India is a land where we find an amalgamation of diverse cultures peacefully co-existing. Each culture has its own specific tradition and rituals. Similarly in every nook and corner of the country we find a classical dance form flourishing which are derived from the ancient legends of their culture. While Bharatanatyam found its root in the state of Tamil Nadu and was inspired by the temple dances, the Kathak dance of Uttar Pradesh is a narrative form of dance through which the dancers narrate a story. Similarly we also have Kathakali and Mohiniyattam from Kerela, Kuchipudi from Andhra Pradesh, Odishi from the state of Odisha, Manipuri from Manipur and Sattriya from Assam. All these dance forms have had some exceptional proponents like Kelu Charan Mahapatra, Birju Maharaj, T. Balasaraswati and Indrani Rehman. Some of these famous classical dancers have been honored with some of the highest civilian awards such as the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. To protect their legacy these artists started their institutions so that their disciples can carry forward and preserve this aspect of our precious cultural heritage. To know more about the life stories and timelines of these famous Indian classical dancers explore through our collection of biography, where we have also revealed some interesting facts and trivia about them.
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