bharata natya

noun

bhar·​a·​ta na·​tya
¦bər-ə-tə-ˈnä-tyə
variants or bharata natyam
¦bər-ə-tə-ˈnä-tyəm
: a traditional Indian dance formerly exclusively performed by devadasis compare kathak, kathakali, manipuri

Word History

Etymology

Sanskrit bharatanāṭya, literally, Bharata's dancing, from Bharata, a sage reputed to be the author of the Natyashastra, a manual of dramatic art + -nāṭya dramatic art, dancing

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bharata natya was in 1944

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“Bharata natya.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bharata%20natya. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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