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The Spiritual Background of Bharata Natyam

Title:The Spiritual Background of Bharata Natyam
Author:Rukmini Devi
Enumeration:Vol. 10 Issue no. 4; September 1957, p. 5-6
Abstract:Bharata Natyam is a composite art and includes all forms of dances and dance-dramas which are in accordance with the Shastra as laid down by the sage Bharata. It has many branches and variations including the religious Bhagavata Mela dance-drama (performed exclusively by men), Kuchipudi dance of the Telugu districts, and Sadir Kacheri, a solo recital by as single dancer. The primary goal is spiritual expression, involving the understanding of other arts (particularly music). It is a vehicle for all emotions, which are expressed through movement of limbs, hand gestures (hastas), rhythm (tala), and, above all, bhava (expression). Bharata Natyam is a form of yoga, and endures as a classical art in village, temple, folk and group dancing, dance-dramas, and in individuals.

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