Culture and Society

Countryroads #2

Padmapani - Ajanta caves
Padmapani – Ajanta caves


So, I guess the names in the previous post were at least heard somewhere by most of us. Here are some names that some of us may not even have heard of or remember on top of your respective heads. Continuing with the seven Indian classical dances here are the fifth, sixth and seventh of this chain. Kindly check the first post of this series out in order to know about the other four.

5) Kuchipudi:

  • Originated in what is presently known as Andhra Pradesh.
  • It shares many common elements with another famous classical dance form – Bharatanatyam.
  • Over 2,800 Kuchipudi dancers, including 200-plus natyagurus created a world record on December 26, 2010 performing ‘Hindolam Thillana’ at the GMC Balayogi stadiumin Hyderabad.


  • As the name suggests it obviously originates in Manipur.
  • Manipuri dancers do not wear ankle bells to accentuate the beats tapped out by the feet, in contrast with other Indian dance forms, and the dancers’ feet never strike the ground hard.
  • Jhaveri sisters – Nayana, Suvarna, Darshana and Ranjana are one of the most prominent names in Manipuri dance.

7) Mohiniyattam (Mohiniattam):

  • Mohiniyattam (Mohiniattam) is originated and developed around the southern regions of Tamilnadu and Kerala.
  • It is inspired by Bharatanatyam and Kathakali dances of the same region.
  • The dance was revived in 20th century by dancers such as Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, Vallathol Narayana Menon and Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma.

So, this was all about seven Indian classicals. The fun part begins now though. The next we are going to talk about is folk stuff. Things that are seen in the little corners and streets but aren’t entirely in the lime-light yet. Things that are absolutely amazing. Dances with fire lit pots on head is just an example.

Stay tuned for more…


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