Bharatanatyam makes the body and even the mind agile. For any dancer it is very important to remember the Mudras, Hastas and Karnas the to perform the dance well. A performer needs to remember steps, names of the various steps, different moves, the beats and rhythm of the song. With all this a dancer has to pay attention if the body movements are in sync. This develops the mental skills and builds mental alertness.
Every student of Bharatanatyam understands the value of practice. With the lessons of Bharatanatyam comes a very important lesson of life that ‘Practice makes a man Perfect’. It is only regular dance practice that helps a student rise to a higher degree of performance. This builds endurance in a person and makes him ready to pursue perfection. This can even translate to an everyday life value. Whether, it is making an egg, achieving better grades or making a presentation, getting better becomes a habit.
In Sanskrit there is a saying called
Yatho Hastato Dhrishtihi,
Yatho Dhrishtisto Manaha,
Yatho Manatato Bhavaha,
Yatho Bhavastato Rasaha.
Where the Hands go, the Eyes should follow
Where the Eyes go, the Mind should follow
Where the Mind goes, the Emotions are generated
Where the Emotions are generated, Sentiment arises.
In the above saying the first two lines are very important. It has to be practised perfectly and sincerely. This needs a lot of hard work. When this is done, the rest of the 2 lines comes within ourselves automatically. And there arises the life of dance. So, the eyes play a major role in dance.
Circling movements or Brahmari movements are one of the important leg movements that one should practise. Practicing all circling movements regularly keeps you to have a perfect aramandi.
Now, i know you are thinking what rekha means and how it is related to dance. I’ll tell you. Rekha is an art of performing the dance on a huge stage. When we are giving a solo perform ens it is very essential to cover the whole stage and dance. You cant just use a corner of the stage and dance. When the stage is going to be small it is not a problem but when it is big, that too for a solo perform ens it is very very important that you move and use each and every part of the stage.There is also an disadvantage of dancing on a big stage ie., while dancing you can adjust your self move here and there and dance but there is one thing to keep in mind that all the finishings(ending) of each and every item should be done in the middle of the stage. Sometimes while dancing we tend to loose our concentration, we will be thinking that we are in the middle but when we look at our photos, we come to know.:-) So, Rekha is very very important for a dancer.
It is the ability to maintain the body, or a part of the body, in a fixed position, or the ability to perform a smooth movement without any deviations from the desired course. Steadiness is adversely affected by muscle tremor and usually decreases as the strength of muscle contractions increase. It is an important component of skills requiring very controlled, steady movements. The anxiety caused by competition sometimes results in the loss of steadiness. So, always you need to be calm and steady to learn such an art. You need to be very fast and quick while dancing at the same time very steady too.
It is the state or quality of being agile; nimbleness.
Agility is the ability to change body position rapidly and accurately without loosing balance. It is the basic component of physical fitness. Although its exact nature has not determined, it depends on muscular power, reaction time, co-ordination, and dynamic flexibility. It can also be told as a component of physical fitness that describes changing the body’s direction with speed and precision. So for being flexible you need to exercise daily have a healthy diet and to practice dance daily.