Photographer's Note

Tracing its origins to the Natya Shastra, an ancient treatise on classical Indian dance, written by sage Bharatha, Bharatha Natyam is a highly traditional and stylised South Indian dance form. Earlier known as “Dasi Attam” or “Sadir”, it was practiced by Devadasis of the South Indian temples.

It went into disrepute in the middle ages due to prevalent social conditions. The renaissance of the art form was possible mainly due to the efforts of luminaries such as E. Krishna Iyer, T. Balasaraswati, Kumbakonam K. Bhanumati and Rukmini Devi Arundale among others in the early decades of the last century. Currently the dance form enjoys world wide popularity and appreciation.

The currently posted photograph is from a theme based performance “Nava Vidha Bhakthi” or “Nine Ways of Worship”. It depicts worship through meditation.

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