While practicing the art form, the various aspects such as Nritta, Nritya and Natya must be seamlessly unified with great concentration. This makes Bharatanatyam meditative and with the systematic complex movements the art form improves mind-body harmony. In addition, consistent training and ongoing participation help practitioners develop the following skills:
Physical: Self-control, development and refinement of gross motor skills, and understanding of the relationship between their bodies and the space around them.
Social/affective: Listening, responding, taking turns, respecting others’ opinions, group aesthetics.
Cognitive: Recognizing, recalling, classifying, identifying, differentiating and sequencing/generating movements. Reflecting on their own and classmates’ dancing and placing it in a wider cross-cultural context.
Aesthetics: Choosing and expressing preference for dance movements, revising and refining movements and recognizing varied notions of beauty in dance.
Bharata Muni lays emphasis on not merely the physical aspects of Bharatanatyam, but also on
the spiritual and esoteric nature of this art form. However, in modern times, the art form has
been a victim of degeneration to such an extent that it is only treated as a decorative performing art.
Bharatanatyam - Meditation - Well being:
Bharatanatyam has been widely studied by researches all over the world. It is known to have significant influence on the well being of the practitioner encompassing mental, physical, social aspects of life.
Bharatanatyam is one of the most popular classical dance forms practised in India. It started as a temple dance tradition 2000 years ago. It is considered a product of Sanathana dharma, the bedrock of Indian culture.
Bharatanatyam is a system of dance, as described in the Natya Shastra, that is capable of manifesting various forms. According to Natya Shastra and Abhinaya Darpana, Lord Brahma created the art of dance upon the request of the Gods as a form of entertainment and it became known as the fifth Veda, and was open to all. Prior to the creation of the Natya Veda, Brahma entered a Yogic trance in which he recalled the four Vedas. He drew literature from the Rig Veda, song from the Sama Veda, Abhinaya or expression from the Yajur Veda and Rasa or aesthetic experience from the Atharva Veda. These aspects are the four main constituents of the Natya Veda. Lord Brahma passed on this Natya Veda to his son, sage Bharata, who passed it on to his 100 sons.
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