Do you know the different dance types and styles in India? If not, it’s about time for you to find out and learn more about it!

India is one of the most diverse nations in the world with many cultures and traditions. India is also a land of various dancing styles and forms. Indian dance mainly consists of two major styles, folk dance and classical dance. The difference between folk dance and classical dance is the occasions in which they are performed.

Classical Dance

Classical dance is a dancing style that depends on Natya Sashtra. Classical dance is all about gracious expressions and composure. A well-trained classical dancer can narrate a story through the dance movements and facial expressions. No words are needed and expressions play a key role. The key to achieving perfection in classical dance moves is honing the skill through practice.

Folk Dance

Folk dance, on the other hand, is performed to celebrate an event. One does not need to be a  professional to do a folk dance as these moves are based on traditions of a region or a culture. Folk dance is a reflection of enthusiasm, energy, and power.

Different Classical Dance Styles

India currently has eight classical dance styles namely—Bharatanatyam of Thanjavoor (Tamil Nadu), Kuchipudi of Andhra Pradesh, Odissi of Orissa, Kathak of North India, Manipuri of Manipur, Sattriya from Assam, Mohiniaattam and Kathakali of Kerala.

Various Folk Dance Forms

Folk dance is extremely simple. There are more than 30 different types of folk dance in India that are being performed by men and women, irrespective of the age. Out of the 30 folk dance styles, the top forms include Bardo Chham of Arunachala Pradesh, Fugdi of Goa, Garba of Gujarat, Veeragse of Karnataka, Jhumair of Jharkhand, Chakyar Koothu and Oppana of Kerala, Pavri Nach of Maharashtra, Bamboo Dance of Mizoram, Ghoomar of Rajasthan, Bhangra of Punjab, Kolattam of Tamilnadu, Rasleela of Uttar Pradesh, and many more.

Tribal Fusion Dances

India is also a treasure of many tribal areas. These areas have different cultures and traditions. There are many types of tribal fusion dances like Kaadar Nritham, Paravalli Kali, Man Kali, Edaya Nritham, and more.  The dance involves graceful movements, rhythmic flexions of the body with the loud beat, linking arms, and swinging to the rhythm in a beautiful wavelike movement. The dance is known for the pleasing patterns which involve men and women changing positions and perfectly synchronizing the dance moves.

Apart from the contemporary dancing styles of India, the modern dance has come to the public eye. The modern form of Indian dance has a Western connotation. New themes, costumes, music, and moves are all part and parcel of the modern dance. This contemporary dancing style combines genres like jazz, lyrical, ballet, with joyful expressions. The originality, innovation, creativity, and expressive dance techniques are all it takes to be a good performer.

Bollywood dance is also another dancing style that is more famous in India. Bollywood refers to the Hindi film industry. Bollywood dance is the form of dance which can be seen mostly in Indian films. It is a fusion of classical, folk, western, modern, and Arabic dance styles. This is the most widespread dance form that has been recognized globally and has been changing tremendously over the past decade.

These are the different dance styles in India! To learn more about the dance culture in the country, tune in for more here at UDOU India. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to hit us up on our Facebook page.