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.