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Bharatanatya, a South Indian classical dance form, derives its name from bha for bhava (mime and physical expression), ra for raga (song), tha for thalam (rhythm), and natyam (dance). Ancient story claims it originated with Lord Shiva, and ancient artworks show how it developed and flourished in the temples of Tamil Nadu in southern India over 2000 years ago. Traditionally, young maidens called devadasis (servants of God) danced this form in praise and prayer, and to tell ancient Hindu…

Kuchipudi is one such unique form of art which is the tasteful blend of grace and vigor, elevation and sensuality, of control and abandon. With its roots buried in the soil of Andhra Pradesh, Kuchipudi was born in a remote village from which it derived its name. In the early days, the Kuchipudi style of dance was in the form of dance dramas, the main purpose being to inculcate divine ecstasy which invokes immortal bliss and brings one closer to the path of salvation.

In Hinduism, Shiva the Cosmic Dancer, is perhaps the most perfect personification of the dynamic universe. Through his dance, Shiva sustains the manifold phenomena in the world, unifying all things by immersing them in his rhythm and making them participate in the dance - a magnificent image of the dynamic unity of the Universe.

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