10 Great Classical Dance Forms of India

India has countless years of age custom of arts and classical as well as folk songs as well as dancing. All these dance kinds use the same ‘mudras’ or indications of hand as a typical language of expression and were originally executed in the holy places to captivate various Gods and also Goddesses.
Below are those Dancing Types as well as the States they are from:

10. Mohiniyattam – (Kerala) Believed to have originated in the 16th century, the dance is performed by women in honour of the Hindu God Visshnu.it projects the essence of feminine grace through delicate, footsteps, undulating body movements and facial expressions.
9. Gaudiya Nritya – (West Bengal) – it has strong evidence in the temple sculptures as early as 4th century BC to as late as 18 the century AD.
8. Kathak – Northern India (Uttar Pradesh) – originated from the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as kathakars or storytellers.
7. Chhau – (Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand) – unique form of masked dance where the dancer impersonates a god, animal, bird, hunter or flower. The word Chhau is derived from Chhauni meaning military camp.
6. Sattriya – (Assam) – it’s a living tradition since its creation by great saint Srimanta Sankardev in the 15th century. It is performed by both male and female.
5. Manipuri – (Manipur) – The theme is taken from the episode in the life of lord Krishna. One of the modest, softest and most meaningful dance forms.
4. Odissi – (Odisha) – after suppression during British raj, it was reconstructed since India’s independence.
3. Kuchipudi – (Andhra Pradesh) – named after the name of a village in Andhra Pradesh .dancers are quicksilver and fleet –footed they perform fluid movements.
2. Bharatanatyam – (Tamil Nadu) – Known for its grace and purity, this dance is dedicated to lord Shiva. It is derived from words combination BHA (expressions), RHA (Music), THA (rhythm) and NATYAM for (dance).
1. Kathakali – (Kerala) – noted for the attractive makeup of characters and detailed gestures performed by men and young boys.

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