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DANCE AND MUSIC

Dance
Dance is a versatile talent in Indians that is coming from ancient time. This art is all about the movement of body and expression that exhibit the inner feelings of a person in different styles. It is the priceless talent to adopt for those who respect this art and seeking for their carrier in this field. There are diverse dance styles in India, which have great history about their origin. Few of the well-known dancing styles are Bharatha Natyam, Kathak, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Manipuri and other Folk dances. These are few dancing styles found in India and let the world know about dancing culture of this land. These all are categories of classical dancing styles of India, which are also popular across the world. It would be nice experience for one to have some brief about few classical dancing styles of India. 

Bharatha Natyam : This is one of the most ancient dancing styles of India and originated from Bharatha's Natya Shastra. This traditional dancing form is very popular in India and demands much focus to learn its dancing steps. The expressions and body movements are not easy to learn and required much practice to get command over it. 

Kathakali : This dancing form is so fine art and one of the scientific dance forms of Kerala. This dancing style demands perfect flexibility in body to learn and its different dancing steps are sensitive to perform. Dancer needs to wear specially designed costumes while performing Kathakli dance on stage.

Kuchipudi :It is the perfect dancing style of Andhra Pradesh that is originated from Bhagvata Mela Nataka of Tamil Nadu. Its real meaning has been defined in Natya Shastra that brings deep details about this amazing dancing form.

Manipuri : This is the traditional dancing style comes from Manipur and clearly depicts their life style in every step. This dance form is used in presenting dance drama and still preserved for stage shows. 

Folk Dance of India
Apart from these few classical dancing forms, Folk dance of India is also impressive to know and reflects the culture of India in varied styles. Folk dance is not summarized with any specific dancing methodology; even it is simple traditional dancing form that is performed by using puppets. It is quite different way to show expressions with the help of puppets, which are highly, depend on background person’s finger movements. This dancing style is frequently used at festive occasions in various regions. This dancing form is performed by villagers and extremely enjoyable. Villagers do folk dance in varied styles and enjoy their festivals as per the tradition.

Music
Music is soul of Indians and can be easily found every region of country. Music persists in every breath of Indians and has become most promising reason to have fun and thrill in their lives. Indian music is one of the oldest and finest arts that produce immense energy in Indians. Indian music is a perfect amalgamation of sorrow, agony, love, hope, desire and patriotism. Such features are realistic means of Indian music that give reasons to people for smile, feel and sacrifice. Indian music is rich with religious traditions and found in varied forms as well. In ancient time Indian music was based on culture and tradition that was pure in its soul. Basically, Indian music has originated with Shabdha bramha and Om. These words are prime alphabets of Indian music dictionary, which are compulsory to know for every singer. The music of India has been categorized in two major forms like Classic music (Margi) and Folk music (Desi). Both dancing forms are still persisting and most of Indians are deeply indulge to know more about them with great zeal. Let’s have a look on these India music categories and try to know about their reality.

Indian Classical Music
The Indian classical music is very complex and rich with feelings, emotions and love. The origin of classical music came through Natya Shastra that was a Sanskrit Script on drama and rich with music as well. This music form was developed by Dhrupad for worship of God in temples. Dhrupad had four musical gharanas named as Gudiya Govarhar, Khandar, Dagar and Nauhar. These all gharanas were rich with classical music.

In 14th Centaury, there were two traditional music forms were started such as Hindustani (North India) and Karnataka (South India). Both musical forms were inspired with original Bhakti and rich with several ragas, the unit of traditional music. Generally, both Hindustani and Karntaka classical music were based on raaga and taala respectively. “Raaga” was the fundamental unit of Indian classic music introduced by Venkatamahi. This basic unit of classical music was based on seven notes called sapta savras like Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, Ni, Sa. Similarly, “Taala” is another form of Indian classical music and always occur in a cyclic pattern. The basic units of Taala are angas, but most common Taala is Adi. Apart from that there were 35 more principal Taalas also available that time. 

Indian Folk Music
The Folk music of India is based on traditional concepts and mainly comes from villages and other rural areas. There is variety has been observed in men and women’s folk songs. For instance, women sing different types of songs on the occasions of childbirth, marriages, festivals and other traditional occasions. Similarly, men’s songs are composed under different categorized and based on devotional practices, festivals and work purposes. 

In several rural areas in India, Folk music is used for different entertainment purposes, but most often it is utilized in religious mendicants, storytellers and other theatrical troupes. Folk music has wide utility and used in India films, which are based on India tradition and culture. But such kinds of influences are not available in classical music of India. However, the Folk music of India is real soul of entertainment in country and rich with traditional spirit. 

Musical Instruments of India
The musical Instruments are playing vital role in making Indian music so melodious. In ancient time there were many traditional musical Instruments have been used to enhance the pace of Indian music. Few of the well known musical instruments are like Tabla, Sarangi, Kanjira, ghatam, Dholak, Tanpura, Pongi, Ektara, Mayuri, Santoor and lots more. Indian music is quite incomplete without these musical instruments, which get mixed melody in music and give it a new life. 

So, if you are on tour to India and interested to avail more about Indian dance & music then you need to hire any knowledgeable Indian tourist guide as well. “Excursion India’ is a big blow in Indian tourism industry and complete package to explore India culture at huge depth. Our informative tourist guides will enable you to delight thrilling music & dance of India from their origin to grown up stages. We provide better knowledge in order to let the world know about mysterious music & dance of country that has already enthralled the whole world. 



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