Bharata Natyam is one of the most ancient classical dance forms of South India, having originated about 2000 years ago. The name Bharata Natyam is derived from the following basic concepts: Bhava (Facial Expression); Raga (Melody); Tala (Rhythm); Natyam (Dance). An embodiment of beauty, grace and statuesque poses, this complex art requires years of discipline, hard work, and dedication. Bharata Natyam integrates the three aspects of dance: Nritta, Nritya, and Natya. Nritta is pure dance and displays rhythmic patterns and forms through the movements of the limbs. Nritya is the interpretation of song through facial expressions. Natya is the use of dance movement to mime dramatic action.