Top 5 classical dances of India – from Bharatanatyam to Kuchipudi

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India is always known for its vast and diversified culture. India is also adorned with various styles of classical and folk dances. Folk/ Traditional dances mark the festivities of various seasonal or spiritual holidays. These dances are an essential component of our society and our cultural pleasure. Most of the folk dances have changed and matured with time, providing originality and freshness to our Indian culture.

Bharatanatyam

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Bharatanatyam, formerly known as Sadhir Attam. It is one of the major forms of Indian Classical Dance that originated in Tamil Nadu. This dance was originated in temples of Tamil Nadu. Bharatnatyam is said to be one of the oldest Classical dance traditions in India. The dance expresses South India religious themes and Spiritual ideas, particularly of Shaivism, Vaishnavism and Shaktism.

Kathak

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Kathak is one of the major forms of Indian Classical Dance. The term Kathak is derived from the Vedic Sanskrit words Katha (tale) and Kathakar (one who narrates a story). The dance is originated in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Kathakali

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Kathakali is one of the well-known forms of Indian Classical Dance that is originated in Kerala. It is a “story play” genre of art but one distinguished by the elaborately colorful make-up, costumes, and face masks that the traditionally male actor-dancers wear. The traditional themes of the Kathakali are folk mythologies, religious legends, and spiritual ideas from the Hindu Epics and the Puranas.

Kuchipudi

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Kuchipudi is also one of the major forms of Indian Classical Dance. The dance was originated in a village named Kuchipudi of Andhra Pradesh. The traditional Kuchipudi dance is performed by a Male dancers troupe. The male dancer would wear Agnivastra, also known as Bagalbandi, wear a dhoti and the female dancer would wear a Saree with light make-up.

Bihu

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Bihu is an exquisite northeast Indian dance that plays an important role in Assamese festivals. Bihu dance is typically performed during the Rongali Bihu festival, which usually marks the beginning of the spring season. According to earliest sources, the King Rudra Singa of Ahom invited artists to participate in Bihu on the auspicious occasion of Rongali Bihu in Ranghar field in 1694.

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