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Dances of India

Resources on the many different types of Indian dance forms - from those that are deeply religious in content to those which are just for fun! Classical dances of India are usually always spiritual in content, although this is often true also of Indian folk dances.

Classical Dances of India
Know more about some of the most famous Classical Dances of India - from the National Portal of India - india.gov.in.

Brief Introduction to Indian Dance Forms
Definitions, descriptions, links and pictures of dances of India: Classical, traditional and folk.

The Classical Indian Dance Directory and eZine.

Bharata Natyam
A short introduction to Bharata Natyam, one of the oldest dance forms of India. It was nurtured in the temples and courts of southern India since ancient times.

Chhau Dance
A brief introduction to Chhau dance that originated as a martial art and contains vigourous movements and leaps, and is indigenous to the eastern part of India.

Coloring Book
Online sketch book of Indian classical and folk dances for you to color and paint.

Indian Folk and Tribal Dances
Indian folk and tribal dances are simple dances, and are performed to express joy. Folk dances are performed for every possible occasion, to celebrate the arrival of seasons, birth of a child, a wedding and festivals.

Kathak Dance
About the dance form that traces its origins to the the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathaks, or story tellers.

Kathakali Dance
Kathakali is a group presentation, in which dancers take various roles in performances traditionally based on themes from Hindu mythology, especially the two epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

Kuchipudi Dance
About the dance form called Kuchipudi developed in Andhra Pradesh in southern India. It derives its name from the village Kuchelapuram, where it was nurtured by great scholars and artists who built up the repertoire and refined the dance technique.

Manipuri Dance
Manipuri is one of the most beautiful dance styles of India. Nurtured in the mountainous region of the northeast, it takes its name from the state of Manipur.

Odissi Dance
About Odissi dance that traces its origins to the ritual dances performed in the temples of ancient northern India. Today the name Odissi refers to the dance style of the state of Orissa in eastern India.

Mohiniattam Dance
The dance form of Mohiniattam was nurtured in the region of Kerala in southwestern India. The name Mohiniattam literally means 'Dance of the Enchantress,' and it does have a mesmerizing quality.

Yoga Dance
Yoga Dance is a series of slow, continuous and graceful movements derived from Yoga postures. The movements, when learned and practiced, increase and transform one's life-force energy into greater inner power.

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