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About Indian Classical

Indian Vocal Classical:

Originating from the Vedic Age, Hindusthani Classical or North Indian Classical Music has undergone a long journey.

In this evolving process various Raagas and Raaginis have developed which describe various moods of nature.

The scale of twelve swaras (notes), recognized by Indian Classical Music, also forms the basis of all styles and forms of music all over the world. In the modern day we see influences of these Raagas and Raginis not only in the sounds of nature but also in music of various forms worldwide.

Extensive vocal training in Indian Classical Music helps developing unique techniques for rendition through understanding the vocal science and optimizing performance.

Indian Classical Dance:

There are mainly seven different classical dance forms in India:-

North (Kathak): In ancient Indian temples priests (also known as “kathakars”) used to narrate the stories of gods and goddesses through dance, which came to be known as "Kathak".

North-East (Manipuri): This form of dance originated from religious festivals and daily activities of the Manipuri people of North Eastern India.

East (Oddissi): It originates from the state of Odisha, (now Orissa) in eastern India. It places particular importance upon the Tribhangi (literally: three parts break), the independent movement of head, chest and pelvis and upon the basic square stance known as Chauka or Chouka that symbolizes Lord Jagannath.

South-East (Kuchipudi): It originates from the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The performance includes a dharavu (a small composition of both song and dance) and the background singer is accompanied by mridangam, violin, flute and the tambura.

From South (Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Mohiniattam):

Bharatanatyam: It originates from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu and is usually accompanied by classical Carnatic music and mridangam. Its inspirations come from the sculptures of the ancient temple of Chidambaram.

Kathakali: It is a highly stylized classical dance-drama form which originated from Kerala in the 17th century. This classical dance form is particularly noticed for dancer's elaborate costume, towering head gear, billowing skirts, and long silver nails

Mohiniattam: Originating from Kerala in South India, this is a dance style exclusively performed by women. 'Mohini' means a seducing woman and 'attam' means dance. So this dance is enchantingly feminine with wave-like body movements. The theme of the dance is generally 'sringara' or love. Delicate themes of love are performed with suggestive gestures, rhythmic footwork and lyrical music.

 

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