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Here is a list and brief summary of Indian dance forms that are in practice in different parts of India. There are more than twenty such forms that India has been contributing to the dancing filed. Since India has many states and each state follows it’s own culture and traditional dance forms, India can be seen promoting varieties of dance forms. As an example, Yakshagana is a dance form practiced more in Karnataka, Bharatanatyam is a dance form of Tamil Nadu and so on. The attires vary from one dance form to another and are very attractive in it’s own ways.

Dandiya Raas

Dandiya Raas is a very energetic, colorful and playful dance originating in the state of Gujarat. Its roots lay from the days of Lord Krishna who played raas on the shores of Yamuna river on a moonlit night with his beloved Gopis. Men and women dressed in colorful clothes dance in two concentric circles - [...]

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Gidha is a popular folk dance of women in Punjab region of India and Pakistan. The dance is often considered derived from the ancient dance known as the ring dance and is just as energetic as Bhangra and at the same time it manages to creatively display feminine grace, elegance and elasticity. It is a [...]

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Bhangra is a form of dance and music that originated in the Punjab region. Bhangra dance began as a folk dance conducted by punjabi farmers mainly Punjab in 11th century to celebrate the coming of the harvest season. The specific moves of bhangra reflect the manner in which villagers farmed their land. This hybrid dance [...]

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Sattriya, or Sattriya Nritya, is one among eight principal classical Indian dance traditions. Whereas some of the other traditions have been revived in the recent past, Sattriya has remained a living tradition since its creation by the Assamese Vaishnav saint Srimanta Sankardeva, in 15th century Assam. Sankardeva created Sattriya Nritya as an accompaniment to the [...]

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Odissi is one of the eight classical dance forms of India. It originates from the state of Odisha, in eastern India. It is the oldest surviving dance form of India on the basis of archaeological evidences. The classic treatise of Indian dance, Natya Shastra, refers to it as Odra-Magadhi. 1st century BCE bas-reliefs in the [...]

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Manipuri dance, At A Glance Stylistic origins Manipuri and Vedic Cultural origins Early 15th century Manipur Typical instruments Pung, Pena, Kartal & Manzilla, Mangkang, Sembong, Baashi, Harmonium Mainstream popularity Much in Manipur and in India Subgenres Pung cholom - Ras Lila Manipuri dance is one of the major Indian classical dance forms. It originates from [...]

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Kuchipudi (Koochipoodi) is a Classical Indian dance form from Andhra Pradesh, India. It is also popular all over South India. Kuchipudi is the name of a village in the Divi Taluka of Krishna district that borders the Bay of Bengal and with resident Brahmins practicing this traditional dance form, it acquired the present name. The [...]

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Kathakali is a highly stylized classical Indian dance-drama noted for the attractive make-up of characters, elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion. It originated in the country's present day state of Kerala during the 17th century and has developed over the years with [...]

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Kathak is one of the eight forms of Indian classical dances, originated from North India. This dance form traces its origins to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathaks, or storytellers. These bards, performing in village squares and temple courtyards, mostly specialized in recounting mythological and moral tales from the scriptures, and [...]

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Bharata Natyam or Bharatanatyam is a classical dance form originating in Tamil Nadu, nowadays practiced throughout South India by predominantly young females and women. It is held as the national dance of India. The dance is accompanied by the classical Carnatic music. It has its inspirations from the sculptures of the ancient temple of Chidambaram. [...]

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