" Where goes the hand, the eye follows her(it);
There where goes the eye, goes the spirit;
There where goes the spirit is the heart;
There where is the heart is the reality of the being. "
Native of Tamil Nadu, in the South of India, Bharatanâtyam is unique(only) to the world: his(her,its) tradition was immortalized thanks to the supernatural preservation, on thousands of years, by the Indian great classic of the dance, the Natya-Shastra, and by the wild will of the dancers to immortalize this tradition during the centuries.
The dance appears under two aspects:
NRITT: pure and abstract dance which, with its harmonious movements of hands and eyes combined(organized) in the rhythms of feet, creates the atmosphere.
NRITYA: meaning dance which evokes the courtship of the gods and the men(people), by means of mudrâ (body movements of hands).
It is Shiva who added to embellish the show(entertainment) the specific education(teaching) of nritta, the pure dance, revealing its dynamic, virile and powerful aspect named Tandava.
He(It) confided(entrusted) to his wife Parvati the education(teaching) of the graceful, captivating and delicate aspect named Lasya.
In a next article, a meeting with Maya, dancer of Bharata Nâthyam and professor of yoga, author of the work, in association with Dominique Guillemain d' Echon, photographer, Light of the South India - Journey danced in the heart of temples
"... Bharata Natyam allows to envisage the body of each as an instrument crowned in the service of the realization of the " purposes of the man », purushartha. It is what what makes it one of the noblest and most direct artistic forms... "
Herambanathan, agent of the tradition danced by Thanjavur (Tanjore, Tamil Nadu)
This quotation arises from an article of Maya ( Cf. above) Drafted for the pads of the yoga in 2005. Maya worked with Guru Herambanathan on Tanjore continuation(suite) in the death of his master(teacher) Kittappa Pillai of whom it was last follower.
Discover this complete article Http: // www.natyamaya.net / Bharatanatyam.pdf