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The Nritta[Part II]

The Tandava element is divided intoMargi

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The Margi consists of seven types of Bhraman-s. Each Bhramana consists of Gati-s, Karana-s, chari-s. For each gati he has prescribed a separate tala, but no tala has been prescribed for the Karana-s or Cari-s. Each tala has been prescribed some specific sabda (bol-sor sollu).

Example: The [...]

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Kalakendra.com : May 13, 2006, 1:14 pm

The Nritta[Part I]

The word “Nritta” comes from the root “Nata”. Bharata, Saradatanaya and Kumbhakarna have defined Nritta as one which is composed of Karana-s and Angahara-s. It has been also described as one of the components of Angika Abhinaya, Ankura, Shakha and Nritta. Abhinava Gupta regards Nritta as co-ordination of Hasta and paada kriya. What Abhinava Gupta [...]

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Kalakendra.com : , 1:13 pm

Purpose of Bharatanatyam

Since a long time ago, many have perceived Bharatanatyam as a medium of worship,a vehicle for bhakti. But it is a misconception of art to believe its purpose is to express devotion to god, notwithstanding instances of artists offering music and dance ostensibly as anjali. If we would adapt Ashok D. Ranade’s broad categorisation [...]

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Kalakendra.com : April 19, 2006, 10:27 am

Primacy of music

An important feature of Bharatanatyam is that it does not exist separately from music.

Balasaraswati has said: “Bharatanatyam, in its highest moment, is the embodiment of music in its visual form…. For more than thousand years, the sastra-s have confirmed that an individual dedicated to dance must be equally dedicated to music and must receive thorough [...]

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Kalakendra.com : , 10:26 am