This is getting more interesting. Our country India is so rich in culture and art forms that each state got their own traditional art forms. So diversified are they from each other, that enjoying them makes you travel through different worlds altogether.
In my earlier posts, part 1 and part 2, I was talked about around six dance forms. In this part I will be reviewing few more which caught my attention and interest.
There won’t be anyone who doesn’t know Garba. Traditionally, Garba is performed during the Navratri season and in the evening times which creeps till late night. There will be a lamp lit in center or an image of Goddess Amba and those who perform Garba will form a circle around it. They wear their traditional dress, both men and women; get into action with synchronized steps and movements of hands. Those who are performing themselves sing the song, unlike Mohiniyattam or Kuchipudi. This is a group dance format. The swings and movements are definitely eye-candy.
Been here in Maharashtra, how can I miss Lavani, the simplest and interesting form of dancing. The word comes from Lavanya which means beauty. This came to prominence during the Peshwa rule. This is considered to be a romantic art form where the dancer sings and rejoices in love. They wear typical Maharashtrian attire with less jewelry. Dholak or Tabla is used for the effect.
Originating from the north-eastern state Manipur, Manipuri is a dance form based on Radha and Krishna from the mythology. Devotion and grace is the striking things you can find in this art form, hence you will find the typical anklets missing in this format. There steps are placed soft and facial expressions are subtle. The rounded movements ensure the grace of performance assisted with instruments like cymbals, pungs and flute.
Bharatanatyam is another south product originated from Tamil Nadu. It is supposed to be a combination of expression (Bhava), music (Raga) and Rhythm (Taala) which makes its name. The steps and posing during the performance is a real treat for eyes and mind. There are two divisions of this format, named Laasya (feminine movements) and Taandavam (masculine movements). Though a solo performing art, in the modern periods, you can definitely find a group performing together. The costumes used are heavily embroidered and colorful.
With this I am concluding the traditional methods of ‘Shaking your ass’ art form. On a serious note, I am just wondering how much I am addicted to these dance forms. These will definitely take you to a different level of viewing and leaves you with utmost satisfaction of enjoying something worth full.