Source: natyakriya.com; Author: Kavitha; Photo Courtesy: The Hindu

The Natya Shastra is an ancient Indian treatise on the performing arts, encompassing theatre, dance and music. It was written during the period between 200 BCE and 200 CE in and is traditionally attributed to the Sage Bharata. According to the Natya Shastra by Bharata Muni; classical dance has three main aspects namely Nritta, Nritya, and Natya. Nritta is the demonstration of rhythm through graceful body movements. Nritya can be described as an explanatory dance, where the lyrics of the song are conveyed using hand gestures and facial expressions. Natya is achieving a story through speech, music, Nritta and Nritya.

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