Tuesday March 19, 2019


"Dance has to unfold with the grace of a tree giving out leaves, flowers, and then tiny fruit. Nothing so beautiful can be done in haste." -P.T. Birju Maharaj


The dances originating out of India is, in themselves, a variety, ranging from the ancient classical art forms to folk dances coming out of Indian village life many years ago.

Stemming from different regions of India, Indian Classical dance is one of the oldest practices that remain alive as evident by the many carvings, paintings and icons that are today displayed throughout India. These different classical dance art forms are used creatively in storytelling, where words are put into movement and the body is capable of expressing an entire leela. More than just storytelling, these dance forms are used as a form of worship, the supreme manifestation being Nataraja. It has originated from religious urges and is primarily based on mythological Hindu stories. Indian dance consists of three aspects:

1) Natya

2) Nritta

3) Nritya




Indian Classical Dances

Bharatnatyam - http://dances.indobase.com/classical-dances/bharatnatyam.html

Odissi - http://dances.indobase.com/classical-dances/odissi.html

Kuchipudi - http://dances.indobase.com/classical-dances/kuchipudi.html

Kathak - http://dances.indobase.com/classical-dances/kathak.html

Kathakali - http://dances.indobase.com/classical-dances/kathakali.html

Manipuri - http://dances.indobase.com/classical-dances/manipuri.html

Mohiniattam - http://dances.indobase.com/classical-dances/mohiniattam.html


Indian Folk Dances

Indian folk dances are those dances thought to have brought joy, happiness, and colour to the village people. Accompanied by the instruments, the movements are simple and influenced by the unique culture and way of life belonging to the people of the region from where it was originated.

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