Bharata Muni

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Bharata Muni (Sanskrit: भरत मुनी) was an ancient Indian theatrologist and musicologist who wrote the Natya Shastra, a theoretical treatise on ancient Indian dramaturgy and histrionics, especially Sanskrit theatre. Bharata is considered the father of Indian theatrical art forms. The Natyashastra comprises 36 chapters and it is possibly the creation of more than one scholar. It dates from between the 3rd century BCE and the 1st-century CE.[1]

Ancient Indian dance and music find their root in the Natyashastra. Besides propounding a theory of three types of acting, Bharata discusses in detail classical Indian vocal/instrumental music and dance integral to Sanskrit drama. Bharata classified Sanskrit theatrical forms (Natya/Rupaka) into ten types of which drama (nataka) is one. Bharata also outlines a set of rasas or moods/emotions which were to be influential in defining the nature of Indian dance, music, and theater.

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2. "Revealing the Art of Natyasastra" by Narayanan Chittoor Namboodiripad ISBN 9788121512183

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