Dances of India -Vol.6

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Folk Art Of Madhya Pradesh, Folk Arts Of Rajasthan, Folk Art Of Gujarat, Folk Art Of Mizoram, Mohiniattam, Folk Art Of Tamil Nadu and Bharatanrityam

Episode Eleven: Folk Art of Madhya Pradesh - Phagun
Folk Arts of Rajasthan - Tera Tali and Duff Dance
Folk Art of Gujarat - Dhandiya Ras:
This episode starts with the state of Madhya Pradesh in Central India . The world famous Khajuraho group of temples is located in MP. MP is well known for its diamond mines and dense forests. Where does a forest stand without rains? The village folk of MP are overjoyed on secing rain clouds and perform the rain dance Phagun. This episode also features Tere tali - a Rajasthani folk dance where small symbols or manjiras are tied to the hands and legs of the dancers and bells sound in rhythm as they dance. This is followed by another Rajasthani number Duff Dance, performed with small circular drums in hand, during the Holi festival. The men and women of Gujarat perform Dhandiya Ras - a vigorous and rhythmic dance with batons, where the dancers leap and crouch in twirling patterns.

Episode Twelve: Folk Art of Rajasthan - Bhavai and Tippani
Folk Art of Mizoram - Bamboo Dance
Mohiniattam by Nandita Prabhu:
This episode starts with a Rajasthani folk number Bhavai danced by balancing several pots one above the other. Most of the folk dances evolved as a spontaneous way of life rather than entertainment. For example, Tippani was danced as the women labourers were laying roads much before the arrival of mechanized gadgets for road laying. Indeed rhythm is the backbone of dance and the tribes of Mizoram in Eastern India perform the Bamboo dance, weaving intricate patterns in and out of the bamboo sticks. As we travel about 3000 kms from Nagaland to Southeastern India , we come to the green landscape of Kerala, known for its backwaters coconut trees and martial arts, besides dance forms. This episode also features Mohiniattam - a classical dance form of Kerala, performed gracefully by Nandita Prabhu.

Episode Thirteen: Folk Art of Rajasthan - Baaraath
Folk Art of Tamil Nadu - Kolattam
Bharatanrityam by Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam:
There is no city or state in the world, which does not celebrate a wedding. However, there are some people who celebrate it with pomp and splendour like the Rajasthan is. Here is a dance Baaraat describing a Rajasthani wedding. We move back to Tamil Nadu where we started and show a small folk number Kolattam performed by young girls in villages. All the dance form we have seen in this serial, the classical and folk forms of India , have a common heritage, derived form Natyashastra. This aspect of Unity in diversity had been well researched by Dr. Padma Subramanyam and forms the basis of her style Bharata Nrityam. This episode features a Kuyilpattu Varnam (a song by poet Subramaniya Bharati) performed by Dr. Padma. The serial concludes with a montage of the various dance forms portrayed in these 13 parts.

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