Those who are interested in knowing more about Indian classical dance may find an opportunity for three days to explore the various facets of the art form. From October 28–30, 2020 Films Division is presenting well-researched documentaries on the distinct styles, depth and nuances of some of the ancient and popular classical dances. They will be screened on Film Division’s website and YouTube channel.
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has listed the presentations that one can access during this period.
Aum Namah Shivay: The film is about Parvati, the Goddess of dance and daughter of the Himalayas and the consort of Shiva-Nataraja who brought the dance to the Earth.
Kathakali: An early filmic description of the unique classical dance drama of Kerala, the documentary shows the self-discipline required for learning Kathakali. The documentary also shows the schools where this ancient dance form is taught to pupils and the various characters made up for the performance.
Odissi Dance: This dance form originated in Odisha many centuries ago, to become most popular throughout the country and abroad.
Kuchipudi Dance: Ancient & Modern (Part –I&II). The first part of the film briefly traces the tradition of this popular dance form and the second part presents ‘Bhama Kalapam’, a homage to Lord Krishna.
The Thinking Body: The Thinking Body interprets the mind of the character it portrays through spiritual layers. Indian Classical dance forms provide a perfect vehicle for interactions of varied emotions and rasas in perfect harmony, irrespective of time, space and gender.
Kathak: This film dwells on the history of Kathak dance. Kathak traces its origins to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathakars or storytellers. Its form today contains traces of temple and ritual dances, and the influence of the bhakti movement. From the 16th century onwards, it absorbed certain features of Persian dance and central Asian dance which were imported by the royal courts of the Mughal era.
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