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The uniqueness of folk dances and classical dances

All the classical dance forms are confined into the category of Margi; meanwhile, all the folk dances are categorized into the category of Desi. The Desi dance form all over the world differ from region to region, place to place, district to district, and season to season. Most of these Desi dance forms are formulated for amusements. This particular Pradesh folk dance according to Natya Sastra is called Desi Dance. Desi dances are also strictly based on certain norms. Even anybody can handle the Desi dance forms (folk dances) according to their own ideas and modify the costumes, makeup, and music.

In society, dance is divided into two varieties. One is classical and the other is folk dance. Both the classical dance and folk dance reflect the culture, tradition, religion, and regional social practices and social background of the selective society.

Limited framework

Classical dances and folk dances have certain norms, and both provide equal opportunity for creativity, within the limited framework. All the classical and folk dances have certain defined clarified items. Each item of the classical and folk dances has their own defined order, and use certain selected ornaments, and designed costumes and selective makeup. Similarly, each and every classical and folk dance is based on certain selective music. Some are accompanied by vocal music alone, and some are only accompanied by instrumental music alone, and some more are accompanied by vocal music and instrumental music together. Hence all the classical and folk dances have rich historical background, and longstanding historical development.

Some of the folk dances are practised only for certain festivals and for certain occasions by certain caste or clan.

The Margi dance form which transcends the international barriers and boundaries and acquires international recognition. These Classical dances (Margi) are very polished and specialized techniques.

Classical forms

Most of the oriental classical dances have a spiritual and historical background behind them. All the classical dance forms were fostered in different regions, in different countries for centuries together. These ancient dance forms are a part of traditional heritages and traditional culture. Above all, the classical dance forms are totally based and linked with spirituality, philosophy and religion. Majority of the traditional art community all over the world are preserving and protecting these art forms with full devotion and with full dedication.

But unfortunately at the end of the 20th century, there was a new trend that emerged among the society and among the teachers who had introduced a new face of dance to attract the students and attract the audience together. Sometimes one particular dance form is mixed-up with numerous other classical dances that are known as the fusion dance, which cannot be included among the classical or folk dances. These fusion dances do not have any proper base.

In between these fusion dances, some choreographers insert and introduce certain their own ideological creativity. Sometimes the dances are mixed-up with numerous classical dances and also with numerous folk dances. At the end, all the dance forms lose their total essence and purity of the art forms and also their own identity. No proper music is adopted for these dances.

Ancient forms

Today many modern artists all over the world introduced numerous modifications, and innovations, in these ancient dance forms. As a result, they distort and destroy the whole idea of these beautiful art forms, which were fostered and preserved for centuries by generations and generations. The main aim of the present generation dance choreographers introduce some new techniques to attract the present ordinary masses by introducing baseless self-styled dances with self-designed costumes and they polish the dances with the aid of different modern technological factors.

Some artists, who promote such as fusion dances and pop music for their personal gains and, for their business purposes, will slowly and slowly lose their own recognition.

Among all the eight Indian classical dance forms, Bharata Natyam is the dance form badly affected by this present fusion trend. Similarly, for some extent in the Sri Lankan Classical dance form - the Kandyan dance form is also affected by this fusion trend.


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