- \\|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
* * */berr"euh teuh naht"yeuh/a traditional south Indian dance style, formerly performed only by devadasis.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.