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Bharatanatyam is one of the oldest classical dance forms originated in Tamil Nadu more than 2000 years ago. Developed from the temple dance, it has become one of the widely performed classical dance performed throughout India and abroad. The dance is based on intricate footsteps, brilliant facial expressions and amazing hand gestures. It is performed as Nritta (dance movement), Nritya (expression) and Natya (dramatic element). Dancers wear special silk saris and a lot of jewelries. The dance is performed to Carnatic classical music accompanied by the instruments Veena, Violin, Flute and Mridangam. It is a specialized dance which needs careful practice for several years before one could ultimately perform on the stage.
It is performed in connection with temple festivals and cultural programs.
Some of the famous Bharratanatyam artists include Mrinalini Sarabhai, Bala Saraswathi, Rugmini Arundel and Padma Subramanian.
It is a highly specialized dance form that needs severe training and dedication to learn.