“Nartana” (Dance) and “Natya” (Drama) have originated. They are believed to be independent in their growth and propagation, and also some scholars do say that dance is a subset of a larger picture of dramaturgy. Natya is “Drishya” Rupaka which embraces drama,dance and music together. Natya Shastra (The Science of Drama) explains the aspects and nuances of performative arts. The practice of Bharathanatyam is based on the texts of Abhinaya Darpanam and not Natya Shastra. It is essential to look at the skill of dance in a broader vision being much more than that of movement units. There is so much more information to this that I would love to discuss with you.