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BharataNatyam – Classical Indian Dance

“Ta Thai Ta Ta Thai, Ta Thai Ta Ta Thai”

With every word, a tap of your foot and with each footwork, the rhythmic bells of your anklets.
And that’s my earliest memory of this dance form ‘ Bharata-Natyam’ introduced to me by my mother as a child.

Though I can’t say as a child I enjoyed it. The dance required lot of discipline, stamina, grace, dedication and coordination of your whole body to perform in rhythm and tell a story through your movements. In fact for the first one year I had to learn only footwork, I mean that cannot be called dance now can you?. It takes minimum 4 years to get a hang of it.

The years spent learning this art didn’t make me a talented professional dancer or anything, but it did introduce me to love and understand dancing as a whole. My foot kind of starts tapping whenever there’s music now.

In the brink of modern dance forms taking over, I thought of sharing some information on a Bharatanatyam which is actually still fairly popular and also a means of bonding among expats in other countries:

1) Its an oldest classical dance from South India, goes as far as 9th century. Known as Sadir in early 1900’s

2) Originally it was introduced to educate the public about mythology, scriptures. As the form is such that it can tell you any story in any language

3) Many of the ancient sculptures in Hindu temples are based on Bharatanatyam dance posture

4) On 10th January 2015, 2100 dancers aged 5 – 40 made a Guinness book of record of maximum people dancing a classical dance together (wish I had known of this to participate)

5) Costume:
– Its made of either Sari or a stitched up Sari i.e. Blouse, a large pleated loose pants which opens up like a hand fan and Pallu (used to wrap around to cover the blouse)
– Traditional Jewellery on the head, ears, nose, neck n waist
– Pleated Hair with fragrant flowers
– Makeup around the eyes, hands n legs to enhance the expressions
– Bells around the anklets to accent the footwork

Oh Ya! thats me..kekek… Age 5 or 6 i think…

In the world of spoken n written words, dance also forms a body language of words in itself. This communication through each movement n expression is what attracts me the most of this art form.

Just wanted to share a love of mine introduced through ‘Bharatanatyam’, who knows you might find your dance too.

A dance whose beats of music connects with the beats of your heart
A rhythmic grace of words, a story telling through the body of your soul…

Happy Dancing!!!

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61 comments on “BharataNatyam – Classical Indian Dance

  1. thewritewomanblog
    October 30, 2016

    Bharatnatyam is a dance form I always wanted to learn and still hope to learn. Such a pretty picture and beautiful memories.

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    • writeshefali
      October 31, 2016

      Thanks, though I feel I look funny in d pic 😉… n there is never an age criteria to learn dancing, so I hope u do find the time to learn n enjoy… Happy Dancing 💃🏼 💃🏼

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  3. girlandworld
    October 20, 2016

    Oh my god just not a writer it a dancer too

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    • writeshefali
      October 20, 2016

      Haha… well both of them are done to please my varied interest… neither r my profession or some form of talent 😊… thanks for the visit 👍🏼

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  4. Puneet
    October 20, 2016

    It’s really great that you know this art form. Informative post. 😁

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  5. prashantt
    October 20, 2016

    Art is best be it in any form besides skills it empowers a confidence also,the lil girl in pic looks really cute & innocent…have a nice day ahead!!🙏😊

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    • writeshefali
      October 20, 2016

      Dance does make you confident… i also had stage performances, so you see, i was meant to perform 😉😂😂… Thanks for the compliment for that little girl 😉👍🏼

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      • prashantt
        October 20, 2016

        Kya baat hai…talented since childhood see dance is the common thing like earlier you performed on others guidance now people are dancing around you for appraisals or good words on thier performance.
        Bdw you can start teaching this too among goras out there…another marketing opportunity for me😜😜😊

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        • writeshefali
          October 20, 2016

          The dancing in front of HR ke din chale gaye… now i am thinking what to do next… though TR is there… but dont like that kind of dancing..hheheee… Your suggestion seems good…ok your target is get me 100 Goraas n then i will start the academy ok…😉😂😂

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          • prashantt
            October 20, 2016

            This offer sounds like “we will call you later” another nice way to say “Jaa yaha se”😂😂😂
            Arre you can join any dance class or theatre group on weekends to persue further coz you never know whats there in future or waha se 100 goro ka target bhi you can achieve without any experts help😂😂

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            • writeshefali
              October 20, 2016

              😂 n ur answer sounds like a typical marketing wala… not doing any work n making others do all d labour n in the end taking credit for idea giving 😬😉

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              • prashantt
                October 20, 2016

                Arre! I am saving your labour cost and at same time you can do what you love..mere paas ek aur idea hai,bharatnatyam ke saath hi tarot ka promotion😉😉

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  6. Akhila
    October 20, 2016

    happy dancing dear…

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  7. fluffysteps
    October 20, 2016

    Thanks for sharing these interesting facts. This reminds me of the time I took a “modern dance” class and learned that I have no coordination skills. 😂

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    • writeshefali
      October 20, 2016

      Hahha… i think i was fairly good, my teacher had high expectations from me… unfortunately i wasn’t that keen on it…well now i am more like you so lets dance together 💃🏼💃🏼😉

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  8. thecoffeebeanbrain
    October 20, 2016

    Love those eyes! 🙂

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  9. Varsh
    October 20, 2016

    I learnt it as a child, but sadly left after 3 years. I have a similar picture of me all decked up for a performance too. 😊
    It was lovely of you to collect so much information about it and share with us.👍 It is one of the most graceful dance forms and I would like my daughter to learn it.

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    • writeshefali
      October 20, 2016

      Oh so another similarity… both Bharatanatyam dancers, maybe we should keep a performance between us ??🤔😉… btw y did u leave??
      N Ya you should also make Angel learn it… though she might hate it the first two years.. hehh… like I did…😊

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      • Varsh
        October 20, 2016

        My tuition timing coincided with the dance class…and the dancing suffered. A performance…hmmm…why not… just give me a year to prepare. I’m out of practice now. 😬
        She has a ear for music…I’ve observed. I think she can both sing and dance well if trained properly. I will definitely encourage her. 😊

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        • writeshefali
          October 20, 2016

          Oh thats cool… dancing also makes your confident, since we have all those stage performance… so so make her love it…
          Ok one year diya… then we will dance on our versions of Bharatanatyam 😂😂

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  10. radhikasreflection
    October 20, 2016

    Quite an informative post Shefali on such a traditional and graceful dance form. You look adorable in the dance attire .😍😍😘

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Nisthur Anadi
    October 20, 2016

    Hi Shefali

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  12. Dheeraj Dave
    October 19, 2016

    Beautiful….picture of dancer vaishali…😊😊u were a cutest child…

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