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How did Bharatanatyam come into existence?

What is the purpose of Bharatanatyam dance?

  • The dance has traditionally been a form of an interpretive narration of mythical legends and spiritual ideas from the Hindu texts. The performance repertoire of Bharatanatyam, like other classical dances, includes nrita (pure dance), nritya (solo expressive dance) and natya (group dramatic dance).

Why is Bharatnatyam important in South Indian temples?

  • With the origination of temples in Tamil Nadu, Bharatnatyam soon became an important part of South Indian temples around 300 BCE to 300 CE. Temple dancers are known as Devadasis, who were dedicated to serve the Lord as dasis or servants, performing the dance form and became an important part of rituals in South Indian temples.

What is Bharatnatyam (Dasi Attam)?

  • (HISTORY OF BHARATNATYAM) Centuries ago, there were many dancers – priestesses in the Hindu temples in south India, called Devadasis. They would sing, dance and play many musical instruments. They were well versed in Sanskrit and other languages. Since these dancers were called Devadasis, Bharatnatyam was originally called Dasi Attam.

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