India has thousands of year old tradition of fine arts and classical and folk music and dances. The Natya Shastra is the oldest surviving text on stagecraft in the world.
INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCES
Indian classical dance is a blend of
NRITTA – the rhythmic elements
NRITYA – the combination of rhythm with expression and
NATYA – the dramatic element
Sanskrit: “Lord of Dance”, the Hindu god Siva (Shiva) in his form as the cosmic dancer, represented in metal or stone in most Saiva temples of South India. One of the most enduring symbols of India is the figure of NATARAJA – Shiva (The King of Dancers).
CLASSICAL DANCE FORMS AND DANCERS OF INDIA
|Bharatanatyam||Tamil Nadu||Bala Sarswati, CV Chnadrasekhar, Leela Samson, Rukmini Devi, Padma Subramanyam, Alarmel Valli, Yamini Krishnamurthy, Sanyukta Panigrahi, Sonal Mansingh, Anita Ratnam, Mallika Sarabhai, Mrinalini Sarabhai, Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai, etc.|
|Kathak||Uttar Pradesh||Pandit Birju Maharaj, Sitara Devi, Shovana Narayan, Malabika Mitra, Kumudini Lakhiya, Manisha Gulyani, Bharti Gupta, Damayanti Joshi, Durga Das, Gopi Krishna, Sambhu Maharaj, etc.|
|Kathakali||Kerala||Kalamandalam Gopi, Kottakkal Sivaraman, Mrinalini Sarabhai, Guru Shankaran, Shankar Kurup, Kalamandalam Kesavan Namboodiri, Kalamandalam Ramankutty Nair, Kalamandalam Vasu Pisharody, Kavungal Chathunni Panicker, Kalamandalam Krishna Prasad, etc.|
|Kuchipudi||Andhra Pradesh||Raja & Radha Reddy, Josyula Seetharamaiah, Vempathi Chinna Sathyam, Kaushalya Reddy, Yamini Reddy, Bhavana Reddy, etc.|
|Manipuri||Manipur||Guru Bipin Sinha, Jhaveri Sisters, Nayana Jhaveri, Nirmala Mehta, Savita Mehta, etc.|
|Mohiniyattam||Kerala||Protima Devi, Sanyukta Panigrahi, Sunanda Nair, Jayaprabha Menon, Pallavi Krishnan, Gopika Varma, Vijayalakshmi, Radha Dutta, Smitha Rajan’s, Sonal Mansingh, Pankaj Charan Das, Kelucharan Mahapatra, Madhvi Mudgal, etc.|
|Odissi||Odisha||Kelucharan Mahapatra, Debaprasad Das, Dhirendra Nath Pattnaik, Indrani Rahman, Priyambada Mohanty, Sonal Mansingh, Aadya Kaktikar, Aditi Bandyopadhyay, Anita Babu, Aruna Mohanty, etc.|
|Sattriya||Assam||Maniram Datta Moktar, Bapuram Bayan Attai, Indira P. P. Bora, Pradip Chaliha, Parmanand Borbayan, Ghanakanta Bora, Jatin Goswami, Ganakanta Dutta Borbayan , Manik Borbayan, etc.|