Eight Indian Classical Dances you might get fascinated to know

Eight Indian Classical Dances you might get fascinated to know

So, today I am going to write an article on classical dance form. Rather, Indian classical dance form. Stop! Don’t scroll down. Most of us are least interested in watching, talking of or reading about Indian classical dance. “It’s boring. Who wants to know about classical dance? Meh.”  That’s our first reaction to Indian classical dance and music. But when it comes to Western dance or even Western classical dance for that matter, we suddenly become all ears. It gives us as adrenaline rush. Classical dance, on the contrary, is therapeutic. It heals. I won’t state the history of classical dance. I will only tell you some interesting facts about it.

There are eight Indian classical dances:-
Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam, Kathakali, Manipuri and Sattriya.
Here’s something fascinating about Kathak dance form. Kathak is the only dance that is influenced by Hinduism as well as Islam. The footwork in Kathak helps cure anxiety, stress and depression.
Bharatnatyam was earlier called ‘Sadir’. Rukmini Devi Arundale was the first teacher of the dance form who taught it to men as well as women.
Odissi dance is known for its intricate silver jewelry. The headgear and the waistband are the main pieces of adornment.
Kuchipudi is exclusively performed by males. To play the part of a female, the male dancers dress up as female. Of late, females have started learning this dance form
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In Mohiniattam dance, dancers only use Gold jewellery as it symbolizes prosperity and beauty. Only Kerela Kasavu saree is used for this dance. The flowers used for the hairdo are exclusively Jasmine flowers.

It takes 7-8 hours for a Kathakali dancer to finish his makeup. Before performance, these dancers put Chundanga seed in their eyes to redden them.

Another name for Manipuri dance is Jagoi. Rabindra Nath Tagore patronized this dance form to quite an extent. The most notable part of its costume is the Kumil, a stiffened, decorated, barrel shaped long skirt.

Sattriya dance was declared as classical dance by the Sangeet Natak Akademi on 15th November 2000
Classical dance is the very basis of modern dance. It has an element of yoga and is as therapeutical as meditation.
 
That’s about it. Keep grooving. 
-Sugandh Priya

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