Bharata Natyam is one of eight classical dance traditions of India and a complex synthesis of the arts, literature, poetry, sculpture and music.

It evolved and was nurtured within the sacred precincts of the temples of South India and handed down the ages through an oral and visual tradition from Guru (teacher) to Shishya (pupil).

It was documented as a performing art in the 19th century by four brothers, the Tanjore Quartet who were musicians and their compositions are an integral part of the Bharata Natyam repertoire even today.

The art form was practiced by generations of Devadasi women dedicated to temples to serve the GOD through dance, performing as part of daily rituals.

Today, Bharata Natyam is learnt and practiced by many, both in and outside India and this classical art form continues to enhance the aesthetic perception of diverse people and nations.