bharata natya


bhar·​a·​ta na·​tya
variants or bharata natyam
: a traditional Indian dance formerly exclusively performed by devadasis compare kathak, kathakali, manipuri

Word History


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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