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Discuss the Tandava dance as recorded in the early Indian inscriptions

Discuss the Tandava dance as recorded in the early Indian inscriptions. (2013, 5 Marks)

Answer: Bharat Muni’s Natya Sastra describe about Tadava dance, according to Bharat Muni Tandav dance is very vigorous dance which is basically source of the cycle of creation, preservation and dissolution.

In South India, religious dancing is a integral part of tradition, according to spiritual thoughts Lord Shiva itself made at least 108 dancing positions or actions. Some of his dance steps show calm and gentle while some dance actions shows his ferocious, orgastic, heroic, brave, robust, and terrible—like Nataraja’s Tandava dance (South India).

Its also represent that Shiva as a cosmic dancer. Tandav dance also shows daily rhythm of birth and death. The purpose of the tandava dance is to symbolically portray the belief that among the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh, Shiva is the Destroyer. The dance had performed because Lord Shiv’s wife known as Parvati lasya which is a beautiful dance.

Some hindu scriptures narrate that when Sati sacrifice her life then Shiva performed Tandav act to express his energy and sorrow. The Bhagwat Puran also talks of Krishna who is part of Lord Vishnu also performed Tavdav dance on head of Kalia Naag near Yamuna river.  

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