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Traditional Dance vs. Modern Dance

Who will win?





                    Traditional Dance                                                                                     Former Miss World Aishwarya Rai- Bachan poses while dancing on stage  



In the world of dancing, many people find themselves to be lost, and many people find themselves to be haunted by the steps. There are many different types of dancing in India. Traditional dancing, also known as classical dancing, is known to be one of the oldest art forms in the world. On the other hand, there is more modern dancing. For example, Bollywood dancing is something that was founded recently. Are the people of India unraveling themselves from classical dancing? Are they being dragged towards modern dancing?



Traditional Dance


    Indian classical dances are known to be the mother of all the dances in the world. Traditional Dancing in India has dematerialized itself through the years. Traditional dancing in India comes it's way through centuries ago. The whole concept of dance was from a book, the author being Bharata Muni. Bharata Muni was a dancer as well as the author of the Natya Shastra, which is an ancient text dedicated to the notions of dance, theatre, music, and art.The God of all Indian dances is Lord Shiva, also known as Lord Nataraja.  There are many dances that originate from the oldest times in India and are still being learnt today. The primary ones include: Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Mohini Auttam, Odisi, Kathak, and Manipuri. In Bharatanatyam, there are three main components: Natya, Nritya, and Nritta. Natya means the imitation of real life; Nritya deals with the physical gestures in the dance; Nritta allocates with poses and movements to enhance the dancer's performance. The word "Bharatanatyam" is a combination of Sanskrit words:


          -Bha, meaning 'bhava', or emotion

          -Ra, meaning 'raaga', or melody

          -Ta, meaning 'taala', or rhythm

          -Natyam, meaning 'dance'



Traditional Merges to More Modern

    Modern Indian dance has a short history and was influenced by Indian classical dance. Uday Shankar, who was born on December 8, 1900, in Udaipur, Rajasthan, is said to be the Father of Modern Dance. He is known to be such an awe-inspiring figure in India because of his accomplishments as a dancer and choreographer.  He soon became very famous in India and abroad. His main contribution to India's modern dance is his creation of movements and coreography that was Indian, but were not specifically of any domestic form of folk or classical. His first dance was the Oriental Bride, developed in 1923; also developed in 1923 were the Hindu Wedding, Radha-Krishna, and Danse Hindoue.  But Indian movies have caused modern Indian dance to grow at a rapid pace. This in turn, was the basis of the creation of what is now known as Bollywood dance, which is now one of the most famous Indian dances next to classical dance. More recent modern dances have been influenced by Western dances such as hip-hop, jazz, and also some belly-dancing. In his work, he classified his dances into six main elements, a more modern version of the six elements listed by Bharata:


  • words
  • music
  • posture
  • decoration
  • gestures
  • representation of temperaments




Dancer Rasika Kumar poses                                                                                                                                                         Dancer Uday Shanker is shown

                          God of Dances, Lord Nataraja is depicted below                           





More Modern soon becomes Bollywood

      Coming from a very traditional background, Uday Shankar was a big inspiration for the future Bollywood choreographers. Soon, some of the most famous films including some of the most famous dancing techniques would release. Famous choreographer Saroj Khan, known to be the reigning queen of Bollywood coreography for over two decades, started choreographing songs in Hindi movies. Later, dancers such as Ganesh Hedge, Farah Khan, Prabhu Deva, and many more joined and became a big sensation all over India. Today, movies such as Laagan, Om Shanti Om, Jab We Met, and Namaste London are prominent films known for their choreography.



 Hrithik Roshan                                            Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh Dance for movie 'Lagaan'                                                                                Salman Khan Dances





    Going through a phase in time when traditional dancing was at it's best, and then started fading away was and is still very much seen in today's world. Indian film industries all over the country are becoming very popular and are said to be the next generation's sensation. However, some still believe that traditional dancing should live, as it is also makes up a part of the heart of India. Soon enough, India will tend to forget about its past with classical dancing, and the people of India will have to wait and watch in order to respond to it.






Bharatanatyam dancing: 


Bharatanatyam dance



Modern Dancing:


Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan dances in the song 'Chayya Chayya' in the movie 'Dil Se'


          The Dhananjayans                                                                                                                                                           Bollywood Coreographer Saroj Khan



    .............................                      .....        with  ..............                                                                                       




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 Bharata Kalanjali students. Bharata Kalanjali is a dance school found                                                                                                                        Bollywood dancing in Hindi movies

                               by the Dhananjayans






 Dhananjayans with Saroj Khan



Dhananjayans: Namaste, Saroj Khan ji.


Saroj Khan: Namaskar Dhananjayan and Shantha ji


Dhananjayans: Aap khase hai?(How are you)


Saroj Khan: Mei teek hu. (I am fine)


Dhananjayans: We have just finished our annual program for Bharata Kalanjali last week. We have come to see the premiere of Devdas.


Saroj Khan: Yes, I am pretty sure that coordinating Bharata Kalajnali is much more stressful than coordinating the dance moves in the movie.


Dhananjayans: Yea, of course, but our students are very attached to the dance form and always make the annual programs a success.


Saroj Khan: Oh, well, the dance movements I choreographed  are much more flexible than regular


Dhananjayans: For us, Bharata Natyam is our life and we believe that our students take this beautiful art form to future generations to enjoy


Saroj Khan: We will see about that. I an sure that very soon that Bollywood will be the next big sensation.


Dhananjayans:Whatever happens, culture and tradition are both related to each other and we follow them every day and no matter what happens in the future,


culture and tradition will be next to us.


Saroj Khan: Well it was nice meeting you, hopefully I will see your program sometime soon.


(The Dhananjayans leave without another word)






India Wiki Scoring Rubric




_____ (3)  Original title.  First name, last initial and section right below title

_____ (7) Introductory paragraph develops contrast and/or conflict, explains reasons for topic choice

_____ (4)  At least 2 large quality images, (high resolution), URL cited

_____ (8) Visual images with captions,  captures “tug of war”

_____ (8) “Mock dialogue” between characters/persons representing both sides in the tradition vs. modernity tug of war.  Be imaginative and creative.

______ 30 pts.



Works Cited

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"Uday Shankar." International Dictionary of Modern Dance. Gale, 1998. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 13 May 2011.

"The Hindu :Tuesday, January 06, 2009." The Hindu : Front Page News : Friday, May 13, 2011. Web. 13 May 2011. <http://hindu.com/thehindu/ms/2009/01/06/index.htm>.

Bharata Natyam. Web. 13 May 2011. <http://natyavidya.wordpress.com/page/2/>.



Comments (2)

Shivam Vyas said

at 12:03 pm on May 13, 2011

dont ever mess with my wiki again

Bela Alepalli said

at 12:19 pm on May 13, 2011

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