The term lasya, in the context of Hindu mythology, describes an extremely feminine, graceful and fluid type of dance that the goddess Parvati performed. It was as a response to the male energy of the cosmic dance of Tandava performed by Shiva, and was performed concurrently while tandava was in progression. Hence the word talam been derived from the union of the dances of both Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati (Tandavam and Lasyam)

In Shiva is said to have been revealed both faces of dance - 'lasya' and 'tandava', of which all subsequent dance forms were offshoots. Lasya, the dance of aesthetic delight revealed beauty, grace, love and all tender aspects of existence. Lasya is the mode that defined many of Shiva's iconographic forms - Kalyana-Sundara, Vrashavahana, Yogeshvara, Katyavalambita, Sukhasanamurti, Vyakhyanamurti, Chinamudra, Anugrahamurti, and Chandrashekhara.

The expression of happiness and joy in dance is also termed as Lasyam

ee also

* Classical Indian dance

External links

* [ "Lasya", "Namespedia"]


*Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend (ISBN 0-500-51088-1) by Anna Dallapiccola

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