Bharata Natyam: Origin, Styles and Techniques

Micky Verma, Abhishek Pub, 2009, 235 p, photographs, $40.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Bharata Natyam: Origin, Styles and Techniques/Micky Verma

Contents: 1. Introduction. 2. Aesthetic of Bharatanatyam.  3. Bharatanatyam and religion. 4. Bharatanatyam the Origins. 5. Style of Bharatanatyam. 6. Techniques of Bharatanatyam. 7. Performance of Bharatanatyam. 8. Music, costume and make up.

This book takes you on a journey through this beautiful dance form ”Bharatnatyam”. Originated in Tamil Nadu, this dance form is a reconstruction of cathir the art of Temple dancers. This book covers various art forms, mudras, basics fundamentals, etc related to bharatanatyam. Bharatanatyam was the dance technique evolved in the South of India in Tamil Nadu and practiced in the Temples of Shiva. It is a highly specialized science with a traditional background and rigid codes and conventions. Bharatanatyam skillfully embodies the three primary ingredients of dancing. They are bhava or mood, raga or music and melody and tala or timing. The technique of bharatanatyam consists of 64 principles of coordinated hand, foot, face and body movements which are performed to the accompaniment of dance syllables.“

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