bharata natya

noun bhar·a·ta na·tya \¦bər-ə-tə-ˈnä-tyə\
variants: or

bharata natyam

\¦bər-ə-tə-ˈnä-tyəm\

Definition of bharata natya

  1. :  a traditional Indian dance formerly exclusively performed by devadasis — compare kathak, kathakali, manipuri

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Origin and Etymology of bharata natya

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 — more at natya


First Known Use: 1944


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