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The Entertainment of India:

Traditional or Modern?


Denisa I. & Carmen U.





Modern Dance vs. Classical Dance



     Modern dance vs. classical dance is a very interesting topic when discussing the “tug of war” of modern vs. traditional aspects of India. That is so because there are a few significant differences between classical Indian dancing and modern Indian dancing. Some of the few differences are the movement, music, and singing during a dance. Modern dancing is the movement of the human form for its own sake, primary and not dependent on the poetic line. On the other hand classical Indian dancing is more of the movement that is set to a composition in a particular poetic line. In modern dancing first the dance is created then the music is composed for the dance. In the olden times in classical dance the musical composition was the basis and the dance just fell in place once the music was composed. In the modern dance there is barely any vocal accompaniment which is only done in order to create some atmosphere. In classical dance the vocal part in a dance was very important because it communicate the meaning of the dance.  These are just some of the differences between the modern dance and classical dance, both ways of dancing play a significant role in the Indian culture but they have some differences.



In modern dance, the dance is first choreographed.


In the classical dance the dance falls into place with whatever music is composed.







(Classical dance instructor walks in angry)

Modern Music vs. Traditional Music






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     Music is a very important aspect of India's culture. It has always been there even though it changes over time. In the tug-of-war between traditional India and modern India, music plays an extraordinary role. Classical Indian music has always been slow, while the present Indian music had gained a faster beat due to young people saying it's too boring for them. While the classical music is more patriotic, poetic, and reflects India's extreme cultural diversity, the modern Indian music is more western influenced and contain little to no traditional rhythms. Also, classical Indian music always had rhythm as the most important ingredient of a song, but now-a-days, melody is the most important fixation in a song. In the modern time, Indian music has consisted mostly of remixes, fusions, film music, and Indi pop. In the past, Indian music was mostly  

Ghazal, which is a very poetic form of dancing. Bhvageete is another traditional from of dancing that was very emotional. This are just a few of the differences between traditional Indian music and modern Indian music.



In the picture below, you can see how the traditional Indian music had a slower beat and rhythm to it.





In the picture below, you can see how different the rhythms are from traditional music and modern music. The modern music has a faster beat.












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