In this section you will find a brief summary of each of the major South Asian classical dance styles. Although the Centre currently provides training in Kathak and Bharatnatyam only, it seeks to develop understanding and awareness of South Asian dance generally, which includes all of these styles. CICD has been at the forefront of inviting distinguished exponents of Manipuri, Odissi and Mohiniattam to the East Midlands for lecture-demonstrations and exhibition performances.

As will no doubt become apparent, each of these dance forms has its own distinct character and beauty, reflecting the rich cultural diversity and heritage of the Indian subcontinent. This concise introduction should give a general understanding of these major classical styles. Links to other websites with more detailed information can be found in the resource section above.


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