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Nrithyollasa celebrates 20 years with Natana Saram! Jan-30-2010, 2:30 and 6:30 pm, Jackson Theatre, Ohlone college, 43600 Misssion Blvd, Fremont, Ca. Click Logo!


we bow to you Shiva, most benevolent
you, whose limbs are the universe
your eloquence the essence of all language
your adornment the moon and the stars




Bharathanatyam, a classical dance of India, is one of the most graceful, subtle and sophisticated styles among all the dance forms in the world. The term Bharatha was derived from the three essential facets of this art: Bha - Bhava or expression; Ra - Raga or music; Ta - Tala or rhythm. The term 'Natyam' is both Nritta and Nritya: the two aspects of Bharathanatyam. Nritta is abstract dance whose main components are tala and laya - time measure and rhythm. In Nritta, the emphasis is on abstract dance, creating intricate patterns that involve a coordinated choreography of arm, leg and neck movements. Nritya is Abhinaya - the expression of emotions, where a dancer tries to convey the meaning of a story to the audience through the portrayal of emotions. Therefore Natya is the visual painting that the dancer depicts to narrate a story. In 200BC, the principles of Bharathanatyam were compiled by Sage Bharatha in his treatise the 'Natya Shastra'. Sage Bharatha was initiated by Lord Brahma himself in the art of dancing. All the important styles of Indian classical dance are based on the set of rules laid down in the 'Natya Shastra'. Thereafter, Bharathanatyam endured through the ages and survived and flourished in the temples of South India among a unique community of devotees who expressed their love for the infinite spirit through the medium of dance.

Indumathy Ganesh founded Nrithyollasa Dance Academy in 1989. The academy provides intense training which enables the students to gain mastery over this ancient dance form. In addition, the school imparts excellent training in the theoretical aspects of Bharathanatyam and nattuvangam (dance conducting).