Bharatanatyam is a form of Indian classical dance that originated in the temples of Tamil Nadu. Bharatanatyam is known for its grace, elegance, purity, tenderness, expression and sculpturesque poses. Today, it is one of the most popular and widely performed Indian dance styles and is practiced by male and female dancers all over the world although it is more commonly danced by women. The word Bharatanatyam combines "Bharat" meaning India and "natyam" meaning dance.
Bharatanatyam proper is a solo dance, with two aspects, lasya, the graceful feminine lines and movements, and tandava (the dance of Shiva), masculine aspect.
My entry for the small decorative exhibit category - A Bharatanatyam dancer with the backdrop of the chariot wheel of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sun temple of Konark.
(This entry won the Silver award in the Small Decorative Exhibit category at Cake International London 2016.)