CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction 2. Dance in the Disapora 3. Kathakali 4. Bharatanatyam 5. Kuchipuri 6. Mohiniyattam 7. Theyyam 8. Odissi 9. Folk Dances of South India 10. Musical Instruments Used to Accompany Folk Dances 11. instruments of North Indian Music
Dances in South India originated in the temples as means to praise the gods and goddesses. These dances were performed by the Devadasis and gradually the concept of dancing girls originated who presented in the courts of the kings. During the medieval era in India, South Indian Dances prospered with the support of various kings and art-admirers. The dances such as Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Mohiniattam thrieved as popular classical dances of the region. These dance forms originated from the days of the creation of the Natya Shastra.