1 hr 30 min
Solo or Group
Music: Live or Recorded

A classical Margam is the traditional Bharatanatyam sequence of Bharatanatyam choreography set to Carnatic music, following a progression of complexity in music, rhythm and expression. It usually begins with an offering of flowers to the Gods, or an Allaripu and then continues into pure rhythmic pieces. Facial expression (Abhinaya) is then introduced. The Varnam, is the central piece of a Margam, a beautiful mix of pure dance (nritta), with intricate footwork, and Abhinaya. The second half of the performance has expressive pieces, with the stress laid on Abhinaya. The performance concludes with a lively movement piece, a Tillana.