Indian Cultural Dances

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How Dance Was Introduced To The Indian Culture

According to ancient Hindi scripts, dance was to have been conceived by the god of creation, Brahma.God Brahma was asked by other gods to give mankind a fifth Veda. A Veda is a large body of texts originated in ancient India. Thus he created a book called " Natyashastra ". The Natyashastra is a detailed treatise and handbook on dramatic art that deals with all aspects of classical Indian theater, music, and dance. This book contains basic hand and feet movements you see in Indian dances. Every movement had a religious meaning . Due to this the other gods approved of the book. They later introduced the book to the people. Thanks to the book, dance was introduced to India's culture. Through the years, Indian classical dances have evolved and now have other meanings besides just dancing for religious reasons.

Types Of Indian Dances

- Bharatnatyam

-Kathak

-Kathakali

-Kuchipudi

-Manipuri

-Mohiniattam

Setting

At first Indian dances were only performed in temples for only god and goddesses to see, but now they are available for anyone to enjoy

Characteristics of Indian Dances

What first strikes the eye is the dance's rhythm. It is a rhythm that we could qualify as strange, far removed from the more familiar american dances. We can directly recognize Indian dance among other dance traditions because it is a very stylized movement of the body. Every Indian dance has the purpose of telling a story with only their hands feet.

Common Hand movements

Clothing worn during dances

Indian clothing is known for its unique, elegant and beautiful designs and textures