Dance forms of India

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When you feel something hard hitting your mind, just relax, calm yourself and dance to the beats of your heart.

India is a land of diversities and vivid cultures. Like all the other aspects of life, Indian dance forms are also as different as India is from any other country. Religion, soul, emotions are the main charm of any Indian dance form. Primarily, let’s discuss the history of Indian dances. Every region in the country has its own unique dance form. They are developed according to local tradition. “Sangeet Natak Akademi” , is the national academy of performing arts, which has recognized 8 different traditional dance forms of India. In ancient India, dance was usually an activity dedicated to worship. It is believed that Indian dance was originated by Brahma.

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The most popular dance styles of India are Bharathanatiyam of Tamil Nadu, Kathakali and Mohiniattam of Kerala , Odissi of Orissa, Kathak of Uttar Pradesh, Kuchipudi of Andhra Pradesh and Manipuri of Manipur.

Contents mainly apart the dance forms into two categories: classical and folk.

The classical dance forms of India are usually spiritual in content. Folk dance forms have a bit of classical touch but mainly have region aura in it. Any dance form is basically a coherent expression of human feelings. There are some phenomenal classical dancers of India who have made our country feel proud. They are as follows:

Malika Sarabhai – A Kuchipudi & Bharathanatiyam dancer. She is also a socio-activist. She has received the “The French Palme D’or”, the highest civilian award of France.

Pandit Birju Maharaj – He is a familiar face of Indian Kathak dance all over the world. He has performed in almost all the countries.

Rukmini Devi – She was a reputed dancer & choreographer of Bharathanatiyam. It is believed that Rukmini Devi had declined the chair of “The President Of India”, once offered by Morarji Desai, the then Prime Minister Of India.

Sonal Mansingh – She is an eminent Indian classical dancer and a leading exponent of Bharathanatiyam. For her contribution in “classical dancing”, she also received accolades from many national & international organizations.

With so many different and interesting dance forms already present, shouldn’t  we exhibit our dance forms across the borders and show our nation’s vividness?  Let’s value our dance heritage and help it grow worldwide.

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Post by: Purvesh Jain

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