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at a glance
We also offer
services like Bharatanatyam costume stitching, readymade dance
practice dresses stitching for all Indian
classical dances, Mohiniyattam dance
costumes, readymade Kuchipudi dresses
and readymade Bharatanatyam costumes.
Stitching is done in India and our
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make-up accessories for dance and
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jewelry used for Bharatanatyam dance
and kuchipudi dance is commonly known
as Temple Jewelry. There are different
types of temple jewlery. The most
authentic and expensive is made in the
southern part of India by Artisans
who's family is doing this for
centuries. This is made of real Silver
and plated/coated with Gold. We also
have imitation temple jewelry which is
less expensive than real temple
jewellery. Instead of Silver,
basemetal or Copper is used in this
type of jewelry. Imitation temple
jewelry made of basemetal is britle and should be handled with
care. In the recent past, many
imitation temple jewelry manufacturers
are using fiberglass as base material
for some ornamants like belts, jada
and headset. This material is very
light and strong and easy to handle.
Some jewelry manufacturers use Copper
as the base material, but it is heavy
and expensive. Some dancers use stone
jewelry, antique design jewelry and
artificial pearl jewelry for dance
performances instead of Temple Jewelry. Kuchipudi dancers and
some Kathak dancers use Temple jewelry
for their dance performances also.
Please visit us for all your Indian
traditional Temple jewelry needs.
||Indian Fashion Jewelry
In addition to the temple jewelry for dance and accessories,
we also have online store selling Indian costume jewelry and
fashion jewelry from India. There is too much variety in Indian
costume jewelry. People in India has the oldest legacy of jewelry
making since the period of Mahabharatha. Traces of oldest jewellery
were found from the Indus valley civilization. Today we have different
styles of Jewelry - Kundan jewellery, Lack Jewelry, Antique jewelry,
Hyderabadi pearl jewelry, Polki jewelry to name a few. The most popular
and traditional style of Indian jewelry is Kundan Jewelry. This is has
been popular from the days of Moghul Kings and Queens for centuries.
This style of jewelry has an antique look and mostly made of silver or
copper base metal then gold plated. The earrings and head set(tika)
are part of the jewelry set. Eventhough the traditional sets are heavy,
light necklaces are also used as formal wear.
The second most popular type is the lakh jewelry and is hand made from
start to finish. Most of the lakh jewelry has enamel finish and pearl
or bead chains. The earrings come with set some times.
||History of Bharatanatyam
Indian folklore believes that Lord Brahma formed the Fifth Veda Natya Veda, an essence of the
other four Vedas. After creating this Natya Veda, he gave it to sage Bharatan and asked him to
popularize this Veda on earth. Following the words of Lord Brahma, sage Bharatan wrote Natyashastra
or the Science of Dance, a great, comprehensive work on the science and technique of Indian drama,
dance and music. Bharatanatyam got its name from sage Bharatan. The dancers and professionals
still follow this material to learn and perform.
In Indian folklore, Lord Shiva is the supreme lord of dance. Dance preformed by Lord Shiva is known as Tandava, which portrays
his violent nature as the destructor of the universe. The Tandava performed with joy is called Ananda Tandava and performed in
violent/angry mood is called Rudra Tandava. Tandava has vigorous, fast movements. The dance performed by Goddess Parvathi is
known as Lasya, in which the movements are gentle and graceful.
In olden days Bharatanatyam was performed mostly by Devadasis, who would perform in the temples.
These Devadasi were proficient artists who would sing, dance, play many instruments. They were fluent in
Sanskrit & other local languages which helped them to infer compositions which they would perform. Then dance
entered the palaces. Here the artists called Rajanarthaki, performed in the courts of kings.
JEWELLERY & COSTUME FOR BHARATANATYAM
Bharatanatyam jewelry is widely known as Temple Jewellery. The origin of Indian Temple Jewelry dates back to 12th century.
Originally in olden times temple jewellery was made of gold with ruby, emerald & pearls and was used by the devadasi girls
who danced in Temple and durbars. Its unique design has made it very popular and adorable. Even today, real temple jewellery
is made by highly skilled craftsman. Today temple jewelry is closely associated with Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dance forms.
Temple jewellery is admired for its beauty, wonderful artistry and unmatched craftsmanship. Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancers
wear temple jewellery during the dance performance.
These days Temple jewellery is made using a variety of metals like silver and brass as its base. Both these varieties are then
plated with gold. The one's made with silver are more expensive and preferred by professional dancers. The base metal kind
is more affordable and is commonly used. In appearance both look very similar. The traditional temple jewelry set has 11
different ornaments namely the Long chain Short necklace, Sun/Moon, Nethichutti or chutti, Mattal or Matti, Jimikki,
Belt or Oddiyanam, Vanki, Rakkodi, Nath/Bullakku and bangles. Dancers also wear chilangai/salangai in the ankles during
dance performance. Along with temple jewelry, dancers use kunjalam to decorate the hair. This kunjalam comes in different
designs and is tied to the end of the braid to add aesthetics to the hair. The ones used for Bharatanatyam or Kuchipudi dance
have matching green and red stones in them.
BHARATANATYAM DANCE at a glance
Bharatanatyam is divided into three parts as below:
Abhinayam or Natyam: Dramatic story telling
Nritham : Pure dance movements
Nritya : Combination of abhinayam and nritham
Nritham can be broadly divided into Chari, Karana, Angahara and Mandala. Movement of a leg is called Chari.
Movement of both the legs is Karana. 3 Karanas make a Khanda. 3 to 4 Khandas make a Mandala. 4 to 9 Karanas make a
Angahara. 4 to 5 Angaharas also make a Mandala. 108 Karanas and 32 Angaharas are defined in Natyashatra. The 13
Nritta Hastas (explained later) are used to perform nritham. The rythmic body movements along with hand gestures
are called Adavus. Number of adavus constitute a Jati. Jati will generally end with a Muktaya or Teermana.
Different types of Adavus are Thattadavu, Mettadavu ,Natadavu, Kattadavu, Kudittamettadavu , Maiadavu, Mandiadavu,
Jati , Nadai and Aradi.
There are 12 adavus in each of the above explained. Hence 120 adavus exist in total. Only about 70 - 80 are in practice.
The adavus are more or less Karanas. Hence can be concluded that there are 108 adavus. The 108 Adavus are carved in the
Chidambaram Temple in Tanjore, Tamilnadu, India. To perform an adavu, aramandi, bending of the knees is very important.
The entire body is divided as Anga, Pratyanga and Upaanga.
Head, Hands, Chest, Waist, Bottom, Legs are the Six Angas.
Shoulders, Arms, Stomach, thighs, Knee are the Six Pratyangas.
Sight, Eyebrow, Eye lids, Eye balls, Cheeks, Nose, Gums, Lower Lip, Teeth, Tongue, Chin and Face are the 12 Upaangas.
When all Angas (main body parts) coordinate (along with pratyanga and upaanga) the artist is said to have Anga shudhi.
Anga meaning body parts and shudhi, meaning faultless. Any dancer should try to attain this flawlessness. The Natyashastra,
which talks about all aspects of Bharatanatyam, quotes slokas to perform all the above movements.
Arangetram is when the first public performance of Bharatanatyam or Mohinyattam dancer occurs. Arangetram
is a Tamil word. It is also called Rangapravesha in Kannada. Ideally this should be the first public
performance of an artist. After learning bharatanatyam under the guidance of an accomplished guru, this
is the occasion for the Guru to present his/her student to the public. At least 8 - 10 years of training
is necessary to give a good performance.
Usually duration of an arangetram will be 1 1/2 - 2 hours. To perform for such long duration one must have
good stamina and concentration. This time is divided into two halves.
In the first half the artists generally perform Pushpanjali Or Alaripu, Jatiswaram, Shabdam and Varnam
In the second half the focus is on Padam, Ashtapadhi, Thillana, and finaly Manglam
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