As a New Year post, I would like to bring your notice this new take on the acronym on Bharathanatyam by Dr.M.Balamuralikrishna. “Na Jaaney Thava Dhyaanam Vina” in Hamir Kalyani is a composition of Dr.M.Balamuralikrishna where he gives a unique interpretation to the word “Bharatha” in “Bharathanatyam.”
Video Courtesy: http://www.youtube.com/user/musiquebox
This is a video of Sri Rama Varma’s lec dem of the composition.
If I understand right, the argument is that, the usual 3 constituents of Bhavam, ragam, and Thalam would add upto Bharathaa (the last tha with a long “a” sound as in thalam (nedil in Tamil). But that isnt the case we call it Bharata natyam (tha with a short a or Kuril in Tamil)
Sri Balamuralikrishna proposes, Bhakthi (Devotion), Rakthi (emotional content/flavour) and Tanmaya thuvam (Aesthetics).
Happy New Year