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College Composition 1
November 6, 2018
Indian dances encompass a wide range of musical dances which have attracted worldwide
attention. These dances are normally featured in the Bollywood film industry. Majority of the
classical dances in India developed from the dancing rituals at the temples. Some of the dances
in this category are: Bharatyanam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam, Manipuri, Kathak and Bollywood
dances. These dances involve body movements which are unique to each type of dance. For
instance, the Bharatyannam involves half sitting postures in combination with different Mudras.
Eye movements are quite a lot in this style. On the other hand, Kathak involves very unique
movements characterized by spins which seem to follow a progression in tempo from slow to
fast. Though there are significant differences among these dance styles, each one is treasured as
an illustration of the rich Indian culture demonstrated through folk dances (Chakravorty, et al
The Kathak and Bollywood dances can be described as the most common forms of
dances in the Indian music dances. Today, Bollywood dances have gained popularity throughout
the world and have become an essential feature in Bollywood films especially in the western
sphere. It has incorporated a unique blend of various dance forms which include I ndian classical
dances, folk, jazz and some elements of western popular. Researchers and commentators agree
that India has opened up the world through these rich folk dances. In this paper, I intend to
explore the major similarities and differences that exist between the Kathak dance and
Bollywood dance. This will be done through research methodologies aimed at exposing the
features of these dances and the influence they have not only in India but also in the entire world.
Through research the factors influencing these different features can be effectively brought to
Growing up watching Indian movies, is probably one of the privileges I enjoyed and which
opened up my mind to realize the rich culture embedded in the Indian folk dances and classical
music. I was exposed to these dances as an observer as well as a participant and in this way, I
could note that each of these dances had their own unique features which identified each of them.
❖ An illustration of the Bollywood dance
❖ An illustration of the Kathak dance
The main similarities between the Kathak and Bollywood dances are:
both are a demonstration of the rich cultural heritage embraced by the Hindi people
Both these dances give an identity to the Indian communities.
Most of the aspects and features of these musical dances can...
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