Project: Indian Dance styles
28 November 2012
India's languages, religions, dance, music, food, and customs differ from place to place within the country. In general, Indian dances have facial expression of emotions and seeks to communicate ideas. Under performing art in India there's classical dance forms and formal arts of dance. Thus, we were assigned to perform Kathak style which is a classical mythological dance style. As for the other style we selected a dance that have a strong free form as folksy dance tradition known as Bhangra.
Kathak is among the six major classical dances of India and one of the most dynamic theater arts in the world. Unlike other Indian classical dances, it attracts other cultures with its wide range of rhythmic patterns, hand gestures & emotions. Not only does it give us insight into Indian thought & idealism but also realizations within ourselves.
Kathak derives its name from the word Katha, which means the art of story telling. The Kathak dancer was originally a storyteller, conveying the ancient stories and legends of Hindu mythology in the temples of the Braj region.
With the coming of the Moghul emperors and the influence of Islamic culture, the content and presentation of Kathak dance changed and developed, being introduced as a form of entertainment in the courts and evolving into a pure dance form.
Kathak is traditionally danced by both men & women, and is the only dance form in India that has a mixture of Hindu & Muslim cultures. Its preformed either a female solo and sometimes a man will be an instrument in the background or danced as couples a man and a women. Female costume: Traditional (and perhaps more specifically Hindu) costume sometimes consists of a sari, whether worn in everyday style, or tied up to allow greater freedom of movement during dance. Male costume: The traditional costume for men is to be bare-chested. Below the waist is the dhoti, usually tied... [continues]
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