Classical Dance, Folk Dances of India, Indian Dance List

Bharatanatyam 
A solo dance, originating from temples of South India, it is based on Natya Shastra, written by Bharat Muni in around 4000BC. It is highly traditional dance from comprising items such as padam, alarippu, thillana, varnam, etc. 

Odissi 
It is a dance from which originated in Orissa during second century BC. It is also based on the priciples of Natya Shastra 

Chakyarkoothu 
It is a highly orthodox dance form believed to have been introduced to Kerala by the earlier Aryan innnigrants. It is performed by the members of Chakyar caste inside the temples and is only witnessed by the Hindus of higher castes.

Manipuri 
Manipuri is a dance form popular in the north-east. It is a highly lyrical and ritualistic dance but lacks dramatic facial and gestural expressions.

Kuchipudi 
Kuchipudi is a solo dance popular in Andhra Pradesh. It is also based on the principles of Natya Shastra. Traditionally it was performed by men attired like women.

Kathak 
It is a popular dance of North India which originated in temples in the form of Radha and Krishna lilas. With the advent of muslim rule, it came out ofthe temples to Mughal courts. Lucknow, Jaipur and Varanasi became its centres.

Kathakali 
It is a popular dance from Kerala, it is more dramatic than narrative in form. Kathakali is considered to be the scientific dance form. The body gestures, eye/eyeball movements and hand movement comprise its language.

Mohiniattam 
It is a solo dance form from Kerala. It is also the heir to Devdasi dance heritage similar to Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Kuchipudi.

Ottamthullal 
Also known as poor man’s Kathakali, it is a solo dance which originated in Kerala. Table 5.4 Other Popular Dances

Other Popular Folk Dances of India:

Dance
State
Bhangra
Punjab and Hryana
Bidesia
Bihar
Bihu
Assam
Chakri
Jammu and Kashmir
Chamar Gindad
Rajasthan
Chau
West Bengal
Chiraw (Bamboo dance)
Mizoram
Dandiya Rass
Rajasthan
Danda Nata
Orissa
Dasi Attam
Kerala
Garba
Gujarat
Ganpati Bhajan
Gujarat
Gangore
Rajasthan
Gidda
Punjab and Haryana
Giddha/Parhaun
Himachal Pradesh
Gopiki Leela
Rajasthan
Jata Jatin
Bihar
Jatra
West Bengal
Ghoomar
Rajasthan
Kajir
Uttar Pradesh
Kayanga Bakayanga
Himachal Pradesh
Karyala
Himachal Pradesh
Kummi
Tamil Nadu
Khayal
Rajasthan
Khel Gopal
Assam
Kolattam
Tamil Nadu
Koodiyattam
Kerala
Kottam
Andhra Pradesh
Krishnavattam
Kerala
Lagui
Bihar
Lai Haroba
Manipur
Lota
Madhya Pradesh
Luddi Dance
Himachal Pradesh
Munzra
Himachal Pradesh
Nachari
Bihar
Nautanki
Uttar Pradesh
Pandavani
Madhya Pradesh
Raslila
Gujarat
Roof
Jammu & Kashmir
Swang
Haryana
Tamasha
Maharashtra
Therukkoothu
Tamil Nadu
Tobal Chougbi
Assam
Veeti Bhagavatam
Andhra Pradesh
Wangala Laho
Meghalaya
Yakshagana
Karnataka
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