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Know About the Origins These Indian Classical Dance Forms

Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Kathakali, Sattriya, Manipuri, and Mohiniyattam are the eight styles of classical dance recognized by the Sangeet Natak Academy. These dances have a long history in their respective regions. Artists compose in them Telugu, Tamil, Sanskrit, Kannada, Hindi, or any other Indian language. Therefore, they represent a unity of basic themes expressed […]

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Make Your Dance Steps Speak with the Navrasa!

As a young girl of 13, my first tryst with the Navrasa was at a Kathakali performance in the south Indian state of Kerala. The demonstration of these nine emotions was a delight to behold. Therefore, one cannot deny the charm of these expressions which form an important part of Indian classical dance forms. Literally, […]

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Ten Reasons Why Children Must Learn Indian Classical Dance.

Indians are the largest diaspora in the world and Indian culture and heritage are the richest in the world. Indian dance forms like Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kathakali, Odissi etc are an integral part of Indian culture. In this lesson, we will learn the reasons why Indian children across the globe should learn Indian Classical Dance. Do […]

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3 Most Popular Bharatanatyam Dance Forms

The 3 dance forms in Bharatanatyam include are the Melattur, Pandanallur and the Vazhuvoor. Let’s learn more about it. Bharatanatyam is an exquisite dance form of Indian Classical dance and it is one of the 8 prominent classic dances in India. It involves the evolution of a dance form from the South Indian region of […]

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3 Most Popular Bharatanatyam Styles

Bharatanatyam has a wide variety of forms and styles which have been developed over time. The main styles in Bharatanatyam include the Tanjore style, Mysore style, and Kalakshetra styles. Let’s understand each of these Bharatanatyam styles one by one- Kalakshetra Bharatanatyam Style Tanjore Bharatanatyam Style Mysore Bharatanatyam Style 1. Kalakshetra Bharatanatyam Style The pioneer of […]

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Odissi Dance – 7 amazing facts about Odissi Dance

Odissi Dance is one of the oldest forms of Indian classical dance. Let’s learn about its history, origin, mudras, sequences, instruments etc. Let’s jump right in! Jump to section: Origin of Odissi Dance History of Odissi Dance Odissi Dance Costumes Basic Moves and Mudras of Odissi Odissi Dance Sequences Various Styles of Odissi Dance Music […]

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Bharatanatyam Costumes for Men and Women

The Bharatanatyam costumes are one of the most elegant forms of dresses which adds to the beauty of the dance and represents the culture and tradition of India. Before we jump into various types of Bharatanatyam costumes, let’s take a quick look at Bharatanatyam dance form. Bharatanatyam is an age-old dance form which speaks stories […]

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Kathakali Dance – Purpose, History and Main Roles

Kathakali Dance is one of the popular classical dance forms in India. It is basically the dance form of south-western India, that is from Kerala. It is one of the most vibrant dance forms as the dancer wears colourful and vibrant costumes, masks and so on while performing this dance form. Kathakali is mainly the […]

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Bharatanatyam 101: Different Sections, Styles, Adavus, Instruments, Mudras

Bharatanatyam is one of the 8 classical dance forms of India. In this lesson, we will learn about Bharatanatyam sections, styles, levels, adavus, instruments commonly used with Bharatanatyam and various dance mudras. Jump to section: What is Bharatanatyam Dance? What are the 6 sections of Bharatnatyam? What are the different styles of Bharatnatyam? How long […]

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What are the 8 classical dance forms of India?

Before we begin, it is important to know that how many classical dance forms are there in India? As per the Sangeet Natak Academy, there are 8 classical dance forms but India’s Ministry of Culture recognises 9 dance forms in India with Chhau as being the 9th dance form. The 8 classical dance forms of […]