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Indian Classical Dances
Rasa in classical dances
Hasta Mudra
Hand Gestures
The Navarasas
Gesture & Posture
Feet in Dance
Qualities & Performances


Rasa Dance, which is created through rhythmic movements, is very physical but the experience of ananda (bliss) it evokes is very spiritual.

Ananda (bliss) evolves Rasa (mood or flavour) which is considered essential and the essence of beauty and harmony in Indian aesthetics. The expression of bliss is richer if the expression of spirituality and divinity in a piece of art is greater, as the Supreme Being is there in everything. So as per this, a particular dance performance may be considered superior or inferior to one another. This aesthetic theory is common to all Indian classical arts.

Rasa acts as a double-fold. The artists experience it in their creation and others as audience or spectators. This common sharing transforms a dance narration into a holy ceremonial, a spiritual interaction or communication.

Since dance is an expression of devotional life, every dance still begins with a prayer.

In Indian classical dance there is no amateur but all are professionals, because a dancer has to undergo vigorous, continuous practice and training before he/she can perform before spectators, thus making impersonal and traditional. The dance movements, rhythms and accompanying music all remain the same whoever the dancer might be.

Indian classical dance is an art concealing art, totally impersonal, objective, traditional, deliberate and elaborate in technique and appeal. It breaks a new ground of perception and opens entirely a new vision of reality.