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Bollywood Dance:

It is a spicy, energetic and expressive dance form, furnished with both movement and expression. Bollywood dance is developed in / by the Indian film industry(Bollywood) based in Bombay. You can taste a blend of world dance styles including Kathak to contemporary, Ballet to hip-hop, salsa to free dance, folk dances to belly dance and many more.

 

Chariya Nritya:

Charya Nritya, a Sanskrit term meaning "dance as a spiritual discipline," is an ancient Vajrayana Buddhist dance tradition. This sacred dance form is one of the religious arts of the Tantric Buddhist priests of the Kathmandu Valley, who perform it as part of their esoteric meditation and rituals. Hence it has been secretly practiced by them from centuries.

Each dance, through bodily gesture and energy-directed movement, invokes a different deity, such as Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara, Vajrayogini , Vajrapani etc. The Tantric practitioner dances in a state of deep meditative awareness in order to embody the living presence of the (compassionate, peaceful and fierce) divinities.

Kumari Dance which is one of the most important Nepali classical dances since it represents one and only living goddess in this world. Kumari dance is all about describing her appearance, features and so on.

DanceMeditation Laxmi has been trying to conserve and introduce Chariya Nritya by teaching and showcasing in pubic in Nepal and abroad as well.

 

Folk dances of Nepal:

Nepal is a multilingual, multi cultural and multireligion country where ca.123 languages are spoken and numerous of ethnic and indigenious people dwell. Nepal has therefore a diverse culture which is clearly seen in Nepalese folk's daily lives. Thats is the reason Nepal has plenty of folk dance styles varying from place, community, religion, cast and so on. Some of the examples: Jhyaure, Kauda, Tappa, Maruni, Jhangad, Dhimal,Selo, Shyabru, Sorathi, Majhi, Sakhiya, the list goes on and on........

DanceMeditation Laxmi had great involvement in reserach of folk dances of Nepal with Art and Culture of Nepal group for several years prior flying to Denmark. DanceMeditation Laxmi has been trying to conserve and introduce Nepali cultural ethics by Nepalese folk dances by teaching and showcasing them in public in Nepal and abroad as well.

 

Kathak Nritya:

Kathak word is a simplified verson of sanskrit word Katthaka (A story teller). In ancient times Kathakka used narrate stories from epics, myths and legends village squares and temple courtyards. Hence, traces of religion and morals are still alive in Kathak.

 

Histroy suggests its evolution, as an oral story telling tradition. Mime and gestures were perhaps added gradually to spellbound the listeners. In Mugal era (16th Century) kathak got some features of Persian and Central Asian dance which were imported by the royal court. It is being passed from generations to generations as inheritance and Guru-Chela Tradition (ancient teacher - student trend). A solo interpretation of mythological stories became a trend in Kathak. Variations are developed by teachers.

 

While the abstract exploration of rhythm and movement takes away audience's breath, expressions evoking the rasas(mood/emotion) and delicate glances of eyes with elegant gestures of bodycreates soothing magic. The expressional numbers in Kathak are called Gats which are danced by delicate glances of the eye and by using the art of mime. Themes from life are taken like enacting simple chores of carrying water from the well or walking gracefully, covering a face with a veil and looking through it in a tantalizing manner at the lover. Also, to the lyrics, expressions are shown evoking the rasa(mood/emotion) in the spectators, who, if the musical traditions are shared along with the songs, enjoy it by expressing their appreciation.

 

 

 

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