Different Forms Of Indian Classical Dance (Part 2)

By |2022-10-11T13:56:11+05:30July 1st, 2020|Categories: Classical Dance, Dance, kathak|

Taking forward from our previous blog on the eight Indian classical dances, where we covered Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kathakali and Kuchipudi, in this blog we take you through the next four – Odissi, Sattriya, Manipuri and Mohiniyattam Odissi – This dance form has its origin in Odisha, India. It is traditionally a dance-drama genre of performance art, where the artists and musicians perform a mythical story, a spiritual message or devotional poem from the Hindu texts. The use of symbolic costumes, different body movements, abhinaya (expressions) and mudras (gestures and sign language) set out in ancient Sanskrit literature make this dance form unique. Beginning with an invocation, an Odissi [...]

Different Forms Of Indian Classical Dance (Part 1)

By |2020-11-04T10:50:54+05:30June 1st, 2020|Categories: Dance, kathak|

There are eight Indian classical dance forms as recognized by the Sangeet Natak Akademi and the Ministry of Culture, India. Each of these forms have evolved over the years drawing in many artists who have dedicated their lives to them, ensuring the art continues to live and blossom through generations. They hail from different states and contribute to the rich the culture and heritage of India. We have listed four of them here with their origin, main characteristics and highlighted some of the most popular artists in each of these dance forms who have done India proud and carried the mantel forward with much aplomb. These forms are: [...]

Importance Of Hand Gestures In Kathak

By |2020-11-04T10:50:58+05:30March 1st, 2020|Categories: Dance, kathak|

Indian Classical dance is a result of a continuous evolution through hundreds of years, metamorphosing itself with the times, the generations, the kingdoms that supported its growth and dedicated families of dancers who spent their whole life in learning, researching and most importantly documenting this knowledge. As this started being handed down to future generations it only grew further, branching out and reaching more people, drawing in connoisseurs from all walks of life, roping in students who wanted to help build this legacy further and make it what it is today. Among the many facets to it, most classical dances like Kathak use multiple gestures to create a [...]

Kathak – The History And Some Untold Stories

By |2020-11-04T10:51:06+05:30January 1st, 2020|Categories: Dance, kathak|

History One of the oldest forms of Indian Classical Dance, the origin of Kathak dates back to 4th century and was traditionally attributed to the travelling writers and poets of ancient northern India known as Kathakars or storytellers. They would communicate stories from the great epics and ancient mythology through dance, songs and music in a manner similar to early Greek theatre. And therefore you see a mixture of hand and foot movements combined with facial expressions as Kathak dancers tell various stories. The eyes and eyebrows work as a medium of expression of the story the dancer is trying to share. The legs and torso are generally straight, [...]

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