As depicted by its name in Tamil, the Bharatanatyam is a combination of music, expression and rhythm, and is known for the grace with which it is administered, and the statuesque poses that punctuate almost every movement. In many parts of the world including Singapore, the Bharatanatyam is often referred to as the dance of fire. It is a mystic manifestation of the metaphysical element of fire in the human body.
Each dancer takes on the kind of poise and flexibility that will enable him or her to resemble the movements of a dancing flame. The Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society trains dancers and holds performances in temples such as the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Little India.