Bharata Natyam dance has been handed down through the centuries by dance teachers (or gurus) called nattuwanars and the temple dancers, called devadasis.
In the sacred environment of the temple these familes developed and propagated their heritage. The training traditionally took around seven years under the direction of the nattuwanar who were scholars and persons of great learning.
The four great nattuwanars of Tanjore were known as the Tanjore Quartet and were brothers named Chinnaiah, Ponnaiah, Vadivelu and Shivanandam. The Bharata Natyam repertiore as we know it today was constructed by this talented Tanjore Quartet.
This website is dedicated to the great art of Bharatanatyam. Through this school, Apoorva Noopura, located in Bridgewater, NJ, Guru Smt. Akhila Rao works with aspiring students, initiating them into the art and helping them unlock its many wondrous pathways to the freedom of the soul and expression.