Format of Bharatanatyam

This is the first in a series of essays, by DR. ARUDRA, on the format of Bharatanatyam. The present day Bharatanatyamevolved out of Sadir dances ofthe South Indian Nayaka kingdoms,and Sadir took its shape from the erstwhile Karnatakam.Not only the music but the dances of South India were all called Karnatakam at one time. In the Telugu districts, the old saani-s(devadasi-s) still call it as Karnatakam kutcheri dances.