Indian Dance

An overview

Classical indian dance:

Classical dance of India has developed a type of dance-drama that is a form of a total theater. The dancer acts out a story almost exclusively through gestures. Most of the classical dances of India enact stories from Hindu mythology.

Classical dance is distinguished from folk dance because it has been regulated by the rules of the Natyashastra and all classical dances are performed only in accordance with them.

Different styles of classical dance :

Bharatanatyam (Tamil Nadu):

A pre-eminent Indian classical dance form presumably the oldest classical dance heritage of India is regarded as mother of many other Indian classical dance forms.

Odissi (Orissa):

Is one of the pre-eminent classical dance forms of India which originated in the Hindu temples of the eastern coastal state of Orissa in India. Its theoretical base trace back to ‘Natya Shastra’, the ancient Sanskrit Hindu text on the performing arts.

Mohiniyattam (Kerala):

Developed in the state of Kerala, gets its name from Mohini – the seductress avatar of Vishnu, who in Hindu mythology uses her charms to help the good prevail in a battle between good and evil.

Folk dance (Rajasthani dance):

Folk dances and plays in India retain significance in rural areas as the expression of the daily work and rituals of village communities.

India has numerous folk dances. Every state has its own folk dance forms.

Kalbeliya is one of the most sensuous dance forms of Rajasthan , performed by a tribe of the same name.They are famous for their dance which is an integral part of their culture. Both men and women in the tribe participate in this activity to celebrate joyful occasions.

There are many dances and folklore as Kathak ( north India ) , Kuchupudi ( Andhra Pradesh ) …..