Dance & Music
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Considered to be one of the oldest forms of classical arts, Indian Dance and Music traces its origins back to several thousands of years. Dance and Music is a part of the Indian life. Our day starts with the morning prayers in temples and at homes. Folk lore and hymns are sung in the praise of the Lord. Each region has its own way of doing it. The diversity of the same and yet the similarity of concepts makes India so unique.
Bharatnatyam, a two thousand year old dance form, is one of the most popular classical dances of India and is more popular in South Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
The word Kathakali literally means “Story-Play”. Kathakali is known for its heavy, elaborate makeup and costumes. In fact, the colorful and fascinating costumes of Kathakali have become the most recognized icon of Kerala. Kathakali dance presents themes derived from the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and other Hindu epics, mythologies and legends.
Indian Music Instruments
India’s classical tradition has a variety of musical instruments that reflect original creativity, adaptive innovation and assimilation. Most of the Indian musical instruments have evolved over centuries which have contributed immensely in making Indian music famous. Some
instruments are stringed ones, some are percussion ones, and some are wind-blown instruments. The music created by the instruments when played is absolutely melodious and is often used to relax the mind and the senses.