Most of the oriental classical dances are accompanied by selective melodious traditional music. Worldwide numerous researches have been done to find out the impact of dance on the betterment of human health.

Generally, dance is considered as one of the best rhythmic physical exercises for the performers. In the present electronic era, most of the youngsters are sitting at one place and deeply involved with numerous electronic devices. The earlier generation had a great passion for classical art forms as compared with the present young generation.

Especially certain oriental classical dance forms and classical music are deeply linked with spiritual progress. These classical art forms cherished the artists’ overall interests as well as their health condition. Anyhow regular practice is very much needed for the performers, dance students and dance teachers.

Generally, it is believed that the dance is a hard and challenging profession. Because practising dance daily is hard for middle-aged artists. Being a physical art the artist has to face certain challenges with the passage of time and age. But self-determination, dedication, mentality and certain sacrifices may help the dancers to stick to their profession.

This divine art promotes their physical and mental health. Many of the present generation youngsters consider dance as only a good physical exercise for them to maintain their body. Dance serves as one of the anti-ageing agents for middle-aged performers. It maintains and manages the body weight and body size systematically. In a way, it is one of the important exercises. It strengthens the muscles and bones and prevents bone related decreases like osteoporosis and arthritis. It has also been proved that dance prevents and controls certain nervous related decreases as well.

Dance improves blood circulation and drains all the waste from the body. Further dance develops flexibility in the muscles and bone movements. A considerable amount of calories are burnt during the dance practices and performances. Blood circulation is very much improved and blood vessels expand due to the systematic dance practices.

Any dance form is based on a rhythmic pattern of the syllabus. The rhythmic factor develops and improves mental health. It increases memory power, mental accuracy, and alertness and improves the overall intelligence of a performer. According to certain medical researchers, regular dance practices improve self-confidence and reduce and overcome mental stress, depression and anxiety.

Classical Bharatha Natyam gives exercises to the overall body including hand fingers. Altogether in this dance form, the artistes use nearly 30 to 32 different single hand gestures and 23 hand gestures with different finger movements. Altogether eight different eye glances indirectly help the dancers to practise eye exercise. Roughly more than 12 neck movements are practised in Bharatha Natyam which provides neck exercises to the dancer. Total body positions used in Bharatha Natyam is 19. The total variety of foot positions used in practical Bharatha Natyam is roughly ten and the total leg positions used in Bharatha Natyam are nearly 15.


On the whole, any dance form helps the individual to maintain mental and physical health.


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