Photo Essay

Salute to Indian Dancers

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There are many types of dance in India, from those which are deeply religious in content to those which are danced on more trivial happy occasions. Classical dances of India are usually always spiritual in content, although this is often true also of Folk dances.

Salute to all the dancers of India, for their brilliant performance. I have just captured some of the public dances in different parts of India.

Bharata Natyam from Tamil Nadu.

Bharata Natyam dance has been handed down through the centuries by dance teachers (or gurus) called nattuwanars and the temple dancers, called devadasis. In the sacred environment of the temple these families developed and propagated their heritage.

Odissi from Odisa- Odissi is based on the popular devotion to Lord Krishna and the verses of the Sanskrit play Geet Govinda are used to depict the love and devotion to God. The Odissi dancers use their head, bust and torso in soft flowing movements to express specific moods and emotions.

The form is curvaceous, concentrating on the tribhang or the division of the body into three parts, head, bust and torso; the mudras and the expressions are similar to those of Bharatnatyam. Odissi performances are replete with lores of the eighth incarnation of Vishnu, Lord Krishna. It is a soft, lyrical classical dance which depicts the ambience of Orissa and the philosophy of its most popular deity, Lord Jagannath, whose temple is in Puri. On the temple walls of Bhubaneshwar, Puri and Konark the dance sculptures of Odissi are clearly visible.

Manipuri from Manipur- Manipuri dance is one of the major Indian classical dance forms. It originates from Manipur, a state in north-eastern India on the border with Myanmar. In Manipur, surrounded by mountains and geographically isolated at the meeting point of the orient and mainland India, the form developed its own specific aesthetics, values, conventions and ethics. The cult of Radha and Krishna, particularly the raslila, is central to its themes but the dances, unusually, incorporate the characteristic cymbals (kartal or manjira) and double-headed drum (pung or Manipuri mrdanga) of sankirtan into the visual performance.

Manipuri dance is purely religious and its aim is a spiritual experience. Development of music and dance has through religious festivals and daily activities of the Manipuri people. From the religious point of view and from the artistic angle of vision, Manipuri classical form of dance is claimed not only to be one of the most modest, softest and mildest but the most meaningful dances of the world.

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11 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (2 Apr 2012):

    Voted!! Outstanding entry for this theme. So informative and colorful.

  • Rajeev Jadhav

    Rajeev Jadhav gave props (2 Apr 2012):

    Saroj my vote to your different story and wonderful photos. Outstanding

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (2 Apr 2012):

    A lovely story, beautiful stills to go along & so nice that U explain some of the dances! voted!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    A beautiful photo essay backed by wonderful images. My vote for story of the week too.

  • aviva demarmari

    aviva demarmari said (3 Apr 2012):

    הריקוד זה שפה כול כך יפה
    נהניתי מהסבר של ברקוד
    מקווה שיום אחד אגיע להודו לראות את כול המפעים והאנשים המדהימים
    צילום מיוחדים ...

  • aviva demarmari

    aviva demarmari gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    יפה מאוד

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (5 Apr 2012):

    Thanks Aviva.. I could translate your words from Google translate and I understand your feelings. from India to israel is not far. You can visit any time and I will be your guide in India... Thanks!!!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) said (5 Apr 2012):

    Great work compliments

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (28 Aug 2012):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • Ester van Dam

    Ester van Dam said (4 Apr 2013):

    Mesmerizing ! Definetely voted!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (10 Aug 2015):

    Wonderful narrative and images...Got my votes!!!

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