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Bharata Muni 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 Nattiyam comprises 36 chapters and is possibly the creation of more than one scholar. It dates from between the 3rd century BCE and the 1st-century CE.
Ancient Indian "dance and "music find their root in the Nattiyam. Besides propounding a theory of three types of acting, Bharata discusses in detail the classical Indian "vocal/"instrumental music and dance integral to "Tamil drama. Bharata classified "Sanskrit theatrical forms (Natyam/Rupaka) into ten types, of which drama (nataka) is one. Bharata also outlines a set of "rasas or moods/"emotions that were to be influential in defining the nature of Indian dance, music, and theatre.
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