music and dance that animate virtually every other form of artistic expression in India. Architecture, painting and sculpture often portray emotions through a dancer's poses and gestures.
In India dancing
is an old-age tradition. There are varied forms of dancing from the ancient classical to modern styles, each shaped by the influences of a particular period or part of the country and each with some form of religious background.
Though different, they all have one in common: using every part of the body. Eyes, hands, legs, feet and face come together in the dance and music to set a mood and tell a story. The most famous classical forms are Bharatanatyam
of Tamil Nadu, Kathakali
of Kerala, Odissi
of Orissa, Kathak
of Uttar Pradesh, Kuchipudi
of Andhra Pradesh and Manipuri Dance
Learn more about the specific meanings of Indian dances
and get familiar with the fundamental principles of a certain technique and form of dance. If you are a dancer, dance teacher or a person associated with dances in any form, feel the expression of emotions of Indian Dancing!