India has a very rich tradition of classical and non-classical dance. The Natya Shastra, which is the oldest surviving text on stagecraft in the world, spends a considerable time discussing it. In the old days of the theatre, the dancers would mime the story while the singers would sing the dialogue. The instrumentalists would accompany them all. The nature of the old theatre was such that the dancers occupied a central position.
For many centuries the dancers were attached to the temples. This maintained a strong religious flavour to dance. Even today many of the traditional themes are mythological in nature.
Over the centuries different areas have given their own colour to the ancient classical tradition. Today the acknowledged classical styles are: Bharatnatyam of Tamil Nadu, Kathakali of Kerala, Kuchipudi of Andhra Pradesh, Manipuri of Northeast India, Orissi from Orissa, and Kathak from north India and Pakistan. Each of these styles has a strong regional connection and none can claim to be representative of the entire Indian subcontinent.
http://iccr.tripod.com/artlinks.htm - Links to various Indian art forms and artists
http://www.kathakdance.com/ - Kathak - north Indian classical dance
http://www.rajaradhareddy.com/ - Indian classical dance style - Kuchipudi
http://chandrakantha.com/ - All Indian styles of music
http://www.angelfire.com/ma2/bharatanatyam/bn.html - Many types of dance from India
http://www.cyberkerala.com/kathakali/ - Kathakali is the classical dance-drama of Kerala
http://www.chandrakantha.com/articles/indian_music/nritya.html - Nritya - Indian classical dance
http://www.indiadances.com/ - Specialises in Indian Classical dance
http://bharatanatyam.co.uk/ - Bharatanatyam dance and other styles
http://dances.indobase.com/classical-dances/index.html - Classical Dances of India
http://classicalindiandancer.com/ - Clasical dances of India
http://sridevinrithyalaya.com/ - Bharatanatyam dances fro Chenai
http://rangashree.com/ - Experience the Dances of India
http://www.culturalindia.net/indian-dance/classical/index.html - Indian Classical Dances
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