Indian Classical Dances: Our Golden Culture

Do you like to groove on your favorite trendy beats? Of course, who doesn’t? Can you control your feet from tapping on those filmy songs when you listen to them? Well, who can? Dance is a beautiful emotion; the moment you hear music, your body involves with the rhythm of it and gives you immense joy. But do you ever think of dancing on classical music? Do you ever wonder about your knowledge about Indian classical dances when you know everything about the western music and dance? Well, some might know and some might not. To those who don’t, it can be because of varied reasons.  But with the increasing impact of western culture, it becomes increasingly important to stay connected to our culture so that we don’t lose it and are able to pass its legacy to future generations.

If you don’t know much, don’t fret because we are here to tell you about the rich beauty of our classical dances.

  1. Bharatnatyam- When it comes to Indian classical dances, the first picture that comes in mind is of a beautiful Bharatnatyam Dancer. It is originally from the southern state, “Tamil Nadu” The word “Bharatnatyam” includes “bhava, raga, taala and natyam”, i.e. amalgamation of emotions, melody and rhythm and
  2. Kathak- This classical dance from North India narrates story through dance. Compared to Bharatnatyam, it is softer and is known for its graceful hand movements, foot work and expressions.
  3. Kathakali- This is also a dance of narrating stories: Katha (story) and Kali (performance of art). It is from the God’s own country- Kerala. The elaborate costume, makeup and beautiful eye movements and expressions are a pure delight to watch.
  4. Kuchipudi- This beautiful classical dance form is from Andhra Pradesh and got its name from the village Kuchipudi. It has some similarities to Bharatnatyam but both differ in their poses and costumes.
  5. Odissi- This graceful and mesmerizing classical dance is from Odisha. Watching it is like witnessing poetry in motion and trust me, it is no exaggeration. Just dive yourself in at least one performance of it and you would never want it to stop.
  6. Sattriya- It is the dance drama from Assam. Sangeet Natak Academy recognized it as a classical dance in 2000.
  7. Manipuri- Exceptionally soft and graceful dance form is from Manipur. Its uniqueness is that it does not involve ghungroo (the main ornament of Indian classical dances.
  8. Mohiniyattam- It comes from the word Mohini’-charming woman embodiment of Lord Vishnu.This dance form is the expression of femininity, beauty and allure.

    For more technicalities and information, we will come up with each dance form every week. Let’s wait for “Bharatnatyam” for the next week.

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