Another interpretation to the acronym “Bharatha” Natyam

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:

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

3 responses to “Another interpretation to the acronym “Bharatha” Natyam

    Nice to see and read ur blog.Appreciate ur efforts of providing useful information,and news on what is happening in the dance field,espl. for people like me sitting on the other side of the globe.

    well ,there is a small correction relating to this article it is “Na Jaaney Thava Dhyaanam Bina” as against”Na Jaaney Thava Dhyaanam Vina”. To my limited knowledge “BINA”- in hindi means “without”.so kindly re-confirm it and make the necessary amendment in the article.

    Thanks for the info. on the new interpretation of the word “Bharatha” in “Bharathanatyam.”


    Hi Suhasini,

    I have checked the same with Varmaji (who inturn checked it with his Guru Sri. Balamurali Krishna). And the composer clarifies that “Yes indeed. It Is Vina.”
    Vina and Bina mean the same albeit different phonetic contexts, dont they? Vina here coming to mean “other than”
    Varmaji says ” “I don’t know anything OTHER THAN doing Dhyaanam on you” being the phrase in question”
    Thanks for the interesting query!

  2. Hi Sangeetha,
    How are u doing?
    If u remember me,Iam SUHASINI,CHANDRU SIR’S Student.

    Hi Suhasini,
    I am fine thanks.
    You are Prof CVC’s student?
    I am checking on the query you had sent in and if I do get a reasonable reply will get back to you with it.
    Keep in touch!

    Thanks for the clarification.Also, very interesting to know that these different kind of dialects are being used by the composers in thier compositions to this day.


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