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What is ‘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 nation. Over the years, with globalisation and migration of many Indians to various corners of the world, Bollywood movies, songs and dance have gained popularity beyond Indian borders. Now, the pertinent question to […]

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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- 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- 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- 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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PAVRI NAACH- MAHARASHTRA

PAVRI NAACH DANCE, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

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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