Thursday, June 08, 2006

Bharata Natyam

I went to my first Bharata Natyam class today!

Stamina was not a problem but I seriously lacked coordination (head, hands, legs, body, eyes, etc). In such a dance, every detail is important as your body is supposed to express the lyrics. What’s more, I faced a totally unexpected problem: my fingers are not flexible at all!

Try the Hastàbhinaya here.

According to Wikipedia, Bharata Natyam is a classical dance form originating in India. It owes its current name to Krishna Iyer and later, Rukmini Devi Arundale.

Bharata could refer to either the author of the Natya Shastra or to a legendary king after whom the country of India was supposedly named, and natya is Sanskrit for the art of dance-drama. It was brought to the stage at the beginning of the 20th century by Krishna Iyer.

Bharatanatyam is the manifestation of the South Indian idea of the celebration of the eternal universe through the celebration of the beauty of the material body. In Hindu mythology the whole universe is the dance of the Supreme Dancer, Nataraja, a name for Lord Shiva, the Hindu ascetic yogi and divine purveyor of destruction of evil.

Some videos here and here.


Patricia said...


Je cherche aussi des cours de danse indienne. Tu es en Belgique actuellement? Où ont lieu les cours?

Merci de me tenir au courant.


erasmus-in-india said...

Il y a des cours près de Montgomery. Envois un mail sur mon adresse email (sidebar). Je te transfert l'info.

Eric said...

Bonjour Elise, Bonjour Patricia,
Bravo Elise, bienvenue dans le monde merveilleusement douloureux du Bharata Natyam ;-)
Si tu veux les hastas, tu peux trouver un document PDF à downloader sur mon site:

Patricia, si tu veux des infos sur mes cours, voici mon site web:
Mon mail:

Bonne journée ;-)

Anjali said...

Just came across your post. Very Honestly you have put in your feelings. It already more than a year now. Hope you are enjoying your lessons. A great blog to project India. Keep up to your good work

Kerala Tour Package said...

It's a very nice and famous classical dance of India. Many people like this dance..