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Dance forms of India

by: Daesha Reid

Dance forms of India 2100-001

Daesha Reid
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Notes of the classical dance forms of India and their origins and roots.
Appreciation of Dance
Clarence Brooks
Class Notes
indian, dance, Traditional, India, dances, danceforms, indiandance




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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Daesha Reid on Monday September 26, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 2100-001 at Florida Atlantic University taught by Clarence Brooks in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 68 views. For similar materials see Appreciation of Dance in Dance and Theatre at Florida Atlantic University.


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Date Created: 09/26/16
Daesha Reid Appreciation of Dance 8/28/16 Reading notes Dances of India ~Classical dance forms of India:~ ▯ Mohiniyattam- originated in the 16th century, performed by women in honor of the Hindu god Vishnu; projects the essence of feminine grace ▯ Gaudiya Nritya- very evident in past temple sculptures dating back to the 4th century B.C. to 18th century A.D.; preserved in museums in Bengal ▯ Kathak- origins traced back to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India (**kathakars = storytellers**), influenced in Hindu and Muslim cultures, involves intricate footwork and precise rhythms ▯ Chhau- masked dance, hunter, god or object of nature impersonation; derived from the word meaning military camp ▯ Sattriya- created by the great saint Srimanta Sankardev in 15th century Assam; originally performed by celibate monks ▯ Manipuri- taken from episodes of the life of Krishna, pastoral god; said to be one of the most chaste, modest, softest, and most meaningful dances of the world ▯ Odissi- India’s oldest surviving dance; emphasis on the movement of the head, chest, and pelvis ▯ Kuchipudi- named after a village in 14th century Andhra Pradesh; is also the surname of the brahmins practicing the dance; dancers are quick footed with rounded movements. ▯ Bharatanatyam- known for its grace, purity, and sculpture-like movements and poses; Lord Shiva is considered to be the god of this dance; is derived from "BRHA-vam", "RA-gam", "THAI-am" and "NATYAM". ▯ Kathakali- characters, elaborate costumes and detailed gestures; performed exclusively by men and young boys who play all roles Dances of india traditionally heavily involved culture: Caste System (highest to lowest) ▯ Brahman (priest, holy men) ▯ Politicians, landowners, the military ▯ merchants ▯ skilled laborers and agriculturalists ▯ untouchables Bharata Natyam- most popular surviving dance of India ❖ originated in hindu temples in Tamil Nadu ❖ 19th century contributors: Tanjore Quartet, "Fire Dance" ❖ Esteemed as the National dance of India ❖ Predominantly solo performances with masculine and feminine aspects, but still mainly performed by women. Kathak ❖ nomadic storytellers ❖ involves tales of myths and morality from scriptures ❖ Persian influenced ❖ 2 forms of dancing; expressive and pure form ❖ close association with Flamenco (Romanis)


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