Practice and Pedagogy of Indian Classical Dance (ICD): Analysis in Comparison with India’s Folk and Bollywood Dances

Ojasi Sukhatankar[1]

  Volume 6, Number 2, 2016 I Full Text PDF

Article DOI:  10.21659/chitro.v6n2.03

Received on April 25, 2016.
Accepted on June 13, 2016.
Published on July 14, 2016.


This article studies practice and pedagogy of three dance genres, namely folk, classical and Bollywood dance that co-exist in today’s India. First, it studies India’s folk and Bollywood dance genres, based on which are drawn five parameters of comparison. Second, it analyses the practice of Indian classical dance forms (ICDs) under these five parameters. Third, it discusses the pedagogic practice of all the three genres, and analyses how the traditional pedagogic manner (guru-shishya parampara) of ICDs has contributed to maintenance and expansion of their knowledge-repertoires. The article concludes by presenting core similarities and differences in the practice and pedagogy of all three genres.

 Keywords: Bollywood, Classical, Dance, Folk, Genre, India

[1] Mrs Ojasi Sukhatankar (Master of Arts in Dance Cultures, Histories and Practices from University of Surrey, Guildford, UK & Bachelor of Engineering from University of Pune, India) is a classical Kathak exponent, teacher, choreographer, performer, dance-critic and software engineer, with national and international experience.