What are the Classical Dances of India ?
- Classical Dances of India are the traditional Indian dance forms whose origin can be traced from the Sanskrit text – ‘Natya Shastra’ by Bharata Muni.
- The 'Natya Shastra' is one of the the oldest surviving ancient Indian work on performance arts.
- It describes in detail the technique, postures, emotions, ornaments and even audience for dance performances.
What are most basic aspects of Indian Classical Dances ?
- 'Natya Shastra' defines two basic aspects of Indian Classical Dances - Lasya and Tandava.
- Lasya :
- It symbolizes the feminine features of a dance.
- It expresses happiness and is filled with grace and beauty.
- Tandava :
- It symbolizes the male aspect of dance.
- It also symbolizes the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction.
What are the main components of Classical Dances ?
- There are three main components of Indian Classical Dances.
- Natya ( Dramatic element of the dance i.e. the imitation of characters)
- Nritya ( Expressional component i.e. Mudras or gestures)
- Nritta ( Pure dance movements in their basic form)
Who recognizes classical dances in India?
- Classical Dances in India are recognized by Sangeet Natak Academy and Ministry of Culture.
- The Sangeet Natak Academy recognizes eight Classical Dances :
- The Ministry of Culture recognizes nine Classical Dances. It includes 'Chhau' in its list of classical dances.