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Classical Dances

  1. Bharatnatyam Dance
  2. Kathakali Dance
  3. Kathak Dance
  4. Manipuri Dance
  5. Odissi Dance
  6. Kuchipudi Dance
  7. Sattriya Dance
  8. Mohiniyattam Dance
  9. Names of major folk dances


  1. Hindustani
  2. Carnatic
  • Class VII- NCERT- Our Pasts II- Chapter 9
  • Spectrum’s Facets of Indian Culture- Chapter 3 & 4
  • For Martial Arts- Spectrum’s Facets of Indian Culture- Appendices

[2012 Prelims]

1)How do you distinguish between Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam dances?
1. Dancers occasionally speaking dialogues is found in Kuchipudi dance but not in Bharatnatyam.
2. Dancing on the brass plate by keeping the feet on its edges is a feature of Bharatnatyam but have such a form of movements.

Select the correct answer using codes given below
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) both 1 and 2
d) neither 1 nor 2

[2013 Prelims]

1)In the context of the cultural history of India, a pose in dance and dramatics called ‘Tribhanga’ has been a favorite of Indian artists from ancient times till today. Which one of the following statements best describes this pose?

(a) One leg is bent and the body is slightly but oppositely curved at waist and neck
(b) Facial expressions, hand gestures, and makeup are combined to symbolize certain epic or historic characters
(c) Movements of body, face and hands are used to express oneself or to tell a story
(d) A little smile, slightly curved waist, and certain hand gestures are emphasized to express the feelings of love or eroticism

[2014 Prelims]

1)With reference to the famous Sattriya dance, consider the following statements :
1. Sattriya is a combination of music, dance and drama.
2. It is a centuries old living tradition of Vaishnavites of Assam.
3. It is based on classical Ragas and Talas of devotional songs composed by Tulsidas, Kabir, and Mirabai.
Which of the statements given above is /are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 1 and 2 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

2)Consider the following pairs :
1. Garba : Gujarat
2. Mohiniattam : Odisha
3. Yakshagana : Karnataka
Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

3)With reference to India’s culture and tradition, what is ‘Kalaripayattu’?
a.  It is an ancient Bhakti cult of Shaivism still prevalent in some parts of South India
b.  It is an ancient style bronze and brasswork still found in southern part   of Coromandel area
c.  It is an ancient form of dance drama and a living tradition in the         northern part of Malabar
d. It is an ancient martial art and a living tradition in some parts of South India

[2017 Prelims]

With reference to Manipuri Sankirtana, consider the following statements:

  1. It is a song and dance performance.
  2. Cymbals are the only musical instruments used in the performance.
  3. It is performed to narrate the life and deeds of Lord Krishna.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1, 2 and 3.

(b) 1 and 3 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1 only

Answer: B