Oldest of all classical dance forms in India, Bharatanatyam is the dance of mind & soul. It uplifts the dancer and the beholder to a higher level of spiritual consciousness. This dance form features in the ancient treatise on the science of dramaturgy called 'Natyasasthra,' compile by sage Bharata, done at the behest of Lord Brahma, the creator of all living things.
Sheer poetry in motion, this 2000-year-old classical Indian dance traces its origins to Natyashastra written by the sage Bharatha. The ebullient beauty of Bharatanatyam is characterized by the unfettered flow of bhava (emotion), raga (melody) and tala (rhythm). Today, it is one of the few dance forms that mesmerizes millions of ardent students and admirers all over the world with its aesthetic appeal.
Introducing you to the celestial beauty of Bharatanatyam is Anita Ratnam, whose profound insight and vast experience in Bharatanatyam has enabled her to combine the traditional as well as innovative elements, rendering a new dimension to it. She is a cultural activist, and the guiding force of Arangam Dance Theatre based in Chennai.