Description of Programme
The most important member of a Bharatanatyam orchestra is, arguably, the nattuvanar. This is the person who plays the set of cymbals known simply as talam.
The pair of talams consists of two cymbals made of different kinds of metal alloys. Though cymbals are of various kinds, used in classical and light music the world over, those used in Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi are heavier and have a greater responsibility, so to speak.
This can be said because the sounds produced by tapping the cymbals at various angles represent the different sounds of the dancer’s feet when they make contact with the ground.