One cannot but marvel at the deep insight and sweep of imagination of our ancients to visualized cosmic energy in the form of Nataraja. The dance of the Nataraja symbolizes truth and beauty; realization and dissolution; force and rhythm; movement and change; time flowing and time still. The Nataraja is a representation of the divine as creator and artist.
Indira Gandhi – Former Prime Minister of India
(Source: In her foreword to C. Sivaramurti's monograph of 1974 on Nataraja)