RRB ALP 2018 Exam – Major Classical Dance forms in India

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Today’s Blog covers the Major Classical Dance forms in India which is an important topic of the General Awareness section of RRB NTPC Exam Syllabus. Direct questions have been asked on this topic in the previous RRB NTPC Exams.

RRB NTPC Exam – Major Classical Dance forms in India

Dance State Description
Bharatnatyam Tamil Nadu It is a delightful combination of four elements i.e. expression, music, beats, and dance. The accompanying music in Bharatnatyam is classical Carnatic. The costumes are similar to Indian sarees with vibrant colours and made of Kanchipuram silk and Banaras silk.
Kathak Uttar Pradesh The word Kathak is originated from the word Katha which means storytelling. Traditionally this dance was more religious in nature, typically narrating the stories of Radha and Krishna. The dancers dance to the rhythm of table or pakhawaj
Kathakali Kerala Kathakali means story play; hence the stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata act as a source for a lot of performances. This form of dance is known for its heavy, intense makeup and costumes.
Kuchipudi Andhra Pradesh It is a combination of speech, Abhinaya (mime) and pure dance. Kuchipudi performance is more like a dance drama where dancers play different roles based on the drama content.
Manipuri Manipur The main characteristics of this dance are colourful decoration and costumes, charming music, gentle and swaying petal-soft foot movements and delicacy of performance. This traditional dance is mainly inspired by the rich culture of Manipur.
Mohiniattam Kerala The word Mohiniattam derives its meaning from the word Mohini, which means beautiful women and ‘attam’ which means dance. Thus, this form of dance represents a beautiful feminine grace. These dances are based on love and emotion themes.
Odissi Odisha Performed by ‘Maharis’ or female temple servants, this dance form has a close association with the temples and temple sculptures. Odissi stands out from other forms of dances because of its Tribhangi posture, dealing with three body parts, i.e. head, bust, and torso.
Sattriya Assam It is an art which represents dance-drama performances with a unique combination of hand gestures, footwork, expressions, and body movements. Most of the themes of dance related to Ram and Sita or Krishna and Radha.


This completes the list of all Major Classical Dance forms in India for RRB NTPC Exam. We hope these are helpful in your RRB NTPC Exam preparation.

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