Bharata Natyam (Tamil: பரதநாட்டியம், Kannada: ಭರತನಾಟ್ಯ, Marathi: भरतनाट्यम) also spelled Bharatanatyam, is a classical Indian dance form that originated in the temples of South India. This dance form denotes various 19th- and 20th-century reconstructions of Sadir, the art of temple dancers called Devadasis. It was described in the treatise Natya Shastra by Bharata around the beginning of the common era. Bharata Natyam is known for its grace, purity, tenderness, and sculpturesque poses. Lord Shiva is considered the God of this dance form. Today, it is one of the most popular and widely performed dance styles and is practiced by male and female dancers all over the world. Source: Wikipedia

Aangikam bhuvanam yasya
Vachikam sarva vangmayam
Aaharyam chandra – taradi tvam namaha
Sattvikam Shivam

We bow to Him the benevolent One
Whose limbs are the universe,
Whose song and poetry are the essence of all language,
Whose costume is the moon and the stars…

Bharatanatyam by Mahalakshmi Chavan

Bharatanatyam by Mahalakshmi Chavan

Bharatanatyam by Mahalakshmi Chavan

Photos from a performance of Mahalakshmi Chavan.

Mahalakshmi Chavan is a promising upcoming young talents in the Indian Classical Dance form of Bharatanatyam.