The Classical Dances of India

Indian classical dances

The Classical Dances of India
Image Source - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_in_India
India has eight classical dances. Read about them in detail below.

The Indian culture is rich with various forms of art, especially dances. Most of them are also deeply intertwined with Hinduism. Ancient ascetic Bharatamuni is known as the father of Indian dances. His book Natyashastra is the primary source of many of the dance forms in the country. There are eight classical dances in India now, as recognised by the Central Dance and Drama Academy. They are listed below.

Bharatanatyam

Bharatanatyam is the prominent dance form based on Natyashastra.

Formerly known as Dasiyattam, it originated in Tamil Nadu. The dance is often referred to as 'poetry in motion'. It is the national dance of India. Abhinaya Darpanam is the book that forms the base of traditions in Bharatanatyam. Kalakshetra, founded by Rukmini Devi Arundel at Chennai in 1936 is one of the most prominent institutions that teach Bharatanatyam.

Manipuri

As the name suggests, Manipuri is the classical dance of Manipur state. The plot of the dance is mostly Rasaleela of Lord Krishna.

Sathriya

Sathriya is the dance from Asom. It used to be performed mainly related with inns. Vaishanav ascet Sankaradev gave the dance its current form.

Mohiniyattam

Mohiniyattam is one of the classical dances from the state of Kerala. It gives prominence to the 'Srungara' rasa. King Swathi Tirunal of Travencore took a great part in renovating the dance and popularising it.

Kathakali

Kathakali is another classical dance from Kerala. It was fromed from another art named Ramanattam. The tranistion mostly occured during the tenure of king Kottayathu Tamburan. The literary form of Kathakali is called Aattakkatha. The art has the Guinness recors for the thickest make-up used in an art.

Odissi

Odissi is the primary dance art from the state of Odisha. The dance is formed on the basis of Jayadeva's Geethagovindam. It has five parts, namely Mangalacharan, Sthayi, Pallavi, Abhinaya and Moksha. Most of the sculptures in Odisha temples are in the form of Oddisi moves.

Kuchupudi

Kuchupudi takes its name from a village in Andhra Pradesh where it took form. It is one of the most popular dances in India. The current form of the dance was developed by Sidhentra Yogi.

Kathak

Kathak is the only classical dance form from North India. It took shape in Uttar Pradesh. The prominent feature of Kathak is that it possesses the cutural stamps of both Hinduism and Islam, making it the only classical dance so. The primary subjects of the dance are the stories about Lord Sri Krishna.


Let us know how you like this article. Like it and Rate it below.
231 0
0
0 stars - by 0 user(s)

Related Articles

Modern state appropriates all authority including a monopoly on violence and dispute resolution, and by specific laws, makes social self regulation illegal. In stark contrast to this, the Indian civilization evolved on the basis of self regulation of society through social means, where a central role was assigned to family, and the customs and traditions of people were the law..

Situated at a distance of about 260 km by road from Delhi, the Pink City of Jaipur in Rajasthan is one of the most popular travel destinations for all those travelling to India. The rich history of the place is complemented by several architectural marvels, Forts, Museums and Palaces, excellent places to stay, a very rich culture and an attractive shopping destination.

To an outsider not familiar with it, India will always be something different. A flowing mass of humanity that has survived for at least seven to eight thousand years in continuity… of people who continue to follow their own traditional way of living even in 21st century… are some of the instant observations.

Post Your Comment

There are no comments yet.