CLASSICAL DANCE FORMS OF INDIA
DANCES OF INDIA – CLASSICAL INDIAN DANCE FORMS
The term “classical” (Shastriya) was introduced by Natak Akademi to denote the Natya Shastra based performing art and dance forms styles.The Classical Dance Form of the Indian Culture is Very Important and Different From all Over the world,Indian classical dance is a relatively the word as umbrella term for various art forms rooted in Natya.And the sacred Hindu musical theatre styles, The Natya Shastra of Bharata Muni theory can be traced.A dance style is classical to the extent it incorporates the Natya Shastra steps.
Classical Dance Forms of India depend on their state of origin such as Bharatanatyam (Tamil Nadu), Gaudiya Nritya (Bengal), Kathakali (Kerala), Kuchipudi (Andhra Pradesh), Manipuri (Manipur), Kathak (Uttar Pradesh), Mohiniyattam (Kerala), Odissi (Orissa), Andhra Natyam (Telugu art dance), Vilasini Nrityam/Natyam (Telugu dance), Kerala Natanam (Kerala classical dance), Sattriya (Assam).
A very important feature of Indian classical dances is the use of the mudra (Hand steps) or hand gestures by the Dancers or artists as a short hand sign language to narrate a story and to demonstrate certain concepts such as objects, weather, nature and emotion and so many thing. Many classical dances include also face expressions as an integral part of the Classical dance form.
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