kathakali

kathakali

kathakali

Kathakali is a 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 improved looks, refined gestures and added themes besides more ornate singing and precise drumming

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Odissi aka Orissi (Odisha, South East India)

Odissi aka Orissi (Odisha, South East India)

Odissi aka Orissi (Odisha, South East India)

Odissi, also known as Orissi , 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

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Raut Nacha (Folk dance of Chhattisgarh, India)

Raut Nacha (Folk dance of Chhattisgarh, India)

Raut Nacha (Folk dance of Chhattisgarh, India)

Raut Nacha is a dance performed by yadava/yaduvanshis, a caste which considers themselves to be descendants of Krishna. For them it is as a symbol of worship to Krishna. They perform the dance at the time of ‘dev udhni ekadashi’. It is believed that it is time of awakening of Gods after brief rest according to Hindu pancang (calendar). The dance is a close resemblance of Krishna’s dance or raas leela.[

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