Bharatanatyam dancers wear a unique set of jewellery
Bharatanatyam dancers wear a unique set of jewellery known as “Temple Jewelry” during the performance. Dancers wear anklets made of rope or leather with rows of sleigh-like (traditionally copper) bells attached on the anklet. The dancer’s talent is judged (along with style and presentation) by the amount of ringing heard and the number of bells on the anklet. The less ringing heard from the anklet then the better the dancer, which is seen as having control and fluid movement. Typically, beginners have 1-2 rows, mediocre dancers have 3 rows, and advanced dancers have 4-5 rows.