Bhangra – A dance on drum beats

Punjabi community performing Bhangra

Hey guys! I come up with my experience of Bhangra when I  visited Punjab in my best friend’s wedding, a dance of full of energy. If I talk about the “Bhangra” we remember a song on Lohri performed by renowned Bollywood actors shahrukh khan and preity zinta in the movie of Veerzaara. Bhangra is an attractive expression form originated in Punjab, India and developed modern Bhangra by the Punjabi diaspora. Punjab, Jammu, Kashmir, Himachal, and Haryana in India & Punjab in Pakistan are eminent for Bhangra due to Punjabi crowd settled in 1947. Traditionally, it has been associated with harvesting season & appreciation of god for farmers & celebrations of festival called Vaisakhi. Almost in all occasions like wedding, vaisakhi fairs and on other social functions Bhangra have been presented as a men performance only.

Men’s traditional attire of Bhangra & styles

Drummer plays significant role in Bhangra spreading non-stop beats with barrel size drum called as a dhol interconnected to the instrument the tumbi. Luddi & Bhangra is performed by men folk, especially Luddi-rejoice victory. Usually, men adorn with lungi, long silk Kurtis and turban displaying exceptional athletic deed & lifted up arm steps.

Women’s Bhangra styles

 

Well ! Punjabi girls are not backward compared to men when exhibiting captivating moves of Giddha. The blend of women refinement, liveliness and tractability towards dance wearing lehngha (ghaghra-choli), short Kurtis with tikka on head overwhelmed us in the wedding. A small rumal called scarf enhances the beauty of Punjabi women who mostly demonstrate the Giddha in the winter festival.

In this days and age, Punjabis have been found in many countries containing Canada, US, UK and Australia displaying the enormous art of Bhangra with modern actions. Striving performance and graceful movement of indo-western dance induces me to visit Punjab again. For dance lovers..

 

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Garba : Cultural Folk Dance

Garba Art performance by Bollywood Actors

Garba is a popular dance form of Gujarat and is being performed not only in India but in all over the world by the Gujaratis. Garba is originated in the Gujarat region. It is much similar to the Indian classical dances such as Bharatanatyam and Odissi.

Garba is a circular dance form, performed by ladies in the Navratri festival. Navratri is celebrated to worship the goddess Durga, the dance is held during nine days. An image of the goddess Durga is placed in the middle of the ground as an idol of adoration & devotion. Garba dancers make concentric circles that move in opposite directions. Sometimes, the performers circle around an image of goddess Durga with clay pot or a water-filled vessel. Garba dance always begins slowly and increasingly gets speed.

Group Garba dance

Navratri is my favorite festival. In, India, the Navratri Garba was organised where I stayed, with great fanfare. That included live music, singers, decorated lights and of course, mid-night snacks! I was enjoying Garba with my friends in a group. Ohh! How was those days..

Dandiya dance

 

 

 

Garba and Dandiya:

Dandiya is a dance form of Garba but the major difference between the two dance forms is that Garba is performed in a circle by the movements of hands and feet, while Dandiya is the act, performed with colorful sticks. In Dandiya dance, it gives the opportunity to the performer for acting and exchanging messages through eye contact. The eye-catching feature of Dandiya is its famous attire. The attire for men and women is different. Women dress code includes ghagra, choli and odhni while men wear colorful dhotis and kurtas with beautiful mirror work.

If you get chance, enjoy Garba of Gujarat.. Surely, it would be an incredible experience for you!

 

 

 

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Kuchipudi and Tanpura

Kuchipudi Art

Kuchipudi is a classical Indian dance from Andhra Pradesh. it is popular in South India. kuchipudi is the name of a village where the borders of Bay of Bangal gets connected. kuchipudi is a dance – drama performance which is derived from the ancient Hindu Sanskrit text of Natya Shastra. An eye-catching quality of Kuchipudi is its graceful footwork.

Kuchipudi Foot work

kuchipudi has been superior because in special dance performances, it is performed on brass plate and turning the plate with the feet to the tune of the accompanying music. kuchipudi dancer has to follow gestures with dance, the speech and song.

kuchipudi includes of a mixture of tandava and lasya elements. I still remember the pot dance performance of kuchipudi by my mentor in the performance and was astonishing. In that, a pot was filled with water on her head, and her feet were balanced on a brass plate. How she was moving on the stage, using the brass plate with the feet kept on its end and doing some hand movements, without pouring a drop of water on the ground was really admirable act of my mentor, I can say.

A Lady playing the Tanpura

A peculiar quality of the Tanpura is its sound effect and is produced by the continuous playing of its strings. The way Tanpura is utilized in kuchipudi that makes for the full expression of the different melodic types. In kuchipudi, there are certain rituals that are performed in front of the audience. After the rituals, the maestro, with the musicians come on stage, starts a play of rhythm on tanpura and with the pattern of tanpura, releases the title of dance drama and that fascinating part of kuchipudi attracts me to watch it again and again…

For dance lovers..

 

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Fusion of Indian Classical Dance & Music

Fusion of Classical Dance & Music

In India, Classical music is the form of art like the classical dance. It is a kind of South Asian Music encompassing North and South Indian customs majorly. Essential Music ensuing deep-rooted ethics rather than a folk, jazz, or prevalent tradition.Indian classical dance is incomplete without its classical music. Carnatic is followed by South Indian manifestation while Hindustani represents the North Indian custom.

I remember those days when i was rehearsing for hours endlessly in music class. Ohh! How was those days…It reflects clear image in my mind and the cherished sound that still echoed in my ear. Music makes me feel rejuvenated while some time i try to play harmonium. The fusion of Bharatnatyam and Classical music is so adorable. Raga and tala (basic fundamentals), combination of rhythm, beats and time of that beats get composed by the musician and performed by the dancers.

Harmonium – Indian classical music Instrument

Harmonium: A Sound of India 

Harmonium has a great impact on Indian Classical dance. It’s very old form of instruments that bear a resemblance to piano. Easy use and simple method are the foremost features of its fame. When the matter is of introduction, Bellows(metal tongues) are pushed by hand to flow air in the harmonium to produce sound. Keyboard used to create melodious sound while it has been played by someone exclusively in dance performance. I always get lost in some ecstatic memory when i found the sound of harmonium that itself a symbol of harmony & Indian class in classical dance.

This is not done yet as I have a lot to post about Indian classical music, its different instruments and how it plays pivotal role in classical dance. If you like my post, please do write your own experience here. For dance lovers…

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Blissful Bharatanatyam

Lord Shiva – Natraj Dance

 

A few years ago, when I performed in one dance competition, Bharatanatyam was introduced by some other folks. I was thrilled& overwhelmed by the performance of our group would like to share with you all.

Bharatanatyam dance performance

As history depicts Bharatanatyam is the oldest classical dance tradition of India that invented in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu and surrounding  regions. It has articulated a dance form which is the combination of bhava, raga, tala, and natya. Bharatanatyam is a solo dance performed by women to worship ritual made not only for pursuing pleasure but in reality, it’s a perfect epitome of several planetary relationships and expressions originating from all the worlds. Earlier, it was the medium of expressing moods and passion to the king and the courts by means of entertainment. It also brings many innovative changes.

Flawless Dance

It was heart – touching experience that cannot be shared by words but a feeling of love and expressions. I had participated in Bharatanatyam with girls group. In the hall, all girls, including me, were adorned with many plated pieces, colorful & zari borders dress (called Tamil wedding dress) to perform our spotless feeling of love with different mudras (movement of hands). A unique feature of Bharatanatyam is the eye movement with the body movement, always bent-kneed amazed the audience. At the time of the dance act, the grace, power and positions of our dance created, was heart-beating and trembling atmosphere of joy, especially anklet sound when we hit our feet to the floor. It demands a lot of strength to make it lively to differentiate each part of the body movement.

Eventually, Balanced steps, makeup played essential role to enrich the actual plea..

I hope you would enjoy my Bharatanatyam act.. For Dance lovers..

 

 

 

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Essence and Customs of Indian Classical Dances

Indian Classical Dances

India is the land of different cultures, festivals, rituals along with many types of Classical Dances and Classical Music. It would be very inequitable to describe the importance of Indian Classical Dance and Music in few words. So, I would like to represent it through my blog. It is believed that Indian Classical Music has connection with soul of Gods. Today, i will give you a good reason to read about Classical Dances.

One of the most fascinating Indian Classical dance is Kathakali, is a classical dance form of Kerala. Well, i am a big fan of this dance form. Actually, i have no experience of this dance performance but i had been amazed everytime attending my mentor’s act on Kathakali, if i looked into his big dramatic eyes once so i could not look any where else for the time.

Kathakali Art

As every word has its own meaning in terms to justify it. So, Kathkali means Story- Play. The significance of  Kathkali is Well-Known due to its heavy, cheerful make-up, and customs. As i told about that Indian dancers are connected with super natural powers like god. Here, is the proof to justify my sayings that Kathkali dance bestowed themes from the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, along with various Hindu epics, legends, and myths. The aspect of Kathakali dance include both pure dance (Nritya) as well as mime ( Abhinaya). Aharya abhinaya is given more importance in Kathakali dance which means the use of customs, ornaments like heavy jewelry  and extreme facial make up are key concept of this dance form. Amusingly, in Kathakali, the entire body includes skeleton and muscles and even, the smallest facial muscle is used to depict the emotions.

Indian traditional dance has a great power of motivation.

Especially for dance lovers..

 

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