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INDIAN CLASSICAL AND FOLK DANCES

Dance and song, features heavily in Indian cinema (so-called “Bollywood” films). Folk dances and plays in India, retain significance in rural areas, as the expression of the daily work and rituals of village communities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsfi_DyUlj8 The origins of dance in India, go back into the ancient times. The Vedas integrate rituals with performance arts, where not only praises to gods (were recited or sung), but the dialogues were part of a dramatic representation of spiritual themes. Dance in India, comprises numerous styles (generally classified as classical or folk). A classical dance, is documented to ancient classical texts (particularly the Natya Shastra).

A folk Indian dance, is one which is largely an oral tradition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuFGs-tWDgA Different forms of dances originated in different parts of India – as with other aspects of Indian culture – developed according to the local traditions. Folk dances, are numerous in number and style, and vary according to the local tradition of the respective geographic regions.

Classical dance in India, has developed a type of dance-drama (a form of a total theater), where the dancer acts out a story, almost exclusively through gestures. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3FYjlJd1OI Kathak, is attributed to the traveling bards (of ancient northern India), known as Kathakars or storytellers. Bharatanatyam (the dance usually accompanied by classical Carnatic music), is a classical dance from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu (practiced predominantly by women). Kathakali, is a stylized classical dance-drama (form which originated from Kerala), developed as a Hindu performance art, performing plays and mythical legends related to Hinduism.

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