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The origin of the name Bharatanatyam came from 4 Sanskrit words. Divided
in 4 sections, Bha-ra-ta-natyam. Each syllable represents a different
word and meaning. Bha comes from Bhava, which means expression. Ra comes
from Raga, which means melody. Ta comes from Tala, which means rhythm.
Natyam mean dance. If you broke Bharatanatyam into four Sanskrit words
it would read Bhava, Raga, Tala and Natyam. These aspects: expression;
melody; and rhythm; are very important in Bharatanatyam.
- References: danceasia.org
Sadirattam or Dasiattam was later rechristened as Bharatanatyam by the
Madras Music Academy by a resolution passed accepting the suggestion of
E.Krishna Iyer. Taking the new nomenclature Rukmini Devi popularized
that name to attribute dignity and divinity to the performing art form
and maybe we can say she did give a new lease of life to this ancient
natya which I suppose has an antiquity of more than 3000 years.
- V.P.Dhananjayan ; References: narthaki.com
Abhinayam literally means "expression or communicating a message". It
takes its name from the Sanskrit words Abhi which means "to or towards"
and Ni which means "to lead". Abhinayam is thus having the meaning "to
lead" (the performer and audience towards a state of being or feeling
called the Satvika bhavam).
- References: natyarambha.wordpress.com
The more celebrated forms of village folk dances of Tamilnadu are: Oyilaatam, Oyil
Kummi, Devaraattam, Karagaattam, Kaavadi Aattam, Kali Aattam, Kolaattam,
Theru Koothu, Kazhai Koothu, Villu Paattu, Chakkai Aattam, Kai Silambu
Aattam, Kummi, Bagavatha nadanam, PuliAattam and other fancy dress
dances, Kuravan- kurathi Aattam, Poikkal Kudirai Aattam,
Thappattaiattam, Silambaattam, Sevai Aattam, Ottan Koothu, Urumi Aattam
and Snake dance.
- References: Tamilnadu-Folk Dance & Music, eindiatourism.com