Bollywood, Bharatnatyam, Indian Folk Dance

Recital - Recreational

Bollywood  is based in Mumbai (Bombay), is India’s – and the world’s - largest film industry .The name is a conflation of Bombay, the old name of Mumbai, and Hollywood, the centre of the United States film industry. This dance is  performed in Bollywood movies. Bollywood movies are mostly musicals and contain very catchy music in the form of song and dance numbers typically seen in Broadway musicals.
It is a mixture of numerous styles. These styles include belly-dancing, kathak, Indian folk, Western popular, and "modern" jazz. Songs and dances in Bollywood movies are a mode of indirect expression whereby characters can articulate thoughts and desires which may be inappropriate to state directly. But, beneath the fizz is a series of historic symbols and traditions, which originate in India's numerous traditional dance forms. Bollywood dance is easy on the eye. 

This dance style is a beautiful blend of all Indian dance styles be it classical Indian dance, folk Indian dance or the more current R&B, hip hop music. Bollywood dances have no defined rules like classical dance styles.  It is an exposure  to Indian culture, its vibrant music and colourful outfits. It is a small glimpse into Indian culture that everyone should experience!


Bharatanatyam, a pre-eminent Indian classical dance form, is presumably the oldest classical dance heritage of India. It is regarded as mother of many other Indian classical dance forms. Conventionally a solo dance performed only by women, it initiated in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu and eventually flourished in South India. Theoretical base of this form traces back to ‘Natya Shastra’, the ancient Sanskrit Hindu text on the performing arts. A form of illustrative anecdote of Hindu religious themes and spiritual ideas emoted by dancer with excellent footwork and impressive gestures its performance repertoire includes nrita, nritya and natya. Accompanists include a singer, music and particularly the guru who directs and conducts the performance.

‘Bharata’ and Natyam’ where ‘Natyam in Sanskrit means dance and ‘Bharata’ comprises ‘bha’, ‘ra’ and ‘ta’ which respectively means ‘bhava’ that is emotion and feelings; ‘raga’ that is melody; and ‘tala’ that is rhythm. Thus, traditionally the word refers to a dance form where bhava, raga and tala are expressed. The theoretical base of this dance form, which is also referred as Sadir, trace back to ancient Indian theatrologist and musicologist, Bharata Muni’s Sanskrit Hindu text on the performing arts called ‘Natya Shastra’. Originating in Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu and nearby regions, Bharatanatyam soon prospered in other South Indian temples.


Indian folk dances are simple dances, and are performed to express joy and happiness among themselves. Folk and tribal dances are performed for every possible occasion, to celebrate the arrival of seasons, birth of a child, a wedding and festivals. The dances are extremely simple with minimum of steps or movement. The dances burst with verve and vitality. Men and women perform some dances exclusively, while in some performances men and women dance together. On most occasions, the dancers sing themselves, while being accompanied by artists on the instruments. Each form of dance has a specific costume. Most costumes are flamboyant with extensive jewels. While there are numerous ancient folk and tribal dances, many are constantly being improved. The skill and the imagination of the dances influence the performance.Lavni,ghoomer,garba,bhangda etc are some examples of folk dances in India.

Indian Folk

My journey of dance started when I was 11 years old. I did my Diploma in bharatnatyam for seven years from Madhur Jyoti Dance academy and since then never looked back. As I proceeded in learning this art form my dream to become a dancer and a teacher became more stronger. God almighty has been with me throughout my journey and has helped in various ways. I completed my Bachelors and masters in dance from MS university of Baroda under my guru Mrs.Jyuthika Mahen and from their started my professional career of dance shows, competitions and events. Worked with several international schools as a dance teacher and choreographer. One of my biggest achievement was to be selected in International Folk Dance Festival in Spain and based on that I got an opportunity to work with one of Baroda's most well known school called Navrachana International School as a dance instructor for 6 years and was promoted as a performing arts in charge. I also had the opportunity to work with other schools like DR.Amin Memorial School and many more. Another dream come true was the establishment our own academy of performing arts known as the Sai international academy where I taught bharantayam, folk and bollywood dance for 8 memorable years. Acquired a lot of knowledge about dance during these 25 years long journey with my passion which I am always eager to pass on  and share. I will always be thankful to my parents and my guru for all their support to make me the person I am today.

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