bharata natya

\\|bərəd.əˈnä.tyə, -rətəˈ-\ noun or bharata natyam \\-.tyəm\
Etymology: 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
: a traditional Indian dance formerly exclusively performed by devadasis — compare kathak, kathakali, manipuri

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/berr"euh teuh naht"yeuh/
a traditional south Indian dance style, formerly performed only by devadasis.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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