Dances of India

   Most of the things today has got coloured by modernity, whatever it may be whether it’s our dressing pattern or food habits. Our culture nowadays has become hybridized. But still there exist a certain part of culture and tradition untouched by all these. Such are some dance forms that we could proudly call our own.


It shares space with Kathakali as one of the traditional classical dance art of Kerala. It’s more of a feminine form of dancing. White or Half-White sari with golden boarder is the major costume of this art form. The performers are adorned with jewellery from top to bottom starting from head further extending to wrists, fingers and thus ending with ghungroo tied around the ankles. Mohiniattam is generally known for its grace and unique style.


It is named after the village of its origin Kuchipudi, a village in the state of Andhra Pradesh. This dance drama form starts with an invocation followed by the introduction of various actors performing and the roles represented by them which then paves way to pure dance performance. Carnatic musical instruments enhance the performance by providing a beautiful background. Earlier the entire troupe encompassed men for they had to travel from village to village to stage their performance. Men as in that of Shakespearean theatres performed the role of women. But today one could witness the female dancers outnumbering the male. A male performer would be dressed in dhoti and the female performer wears a Sari. Wearing ghungroo is also common here.


A Classical Dance form of Manipur also referred to as Jagoi. It is characterized by its unique costumes where women’s dressing pattern resembles that of a Manipuri bride. A barrel shaped decorated long skirt stiffened at the bottom and close to the top deserves a special mention, which is called Kumil and forms a major part of women’s costumes. The male performers on the other hand dress themselves in Dhoti. It mostly brings out the divine story of Radha and Krishna in a most spiritual and beautiful manner. Manipuri is a combined mixture of dance and drama.


Bhangra is a high energetic dance form of Punjab. It originated to celebrate the season of harvest and slowly made it’s place in all kinds of celebrations in Punjab today. Dhol forms a major part of this dance form to the rhythm of which the performers adapt themselves. The dance form itself is a celebration of joy and the costumes are made bright and colourful that facilitates to reflect this expression of joy. An another notable thing in this art form is the Turban worn by the male dancers which stands as a symbol of their tradition. Today the name Bhangra itself has a vibrant of its own.



A colourful folk dance form of Maharashtra were women dresses themselves in vivid coloured saris and attractive jewels. It could be stated that this is an exclusive dance form for women.

R.Kamalishree, I.Sharmila, S.Roshan Fathima,S. Revathi, K.Kanmani,A. Vidhyabharathi,J.P.Nivedidha

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