Natyarambha Sloka

Natyarambha Sloka – These are the seven Shlokas from Natya Sastra, written by Bharata Muni that a dancer must know/recite before starting the Dance. Hence, these are called Natyarambha Shlokas. Natya means Dance and Arambha means Beginning.

Origin of Natyasastra – “patya” (speech) from Rig veda, “Gana”(song) from Sama veda, “Abhinaya” from the Yajur veda and “Rasa”(Rasam) from Atharva veda and created the fifth veda called “Natyaveda” and told Bharata muni to spread this across the world.

Natyarambha Sloka

Natyarambha Sloka Lyrics in English

Pranamya Shirasa Devou
Pithamaha Maheswarou
Natyashastram Pravaksyami
Brahamanaya Duthahrutham – I

Meaning : Bharata Muni says ” I bow my head to Pitamaha (Brahma – the creator of the Natyasastra) and Maheswara(Lord Siva – the creator of dance) and reveal the science of dance (Natyasastra) as it was depicted to me by Lord Brahma.

Devadanaam Shirasthasthu
Gurunamasya samsthithaha
Vakshasthaschaiva vipranaam
Sheshethwa niyamo bhaved – II

Meaning : We offer prayers with Anjali hasta placed above the head for the Gods, at the forehead for the Guru’s, in front of the chest for all the elders and for all others there is no special rules.

Vishnu shakthi samuthpannae
Chithravarnae maheethalai
Anaeka ratna sampannae
Bhoomi devi namosthuthae – III

Meaning : I pay my salutation to the mother earth who is conceived from the power and strength of Lord Vishnu, and who is endowed with a magnificent horizon of picturesque colors and many precious stones.

Samudravasanae devii
Parvathasthana mandalae
Natyam Karishyae Bhoodevii
Padaakhatham Shamaswamae – IV

Meaning : The Goddess who wears the sea as her costume, having mountains as the breast we ask your forgiveness for stamping on you while we start with the dancing.

Kati Karna samaayathra
Koorparaamsha shirasthatha
Samunnatham uraschaiva
Saoushtavam nama Thath Bhaved – V

Meaning : When you align your ears with the waist, head raised with chin slightly up and the chest raised slightly, this posture is called the Saushtavam.

Prayena Karanae Karyoo
Vamovakshasthitha karaha
Charanasyaanu gaschaapi
Dakshinasthu Bhaved Karaha – VI

Meaning : While doing a “Karana” place your left hand in front of the chest, the feet turned to the sides and start with the right hand.

Sarva Shaasthra Sampannam
Sarva Shilpa Pravarthakam
Natyaakyam Panchamam Vedam
Sethihaasam Karomyaham – VII

Meaning : Lord Brahma said : ” I hereby describe Natya which is enriched by all sciences and sculptures which can be considered as the panchama veda(Fifth veda) apart from the four vedas.

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