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Dance: Classical Tradition
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The concept of Hindu dance encompasses many regional practices, religious traditions, and forms of performance, reflecting the expansive term “Hindu.” In tracing the concept of Hindu dance, it becomes apparent that several practices that precede the expression “Hindu” and “Hinduism” have influenced the formation of significant bodily and aesthetic religious traditions and beliefs. There is, today, a plethora of dance forms with connections to Hindu values, philosophies, worldviews, and themes, t…

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Satkunaratnam, Ahalya, “Dance: Classical Tradition”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 30 May 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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