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                                                   DANCES OF INDIA

A solo dance, originating from the temples of South India, it is a based on Natya Shastra,written by Bharat Muni in around 4000 BC. It is a highly traditional dance form comprising items such as alarippu, varnam, padam, thillana,etc.

Odissi

It is a dance form which originated in Orissa during second century BC. It is also based on the principles of Natya Shastra.

Chakiarkoothu

Manipuri

Manipuri is a dance form popular in the north-east. It is a highly lyrical and ritualistic dance but lacks dramatic facial and gestural expressions.

Kuchipudi

Kuchipudi is a solo dance popular in Andhra Pradesh. It is also based on the principles of Natya Shastri. Traditionally it was performed by men attired like women.

Kathak

It is a popular dance of North India which originated in temples in North India in the form of Radha and  Krishna lilas. With the advent of muslim rule, it came out of the temples to Mughal courts. Lucknow, Jaipur and Varanasi became its centres.

Kathakali

It is a popular dance from Kerala, Which is more dramatic than narrative in form. It is considered to be the most scientific dance form. The body gestures, hand movement  and eye / eyeball movements comprise its language.

Mohiniattam

It is a solo dance form kerala . It is also the heir to Devdasi dance heritage similar to Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Kuchipudi.

Ottam Thullal

Also known as poor man’s Kathakali; it is a solo dance which originated in Kerala

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