India is a
land of diverse cultures. The variations in physical, climatic conditions
and the extent of exposure to other cultures have greatly influenced the
traditions and culture of the different regions. There is an underlying
basic factor common to the whole of India, with variations in the practices
based on their local needs and influences. Further, the greatness
of India has been in accepting the best from all the invaders and intermingling
the new customs and styles with the existing - this is visible in all aspects
- music, dance, painting, sculptures, architecture.
article, an excerpt from the introduction to the book "The Art and Architecture
of India" by Benjamin Rowland puts it all in a nutshell.
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There is a huge divide in India between traditional dance and contemporary dance. Is this really necessary?
No, it's not, because what's contemporary today, if it stands the test
of time will become traditional to the next generations. The Kathak or
Bharatanatyam that we see today has evolved quite a lot from the days it
used to be danced in courts and temples. But to stand the test of time
any dance should have substance and a solid base.
- Kathak exponent, choreographer, dance guru Maya Rao, narthaki.com
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