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A Few Things of “Bollywood Dance” That You Need To Know

Bollywood also known as the “Hindi Film Industry” is extremely popular in India. However, over the years due to migration of Indians to countries (literally) all around the globe, Bollywood Dance styles have become popular in many countries. Now, the pertinent question to be asked is, What exactly is the Bollywood style of dancing? So, […]

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THIRAYATTAM- KERALA

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- KERALA

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- ODISHA

“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 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

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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PAVRI NAACH- MAHARASHTRA

Belonging to the “Kokna” tribe in the western coast of India is a dance style known as Pavri Naach. This “folk dance” having originated from the state of Maharashtra, is also said to be performed in the neighbouring state of Gujarat. Apparently, this dance style has been named after a local musical (wind) instrument known […]

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TERTALI-MADHYA PRADESH

Developed by a tribal community called “Kamar” belonging to central India is a dance form known as Tertali. This “tribal dance” is said to have originated in the state Madhya Pradesh. This style of dancing involves the use of musical instruments such as the manjiras and small metal cymbals that are tied to the body […]

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PHULPATI DANCE- MADHYA PRADESH

Performed mainly by unmarried women during the colourful festival of “Holi” is a dance form belonging to Central India known as Phulpati. This “folk dance” has originated from the state of Madhya Pradesh, and is extremely popular mainly in the Malwa region. In addition, this style of dancing involves the use of extremely colourful costumes […]

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MATKI DANCE- MADHYA PRADESH

Performed using a “small pitcher” is folk dance originating from central India known as the “Matki Dance”. This “pitcher dance” belongs to the state of Madhya Pradesh, and is mainly performed in the Malwa region. This style of dancing is performed by women only on festive occasions such as weddings, birthdays etc. In addition, this […]

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