In India, dance is an age-old tradition. This vast sub-continent has given
birth to varied forms of dancing, each shaped by the influences of a
particular period and environment. Indian dance is an extremely intricate
art requiring skill, hard work and discipline. All Indian dances portray
some expression of life and almost every dance posture has a specific
meaning. Dance themes are derived from mythology, folklore, legends and
Indian dance is said to have originated from �Natya Shastra�, which is a
detailed script written on all aspects of Indian dance. The author of �Natya
Shastra� was �Bharata Muni� who wrote it some time in the 2nd century B.C.
The two main divisions of dance are classical and folk forms. There are
dance forms typical to certain parts of the country and these dance forms
are based on ancient dance discipline. The various classical forms are
Bharatnatyam of Tamil Nadu, Kuchupudi of Andhra Pradesh, Odissi of Orissa,
Kathak, Kathakali and Manipuri. The uniqueness of Indian classical dances is
that they are all devotional in content. Of all these dance forms, Bharat
Natyam is believed to be the oldest and the purest Indian classical dance.
Training in Dance should start as early as age six or less, much before the
official professional training. Besides an in born talent, the basic
requirement for a full time Professional training is matriculation or 10 +
2. Some institutes at the time of admission even give preference to students
having a talent. Careers in this field can be that of a performer, teacher
To take up a course in this subject the basic requirement is 10+2. However,
for post graduate level courses graduation in the subject is compulsory.
Courses offered in this area are certificate courses, bachelor courses,
diploma courses and post graduate level courses.
Career options and Job Prospects :
Career options available in this areas are that of a performer, teacher and
choreographer. Performing artists can form their own troupes or even work
with other troupes. They also have the option of starting schools and devote
time for teaching.