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pronounced "Bhu-ruth-uh-naat-yum  Uh-run-gay-thrum

Arangetram photoshoo Ishika Muchhal

Bharatanatyam is an internationally acclaimed Indian classical dance originating from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, dating back almost 2000 years.


Bharatanatyam is noted for its intricate footwork and stylized storytelling using gestures of the hands, eyes, and face muscles. It is a blend of:

  1. Nritta (pure dance)

  2. Nritya (expressive dance) 

  3. Natya (dramatic aspects of dance) 


The flexibility of the Bharatanatyam framework allows it to serve as an interpretive narration of Hindu mythology, spirituality, & contemporary ideas.


Arangetram (“ascending to the stage”) is the first full-length, professional debut performance announcing the dancer’s ability to dance a full margam (repertoire) with its different facets of nritta, nritya, and natya.

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Select pieces recorded from my Arangetram in August 2018