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Indian dancing

  1. Is there a meaning behind Indian dances?

  2. Who are popular dancers in India?

  3. When do Indians dance? Why?

  4. What is the most popular types of dance?

wedding dances:


party dancing:


traditional dance:


belly dancing

belly dancer


Dance in India has an unbroken tradition of over 2,000 years. Its themes are derived from mythology, legends and classical literature, two main divisions being classical and folk. Classical dance forms are based on ancient dance discipline and have rigid rules of presentation. Important among them are Bharata Natyam, Kathakali, Kathak, Manipuri, Kuchipudi and Odissi. Bharata Natyam though it derives its roots from Tamil Nadu, has developed into an all India form. Kathakali is a dance form of Kerala. Kathak is a classical dance form revitalised as a result of Mughal influence on Indian culture. Manipur has contributed to a delicate, lyrical style of dance called Manipuri, while Kuchipudi is a dance form owing its origin to Andhra Pradesh. Odissi from Orissa, once practised as a temple dance, is today widely exhibited by artistes across the country. Folk and tribal dances are of numerous patterns.
Both classical and folk dances owe their present popularity to institutions like Sangeet Natak Akademi and other training institutes and cultural organisations. The Akademi gives financial assistance to cultural institutions and awards fellowships to scholars, performers and teachers to promote advanced study and training in different forms of dance and music, especially those which are rare.

Bharata Natyam: ancient dance form that uses stylized hand gestures, theatrical facial expressions, intricate footwork, and complicated rhythms and counter rhythms to visualize poetry, mythology, and universal themes.
Kathak: meaning "story," is a form of Indian classical dance which combines storytelling, intricate footwork and elaborate facial expressions.
Indian folk and tribal dances are simple dances, and are performed to express joy. Folk and tribal dances are performed for every possible occasion, to celebrate the arrival of seasons, birth of a child, a wedding and festivals. The dances are extremely simple with minimum of steps or movement. The dances burst with verve and vitality. Men and women perform some dances exclusively, while in some performances men and women dance together. On most occasions, the dancers sing themselves, while being accompanied by artists on the instruments. Each form of dance has a specific costume. Most costumes are flamboyant with extensive jewels. While there are numerous ancient folk and tribal dances, many are constantly being improved. The skill and the imagination of the dances influence the performance.


Monday, February 14, 2011 by Ms. Spira

Hi Bianca! You have brainstormed a great list of potential topics for your wiki page. Which one of those is the most interesting to you? Once you have decided which one is most interesting, make a title for your page, add at least three questions you have about the topic, and include three pictures. This will be a great start for the rest of the wiki unit!

I like the belly dancer outfits.I never knew a person could make their belly dance.I was wondering are boys allowed to belly dance(NOT ME)?2/17/11 Malik Morgan

Thank you. And to answer your question, I am pretty sure men can be belly dancers. Actually, Indians have begun to break gender barriers such as male belly dancing and female athletics. The real question is, do men want to belly dance? There have been some men who belly dance but very few. Feb. 17th, 2011 Bianca C.

February 17 2011 Ashayla

I really enjoyed your video on how the Indians were dancing. I also really like your pictures. What i wanna know is what is your favorite Indian dance?