Bharatnatyam originated in Tamil Nadu which is also referred to as artistic yoga and Natya yoga. The name Bharatnatyam is derived from the word "Bharata" and, thus, associated with Natyashastra. Though the style of Bharatnatyam is over two thousand years old, the freshness and richness of its essence persists even today. The technique of human movement which Bharatnatyam follows can be traced back to the 5th century A.D. from sculptural evidence.

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Bharatnatyam, originating from Tamil Nadu, is the oldest among the contemporary Indian classical dances. It has its roots in Indian legends