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Snippets of information - Dance

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21 Nov 2020
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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9 Aug 2020
The origin of the name Bharatanatyam came from 4 Sanskrit words. Divided in 4 sections, Bha-ra-ta-natyam. Each syllable represents a different word and meaning. Bha comes from Bhava, which means expression. Ra comes from Raga, which means melody. Ta comes from Tala, which means rhythm. Natyam mean dance. If you broke Bharatanatyam into four Sanskrit words it would read Bhava, Raga, Tala and Natyam. These aspects: expression; melody; and rhythm; are very important in Bharatanatyam.
- danceasia.org

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9 Aug 2020
Sadirattam or Dasiattam was later rechristened as Bharatanatyam by the Madras Music Academy by a resolution passed accepting the suggestion of E.Krishna Iyer. Taking the new nomenclature Rukmini Devi popularized that name to attribute dignity and divinity to the performing art form and maybe we can say she did give a new lease of life to this ancient natya which I suppose has an antiquity of more than 3000 years.
- V.P.Dhananjayan, narthaki.com


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9 Aug 2020
Abhinayam literally means "expression or communicating a message". It takes its name from the Sanskrit words Abhi which means "to or towards" and Ni which means "to lead". Abhinayam is thus having the meaning "to lead" (the performer and audience towards a state of being or feeling called the Satvika bhavam).
- natyarambha.wordpress.com


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30 May 2020
The more celebrated forms of village folk dances are: Oyilaatam, Oyil Kummi, Devaraattam, Karagaattam, Kaavadi Aattam, Kali Aattam, Kolaattam, Theru Koothu, Kazhai Koothu, Villu Paattu, Chakkai Aattam, Kai Silambu Aattam, Kummi, Bagavatha nadanam, PuliAattam and other fancy dress dances, Kuravan- kurathi Aattam, Poikkal Kudirai Aattam, Thappattaiattam, Silambaattam, Sevai Aattam, Ottan Koothu, Urumi Aattam and Snake dance.
- Tamilnadu: Folk Dance & Music, eindiatourism.com