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According to Russian scholar Natalia Lidova, ‘Natya Shastra’ elucidates several theories of Indian classical dances including that of Tandava dance, standing postures, basic steps, bhava, rasa, methods of acting and gestures.
One of the five great epics of Tamil Literature, ‘Silappatikaram’ (~2nd century CE) has a direct reference to this dance form.
According to legends Lord Brahma revealed Bharatanatyam to the sage Bharata who then encoded this holy dance form in Natya Shastra.
The text that consists of thousands of verses structured in different chapters divides dance in two specific forms, namely ‘nrita’ that is pure dance comprising of finesse of hand movements and gestures, and ‘nritya’ that is solo expressive dance that comprises of expressions.
Opposition & Ban During Colonial Rule The 18th century saw emergence of rule of the East India Company followed by setting up of British colonial rule in the 19th century.
Its report details 75 cases of rape and sexual assault by members of the Sri Lankan security forces from 2006 to 2012 – three years after the civil war ended when the army encircled the remaining LTTE forces in a tiny 'no-fire zone' in the far north of the country and killed most of its leaders.Human Rights Watch said it had interviewed most of the 75 victims whose cases it details after they had fled the country and said their testimony revealed that those detained as LTTE suspects remained under threat."The Sri Lankan security forces have committed untold numbers of rapes of Tamil men and women in custody.Last week, Channel Four News published photographs it said indicated the son of the late LTTE leader Prabhakaran had been shot dead while in the custody of Sri Lankan security forces.The government has strongly denied the claims and said it believes photographs, showing the 12 year old boy alive in dead in army custody, were 'morphed.' These latest allegations of continuing abuses will further isolate Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa and intensify international pressure on his government amid growing concerns over the country's human rights record.