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the dancing form of Lord Shiva is called Natraj/ Natraja. "Natraj" means 'King of Dancers'; 'Nata' = Dance and "Raja" = King in Sanskrit. This seemed highly appropriate since we were discovery movement of the body. This dance is called 'Anandatandava,' which means the Dance of Bliss, his rhythmic movements within the elliptical frame represent the cosmic cycle of creation and destruction/ birth and death. Ananda Coomaraswamy a Ceylonese Tamil philosopher said that the Dance of Shiva represented his five activities; 'Shrishti' (creation, evolution); 'Sthiti' (preservation, support); 'Samhara' (destruction, evolution); 'Tirobhava' (illusion); and 'Anugraha' (release, emancipation, grace). 

 

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