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Traditional dances of India

Most innovative period in the history of traditional Indian dance

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19th century is one of the most innovative periods in the history of traditional Indian dance. Traditional Indian dance of Bharatanatyam has been undergoing a lot of change over the centuries. It used to be and is still mostly performed by women dancers. In the first half of the 19th century much of traditional Indian dance of Bharatanatyam was redefined by the contributions of four talented brothers known today as the Tanjore Quartet: Chinniah, Sivanandam, Ponniah and Vadivelu. Styles of traditional Indian dance of Bharatanatyam were preserved in practice mostly by the guru’s and performers of the Isai Velalar community of Tamil Nadu. The Tanjore Quartet organized all the basic traditional Indian dance of Bharatanatyam movements of pure dance into a progressive series, adavus.Each adavu is a basic unit taught in systematic order and then combined with others to produce choreo-

India: Traditional Dances  

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