Classical Indian dances are among the most graceful and beautiful in the world. They all make use of a complicated, visual language, consisting of hand gestures, body movements, and postures. Movements of the eyes and hands, arms and legs, chest, waist, hip, knee, and foot, either alone or in combination with each other, all make up this complicated language. Indian dance uses a set of emotions or feelings known as rasas. The job of the artist is to take in emotions, such as amazement, anger, hatred, humour, or love, and communicate them to the audience. The creation of a piece of art, including dance or musical composition, comes out of a deep sense of feeling at one with the universe. This deep sense of inner harmony combined with discipline of the mind and body makes dance similar to yoga.
Classical styles. There are five major styles of classical dance in India: (1) Bharata Natyam, (2) Kathak, (3) Kathakali, (4) Manipuri, and (5) Orissi. Each of these styles developed in a specific region of India. They differ in their languages of gesture. But they are all founded on the principles of rasa and they all draw upon stories and poems that tell about the lives of the Hindu gods. These include gods such as Shiva, (the god of the dance), Krishna, and many more.
DIFFERENT FORM OF DANCE