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Classical Dances of India

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CLASSICAL DANCES OF INDIA BHARATNATYAM Also known as Sadir, Chinnamelan and most commonly Dasi Attam, Bharat Natyam originated in the temples of Tamil Nadu and was performed by Devdasis. This dance stlye is known for its grace, elegance, purity, tenderness, expressions and sculpturesque poses. KUCHIPUDI Ancient legends name Siddhendra Yogi as the founder of the Kuchipudi dance-drama tradition in seventh century South India. The performance usually begins with stage rites. The dharavu introduces the identity of the character and sets the mood. The drama then begins. The dance is accompanied by Carnatic music. KATHAK Kathak traces its origin to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathakars or storytellers. Kathak shows influence of temple and ritual dances, the bhakti movement, certain features of Persian and Central Asian dances which were imported by the royal courts of the Mughal era. KATHAKALI Elaborate make-up and costumes, well-defined hand gestures or mudras, facial expressions or rasas and rhythmic dancing instead of dialogue are the characteristic features of Indian classical dance-drama Kathakali. Songs in Manipravalam language based on Carnatic music or Sopanam style give life to the Kathakali dance stlyle which originated in Kerala during the 17th century. MANIPURI Ancient Manipuri ritual-based dance forms interpreted as new compositions based on the divine Krishna-Radha love story led to the evolution of the graceful Manipuri Dance. Delicate, lyrical movements of the hands and body, calm facial expressions and soft yet rhythmic footsteps give the Manipuri dance its undulating and soft appearance. MOHINIATTAM Mohiniattam literally meaning "dance of the enchantress" is believed to have originated in 16th century in Kerala, India. Mohiniattam is a drama in dance and verse believed to have been named after the Mohini incarmation of Lord Vishnu. It is meant to be performed as solo recitals by women. ODISSI Odissi is the oldest surviving dance form of India originating from Odisha in Eastern India. Bhangas, independent movement of the head, chest and pelvis and the basic square stance known as Chauka or Chouka are the distinguishing features of this dance. SATTRIYA Created by 15th century Assamese polymath Srimanta Sankardev, Sattriya was traditionally performed by bhokots or male monks for ritualistic purposes within sattras or monasteries of Ekasarana dharma. Sattriya is usually based on mythological stories as a medium to spread religious teachings to the common people in an accessible and enjoyable manner. CHHAU Chhau dance or paika nrutya is a genre of Indian tribal martial dance aiming at development of physical energizing and consequently courage, in the dancing warriors. Popular in the Indian states of Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal, Chhau is a blend of both dance and martial practices employing mock combat techniques (called khel), stylized gaits of birds and animals (called chalis and topkas) and movements based on the chores of village housewives (called uflis). THANG-TA Thang Ta, traditionally known as Huyel Langlon is a cultural heritage art of Manipur. This Art of War got its name from the main weapons used "Thang" or sword and "Ta" or spear. The dance movements of swords are intended to ward off evil spirits while other dance moves indicate protection. This footage is part of the professionally-shot broadcast stock footage archive of Wilderness Films India Ltd., the largest collection of HD imagery from South Asia. The collection comprises of 100, 000+ hours of high quality broadcast imagery, mostly shot on HDCAM / SR 1080i High Definition, Alexa, SR, XDCAM and 4K. Write to us for licensing this footage on a broadcast format, for use in your production! We are happy to be commissioned to film for you or else provide you with broadcast crewing and production solutions across South Asia. We pride ourselves in bringing the best of India and South Asia to the world... Please subscribe to our channel wildfilmsindia on Youtube for a steady stream of videos from across India. Also, visit and enjoy your journey across India at www.clipahoy.com , India's first video-based social networking experience! Reach us at rupindang [at] gmail [dot] com and [email protected] To SUBSCRIBE click the below link: www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=WildFilmsIndia Like & Follow Us on: Facebook: www.facebook.com/WildernessFilmsIndiaLimited Website: www.wildfilmsindia.com
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Koncheng Buragohain (2 months ago)
Chauu and the last one are not classical dance n dats not kuchipudi but bharatnatyam I guess
Prem Rajpoot (2 months ago)
i luv bharatnatayam proud to be indian our culture and dignity no other country is like this lots of thanks to god that i born in this country luv u my incredible india .❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
Mahesh Kuruva (4 months ago)
Ap proud of kuchipudi dance
Cristiano Ronaldo (4 months ago)
india has rich cultural heritage .But excessive western influence nowadays.... Anyway, Thanks for the video.Helped him greatly for exam
WildFilmsIndia (4 months ago)
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Just_sayin'_ (7 months ago)
Thang tha is a martial art, I'm pretty sure. Still, great video.
saumya tiwari (7 months ago)
BEAUTIFUL
anisha goswami (7 months ago)
i am a bharatnatyam dancer
lopamudra beura (8 months ago)
Sir You can go through Mahari dance and Gotipua Dance of Odisha... Thank you...!! 😊😊🙏🙏
I'm a classical dancer nd I know well chhao is not a classical form....
Trinayana Kaushik (1 month ago)
It is. Ministry of Culture recognizes 9 classical dance forms in India including Chau. While Sangeet Natak Academy recognizes 8 which do not include Chau. This is a list of former recognitions so it is.
Artemis Imani (9 months ago)
I do bharatanatyam
suresh kb (10 months ago)
Barathanatyam 😍😍😍😍😍
Neha Dayma (10 months ago)
Why have you added the information in this vedio if it only had to flash and move out ?? You should atleast allow the time to read it !!
Anitha Chintha (1 year ago)
Telangana perini dance the dance belongs to Lord shiva
Gaby Poulain (1 year ago)
Great compilation! Would love to see a similar video on art dances of India, like Perini, Kerala Natanam, Gaudiya Nritya, Vilasini Natyam and Andhra Natyam,
Shanaya Star (1 year ago)
india is blessed with lots of different forms of the dance that depicts either krishna's love or shiva's tandav and many more.. but also in this very country, nowadays horny bastards have started to rape and molest!
Mauricio Gomez (1 year ago)
WOW Knowledge it's POWER!!!:-)
No one is best than yakshagana but here it not have
enlighten india (1 year ago)
Bhai appki mehnat ke liye aapko dhanayvaaad.....thanks
WildFilmsIndia (1 year ago)
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Anantharamu G (1 year ago)
Yakshagana one of the most significant and effective dance form from Karnataka is missing.this feels like a disaster for all the yakshagana artists
yakshgana is more a drama than just a dance
Pranav Achary (3 months ago)
Well Yakshagana is a form of theatre rather than dance. Like Tamasha of Maharashtra, threukutthu of Tamil Nadu, Bhavai of Gujarat.
WildFilmsIndia (1 year ago)
We'll add that in the next time we re-do this video. Thanks for the tip!
jyoti ranjan das (1 year ago)
No country in this world can beat our diversity and culture. Yes I proud as an Indian
Riv Vin (1 month ago)
China
Suvajit Aich (6 months ago)
Yes you're right no country has great culture that we have.
WildFilmsIndia (1 year ago)
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DAKINGPIN1999 (1 year ago)
Fucking shit
Sayantani Ganguly (1 year ago)
CHAU IS NOT A CLASSICAL DANCE. IT IS A FOLK. PLEASE DON'T JOKE. FROM WERE YOU GET THAT.
Nukkel (4 months ago)
Mayurbhanj Chau nrutya is based on classic rule .
Sayantani Ganguly (1 year ago)
I AM A CLASSICAL DANCER. SO I KNOW THAT. YOU WANT SAY THAT THERE IS 9 CLASSICAL DANCE.
mtarkes (1 year ago)
Mayurbhanj Chhau is a classical dance. Purulia Chhau is folk dance. Both are very different.
Velu Poothuraj (1 year ago)
kathakali
Bindu Verma (1 year ago)
so beautiful and graceful
Pratyay Malakar (1 year ago)
why not gaudiya nritya from west bengal is in this documentary??
bengal doesn't have any art left ... they are only picking up what odisha and assam throw at the bengalis ... because the bengalis destroyed their everything in the name of communism and secularism
James Aron (4 months ago)
The issue with the recognition of Gaudiya Nritya as a classical dance is controversial because its practice was not historically continuous as the case with the other dance forms in this video. From what I understand, Gaudiya Nritya was revived as a dance from the interpretation of temple statuary relatively recently in a historic context. There are other issues in the way to its recognition as well. I like Gaudiya Nritya and maybe one day it will garner more respect and become wider known with more acclaim, who knows.
Sourav Roy (9 months ago)
Well, there are four 'Pravritti's mentioned in our Natyashatra, namely - Avanti, Dakshinatya, Panchali and Audramagadhi. From these Pravrittis the eastern classical dances like Odissi, Gaudiya Nritya etc. have been evovled. We all know that during the Mughal era, the classical dances like kathak undergo a change, e.g. - like the Sari was replaced by the long skirt, maybe known as Choli (see the documentary of films division on kathak), while many of the classical dances collapsed during the colonial British era. In the 20th twentieth century, the classical dances are represerved and Odissi was also preserved by the Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalay in Bhubaneshwar and Kala Bikash Kendra in Cuttack, but on the other hand, there was no such academy or institution for Gaudiya Nritya. Later it was reconstructed by Dr. Mahua Mukherjee. Also if you see, all the classical dance forms of India are originated from the temples, e.g. there are many dancing sculptures present at Lingraj, Jagannath etc. temples in Odisha and Odissi dance is based upon them. In the same way the sculptures of Gaudiya Nritya are found in Gaur in West Bengal. There are many sculptures of Gaudiya Nritya which are present in those temples, so there maybe or absolutely a classical dance form present in Bengal. Some say that Gaudiya Nritya is a copy of Odissi. Well that's not true, there are some similarities in both the dances e.g.- Costume in Odissi and Gaudiya Nritya is almost the same, accept there are silver ornaments in Odissi and gold ornaments in Gaudiya Nritya, but both looks very beautiful. In Odissi, there is independent movement of the head, chest and pelvis which looks very beautiful and graceful, while in Gaudiya Nritya, there are mostly circular movements known as 'Chari' which is of two types 'Akash Chari' and 'Bhumi Chari'. In Gaudiya Nritya, also the elements like Motka, Chamor and Pushpo are used which symbolises the Earth, worship/devotion and offering. Also in Odissi, Pakhawaj, Mridangam or Mardala is used as a percussion instrument, but in Gaudiya Nritya, Shree Khol is used. Some might also consider Shree Khol as a folk or an instrument only used in kirtans, but that's not true, because Mridangam and Shree Khol are fundamentally the same instrument. There are three types of khol: Gopucchakriti, Haritaki Akriti and Javakriti, from which the Javakriti is used in Manipuri dance. It is known as Pung in Manipur and Shree Khol is of Haritaki Akriti, so in that way Shree Khol is also a classical instrument. Gaudiya Nritya also has an influence of folk and kirtan brought up by Shri Chaitanya, but that doesn't mean that it is a folk dance. Shri Chaitanya is also the one who introduced the Gotipua dance (one of the schools of Odissi) which was allowed in public, because the dance of the Mahadis (also a school of Odissi) was forbidden to the general public and only performed in the temples in front of Lord Jagannath in Odisha. All these things gives us the information that Gaudiya Nritya is a classical dance. Talking about the similarity subject, I think there are similarities between any two classical dances of India, e.g. - Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, Odissi and Gaudiya Nritya etc. But that doesn't mean that they are exactly the same. So, we must respect every dance form. Considering or labeling Gaudiya Nritya as a folk dance is not right. The Sangeet Natak Academy should review Gaudiya Nritya like the way Sattriya was reviewed and recognised as a classical dance. P.S.- (I am not an expert, the above information is collected on my own efforts) Thankyou.
Sangeet natak academy recognises only the original 8 forms of classical dances which are mentioned in natyashastra
Sucheta Rajkhowa (1 year ago)
The Sattriya dance costumes are not like the ones shown here. It should have been made with accuracy if they were making it for educational purpose !
nil rajar dese 2 (1 year ago)
goudiya nritya is missing the dance of bengal
Sourav Roy (9 months ago)
Well, there are four 'Pravritti's mentioned in our Natyashatra, namely - Avanti, Dakshinatya, Panchali and Audramagadhi. From these Pravrittis the eastern classical dances like Odissi, Gaudiya Nritya etc. have been evovled. We all know that during the Mughal era, the classical dances like kathak undergo a change, e.g. - like the Sari was replaced by the long skirt, maybe known as Choli (see the documentary of films division on kathak), while many of the classical dances collapsed during the colonial British era. In the 20th twentieth century, the classical dances are represerved and Odissi was also preserved by the Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalay in Bhubaneshwar and Kala Bikash Kendra in Cuttack, but on the other hand, there was no such academy or institution for Gaudiya Nritya. Later it was reconstructed by Dr. Mahua Mukherjee. Also if you see, all the classical dance forms of India are originated from the temples, e.g. there are many dancing sculptures present at Lingraj, Jagannath etc. temples in Odisha and Odissi dance is based upon them. In the same way the sculptures of Gaudiya Nritya are found in Gaur in West Bengal. There are many sculptures of Gaudiya Nritya which are present in those temples, so there maybe or absolutely a classical dance form present in Bengal. Some say that Gaudiya Nritya is a copy of Odissi. Well that's not true, there are some similarities in both the dances e.g.- Costume in Odissi and Gaudiya Nritya is almost the same, accept there are silver ornaments in Odissi and gold ornaments in Gaudiya Nritya, but both looks very beautiful. In Odissi, there is independent movement of the head, chest and pelvis which looks very beautiful and graceful, while in Gaudiya Nritya, there are mostly circular movements known as 'Chari' which is of two types 'Akash Chari' and 'Bhumi Chari'. In Gaudiya Nritya, also the elements like Motka, Chamor and Pushpo are used which symbolises the Earth, worship/devotion and offering. Also in Odissi, Pakhawaj, Mridangam or Mardala is used as a percussion instrument, but in Gaudiya Nritya, Shree Khol is used. Some might also consider Shree Khol as a folk or an instrument only used in kirtans, but that's not true, because Mridangam and Shree Khol are fundamentally the same instrument. There are three types of khol: Gopucchakriti, Haritaki Akriti and Javakriti, from which the Javakriti is used in Manipuri dance. It is known as Pung in Manipur and Shree Khol is of Haritaki Akriti, so in that way Shree Khol is also a classical instrument. Gaudiya Nritya also has an influence of folk and kirtan brought up by Shri Chaitanya, but that doesn't mean that it is a folk dance. Shri Chaitanya is also the one who introduced the Gotipua dance (one of the schools of Odissi) which was allowed in public, because the dance of the Mahadis (also a school of Odissi) was forbidden to the general public and only performed in the temples in front of Lord Jagannath in Odisha. All these things gives us the information that Gaudiya Nritya is a classical dance. Talking about the similarity subject, I think there are similarities between any two classical dances of India, e.g. - Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, Odissi and Gaudiya Nritya etc. But that doesn't mean that they are exactly the same. So, we must respect every dance form. Considering or labeling Gaudiya Nritya as a folk dance is not right. The Sangeet Natak Academy should review Gaudiya Nritya like the way Sattriya was reviewed and recognised as a classical dance. P.S.- (I am not an expert, the above information is collected on my own efforts) Thankyou.
Tanmaya Panda (1 year ago)
We have 8 Classical dance and such dance is not in the Classical Dance list. there might be some folk dance ... it is about classical dance of India..
chiki everything (1 year ago)
Sorry but chao is not classical. it's a folk dance of bengal
chhau originated from odisha .... bengal doesn't have any art left ... they are only picking up what odisha and assam throw at the bengalis ... because the bengalis destroyed their everything in the name of communism and secularism
Sayantan Sengupta (1 year ago)
chiki everything Chhau is recognised by Ministry of Culture, Govt of India as Indian Classical Dance, but not yet recognised by The Sangeet Natak Academy. According to Sangeet Natak Academy, there are 8 Classical Dance forms in India: Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Kathakali, Sattriya, Manipuri and Mohiniyattam. Scholars such as Drid Williams add Chhau, Yakshagana and Bhagavata Mela to the list. (Source Wikipedia)
chiki everything (1 year ago)
umm... bhagyachandra did not compose Manipuri dance. he started the ras Lila in manipur
rr tds (2 years ago)
i have a friend named sannidhi who is indian but made other friends :,(
rr tds (2 years ago)
the third one was super duper weird lol
Shiyana Kiliyanni (1 year ago)
there is nothing weird in it. to understand u need to know all those signs n tht makeup is used to indicate which character is it like green is for kings, lords etc. n black for evil
Veena Bharadia (2 years ago)
Best dances ever seen in India
WildFilmsIndia (2 years ago)
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Srilakshmi Machineni (2 years ago)
super
Sujith M C (2 years ago)
last one not dance
Saumya Bharati (2 years ago)
It's a very nicely made video. Kudos to you!
WildFilmsIndia (2 years ago)
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Yoli Jay (2 years ago)
Thank you for uploading this video
WildFilmsIndia (2 years ago)
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