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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 5:21 am 
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When did the art of Bharatanatyam first include male dancers?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:13 pm 
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According to legend, shiva taught Thandava to Bharata and bharata wrote Natyashastra, the base of all classical Indian dances. Hence Shiva was the first dancer of all classical dances, not just Bharatanatyam. But Bharatanaytam was performed in temples till the Maratha's 16th-century rule, by Devadasis or women dancers.
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