India is rich in many aspects. It has the world’s largest collection of songs, dance, performing arts, folk tradition, paintings, cultures, sculptures etc. They depict the shared cultures, values, goals and attitudes of people living together. Dance forms of India are liked and practiced by people all over the world. Each dance form has a unique style and a different origin. Let’s explore the famous and beautiful dance forms of an exotic country, India.
Kuchipudi had originally originated in Andhra Pradesh. This dance form is very famous in South India. It derives its name from the village of Kuchelapuram, a small village In Andhra Pradesh. Legend has it that Sidhendra Yogi, who taught Brahmin boys devotional dance is responsible for the origin of Kuchipudi. The dance is known for its grace and strong narrative.
Originated from a small community of people in Andhra Pradesh, Bardo Chham demonstrates the victory of good over evil. In this dance performance, Sherdukpens (a folk dance community) dress themselves as animals and dance on the beats of drums and cymbals. They believe that each month, an animal appear on behalf of evil forces.
The Kud dance is a dance originating from Jammu and Kashmir. This dance is performed in the devotion and honour of Lok Devatas. This is a kind of thanks-giving ritual based dance performed mostly during nights.
The Odishi dance has its origin in the temples of Orissa. It is one of the six acknowledged classical dance forms of India. The types of Odishi dance are ghoomra dance, puppet dance, jhoomar dance, animal mask dance, Changu dance, Ghanta dance etc.
The bihu dance has its origin in Assam. It is the most important festival of Assam. Assamese celebrate this festival with abundance of joy and fun. The dance is usually characterized by definite postures; movements of the hips, arms, wrists; twirls, squats and bends but no jumps.
The lively and energetic Bhangra dance has originated from Punjab. It is performed on the day of Baisakhi to celebrate the success of harvest. Dancers wear colourful outfits, patkas on the head, ghungroos and rings. Bhangra is considered the king of dances.
Yakshanga had its origin in Karnataka. The word Yakshanga means celestial music. It is a mix of dance and drama. It depicts the stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata and enchants the audience with colorful costumes and music.
This dance form has its origin in the temples of Tamil Nadu. This dance form is considered to be 2000 years old. This dance got its name from Sage Bharata who wrote the Natya Shastra. Bharathanatiyam is always performed with bent knees.
Chhau dance has originated from Bengal. Dancers wear colourful masks to make the dance look appealing. The dance marks the celebration of the Sun festival. The dance demands an open area for dance, generally village grounds, where the Dancers can freely make movements with their
Garba is a famous dance form all over India. It has originated in Gujrat. Both men and women wear colourful costumes while dancing at the beats of music. Girls wear a three piece dress called Chaniya Choli embedded with beads, shells, lace while men wear kafni pyjamas with a kediyu.
The fishermen of Maharashtra, the Kolis perform this dance form. The dance incorporates the elements of its community that is, fishing and sea. The dance is quite lively and enthralling to watch. Both men and women dance in unison.