Barathanatyam dance classes in Bangalore
On stage the dance is performed by one or more dancers who depict Nritham, Nrithyam and Natyam.
The dance form is composed of:
- 'Adavu' (steps) and
2.'Hasthamudra' (hand gestures) along with facial expressions bhava.
There are 64 basic 'Adavu' and they are divided into 9 parts, on which 'Thattadavu', 'Naatadavu', 'Kuthithumettadavu', 'Mandiadavu', 'Sarikkal' and 'Thattumettu' are very important. 'Bhavabhinaya' (facial expression) and 'hasthamudra' (hand gestures) are also an integral part of Bharatnatyam.
The performance starts with prayers to God Ganapathi and worship of Nataraja,the Lord of all dance forms . The dances performed are 'Alarippu', 'Jathiswaram', 'Sabdam', 'Varnam', 'Padam' and 'Thillana'ending with a 'Mangala Slokam'.
Normally the performance lasts for about two and half hours.The rich traditional costume of Kanchipuram and Banaras silk with gold thread borders make the dancers look like heavenly apsaras or yakshinis. The dancers also wear a lot of gold ornaments like necklaces, earrings, bangles and rings,jasmin garlands in the hair and strings of small bells on their feet. The elaborate makeup of the dancer enhances their eyes and makes their face radiant and beautiful.
The music of Bharatanatyam is based on Carnatic classical style with Indian musical instruments such as the Veena, Flute, Mridangam and Violin. The dance direction is done by 'Nattuvanar' giving the Thaalam using hand symbols and singing 'Vaaythari'. There could be two singers also.