As a form of dance, Bharathanatyam is unequivocally proclaims the greatness of India’s ancient tradition. It is inseparable from our cultural lives and derives its name from the first syllable of the three fundamental requisites for dance namely ‘Bhava’ (expression), ‘Raga’ (tune) and ‘Tala’ (rhythm) – BHA, Ra, Tha!
There is a certain divinity about India’s ancient dance form as exemplified by a good number of dancing deities in the Hindu pantheon and copious references to it in ancient literary works, Vedas, shastras and puranas.
There are several treatises and interesting interpretations on the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva venerated as Nataraja, the king of dance. Interestingly, Bharathanatyam also has strong scientific moorings. In his monumental work “ The Tao of Physics ”, F.Capra highlights the similarities between tenets of modern physics and the dance of Shiva.