International Dance Day 2020: Do you know how and when dance originated in history.

International Dance Day 2020: Do you know how and when dance originated in history.

International Dance Day 2020: Do you know how and when dance originated in history.

   Hello Friends, Dance is a mirror of the culture of any country. Every dance, be it western, classical, or folk dance, each has its own merits, its own charm. Today is the day of 29 April. This day is celebrated in the world as “International Dance Day”. On this day, the great  Reformer of the world ‘Jean George Navarre’ was born. Therefore, it was decided by UNESCO to celebrate World Dance Day from 29 April 1988.

International Dance Day

What is its purpose

   This day promotes art and culture. Increases awareness of dance art among people. Dance is not only an art but also has an important role in the creation of health and beautiful personality. With the aim of making people aware of this, the celebration of Dance Day started on a global scale. In the year 2005, dance was ranked as primary education. It encourages participation and education in dance through various events and festivals held around the world.


How dance originated in the world

   As in Hinduism, it is believed that Brahma Ji, the creator of the creation, prepared the dance Veda at the prayer of the gods at Tretayuga almost thousands of years ago. Only then comes the origin of dance in the world. Since ancient times in India, both versatile and regional dance forms have evolved. The distinctive features of the dance are, together, a composite art. Which reflects the Indian worldview of philosophy, religion, life cycle, weather, and environment. People believe that when the composition of the dance Veda was completed, the dance was practiced by the hundred sons of Bharatamuni.


   The dance expresses our joy, resentment, fear, emotions, and aspirations. There are countless dance styles like Shastra Shastri dance, traditional folk, and tribal people in India. As the images found in the caves, the idol of a dancing woman of Mohenjodaro, the evidence found in the Vedas, Upanishads, and other epics clearly attest to India’s rich tradition of performing dances.


7 popular Indian classical dance styles

   Among the vast forms of classical dance in India, there are countless dance styles like traditional, folk, and tribal. In which Bharatanatyam is considered the oldest dance form of the country.


[1]  Bharatanatyam :  It is one of the oldest classical performing art forms. Which is done all over the world. This style of Bharat Natyam is considered the mother of other styles of classical dance in India. Bharat Natyam has its origins in the dance form of the dancers of temples in the state of Tamil Nadu, South India.


[2]  Kathakali :  It is a magnificent stage art of dance. It originated from the Deccan part of the Indian subcontinent. Kathakali is one of the very early classical Indian dance-dramas presented by the classical dance artist. Kathakali originated in Kerala around the 17th century. The dance features elaborate costumes of the characters along with beauty, various gestures, and background music.


[3]  Kathak :   Kathak classical dance originates from Kashi in Uttar Pradesh state. There is no doubt that it is one of the most glamorous classical dance forms ever performed in India. The word Kathak originated from the word Katha. It means a story. It is one of the 7 main forms of Indian classical dance.


[4]  Kuchipudi :  This is another form of classical dance. It originated from Andhra Pradesh. Kuchipudi is a dance drama performed initially by male brahmins. But later women too worked hard and practiced this dance.


[5]  Manipuri :  Manipuri classical dance originated from the northeastern state of Manipur. It is a vibrant classical dance. Which revolves around pure Indian mythological stories of Indian deities. The Manipuri theme is based on the Rasleela relationship between Radha and Krishna.


[6]  Sattriya :  Sattriya dance of Assam is the living tradition of the state and one of the major classical dance traditions of India.


[7]  Odissi :  It is a purely classical style of dance. Which is rich in enchanting postures. The origin of which is believed to be from Odisha. This dance style is famous for the independent revolution of the head, chest, and pelvis. Orissa dance is basically performed in temples.

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