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Art & Culture of India

Classical dances of India

Classical Indian dance began in India around 200 BC as a joyous and celebratory activity, often in devotion to Hindu deities. Many of the performances are choreographed to retell stories of the gods and other historical accounts. All styles of Indian classical dance are vibrant, expressive and spiritual. Dance performances are usually held at festivals, universities, various cultural events and more. The dancers who perform these styles are usually professionals who have devoted years of study and practice to their particular style of Indian Classical Dance. In performances, the dancers move to the beat of the song or music being played; in some styles, such as Kathak, bells are sometimes worn around the ankles for added rhythmic effect when the feet are stomped. The dancer assumes the role of the character they are portraying in the performance, the composition being specific, and becomes emotionally involved with the story and the audience.n devotion to Hindu deities. Many of the performances are choreographed to retell stories of the gods and other historical accounts. All styles of Indian classical dance are vibrant, expressive and spiritual. Dance performances usually take place at festivals, universities, various cultural events, and more. The dancers who perform these styles are usually professionals who have devoted years of study and practice in their respective styles of Indian classical dance. In performances, the dancers move to the beat of the song or music that is playing; in some styles, such as Kathak, bells are worn around the ankles at times for added rhythmic effect when the feet are stomped. The dancer takes the role of the character that they are portraying in the performance, the composition being specific, and becomes emotionally connected with the story and the audience.

Classical dances recognised by the Sangeet Natak Akademi and the Ministry of Culture





· Kathakali, from Kerala





· Manipuri, from Manipur





· Odissi, from Odisha



· Sattriya, from Assam



Other dances also recognised by the Ministry of Culture



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Indian Classical Dancers

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