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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

NATARAJA

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

 

Dance form

State

Dancers

BharatanatyamTamil NaduBala 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.
KathakUttar PradeshPandit Birju Maharaj, Sitara Devi, Shovana Narayan, Malabika Mitra, Kumudini Lakhiya, Manisha Gulyani, Bharti Gupta, Damayanti Joshi, Durga Das, Gopi Krishna, Sambhu Maharaj, etc.
KathakaliKeralaKalamandalam 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.
KuchipudiAndhra PradeshRaja & Radha Reddy, Josyula Seetharamaiah, Vempathi Chinna Sathyam, Kaushalya Reddy, Yamini Reddy, Bhavana Reddy, etc.
ManipuriManipurGuru Bipin Sinha, Jhaveri Sisters, Nayana Jhaveri, Nirmala Mehta, Savita Mehta, etc.
MohiniyattamKeralaProtima 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.
OdissiOdishaKelucharan Mahapatra, Debaprasad Das, Dhirendra Nath Pattnaik, Indrani Rahman, Priyambada Mohanty, Sonal Mansingh, Aadya Kaktikar, Aditi Bandyopadhyay, Anita Babu, Aruna Mohanty, etc.
SattriyaAssamManiram Datta Moktar, Bapuram Bayan Attai, Indira P. P. Bora, Pradip Chaliha, Parmanand Borbayan, Ghanakanta Bora, Jatin Goswami, Ganakanta Dutta Borbayan , Manik Borbayan, etc.