India is a land of
diversities. Various climatic conditions have made India a diverse country.
In all spheres of Indian life diversities are clearly visible. These diversities
have made the Indian culture a unique one. Like all other aspects of life,
the dance forms of India are also varied and different. There are many
types of dance forms in India, from those which are deeply religious in
content to those which are performed on small occasions.
The Indian dances
are broadly divided into Classical dances and folk dances. The Classical
dances of India are usually spiritual in content. Though the folk dances
of India are also spiritual and religious in content but the main force
behind the folk dances of India is the celebratory mood. Dances are a
form of coherent expression of human feelings. Like the Indian culture,
Indian classical dances are equally diverse in nature. There are numerous
classical dance forms in India and innumerable folk dances. Each dance
form can be traced to different parts of the country. Each form represents
the culture and ethos of a particular region or a group of people
The most popular classical
dance styles of India are Bharatnatyam of Tamil Nadu, Kathakali and Mohiniattam
of Kerala, Odissi of Orissa, Kathak of Uttar Pradesh, Kuchipudi of Andhra
Pradesh and Manipuri of Manipur.
Classical Dances of India