Bha – Bhavam (Emotions/ Expressions)
Ra – Ragam (Music)
Tha- Thalam (Rhythmic movement)
Natyam – Dance
Bharathanatyam is an immensely popular ancient dance form which originated in Tamil Nadu (Southern India). The technicalities of Bharathanatyam follows the ancient Indian scripture called Natyashastra (the science of dance). As with all classical Indian dances it is comprised of Nritta (pure dance elements), Nritya (descriptive technical elements) and Natya (dramatic elements). To master this complex yet subtle art form it takes a lot of discipline, continuous hard work and dedication.
At Upasana, the Bharathanatyam classes are divided into 3 Levels.
Basic dance workouts (Guidelines for practice), Basic dance stances (Araimandi, Samapadam and Muzhumandi), Basic dance units (Adavus with their variations)
Asamyutha hasthas (single hand mudras) and Samyutha hasthas (double hand mudras)
Korvai (Garland of Adavus) Basic dance items : Pushpanjali, Alarippu, Kavuthuvam
Asamyutha and Samyutha hastha viniyogam (usages) with reference to the Natyashastra and Abhinayadarpana, Pada Bhedhas (feet movements)
A great learning experience
Very organized and strict adherence to traditional techniques
Life long benefits