Dancers' Paradise

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“Dance is the loftiest and the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction of life, it is life itself ," says Havelock Ellis.

India is the land of music and dance. These art forms are nurtured in this land with great care. Right from Rap to Rajasthani folk or Bharatanatyam to Russian ballet, you can enjoy all styles of dances on the Indian platform. Dance season in India, is no longer awaited just by dancers and musicians. Art lovers fly to India from all nooks and corners of the world to join in this great extravaganza.

What one aims for today, is good health and peace of mind. Most of the top-ranking companies today acknowledge the fact that some physical exercise is required to bring the pep back in their workers. They have in fact moved a step forward in this direction by arranging yoga and aerobic classes for executives. Similarly experiments have also proved that mild and melodious music in the background relieves tension and improves productivity. Thus many companies have made arrangements for some melodious music in the background. Though efforts in this direction have reaped some good harvest, there are executives who find such classes tiresome and monotonous. For such people dance would be a better choice because it gives multi-faceted benefits. It is not to be forgotten that there is no age limit for learning any art form.

The three main aspects of dancing nritta, nritya and natya contribute not only to the richness of dance but also in mending one’s life. Nritta refers to pure dance where the aspect of rhythm plays a major role. This aspect moulds one’s character in terms of alertness and punctuality. Nritya relates to the sentiment or the rasa and the psychological state or bhava. This contributes to the communication skills of a person. Natya on the other hand, has some traditional story or theme in it, which makes the dance meaningful. This aspect of dancing shapes the character of the dancer in terms of organising and orderly presentation.

Having talked about the basic concept of Indian dance, it's now time to have a quick look at the different dance forms of India.


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