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Famous Classical Dancers of India

India is the land of legendary classical dancers. So it is known for its art in the field of dance. and the one art by which India is known is classical dance. India has a total of 8 classical dances.

There have been so many legendary dancers in the field of classical dance. Those who have dedicated their lives to promoting their classical dance forms all around the world.

They have contributed to exploring and teaching these dance forms all around India

List of the most famous classical dancers of India.

Today through this article we will learn about these legendary dancers and their dance forms. As an aspirant preparing for the government exams, from the section of art and cultures, the names of the dancer and their dance form is asked.

  • Sonal Mansingh-Bharatnatyam & Odissi
  • Guru Bipin Singh – Manipuri
  • Kelucharan Mohapatra – Odissi
  • Pandit Birju Maharaj- Kathak
  • Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam- Kuchipudi
  • Shovana Narayan – Kathak
  • Padma Subrahmanyam – Bharatanatyam
  • Rukmini Devi Arundale – Bharatanatyam
  • Srimanta Sankardev – Sattriya
  • Mrinalini Sarabhai – Bharatanatyam & Kathakali
  • Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma – Mohiniyattam
  • Yamini Krishnamurthy – Kuchipudi & Bharatnatyam
  • V.Satyanarayana Sarma- Kuchipudi
  • Tanjore Balasaraswati- Bharatanatyam
  • Kumari Kamala- Kathak
  • Alarmel Velli -Bharatnatyam
  • Mallika Sarabhai  Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dancer
Name of Classical DancePlace of Classical Dance
BharatanatyamTamil Nadu
KathakNorthern India
KuchipudiAndhra Pradesh
ChhauWest Bengal

Rasa of Classical Dance

The Rasanubhuti is the culmination of all classical dance forms of India. Natya Shastra mentions these 9 rasas:



  • Oldest among all classical dance formsBharatnatyam derives its name from Bharata Muni.
  • The Abhinaya Darpana by Nandikesvara is one of the main sources of study Bharatnatyam.
  • Ekaharya, where one dancer takes on many roles in a single performance.
  • The efforts of E. Krishna Iyer, a prominent freedom fighter, revived this dance form.
  • Rukmini Devi Arundale gave the dance global recognition.
  • Theme – “Religious and devotional“.
  • In this dance form, equal emphasis is given to both the Tandava and Lasya aspects of dance, with major emphasis on ‘mudras’.
  • The dance involves transitional movements of the leg, hip, and arm.
  • Expressive eye movements and hand gestures are used to convey emotions.
  • Bharatnatyam is often referred to as the ‘fire dance’, as it is the manifestation of the element of fire in the human body.
  • Costumes are made of silk sarees with gold embroidery and have a lot of pleats.
  • Necklaces, Bangles, and head ornaments are used as jewelry.
  • Bells mounted on woven pads are worn on the feet.
  • The knees are bent.
  • Generally, the performance is completed with the chanting of shlokas.
  • Bharatnatyam poses are depicted on the gopurams of the Chidambaram temple (Tamil Nadu).
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