Manipuri, Sattriya & Kathak Dances for Rajasthan PSC Exam

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Manipuri Dance Form
  • It originates from Manipur state.
  • Few features in its performance are:
  • Movements are subtle and aim at devotion and grace
  • Both elements nritta and natya are balanced here
  • Laasya aspect dominates
  • Focus-knee and hand movements, not on expression
  • Rounded movements without jerks and sharp lines
  • Dancers feet never strike the ground hard
  • Music is provided by a singer, ‘Pung’ (drum) , cymbals and flute.
Manipuri Dance Form
  • Costume includes:
  • Female dress called patloi and lehngas called kumin.
  • Transparent odni is worn on the head and covers the face.
  • Male- usually saffron dress depicting Lord Krishna
  • Dancers do not wear ankle bells in this dance form.
  • The dance attempts to connect body through curves with a pose in the shape of Nagbhanga mudra
  • Theme life of Vishnu, radha krishna
  • Contribution of Rabindranath Tagore he promoted Manipuri dance in shantiniketan.


  • It originated in Assam state.
  • Traditionally performed by male monk՚s bhokoths in monestries as part of daily rituals.
  • Promoted by bhakti Saint Shankar dev.
  • Performances are based on mythological stories and is performed by both men and women.
  • It is recognized as one of the classical dance forms of India in .
  • Devotional songs called borgeets are used.
  • 1st position called ora
  • Both tandav and laasya aspect involved
  • Instruments used are khols (drums) , taals (cymbals) and flute.
  • Costumes are made of pat (type of silk) .
  • Ornaments are based on traditional Assamese design.


Kathak Dance Form
  • Name is derived from Katha (story) and Katthaka (who tells stories) .
  • It originates from North India.
  • Used to a temple dance, later royal patronage court entertainment.
  • Spontenity
  • Freedom
  • Room for innovation and improvisation.
  • There are three main gharanas or schools:
  • Lucknow
  • Jaipur
  • Benares
  • Based on Bhaav, raga and Taal
  • Usually dancers sing themselves
  • Emphasis on footwork
  • Fundamentally solo performance
  • Main attraction jugalbandhi between dancer and tabla artist
  • Theme radha Krishna
  • Dance progresses from slow to fast pieces.
  • Has Footwork & spins and includes abhinaya expression Performed on Hindusthani music provided by Tabla, Sitar, Santoor
  • Costume includes-Ghungroos or bells on the ankles
  • Female- lehenga choli or chudidaar kameez
  • Male- bare chest and dhoti or kurta churidar
  • Artists-Birju Maharaj, Lacchu Maharaj, Sitara Devi
  • Some kathaks are called gat Bhaav.