India, a land of dance: Part II

India, a land of dance: Part II

Being a Manipuri dancer, I have found it to be quite dissimilar to the other classical dance forms in India. Though it is not as globally well known as dances of southern India, there is a sense of purity and grace in it. The slow movements and graceful hand gestures make it divine and elegant just like the eternal love of Radha and Krisna. It demands extreme control of the body and agility though it looks extremely easy to perform. It has the perfectly balanced combinations of the two forms…

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India, a land of dance

India, a land of dance

Dance has been an vital part of the Indian cultural heritage. In Hindu mythology, the image of the Nataraj, a dancing embodiment of Lord Shiva, is a symbol of both cosmic destruction and divine creation of the Universe. Dance has also been an ancient method of pleasing the god performed by the celestial dancers also referred to as the apsaras. Temple dancing has been a ritual passed on from generation to generation by the Devdasis of southern India or Maharis of Odisha. This divine practice was later exploited and portrayed…

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