India is a land full of different popular dance forms. The famous dance forms come from every state of India. Every dance form of India holds great historical relevance. The various dance forms in India are mainly classified into two styles – Folk dance and Classical dance. Most of the Indian dance forms are practiced all around the world. Today, here we are going to list out the top 10 famous dance forms in India. Check it out.

  • Bharatanatyam

Bharatnatyam originated from the Indian state, Tamil Nadu. This dance form considered as the mother of all dances. It is one of the popular and top dance forms in India. Bharatnatyam is performed with religious themes of Vaishnavism, Shaivism, and Shaktism. In this dance form, various gestures and sign languages are used based on hands, eyes, and face.

  • Kathak

Kathak is one of the Indian classical dance styles. It comes from the states Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. There are two types of Kathak – Nritta and Nritya. Kathak performed through story-telling and this style called as Nritya. The Nritta style based upon elegant and slow eyebrow, neck and wrist movements.

  • Mohiniyattam

Mohiniyattam is one of the famous dance forms in India that originated from Kerala. Also known as a ‘spell bounding dance’. It is also a unique form of Indian classical dance in comparison to others.

  • Kuchipudi

Kuchipudi is also one of the top classical dances in India. It comes from the Indian state Andhra Pradesh. Kuchipudi also closely related to Bhagavata Mela’s performance of Tamil Nadu. Musical instruments like Mridangam and Tanpura are used for this dance performance.

  • Lavani
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Lavani is a combination of traditional dance and song. Its origin lies in the state of Maharashtra. The Lavani dancers perform to the beats of Dholki which is a percussion instrument. This dance form is known for its powerful rhythm. 

  • Bhangra

Bhangra is a famous Punjabi dance form. This dance form recognized all over the world and performed mainly at weddings or parties. This freestyle dance form originally associated with the spring harvest festival from Punjab.

  • Manipuri
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Manipuri also called Jagoi dance. This dance form particularly known for its Raslila (Radha-Krishna) themes. Also, based on religious themes like Shaivism, Shaktism, and other regional deities.

  • Odissi

Odissi is one of the top classical dance forms of India. It comes from the Indian state, Odisha. The important elements while performing Odissi are Eye contact and facial expressions.

  • Bihu

Bihu is one of the famous Indian folk dance forms. Originated from the state Assam, people perform this dance during the Bihu festival. This festival celebrated at the beginning of Spring to mark the season.

  • Sattriya

Sattriya dance form comes from the Indian state Assam. It is a classical dance form that combines the themes of Krishna and Radha. The costumes and jewelry are unique for this dance form.

Therefore, these are some top 10 famous dance forms in India. Not only these, but there are also many other popular dance forms in India.