Mesmerizing lands of India are an abode of heritage and culture. History has traces of its exotic cultural legacy. Dances of India form an integral part of its culture. Marked with elegance and grace Indian dances are quite popular. Now west has also turned back and look to India for learning new dance forms. Extremely renowned dance forms of India are followed by admirers and followers of Indian heritage and culture.
Indian dances may have been influenced by other cultures, but the quintessence of these remains the same. As India has had influences of varied cultural heritages, dances of India also didn't remain uninfluenced by it. One of the major features of these dances is that is an integral part of any festival, occasion or ceremony. Each region of India has its own exquisite dance style. Unique and special in its own way, each dance form is practiced by the chosen ones.
Majorly the dance forms of India can be grouped into three categories. These categories are just to make a mark between the classical and folk dances of India nevertheless each of them is a real pleasure to see and perform.
Indian Classical dances are deep rooted in the sacred 'shastras' of India. Some of the famous classical dances of India are bharatnatyam, odissi, kathak, Manipuri, kucchipudi, katthakali etc. The very basis of these dance forms have been found in Natya shastra. This holy book on classical dances lays set rules for these dances. These dance forms were practiced at temples in earlier times to please Gods.
Classical dances are known for elegant moves, expressive faces, and slow pace. The intricate mudras (gestures of hands) are used to tell a tale form famous epics of India. Thus enactment of any episode from the epics makes these classical dances very engaging. Backed by classical instruments like mrudang, flute, table and tanpura these dances become very impressive.
As regions of India are different from each other, they have their own dance forms. These folk dances are practiced on special occasions and ceremonies. Spectators and performers are thrilled by famous folk dances of India like chau, bhangra, gidda, ghumar, dandiya, garba, kalbelia, chaddi, fire dance, kachchi ghori, bihu and lavni etc. Folk dances are marked with utter happiness.
Travelers to India must see these fabulous dances. Many concerts are organized for audiences who love these dance performances. If you also wish to have an amazing experience, do watch these concerts.
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