History of Classical Dance

History of Classical Dance

India is known for its rich cultural legacy. Performing arts like classical dances are integral parts of Indian culture. Most of the classical dance forms originated in temples. Worshipping was the main aim. Indian classical dance or 'Shastriya Devesh' is an umbrella term for various performance arts rooted in religious Hindu musical theatre styles. Although every dance form evolved from different regions, their roots are the same. The roots can be traced from the Sanskrit text – “Natya Shastra".

The Rasanubhuti is the ultimate aim of these dance forms. Natya Shastra speaks of Eight Rasas.They are Shringar:love, Hasya : humorous, Karuna: sorrow, Raudra: anger, Veer: Heroism, Bhayanak : fear, Bibhats: disgust, Adbhoot : wonder.

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The grace, elegance and class of traditional Indian dance forms can not be found elsewhere. The gestures, movements, talent, emotions, all contribute to make Indian classical dance forms, one of the best in the world. The sheer beauty of the dancers' movements is a sight to behold. One can not find such tranquil movements coupled with a steady flow of music anywhere, but in India. 

Janakiprasad was a dancer and a Sanskrit scholar, and credited with inventing the bols of Kathak, which are mnemonic syllables within the language of this classical dance of India. The classical dance forms recognized by the Sangeet Natak Academy and the Ministry of Culture are: Bharatanatyam,Kathak, from Uttar Pradesh. Kathakali, from Kerala, Kuchipudi,Odissi, Manipuri, Sattriya and Mohiniyattam. Scholars such as Drid Williams add Chhau, Yakshagana and Bhagavata Mela to the list. 

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Dance is much more than a weight loss routine. If the gym doesn’t work for you, and you’re not built for high-octane aerobic workouts, try your hand at classical dance. It may not sound like exercise, but it offers all the benefits of a yoga workout, while also being fun. 

Classical dance should always be a part of school-activities. This art not only the quintessence of sweetness,beauty and power of our eternal culture, but it is also a prayer and meditation, attracting divine blessings,happiness and peace of mind.