Traditions of Indian Classical Dance

Traditions of Indian Classical Dance

In this excerpt of Traditions of Indian Classical Dance, the author illustrates the history of the traditional Indian dance
known as Bharatha Natyam. The earliest form of Bharatha Natyam we can see in the history of traditional Indian dance
is can be found as early as 500 B.C; during this time we are introduced to devadasis, which by definition are hereditary
traditional female Indian dancers, and they are found in ancient Hindu Temples. According to traditional Indian history,
devadasis performed in the small southern region of India, Tamil Nadu and it is customary for them to dance individually,
and for them to dance for entertainment and for routine service to Shiva. Furthermore, this excerpt highlights the movements
of Bharatha Natyam. Two different versions of this dance, Nrita and Nritya add their own unique touch to this dance.
Nrita focuses more on design and artistry, as the author depicts this version to involve dancers to move in wide ranges
and extensions. Nritya, focuses more on emotion and expression, as it requires dancers to focus on face expressions and movements.

WEEK 3
July 16 Read the assignment 4 and post your thoughts for the assigned reading and
respond/comment on one other classmate¡¯s posting. First paper topics
due. (Students should compare two dance styles; one from India and
the other dance style from a non-South Asian world region.)
July 17 Read the assignment 5 and post your thoughts for the assigned reading and
respond/comment on one other classmate¡¯s posting.
July 18 Read the assignment 6 and post your thoughts for the assigned reading and
respond/comment on one other classmate¡¯s posting.
July 19 Read the assignment 7 and 8 and post your thoughts for the assigned
reading and respond/comment on one other classmate¡¯s posting.
July 20 3rd Weekend Assignment. Submit your First paper to Turnitin portal
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