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Indian Dance

CLASSICAL DANCES OF INDIA

Indian classical dance, or Shastriya Nritya, is an umbrella term for various performance arts rooted in religious Hindu musical theatre styles,whose theory and practice can be traced to the Sanskrit text Natya Shastra.

The number of recognized classical dances range from eight to more, depending on the source and scholar. The Sangeet Natak Akademi recognizes eight – Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Kathakali, Sattriya, Manipuri and Mohiniyattam. Scholars such as Drid Williams add Chhau, Yakshagana and Bhagavata Mela to the list.The Culture Ministry of the Government of India includes Chhau in its classical list. These dances are traditionally regional, all of them include music and recitation in local language or Sanskrit, and they represent a unity of core ideas in a diversity of styles, costumes and expression.

Uday Shankar

He was an Indian dancer and choreographer, best known for creating a fusion style of dance, adapting European theatrical techniques to Indian classical …
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Pandit Birju Maharaj

Brijmohan Mishra popularly known as Pandit Birju Maharaj  was born on 4 February 1938. He is the leading exponent of the Lucknow Kalka-Bindadin gharana of Kathak dance in India …
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Mallika Sarabhai

Mallika Sarabhai, a multifaceted personality, is a noted Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam dancer. She has immensely contributed to the fields of …
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Shovana Narayan

Shovana Narayan is a Kathak Maestro and an outstanding dancer. She is an incarnation of the great artistic and social …
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Sonal Mansingh

Sonal Mansingh is an eminent Indian classical dancer and a leading exponent of Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, and Chhau. Besides being a …
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Yamini Krishnamurthy

Krishnamurthy began her training in bharata natyam, a graceful dance that incorporates geometric movements and rhythmic foot patterns, as a child …
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