Let's see some famous Indian traditional dances through the eye of digital art. when I am started to learn photo manipulation works on photoshop I noticed that.
when I started to learn photoshop, I much interested in doing some random photomanipulation works with stock images on the internet, then I realized that there are rare photomanipulation works based on Indian, because of the lack of stock images that based on Indian standard. so then my journey turns to search for such free stock images and inspiration based on Indian.
My first search into Instagram going through feeds of photographers all over from India then interact with them and get their photos that perfect for my works and creativity.
Second, search free stock images in Unsplash in the name of "India" filter search type to Recent and get ideas from their photos with my creativity do some random manipulation.
When I am doing this type of manipulation I got that one perfect idea from my dearest friend " hey, stop doing some random manipulation, why can't you focus on something culture-based or for example " Indian Dances".
then I got change my direction towards a series of Indian culture or Indian based so I started to clear my previous clutters on my Instagram page and freshly started my
INDIAN DANCES SERIES
Here is my first set of series based on famous Indian dances. for my signature, I add some dancers statutes of every photo,
Kathakali is my one of favourite till now, be sure to check here
Performed on the celestial tunes of the Carnatic music, Bharatnatyam comes from the state of Tamil Nadu in South. The origins of Bharatnatyam can be traced back to 1000 BC, and it originates from the ancient temples of Tamil Nadu performed by the women of the ancient period. The dance form is known for its beautiful body movements and gestures which are called Mudras in the traditional language. It focuses on the hand gestures, leg movement and the facial expressions of the dancer.
This dance form was very prevalent before the British era but was highly depressed during the colonial period. However, India kept the dance form alive in the houses, and today it is recognized as one of the most respectable art forms in India especially in the Southern region of the country where it is a pride for the women of the house to learn the classical dance form of Bharatnatyam
Kathakali is another traditional dance form of India which relates to the storytelling. Kathakali translates to the 'storyteller' in the country's language. Coming from the Southern region of the country from Kerala, Kathakali is one of the most renowned and religious dances forms of India.
Kathakali includes the intriguing face movements and the heavy costumes which include the traditional face masks and body paints (generally green). The music which includes only the vocals is called soppanam. The storytelling of the epic Hindu mythology tales depicting both evil and good is shown through the conversation between the dancers only through their body gestures and facial expressions. Simply fascinating to watch!
Coming from the northern part of the country from the state of Uttar Pradesh, Kathak comes from the word 'Katha' which means "story" in Hindi. It isn't a very smart guess for one to make that Kathak is performed in the form of storytelling through the body movements used by the dancer.
Kathak is often referred to as the dance of love, and it can be performed both by the male and female dancer together. This dance form focuses highly on the ankle movements complemented by the ankle that has to match the beats of the music. Ankle bells or gunghroos as they are called in the traditional language are an important part of the discipline of this dance form. Various distinctions can be witnessed in these dance forms as it is performed in various places in the country which includes Jaipur, Benaras, and Lucknow.
Belonging to the Andhra Pradesh, Kuchipudi is probably the toughest form of classical dance in India. Kuchipudi is not just considered as the dance but a whole religious procedure dedicated to God which includes certain rituals such as sprinkling the holy water, burning the incense sticks, and praying to God. Kuchipudi includes both singing and dancing by the performer which is why it requires both the skill and much more dedication than any other art form in India.
Odissi dance form comes from the state of Odisha in the eastern part of India. The traditional dance has been derived from the Hindu temples in Odisha. Most of the gestures and movements (Mudras) are inspired by the sculptors and idols belonging to the ancient temples of India.
The dance is performed as a way to express the mythological tales of Hindu gods, including that of Shiva and Surya. The dance is accompanied by a mythical story, Hindi poem in the form of music by the musicians. Odissi is considered as the oldest dance forms of India which are surviving till today. Odissi dance is performed mostly by the women dancers, and it includes more than 50 intriguing mudras (body movements).
In Indian mythology, Mohini is the female avatar of Lord Vishnu, and the meaning of Attam in Malayalam is rhythmic motion hence adhering to the dance of the divine enchantress. It is the second most popular dance form of Kerala. This classical Indian dance form roots from the age-old Sanskrit text - Natya Shastra. It is traditionally performed by women following a repertoire of Carnatic music, singing, and acting a play. At times, the song, a typical hybrid of Malayalam and Sanskrit also called Manipravalam, is sung by the performer herself. With a repertoire of instruments such a Mridangam, Madhalam, Flute, Idakka, Veena, and Kuzhitalam; the music is rendered in ragas and performed in a slow melodic style. Although the Lasya dance is often portrayed as gentle, graceful, and feminine, it also exhibits a vigorous dance of Tandava relating to Lord Vishnu. Besides its popularity, the dance was ridiculed by a series of laws as a devadasi prostitution system during the colonial British Raj. A ban that was protested repealed in 1940 and with the help of the locals of Kerala, Mohiniyattam was revived and reconstructed.
It's downright astonishing to notice how many unique dance forms are hidden within each state of India. With endless varieties of cultural art forms adorned with traditions, dances reflect the cultural richness. Our nation is indeed united in diversity.
As you stroll towards the North-east India which is brimming with the rich tradition and their unique culture, Manipuri comes as an important symbol to represent the state of Manipur from the region.
This dance form is performed to narrate the romantic relationship between the Hindu gods Radha and Krishna, which is famously known as Raas Leela. This art form is performed in a team with the traditional Manipuri costumes and makeup to narrate the tale of the two gods. The dance is performed on the narrative chanting and the music created by the Indian classical instruments.
Sattriya is originated in the eastern state of Assam. It is a dance-drama performance art with origins in the Krishna centered Vaishnavism monasteries of Assam and attributed to the 15th century Bhakti Movement scholar and saint named srimantha sankardev.
One-act plays of Sattriya are called Ankiya Nut which combines the aesthetic and the religious through a ballad, dance, and drama. Recognized in 2000 as a classical dance by Sangeet Natak Academy of India, modern Sattriya explores many themes and plays, and its performances staged worldwide.
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