Bharatham 5000 On April 14th - 5 PM

Bharatha Nattiyam is one of our iconic ancient dance form, which originated in Tamilnadu and adds lot of value to India’s rich cultural heritage on the global stage in a big way.
We are very happy to announce you that we are going  to attempt a Guinness world record with this divine art form here in Chennai.

History of Bharathanattiyam :-

Bharatanatyam, a pre-eminent Indian classical dance form presumably the oldest classical dance heritage of India is regarded as mother of many other Indian classical dance forms. Conventionally a solo dance performed only by women, it initiated in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu and eventually flourished in South India.

A form of illustrative anecdote of Hindu religious themes and spiritual ideas emoted by dancer with excellent footwork and impressive gestures its performance repertoire includes nrita, nritya and natya. Accompanists include a singer, music and particularly the guru who directs and conducts the performance.

‘Bharata’ is a mnemonic comprising ‘bha’, ‘ra’ and ‘ta’ which respectively means ‘bhava’ that is emotion and feelings; ‘raga’ that is melody; and ‘tala’ that is rhythm. Thus, traditionally the word refers to a dance form where bhava, raga and tala are expressed. The theoretical base of this dance form, which is also referred as Sadir, trace back to ancient Indian theatrologist and musicologist, Bharata Muni’s Sanskrit Hindu text on the performing arts called ‘Natya Shastra’.
Many ancient Hindu temples are embellished with sculptures of Lord Shiva in Bharatanatyam dance poses. The legends say that he is the creator of this divine dance form and rightly called him as Natarajar, the king of dance! The 18 arms of the Shiva sculpture expresses mudras or hand gestures that are part of Bharatanatyam. He expressed his happiness through ‘Ananda Thandavam’ and anger through Ruthra Thandavam. The milder and elegant version performed by his wife Parvathy, called as Lasya.
Eminent Bharatanatyam dancers like Arundale and Balasaraswati expanded the dance form out of Hindu temples and established it as a mainstream dance form.

The repertoire of this performance art are categorized into three brackets namely ‘Nritta’, ‘Nritya’ and ‘Natya’ mentioned in ‘Natya Shastra’. The dance form typically comprises of certain sections performed in sequence namely Alarippu, Jatiswaram, Shabdam, Varnam, Padam and Thillana.
The style of dressing of a Bharatanatyam dancer is more or less similar to that of a Tamil Hindu bride. She wears a gorgeous tailor-made sari, well complimented with traditional jewellery that include the ones that adorn her head, nose, ear and neck and vivid face make-up specially highlighting her eyes so that audience can view her expressions properly. A jewellery belt adorns her waist while musical anklets called salangai or ghunghru wrapped in her ankles. Her feet and fingers are often brightened with henna colour so as to highlight gestures of her hands.
The music associated with Bharatanatyam is in South India’s Carnatic style and instruments played comprise of cymbals, the flute, nagaswaram, mridangam and veena.
The four Nattuvanars namely Ponaiyah, Vadivelu, Sivanandam and Chinnaiya who are renowned as Tanjaore Bandhu and who thrived in the Durbar of Maratha ruler, Sarfoji-II from 1798 to 1832 shaped up the modern day Bharatanatyam. Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai, a dance guru from the village of Pandanallur was a noted exponent of Bharatanatyam who is predominantly known for his style referred as the Pandanallur school of Bharatanatyam. One of his students Rukmini Devi championed and performed the Pandanallur (Kalakshetra) style and also remained one of the leading proponents of the classical dance revival movement.
Bharathanatiyam based Tamil films like Vanjikkottai vaaliban, Thillaanaa Mohanaambaal, Paattum Barathamum, Salangai Oli, Kaathal Oviyam, Vaitheki Kaathirunthaal… were well received by the audience.
To promote this ancient art form on the global platform and to make awareness among the younger generation, we have arranged for a mega dance event.
On April 14th The Tamil New Year day by 5.00 pm, around 5000 Baratha Nattiyam artists will gather at VEL’S University, Pallavaram campus and perform in unison. Choreographed by renowned artist Shri. Adhirsta Balan, the dancers will perform to a 26 minute song based on 30 verses from THIRUKKURAL . A audio/visual demo CD also provided to the participants to practice in advance.

Baratha Nattiyam exponent Padmashri Smt. Padma Subramaniyam will preside over the event and scores of celebrity dancers of baratha Nattiyam and film choreographers are to participate and grace the occasion.
Dancers from all the districts of Tamil Nadu and several states all over India and abroad also to take part in this Himalayan task to achieve something very unique in Baratha Nattiyam history.

This mega event has been organised by Lakshman Sruthi in association with Vel’s University, Visaka Media. Considering the mammoth work force needed to accomplish this great event, we are working round the clock for the past two months and looking forward to all your cooperation and support to make this attempt most successful.
We are inviting you all to attend the event and give due coverage in your esteem media.

Those who wants to participate in this Guinness attempt can register their names with the following phone numbers: 98404 80791 / 96775 00442 / 044 – 24747206.
Vel’s University:  98410 72593, 98947 15465.

For online registration:

with regards, Vels University, Lakshman Sruthi, Visaka Media.

To View The Song/Dance Demo Video :-