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This dance is highly masculine and only men participate. The dancers numbering at about eight or ten stand in a circle with hands linked together. As the dance gathers momentum the circle is swiftly expanded and contracted and the dancers utter peculiar cries which gradually run up to a high pitch.
A group dance of the kanikkar tribes. The dance is performed as a ritual offering. The steps of the dancers perfectly synchronise with the waving of the hands and beating of drums.
Only women partake. It is a primitive dance of the Kaadar tribes of the forest of Kochi area. The performers arrange themselves in a semicircle. They hold the tip of their cloths in their hands to the level of the waist and wave it to various rhythms of the dance.
Almost the whole community of men, women and children participate. The dance is very common with the tribal called Irular of Attappadi in Palakkad district. The dance brings out the fight of the people against the wild bears which often attack their tribal hamlets.
By: Ella Moore, Savannah Chaput, Mahoghany Dolberry
Types of Dance
Indian classical dance is a relatively new general term for various art forms founded in Natya, the sacred Hindu musical theatre styles, whose theory can be traced back to the Natya Shastra of Bharata Muni (400 BC).
Dances performed inside the temple according to the rituals were called Agama Nartanam. Natya Shastra classifies this type of dance form as margi, or the soul-liberating dance, unlike the desi (purely entertaining) forms.
performed on almost every special occasion and festival
arrival of a new season, a festival, the birth of a child or even a wedding
full of energy and vitality and are performed to express joy
reflect the diversity in the country's tradition and culture in different regions
over 40 types for each region
less complex in technique but still follows a broad set of rules
Performed by temple dancers or
Dedicated their lives to sacred movement
Lived in the temple towns of the Cholas, and were considered married to the temple deity
How Indian Dance is Connected to Indian Religion
Origin of Dance
Dance is believed to have been conceived by the Brahma who then inspired the sage Bharata Muni to write the Natya Shastra, from which the practice of dance and drama emerged. Some of the best known Hindu deities such as Shiva, Kali, and Krishna are typically represented dancing. Clasical and folk dances emerged from Indian traditions, epics, and mythology.
Types of Classical dance
It originates from the state of Odisha, in eastern India. It is the oldest surviving dance form of India according to archeological evidence.
Types of Tribal dance
Types of Folk dance
Poikkal Kudirai Attam
Dummy Horse Dance of Tamil Nadu
mythologically connected to the worship of Ayyanar
wear a dummy horse on his/her hips
The dances are simple in terms of steps or movements but burst with verve and vitality. Indian Tribal Dances are performed strictly by aboriginal populations in the country. These people possess a culture, distinct from the pan Indian population. Each of these aboriginal tribes possesses its own distinguishable dance traditions and invariably all of them are interwoven with the life of the people who dance it.
folk dance from Assam
very brisk and aggressive dance
performed by both boys and girls
from the State of Gujarat
depicts the rich tradition of song, dance and drama
one of the most important and ancient forms of village dances of Tamil Nadu
performed by women during festivals
veiled women dancers balancing upto seven or nine brass pitchers as they dance
Thavala kali is a tribal dance in which a number of participants, usually boys, jump one above the other in succession, imitating the leaps of the frog.
Popular and nurtured in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu
This dance form denotes various 19th- and 20th-century reconstructions of Sadir, the art of temple dancers called Devadasis.
This dance form traces its origins to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathakars or storytellers. Its form today contains traces of temple and ritual dances, and the influence of the bhakti movement. From the 16th century onwards it absorbed certain features of Persian dance and central Asian dance which were imported by the royal courts of the Mughal era.
The performance usually begins with some stage rites, after which each of the character comes on to the stage and introduces him/herself with a dharavu (a small composition of both song and dance) to introduce the identity, set the mood, of the character in the drama.
One of the major Indian classical dance forms. It originates from Manipur, a state in north-eastern India on the border with Burma. Manipuri dance is purely religious and its aim is a spiritual experience. Development of music and dance has through religious festivals and daily activities of the Manipuri people.
The significance of dance in the image and narrative of Shiva Nataraja relates to his cosmic power, which is represented in a dynamic pose that appears to radiate energy.
Indian Dance in America