Harmony through Dance (Yojana August 2020) (Download PDF)

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Dance has been a unifying element in a world divided and diversified by various issues like social status, religion, language, and culture.

Classical Dances Forms

  • Bharatanatyam a more than 2000 years old dance form of Tamil Nadu
  • Kuchipudi from Andhra Pradesh a dance-drama tradition is known for its grace and fluid movements.
  • Kathakali, Kerala, a stylized art form is a blend of dance, music and acting and dramatizes stories from epics.
  • Mohiniyattam, Kerala, performed by women, it is known for its delicate body movements and subtle facial expressions.
  • Kathak popular in North India represents a unique synthesis of Hindu and Muslim genius in art.
  • Sattriya, Assam, the dance is an artistic way of presenting mythological teachings in an enjoyable manner.
  • Odissi from Odisha is a dance of love and passion touching on the divine and the human, the sublime and the mundane.
  • Manipuri dance from Manipur is a devotional dance form and passion touching on the divine and the human, the sublime and the mundane.

CCRT (Cultural Resources and Training)

  • Ministry of Culture.
  • Extension programme organizes lecture demonstrations in schools and colleges.
  • To provide cultural diversity exposure to even the underprivileged.
  • Various dance forms are being taught to school and college students.
  • CCRT also organizes workshops for teachers to sensitize them about the arts.
  • Scholarship holders are invited by the CCRT to perform on the same stage, which gives them the exposure to other art forms as well.

ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations)

  • ICCR has played a significant role in bringing a diverse group of people to learn Indian classical dance forms.
  • It provides scholarships to people from other countries to learn these dance forms.
  • It also sends dance teachers to its centres across the globe.
  • Talents have been nurtured in Russia and Bali.

Various Other Dance Forms and Festivals

  • Bharat Parv Festival
  • Khajuraho Dance Festival
  • Konark Mamallapuram Festival
  • Karagattam dance form in South
  • Bhangra in North

- Published/Last Modified on: November 23, 2020

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