Principles of Classical Dance


  Principles of classical dance have their origins in the Vedas, which detail the forms of dance and drama Dance is considered to be a form of worship and meditation.

The Indian classical dance involves body as well as mind. The major dance forms are :

Bharat Natyam : Named after sage Bharata, the author of Natya Shastra (manual of dramatic art), originated in temples, used to enact religious themes. Involves elaborate system of postures, hand gestures, foot movements (13 postures of the head, nine of the neck, 36 of the eye, 37 of the hand)

Kathakali : Lyric dance of Southern India, involving intensive footwork. Performed with acrobatic energy and highly stylized pantomime.

Manipuri : Dance associated with Manipur in Northeastern India and characterized by gentle lyrical style

Kathak : An intricate dance of northern India that includes passages of narrative pantomime

Odissi : A romantic dance of love and passion


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