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Indian Dance Forms

India is a country of dance and song. Its traditions and cultures are interwined with music, festivities and dance. Indian Dance Forms are a combination of the traditional intermingled with folk and the classical forms of dance.

While dance in India originated in temples of kings, it has been passed on through generations. Classical dance forms such as Bharatnatyam have been revived and given greater impetus. The Indian Government recognises 11 forms of classical dance. Folk dances are popular within the sub-regions across states such as at the Ramlila in Uttar Pradesh.

 

Gambhira- Where Tradition Meets Religion

In India, tradition and culture is interwoven with religious ceremonies and rituals. Gambhira Dance from the culturally rich state of West Bengal is the testimony of such a union of tradition and religion. Form of veneration – Gambhira Dance Gambhira…

Tusu: West Bengal’s Very Own Folk Dance

India being an agriculture dependent country, harvesting time is the most significant event and time for celebrations. Most of the regions have their unique way of celebrating harvest time woven in with folk dance traditions. Tusu Dance is one such…

Nati Folk Dance Of Himachal Pradesh

Nati is the popular folk dance of Himachal Pradesh. The dance has its origin in Kullu, in Himachal Pradesh. The Himachali folk dances portray the simple Pahari lifestyle. Besides, graceful swaying dance movements, the Kullu Nati dance was also listed in…

Therukoothu – Rewind our history and culture

Where is Therukoothu now? Therukoothu (Street play) is an ethnic folk art of India. It has been a dying art because of the emergence of other entertainments. This folk talent is performed mostly on temple festivals in the villages of…

South Indian Folk dances – colorful, vibrant dance forms

Dances in any form take the dancers as well as viewers into another world. Dancers perform their dance forms wholeheartedly. This is a real dedication to their art. India is a country of mixed culture, people, tradition and even dances.…

The Dance of Ghosts – Kummattikkali

Kerala’s rich culture has always amused the tourists and traders visiting the state. During the festivities, the art-lovers can explore a wide range of art and culture that unveil before the public. The temple festivals are particularly famous for the…

Kullu Dussehra: Himachal’s ‘International Mega Festival’

Himachal Pradesh fashions itself as the ‘Dev Bhumi’ of India. Even for a country that has places of worship on every street corner, the number of temples in the state and the very specific rituals associated with each can leave…

Kila Raipur Sports Festival – India’s Rural Olympics

In many ways, Kila Raipur is a village just like any other in Punjab – lush green fields, being worked by industrious men and women; aroma of delicious, earthy food wafting from the kitchens; and the enchanting sound of gurbani…

Celebrating Muslim Dance Forms – Duff Muttu and Oppana

Since the 7th century, Kerala has the influence of Islam from Arab nations. Since then Islam mingled and assimilated to the Kerala culture, from where a new community born called Mappilla. Duff Muttu or Dubh Muttu or Duff Kali is…

When Man Becomes God – Theyyam

Theyyam belongs to the Northern Malabar area. It is a Hindu temple ritual predominantly performed in Kolathunadu in Kasarkode, Kannur, Wayanad and Kozhikode. This dance form is different and unique compared to other ancient dance forms. It is a ritual…

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