There are different traditional styles in Bharatnatyam depending upon the Gurus or region. They differ in terms of performing the nritta – the adavus (steps) and way of abhinaya- the emotions expressed. Some of the prominently learnt bharatanatyam styles across the country are: Tanjavoor, Melathoor, Kalashetra, Vazhavoor, Pandanalloor.
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Banis of Bharatanatyam
All the world’s a stage.
Art is not what you see, but what others see.
Ballet is like a sport, only harder.
Ballet never becomes easy. It becomes possible.
Be so good they can’t ignore you.
Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.
Dance to express, not to impress.
Dance, Dance, Dance wherever you may be.
Dance, Dance, Otherwise we are lost.
Dance. Love. Sing. Live.
Dancers dream with their feet.
Dancing is like dreaming on your feet.
Dance with your heart.
Do it with passion or not at all.
Even if I can’t speak it, I can always dance.
I don’t think, I feel.
I need to dance.
If you fall, I’ll be there.
Just get up and dance.
Let’s go, get lost.
Life would be better if we wore more tutu’s.
Move over and let me dance.
Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.
No standing, only dancing.
One more time, is always a lie.
Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance.
Those move easiest who have learned to dance.
What social life. I dance.
When you feel sad, Dance.
Without dance, what’s the point?