South India’s have a lot of folk and cultural dance forms which hold historical and cultural values. Many of these dance forms are the representation of their culture. Some dances are performed to remember the tradition of their old fathers. Many of these dances are performed on various religious cultures and traditions. Even now there are many academies all around India which teach these specific dances forms.
Here are some forms of dances performed in south India,
- Mohiniattam: This dance was first performed in the temple of Kerala. But now it is very famous in all the southern part. The name is derived from Mohini, who was a beautiful occultist of Lord Vishnu. She used to perform it that’s why it is called Mohiniattam. It is a type of classical dance. It is mostly performed on Sanskrit or Malayalam songs. The dance is usually performed by females. White saree with gold embroidered borders is worn by the dancer. A golden belt is worn on the waist and heavy jewelry is also worn. The musical anklets are must for the dancer. The hair is usually tied in a bun which is surrounded by jasmine flowers.
- Kuchipudi: It is also a kind of a classical dance that started in the small district of Krishna, in Andhra Pradesh. It is a dance and drama performance. It is part of the famous Hindu culture and is performed in temples as well. It is known that this dance form was evolved by Krishna. Brahmins use to perform this dance in various religious festivals. A male performer wears white dhoti during the dance act while female performers wear a pleated saree which opens like a fan when the hands are stretched. A gold belt along with musical anklets are worn. Traditional jewelry along with a nose pin is a must thing. The hair braided and decorated with white flowers. The dance is performed on the music of the table and the conductor recites the story with a rhythm. Tambura, veena and flute are also used.
These dance forms present the cultural beauty of India.