In the present volume a comprehensive and detailed approach has been made to introduce Bharatanatyam to the lay readers as well as the learned exponent of Bharatanatyam. The first chapter gives brief introduction of the concept of Bharatanatyam. The second chapter takes the student to different kinds of presentation of Bharatanatyam. The third chapter onwards different technical details of Bharatanatyam like Adavus, Charis/gathis, padabhedas, angaharas, Karanas, Abhinaya, Bhava, Rasa and hasthas, Forms of Bharatanatyam have been given. The last chapter on Forms of Bhrathanatyam different forms of dances like Alarippu, Vamam, Sabdam, Tillana, Javali etc. have been described. How they are presented in the concert etc. been described. How they are presented in the concert etc. The last chapter contains the details of ornamentation in Bharatanayam and stage lighting. The Chapter on Tala gives a bsic introduction to the artist about the tala practice for Bharatanatyam. Contains more than 200 illustrations. Each chapter is well documented and illustrated.
Introduction, Evolution and Development of Bharathanatyam, Stage as designed by Bharatha, Tandava and Lasya, Nritta, Nritya and Natya: Adavus: Charis, Gatis, Utplavanas and Brhamaris, Angaharas; Padabheds; Karanas; Adbhinaya; Bhava; Nayaka Nayikabheda, Rasa; Hasthas; Forms of Bharatanatyam; Navasandhi, Costumes, Talam, Glossary; Index.