Bollywood dance moves are now a familiar sight on Western TV and cinema screens. But what is the symbolism of the gestures, footwork and costumes drawn from classical Indian dance styles?

Bollywood dance moves are now a familiar sight on Western TV and cinema screens. But what is the symbolism of the gestures, footwork and costumes drawn from classical Indian dance styles?

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Bharata Natyam (Tamil: பரதநாட்டியம்). A classical Indian dance form popular and practised in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Bharata Natyam (Tamil: பரதநாட்டியம்). A classical Indian dance form popular and practised in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

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https://flic.kr/p/5VWzFL | Bharatanatyam - bharata natyam -classical traditional indian dances 14 | Bharatanatyam Bharata natyam Harinie Jeevitha in Chennai Indian dances dancers music costumes dancer classical classes traditional dance costumes history of mudras songs arangetram dancers bharatanatyam bharata natyam indian dance

https://flic.kr/p/5VWzFL | Bharatanatyam - bharata natyam -classical traditional indian dances 14 | Bharatanatyam Bharata natyam Harinie Jeevitha in Chennai Indian dances dancers music costumes dancer classical classes traditional dance costumes history of mudras songs arangetram dancers bharatanatyam bharata natyam indian dance

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India- Rajasthan- I love the unique embroidery patterns and pom poms that hang down, I also like the unusual choice of colours (blue and yellow). It really works well together though I wouldnt think those colours complimented each other very well.

India- Rajasthan- I love the unique embroidery patterns and pom poms that hang down, I also like the unusual choice of colours (blue and yellow). It really works well together though I wouldnt think those colours complimented each other very well.

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The Nava Rasa, The Nine Emotions of Indian Classical Dance, by Odissi Dancer AuroTejas Hemsell, Shakti Dance School, Photography by Randy Poe

The Nava Rasa, The Nine Emotions of Indian Classical Dance, by Odissi Dancer AuroTejas Hemsell, Shakti Dance School, Photography by Randy Poe

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