This photo story illustrates the different stances of India's popular national dance - Bharata Natyam. This performance took place at the Bull Temple culture fest to reemphasize the greatness of Indian heritage. The Bull Temple is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore dedicated to the Bull God who was the savior for the local farmers for preventing bulls from destroying their crops.
Bharata Natyam is the manifestation of the ancient idea of the celebration of the eternal universe through the celebration of the beauty of the material body. A performance usually has a list of items (story lines) that a dancer performs.
This performance consisted of:
Varnam - with complex movements and positions of the hands and body that tell a story, usually of love and the longing for the lover.
Padam - One of the most lyrical section where the dancer "speaks" of love of mother for child
Thillana - The final section in which the virtuosity of the music is reflected in the complex footwork and captivating poses of the dancer