commonly performed by women, but sometimes by men also. Strict guidelines are laid down describing every single aspect of the dance form including the attributes required to be an accomplished dancer. The music of Bharatanatyam is based on Carnatic classical music. The instruments used are Veena, Flute, Mridangam and Violin.