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Classical Indian dance - Kathak and Bharatanatyam

Classical Indian dance - Kathak and  Bharatanatyam
Key Info
  • Classical Indian dance - Kathak and Bharatanatyam
  • Duration: 03:29
  • Dancers trained in the classical Indian dance forms of Kathak and Bharatanatyam describe the movement ideas they need to learn to perfect the classical technique. The dancers perform in traditional costume, accompanied by instrumental and vocal music. They share their views on the commitment it takes to become a classical Indian dancer and the importance of upholding their rich cultural traditions. They describe the expressive qualities in the hand movements and facial expressions, performing sequences of the dance in traditional costume embellished with jewellery and body art. Young people performing Bhangra and Bollywood modern dance routines explore the influences of Western culture on traditional styles.
  • Subject:

    Physical Education


    Dance Activities: Dance Around the World

  • Keywords: tradition, culture, myths, story, illustrate, symbolic, symbolism, express, commit, India
Ideas for use in class
  • In conjunction with other Indian dance forms. Cross-curricular links with topics, i.e. geography - India. Illustrating spiritual symbolism and religion. When showing different ways of storytelling in the curriculum. How body art has evolved from spiritual symbolism to tattoos. Illustrating how vocal and percussive instruments are used in different dance styles. When comparing different dance styles across India and the world. How music, art, drama and storytelling are used in different cultures to relate mythological tales.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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