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Discover the right way to embody music and dance into your soul while letting your creativity soar to new heights

Dance has generally been a significant part of religion and culture in India. As indicated by Indian legend, divine beings developed dance. Dancing is perhaps the most worshipped Hindu craftsmanship since it integrates tune, dramatization, structure, and line. Expressions, body positions, and head motions are underlined in Indian dance. The utilization of the hands, fingers, and eyes is of essential significance. There are just about 1,000 explicit hand motions and signs ("mudras"). Frequently chimes are worn around the lower legs.


The four "abhinovas" are crucial for figuring out Indian dance. They are 1) the procedure of motion, which incorporates looks, head movements, and body motions; 2) a wide range of vocal and instrumental sounds connected with dance; 3) compulsory activities like sweat, shaking, and becoming flushed; and 4) make-up, outfits, and sets. A few artists are equipped with changing their skin tone willfully by intentionally siphoning blood into the vessels on the face. Gestures assume a significant part in Indian dance. A few moves include more than 600 motions, each with particular implications. They frequently have a meaning that is known to the audience crowds that watch the moves. It has been recommended that particular static meaning is the best way to pass a solitary message by dance companies performing in various regions where various dialects are spoken. Colours are likewise wealthy in imagery and importance. Weighty eye makeup is frequently worn to feature the expression of the eyes.


The Indian way of thinking stresses the significance of sound, and, albeit not exclusively through the type of music, the sound fills in as the point of convergence for truth. The truth was passed down to sages through the sense of hearing before being composed, making sounds instrumental to knowing and figuring out the truth.


The two principal customs of Indian traditional music are Carnatic music, which is rehearsed prevalent in the peninsular (southern) locales, and Hindustani music, which is tracked down in the northern, eastern, and central areas.


FAQs


Q1. Why is music important in one’s life?


It can diminish the pressure, torment, and struggle, and acquire positivity and tranquility in our day-to-day existence. Music holds the ability to unite individuals in various ways. Music can make us expressive and help us in figuring out our sentiments and feelings in a superior way.


Q2. What are the benefits of music and dance for children?


Youngsters learn new things, similar to sounds, and words, through music. These exercises are perfect for advancement and promote associations in the developing brain. Uniting children with tunes, rhymes, and activities allows them to find how to interact and socialize with others. They foster listening and interactive abilities that will give them fearlessness and help them gain self-confidence. Blissful, anxious, tired? Participating in inventive exercises allows children to be open with their feelings and express their sentiments. An awesome chance for kids who aren't yet capable of putting words to their thoughts. Youthful artists acquire abilities like body balance, control, and coordination. Singing and movement is additionally a great vigorous activity connected to a decrease in social anxiety, promotes physical fitness, and great general well-being. With kids investing more energy before screens as opposed to actually playing, music and dance urge them to be interested and inventive. This innovative outlet can likewise offer them chances to find out about different societies through artistic expression.


Q3. How can I learn Indian dance at home?

 

To become a professional dancer, nothing beats homeschooling. Steps are

 

Find an Indian dance Choreographer- Through word of mouth at a dance class or school, Bollywood teachers through physical ads or online classifieds, through a private tutoring agency, etc.

 

Take classes at an Indian Dance School

 

Videos for Learning Indian Dance, grasp the basics of Indian dance through a comprehensive video library of dance lessons. Videos are perfect for traditional dance lessons.

 

In the age of the Internet, one can take advantage of vast digital resources at his disposal to learn dance moves. Join Indian dance classes online, educational apps offer Indian dance classes for all styles and levels of dance.


Q4. Can you teach yourself to dance at home?

 

Here are the 5 steps to teaching yourself how to dance.

 

1. Learn the basics of movement - start at the very basics of dance.

 

2. Focus on one or a few different styles- Watch videos of performances and see what you like. For example Hip Hop Dance, Urban Dance Choreography, Popping

 

3. Do practice drills and exercises- Once you learn the essential moves, you have to keep practicing them until those movement patterns become encoded in your muscle memory.

FREE Dance Tutorials through YouTube

 

4. Learn choreography routines and combo - Learning choreography is a great way to challenge your dance skills.

 

5. Freestyle - Freestyle, or improvisational dancing, is when you don’t have pre-planned choreography to perform.


Q5. Can you teach yourself to be a dancer?


Yes, one can learn to dance on his own, but he would need some guidance, and that's where online dance lessons come in. The way the internet works, one can find classes for different stages to suit his capabilities. Learning online allows him to go at his own pace, and it's an excellent way to learn how to dance. One can start dancing through the Beginner Program, trying out a new style, and learning choreography – all in private, at own pace. Soon enough, he won't be too shy to dance at all.


Q6. Is Bollywood dance hard to learn?


A student with even an elementary understanding of dance will easily be able to find a footing in Bollywood dance. Simple Bollywood dance moves often involve coordination between a two-step, hip sway, and accompanying arm gestures. "Bollywood dance is very energetic, technically difficult, and asks so much of the dancer. Like many dance styles, Bollywood can be defined as “easy to learn, harder to master.”


There are multiple websites like Udemy, Skillshare, ipassio, & Danceplug that provide live classes with interaction and timely teacher guidance. Some websites provide recorded classes for a price to be paid. But, ipassio offers live online classes with teacher-student interaction and timings flexibility. One may join classes and learn Bollywood Dance for some months on that platform.


Q7. What is the best way to learn Indian classical music?

 

Steps are:


Find a guru – as a guru- shishya bonding is of utmost importance.


There are 3 aspects of Indian Classical Music


1. Vocal Intonation 2. Vocal Flexibility 3. Improvisation


Firstly there are 2 lessons to learn


Perfecting pitch - Singing and identifying any given one note of the 12 notes instantly: SA, Re, ReKomal, Ga, GaKomal, Ma, MaTivra, Pa, Dha, DhaKomal, Ni, Komal. Perfecting the 1st and 2nd point


Learn from Swara - avail varsai to geetham – voice exercises - learn varnams and swarajathis to covert swaras to songs - hold in talam – follows keerthanam start doing neravel and kalpana swarms - start heavier keerthanas in heavier ragas – learn the gamakas to master at manodharma.


Q8. How can I learn music in India?

 

If one has the passion, talent, and content and is seeking to make a career in the music industry, then he can join any of the best music institutes across the country. With top-notch musicians from different genres as faculty members, these schools offer a wide range of courses from western classics and opera singing to traditional western music.

 

These train vocalists in ragas, Geet, and Ghazal to Thumri and Kheyal. Now Indian classical music can be learned in many institutions and has been heavily documented and notated but learning through observation, listening and memory is still paramount, and connecting with an expert teacher is considered the most fruitful way to learn.


Q9. How long does it take to learn Indian music?

 

There is no such time limit, one can learn Indian Classical throughout his/her life depending on the practice.

 

1. One must have an adaptive mindset to complete the learning process of the fundamentals- Geethams, Varnams, and about 25 Kirtanas (small ones).

 

2. If all goes well, the learning combined with regular and sincere practice, one can learn and perform on stages in a small way by 18 months from starting to learn vocal music.

 

3. It should take between 3 and 4 months to get comfortable with the voice. To learn a variety of vocal techniques, one would need at least a year. To sing like a professional, he would need at least a couple of years.


Q10. What are the basics of Indian music?

 

There are three basic layers to the texture of Indian Classical Music: MELODY (Voice, Sitar, Sarangi, Bansuri, Esraj or Sarod performing the melodic form of the Raga); DRONE (Tanpura or Harmonium performing long sustained notes); RHYTHM (Tabla performing the rhythmic Tala, measures the time cycle).

 

The raga/Raag is the essential melodic element in Indian classical music. A raga is a series of pitches similar to a European idea of a scale. (It is the vocabulary of notes for a piece of music.)

 

Midnight ragas are: Malkauns and Bihag. After midnight Ragas: Paraj and Shohini. Hours before dawn ragas: Shankara and Kalingada. The most widely used tala in the South Indian system is the Adi tala.