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‘Bollywood Dance’ – A Baffling Dance Fusion..

Bollywood, also known as the ‘Hindi Film Industry’ is based in Mumbai, India and rules over the hearts of the 1.3Bn strong populace. Over the years, with globalisation, the Indian diaspora has moved to various corners of the world. Bollywood movies, songs and dance have gained popularity beyond Indian borders. Now, the question here is, […]

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RAUT NACHA DANCE – CHHATTISGARH, INDIA: Dance Of The Triumph Of Good Over Evil

RAUT NACHA DANCE, CHHATTISGARH, INDIA

A dance form called “Raut Nacha” is known to be mainly performed by the “Yadava” clan (descendants of Lord Krishna) in Central India. This essentially “Lord Krishna dedicated” dance form, has originated from the state of Chhattisgarh. This dance is also said to closely resemble the “Ras Leela” which is considered to be the most […]

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GHOOMAR DANCE – RAJASTHAN, INDIA & SINDH, PAKISTAN

GHOOMAR DANCE, RAJASTHAN INDIA AND SINDH PAKISTAN

Considered to be “Community and female oriented” is a traditional dance from originating from north of India called Ghoomar. This “folk dance” is supposed to have been developed in the state of Rajasthan. Apparently this dance form is said to be closely associated with the Rajput community. In addition, this dance form is said to […]

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LAVANI DANCE – MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

LAVANI DANCE, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

Considered to be responsible for the development of Marathi “folk theatre” is a dance form in India known as Lavani.  This highly “rhythmic dance” has originated from the state of Maharashtra and is also performed in southern Madhya Pradesh and northern Karnataka. It is said that the word “Lavani” is derived from “Lavanya” which when […]

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KATHAKALI – A CLASSICAL INDIAN DANCE FORM: Four unique features

Kathakali Dance, Kerala, India

Kathakali is considered to be one among the seven officially recognized (by the Ministry of Culture and The Sangeet Natak Academy,India) classical Indian dance forms. Originating from the state of Kerala located in south of India this dance form is said to have been developed around the 17th century. Now, this classical Indian dance style similar […]

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THIRAYATTAM DANCE – KERALA

THIRAYATTAM DANCE, KERALA, INDIA

Fusing elements of “music and theatre” is a dance form performed mainly in South Malabar known as Thirayattam. This “ethnic” dance form has its origin in the state of Kerala, and is usually performed in a courtyard which in the local language is known as “kaavukal”. It is believed that this dance form can only […]

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THEYYAM DANCE – KERALA

Theyyam Dance, Kerala, India

Considered to be extremely popular in the North Malabar region in India is a ritualistic dance form known as Theyyam. This “ritual based” dance style has originated from the state of Kerala, and is extremely popular in the Kasaragod and Kannur districts. This dance is usually performed in front of a Hindu shrine, and the […]

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GOTIPUA DANCE – ODISHA

Gotipua Dance, Odisha, India

“The precursor of the Odissi classical dance” is the best way to describe a traditional Indian dance form referred to as Gotipua. This “classical” form of dancing has originated from the state of Odisha, and is performed mainly by young boys dressed up as girls. In this dance style, the training of the young dancers […]

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CHHAU DANCE- ODISHA

Chhau Dance, Odisha

Chhau or Chau is a semi classical Indian dance form originating from east India. This “tribal folk dance” is said to have developed from states such as Odisha, West Bengal, and Jharkhand. This form of dancing is further divided into three styles, which originate from three states i.e. the Mayurbhanj Chhau belonging to Odisha, the […]

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CHERAW DANCE- MIZORAM

CHERAW DANCE, MIZORAM, INDIA

Consisting of “four performers holding two crossed pairs of bamboo staves” is a dance form originating from India known as Cheraw. This “ritualistic” dance style is said to have originated from the north eastern state Mizoram. Apparently, this dance traditionally was performed so as to provide comfort to the soul of dead mothers. However, as […]

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