Mr. Ragothaman shared a few links with me that made me scout around a little more.
Dr. Avanti Meduri’s article titled ” Talibanisation of performing Arts” written way back in 2001
Well, the article being critisized in the above article can be found here. I can tell you what it is, but I dont want to take away the opportunity for you to play that guessing game.
Here’s another one. “Occidentalitis is a virus that has been slowly creeping into Indian performing arts.”- says Kollengode S Venkataraman from Pittsburgh,USA
Hmm… when it comes to the coining the name Bharathanatyam as an acronym for Bhava Ragam and Taalam, references can even be traced to the Dikshathar’s Krithi “Kanchadalayadakshi” where he refers to Ambal as ” Bhava Raaga Thaala Vidyarini”. Whether the actual christening process had access to this source and used the inspiration, I can only make a guess. Phoneticically speaking, as this author points out and so many have pointed out before him, it may not fit..
But do you remember Sri. Balamurali Krishna’s take on “Bharathanatyam” . We have discussed this sometime ago and you can find the same here
That’s a lot of reading right??? 🙂