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Dance into Trance

Dance is an art form that generally refers to movement of the body, usually rhythmic and to music, used as a form of expression, story telling, social interaction or presented in a spiritual or performance setting. Most of the times the performances are so overwhelming that you get into a trance.
 
 
 

Korean Traditional Dance of duff
Korean Traditional Dance of duff

 
 
 

Dance is the mother of all languages. — R.G. Collingwood

 
 
 

Manipuri, ancient dance form from North-east India
Manipuri, ancient dance form from North-east India

 
 
 

Vibrant folk dance from Tamilnadu, India
Vibrant folk dance from Tamilnadu, India

 
 
 
Dance is the hidden language of the soul. –Martha Graham
 
 
 

Folk & acrobatic dance from Yunan, China
Folk & acrobatic dance from Yunan, China

 
 
 
Dance may also be regarded as a form of nonverbal communication between humans, and is also performed by other animals (bee dance, patterns of behaviour such as a mating dance). Definitions of what constitutes dance are dependent on social, cultural, aesthetic, artistic and moral constraints and range from functional movement (such as folk dance) to virtuoso techniques such as ballet.
 
 
 

Gotipura, acrobatic dance from Odisha, India
Gotipura, acrobatic dance from Odisha, India

 
 
 
Dancers are the athletes of God. — Albert Einstein
 
 
 

Bharatanatyam, Ancient Indian classical dance form from Tamilnadu
Bharatanatyam, Ancient Indian classical dance form from Tamilnadu

 
 
 

Flamenco, the vibrant dance form from Spain
Flamenco, the vibrant dance form from Spain

 
 
 
Dancing is like dreaming with your feet! –Constanze
 
 
 

Kathak, traditional classical dance from North India
Kathak, traditional classical dance from North India

 
 
 

Tribal folk dance, tribal belt, central India
Tribal folk dance, tribal belt, central India

 
 
 
Dance can be participatory, social or performed for an audience. It can also be ceremonial, competitive or erotic. Dance movements may be without significance in themselves, such as in ballet or European folk dance, or have a gestural vocabulary/symbolic system as in many Asian dances. Dance can embody or express ideas, emotions or tell a story.
 
 
 

Young ballet dancers, France
Young ballet dancers, France

 
 
 
You don’t have to know about ballet to enjoy it, all you have to do is look at it. –Edwin Denby
 
 
 

Sathriya traditional dance, Assam, India

 
 
 

Koothu attam, traditional story telling, Tamilnadu, India
Koothu attam, traditional story telling, Tamilnadu, India

 
 
 
O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?
–William Butler Yeats
 
 
 

Kathakali, traditional story telling dance form, Kerala, India
Kathakali, traditional story telling dance form, Kerala, India

 
 
 

Odissi, classical dance from Odisha, India
Odissi, classical dance from Odisha, India

 
 
 

traditional folk percussion dance, Srilanka
traditional folk percussion dance, Srilanka

 
 
 

Mohiniyattam, classical dance from kerala, India
Mohiniyattam, classical dance from kerala, India

 
 
 
In life as in dance: Grace glides on blistered feet. –Alice Abrams
 
 
 

Mizo folk dance with bamboos, India
Mizo folk dance with bamboos, India

 
 
 

Energy personified, Bharatanatyam, Malavika Surukkai
Energy personified, Bharatanatyam, Malavika Surukkai

 
 
 
Gymnastics, figure skating and synchronized swimming are sports that incorporate dance, while martial arts are often compared to dances. Motion in ordinarily inanimate objects may also be described as dances (the leaves danced in the wind).
 
 
 

Chau, dance form with marshal art movements, Mayurbanj, India
Chau, dance form with marshal art movements, Mayurbanj, India

 
 
 

Manipuri martial art with dance influence, Manipur, india
Manipuri martial art with dance influence, Manipur, india

 
 
 

classical dances incorporated in ballet, Meera, India
classical dances incorporated in ballet, Meera, India

 
 
 

Contemporary dance, the experimental emergence, INDIA
Contemporary dance, the experimental emergence, INDIA

 
 
 

Musicals, Hair - India
Musicals, Hair – India

 
 
 

Free dancing, very informal, Drum Circle, Delhi
Free dancing, very informal, Drum Circle, Delhi

 
 
 
EYES ravished with rapture, celestially panting, what passionate bosoms aflaming with fire
Drink deep of the hush of the hyacinth heavens that glimmer around them in fountains of light;
O wild and entrancing the strain of keen music that cleaveth the stars like a wail of desire,
And beautiful dancers with houri-like faces bewitch the voluptuous watches of night.
The scents of red roses and sandalwood flutter and die in the maze of their gem-tangled hair,
 

And smiles are entwining like magical serpents the poppies of lips that are opiate-sweet;
Their glittering garments of purple are burning like tremulous dawns in the quivering air,
And exquisite, subtle and slow are the tinkle and tread of their rhythmical, slumber-soft feet.

 

Now silent, now singing and swaying and swinging, like blossoms that bend to the breezes or showers,
Now wantonly winding, they flash, now they falter, and, lingering, languish in radiant choir;
Their jewel-girt arms and warm, wavering, lily-long fingers enchant through melodious hours,
Eyes ravished with rapture, celestially panting, what passionate bosoms aflaming with fire!
 

– Sarojini Naidu, Nightingale of India

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3 responses

  1. What a fabulous series! These are all just so vibrant and beautifully caught. A pleasure to find a photoblog of such high quality. All the best from Santiago…

    November 29, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    • Thanks Andrew for visiting and leaving your encouraging words. Will strive keep bettering myself.

      December 2, 2011 at 11:50 am

  2. Hello Sreeniji,
    Greetings
    Glad to view yours shots taken on Arts & Culture and its an honour . please keep in touch .

    Thanks n Regards
    Ruchi Gupta
    Artistic Director
    Kirti Natya Niketan
    http://www.ruchikagupta.com

    December 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm

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