Bharatanatyam or Bharathanatiyam is a major genre of Indian classical dance that originated in Tamil Nadu . Traditionally, Bharatanatyam has been a solo dance that was performed exclusively by women, and expressed Hindu religious themes and spiritual ideas, particularly of Shaivism, but also of Vaishnavism and Shaktism.

Bharatanatyam's theoretical foundations trace to the ancient Sanskrit text by Bharatmuni,Natya Shastra, its existence by 2nd century CE is noted in the ancient Tamil epic Silappatikaram, while temple sculptures of 6th to 9th century CE suggest it was a well refined performance art by mid 1st millennium CE. Bharatanatyam is quite possibly the oldest classical dance tradition of India.

FOR CHILDREN
Children are the source of happiness and joy for all loving parents. Their laughter, innocence, naughtiness in their eyes and the innate nature to imitate elders bring an instant smile to our face and as parents it brims your heart with content and gusto. Childhood is indeed the perfect age for any kind of learning to happen. Their minds are fresh and body teems with energy and enthusiasm. Bharatanatyam is one such dance form that can be learnt from the age of four for any child irrespective of gender. There are a plethora of benefits in learning this classical dance form and we have listed below the reasons for your child to pursue this magnificent dance form.

Discipline
An unruly child is always preferred over a well-disciplined child. Being disciplined is of prime importance in one’s life, for it is a key factor that determines your success. So, being disciplined at an early age helps one to climb the ladder of success. Bharatanatyam is one such dance form that dwells on discipline. The patient practices of the adavu along with guru bhakthi propagated by this dance ensure that the child is disciplined at an early age.
To shed shyness.
Does your child run away seeing guests at home or does he/she refuse to mingle with other kids? Well, enroll your child to a Bharatanatyam class for this dance form will help your child shed all his/her shyness and inhibitions. Dancing with other students and in front of so many people will boost the morale of your child. Bharatanatyam will help in bringing out the extrovert in your child.

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Augments the mind
Learning Bharatanatyam helps in improving the mental faculties of the children. The subtle movements of the feet along with the hand-eye coordination in the adavu (steps) help the child to have a lucid and sharp mind. It is indeed difficult for children to concentrate for childhood is that funny age where your mind is unchained and it roams like free a bird with no strings attached. So, by learning Bharatanatyam the child is trained to concentrate and this will in turn help him/her to perform well in her academics.
Helps in reducing obesity
Bharatanatyam is not just a dance form; it is also a kind of exercise that helps you to ooze out the fatty acids deposited in the body. Obesity is a major cause of concern that has taken a toll on children. Thanks to junk food and technology for making them couch potatoes. Learning Bharatanatyam will help children suffering from obesity and in keeping the body impeccably fit and flexible.

Learning becomes fun
Bharatanatyam is precisely that dance form where children learn the art with all vim and vigor. When inducted at the right age the dance becomes a fun process and let the child to explore more on the nuances of it. So, let those bubbly ones join the classical dance form that gratifies the body and mind alike.

By learning Bharatanatyam children enter a life of discipline, devotion and passion. Being a dance form that blends dance, music and theatre Bharatanatyam is an activity that instills poise and self-improvisation in the children. Let your children pursue Bharatanatyam and see the positive difference in them. By doing so, you not just contribute in spreading the legacy of the dance form to next generation but also help them in their personal growth.

By: +Prof: Koti Madhav Balu Chowdary

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