Characteristic of seductive dances in India (Part 2)

Kuchipudi has many similarities with Bharatnatyam, but the dancers’ dances have many distinct features so it is considered an independent genre.

Manipuri uses gentle and simple movements that do not carry as much drama and physical display as other dances. The outfit is also very different from the very stiff cylindrical dress.

Sattriya is only for male performers. Initially, the Sattriya was not recognized as a traditional Indian dance because it was created by a male dancer in the 15th century while the other dances have been around for a long time.

Bhangra is a very vibrant dance consisting of powerful, energetic movements by male dancers, mainly accompanied by drums. Costumes must be brilliant for the atmosphere to become vibrant. Bhangra has a great influence on the Indian pop music genre and often appears during national festivals and indigenous wedding ceremonies.

Lavani is a group dance with a main dancer and a sub-group in the background.

Garba is a western dance, often dance in groups and has a religious significance. When performing, dancers often hold short sticks.

In the Dekhni dance, the main content is about a girl who wants to cross the river, but she needs to choose a boatman to turn around among the crowd surrounding her. Other dancers usually hold a small lamp or a paddle. Bollywood Dance appeared as the Indian film industry flourished. This dance is developed from ancient songs and dances but follows the modern style of performance to be incorporated into musical films. Bollywood Dance creates a lot of new features in the way dancers perform. Ancient dances are usually gentle and flexible, but in Bollywood dances, dancers must show strong and decisive moves with fast tempo on typical Western disco music. This dance is loved by young people from all over the world because of the charming combination between the charming styles of Indian dancers and the fresh and youthful Western music.


Characteristic of seductive dances in India

The Indian folklore is known for its seductive dances. In each region there are different dances. Dance is a big part of the cultural panorama of India.

The dance moves at first glance seem to be spontaneous, but it has a very strict rule that skilled dancers must memorize. Over time, many transformations have been introduced into the traditional dances and form a new genre called “Natya”, which resembles Western musical form.

Kathak’s dance featured fast dance moves and swirls of dancers. Northern India is where the Kathak originated. Its name in Indian means “to tell a story”. Kathak, like many other traditional dances, integrates many folk knowledge that the predecessor through a specific dance passed down to the next generation.

The main features of the Kathakali dance lie in the highly dramatic costume and makeup. This dance is a form of drama that originated in southern India. Dancers’ costumes are very sophisticated, need to invest a lot of time before going on stage, they often wear a very large hat on their heads.

Mohiniattam is quite famous in ancient Indian dances because of its beauty and grace in every movement. A single dancer will perform on stage and is usually a woman with sexy curves. The movement is flexible, focuses on the hands with sophisticated movements. In this dance, the main story is told mainly with the hands of the dancer.

Bharatnatyam is one of the most popular dances in India, alongside the Kathak. The Bharatnatyam originated in southern India, also a kind of musical. It has a special outfit and makeup style.

Odissi focuses on the flexible part of the body. It is one of the oldest tunes in India, the content often conveying the knowledge of the predecessor to the next.


Indian dance a characteristic body language

Dance is a combined movement of the mind and of the whole body.

An Indian art activist Abbishana Dagana explained: A dancer must hold a song in his throat and describe it with his hands, his emotional state through his eyes while keeping pace with the foot. When the hand reaches where it is, the eye must follow. Where the eyes go, the mind has to be there; where the mind goes, emotions have to go there; Where the mind is, the emotional state must be there, etc. Thus, gestures, gestures are the soul of Indian dance.

Gestures of dance have many different meanings. That is the language of the body. According to Ananda Co-ma-ra-mi-mi – a well-known expert on Indian art, the basic principle of language is based on natural and emotional movements. For example: the eyeballs moved around showing indignation; A troubled look showed love; His eyebrows raised in suspicion; enlarged nostrils show anger; sagging cheeks expressed sadness; The drooping lip shows jealousy. The human body itself is capable of manifesting in many ways. The dancer is always looking for a way to achieve the most perfect posture to convey the most meaning. Some European Indian dance researchers comparing European dance to Indian dance, say that European dance is “very primitive” compared to the “expressive body culture” of Indian dance.

Indian dance is categorized into three types: vigorous male dance (Tandava); graceful female dance (Lasya) and dance in combination with both (Pindibandha). There are six main schools of dance: Bharatnatyam, Kathakali, Manipuri, Kucbipudi, Odissi and Kathak. But all follow the main principle: gestures, gestures of eyes, nose, mouth, hands (hands, fingers), legs (feet, toes), abdomen, chest, buttocks … all must show words of human affection.

In Western ballet, dance is mainly based on open-minded movements and has very little facial expression. On the contrary, the Indian dancer shows a lot of emotional states through his face. Indeed, no type of dance focuses on body language like Indian dance.