Raga: Rasikapriya
Tala: Adi

“I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what it too deep to find for words.” ~ Ruth St. Denis

Naisha’s remarks:

The choreography for this dance is truly incredible and creative, and how there is so much scope to move around the stage. I also really like the fast paced nature of the song.


Jathiswaram is one of the most complex items in the Bharata Natyam repertoire.  It, is a nritta (pure dance) item that tests Naisha’s posture and control of movements through sculpturesque poses, rhythmic movement, and repetitive musical notes (swaras).  

Unlike other items in a Bharatanatyam repertoire, Jathiswaram does not involve storytelling or narrative elements. It focuses primarily on providing a platform for Naisha to exhibit technical prowess, control, and stamina.  It challenges her ability to maintain a steady rhythm (tala) and execute complex footwork sequences, and showcase artistic expression within the framework of a rhythmic composition. 

Although Jatiswaram conveys no meaning or theme, her strength and profound vigor through the item brings out the beauty of pure dance.

Overall, Jathiswaram. serves as a vital component of a Bharatanatyam performance, highlighting the rich rhythmic traditions and artistic expressions of this classical dance form.