Bharatanatyam, which originated in Tamil Nadu, a southern state in India, is one of the oldest classical dance forms of the country. It is based on ‘Natya Sasthra’ written by the sage Bharata and hence the name. Bharatanatyam is a combination of Nritta (pure dance), Nritya (histrionic expression) and Natya (dramatic representation). Ref: http://www.exoticindiaart.com/product/audiovideo/bharatanatyam-anita-ratnam-dvd-video-ICG024/
Bharatanatyam – A dance to worship god, a dance that speaks of rich culture and tradition, and a divine way to surrender yourself to lord too faced its period of glean. Before 500 years, Bharatanatyam is not highly celebrated and valued like today.