"'Bharata Natyam', sacred dance" State of Tamil Nadu Off The Beaten Path Tip by FruitLover

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  Parvati, Shiva's slim-waisted consort
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'Bharata Natyam', sacred dance as a religious ceremony, is very much appreciated by the gods. Shiva, under the name of Nataraja, the 'Lord of the Dance', with either a fearsome or a light step governs the rhythm of the unfolding of the Universe. And Parvati, His slim-waisted consort, taught this art to humans.

'Bharata Natyam' , in the Tamil land, involves not only dance but also chanting, music and dramatic miming. The great dancing masters and the consecrated dancers have handed it down from century to century in the temples to which they belong.

Towards the end of the 19th century it gradually disappeared under the Puritan pressure of the British. From 1925 onwards, and especially after independence, great Indian artists, in search of their cultural rootes, are reviving the ancient sacred dancing

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  • Written Dec 27, 2005
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