Bharata Natyam Indian Classical dance is one of the most ancient forms of sacred dance and a highly evolved mind-body practice. It was originally performed by women, called Devadasis, who danced as an offering to god in the temples of South India. In its recent history, Bharata Natyam has moved from the temple onto the concert stage and is practiced and performed by people from all over the world.
Despite its evolution, the temple roots of this form run deep. The traditional repertoire focuses on spiritual themes such as the experience of suffering and the potential for liberation. The practice of Bharata Natyam provides the tools to explore these themes. This cherished dance form of India is characterized by humility, discipline, grace and rigorous technique.
"We bow down to Shiva,
whose limbs are the universe,
whose speech is all language,
whose ornaments are the moon, stars and sun."