The dance style known today as Bharatanatyam
, flourished in the areas around the Southern Indian State of Tamil Nadu. Adhering most closely to the principles laid down in Bharata’s Natya Shastra, Bharatanatyam was nurtured over the ages in the temples of South India. This style is one of the most ancient and arguably the best known Classical dance forms of India. Graceful movements, mime and music contribute in equal measure to this traditional and beautiful dance. Speaking a Universal language of gestures, replete with diverse moods and emotions and portraying rhythmic precision, the dance essentially brings to life the glorious sculptures of the temples as well as the mythology of the land.
In the word Bharata are the three components of dance: Bha
(melody) and Ta for Tala (rhythm). Bharatanatyam is a highly complex and stylized combination of these three features.