Discovering Natya Shastra

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What are the three main aspects of classical dance according to the Natya Shastra?

Nritta, Nritya, and Natya

What does Nritta emphasize in classical dance?

Acute synchronization between rhythm and time

What is the primary focus of Natya in classical dance?

Achieving a story through speech, music, and expressions

What does Nritya illustrate in classical dance?

Poetry through graceful and designed movements

What is the primary emphasis of Nritta in classical dance?

Synchronization between rhythm and time

Which element of classical dance is effectively used for performing big storylines like the Ramayana and Mahabharata?

Natya

What does Nritya illustrate in classical dance?

Poetry through graceful and designed movements

What are the vital constituents of Nritta in classical dance?

Beat and tempo

Which aspect of classical dance is equivalent to an imitator?

Natya

What is the pure technique of dance according to the Natya Shastra?

Nritta

What does Natya achieve in classical dance?

Achieving a story through speech, music, and expressions

What adds essence to Nritta in classical dance?

Footwork and dance poses

What are the real assets of movement in Nritta?

Footwork and dance poses

What is effectively used for expressing every known human emotion and feeling in classical dance?

Natya

What is the primary focus of Nritta in classical dance?

Illustration of rhythm through graceful body movements

Which aspect of classical dance is equivalent to an imitator?

Natya

What are the vital constituents of Nritta in classical dance?

Beat and tempo

What does Nritya illustrate in classical dance?

Illustration of poetry through graceful and designed movements or dance

What is the main emphasis of Natya in classical dance?

Achieving a story through speech, music, and expressions

Which aspect of classical dance emphasizes the pure technique of dance?

Nritta

What creates the backbone of rhythmic dance or Nritta in classical dance?

Hand gestures, dance patterns, and concluding dance movements

In classical dance, what does Natya effectively express?

Every known human emotion and feeling

What is the significance of Nritya in classical dance?

Illustration of poetry through graceful and designed movements or dance

What forms the real assets of movement in Nritta in classical dance?

Footwork and dance poses

According to the Natya Shastra, what are the three main aspects of classical dance?

Nritta, Nritya, and Natya

What is Nritta's primary emphasis in classical dance?

Illustration of rhythm through graceful body movements

What does Natya achieve in classical dance?

Achieving a story through speech, music, and expressions

What are the vital constituents of Nritta in classical dance?

Beat and tempo

What is effectively used for expressing every known human emotion and feeling in classical dance?

Natya

What is Nritya's primary focus in classical dance?

Illustration of poetry through graceful and designed movements or dance

What adds essence to Nritta in classical dance?

Footwork and dance poses

What creates the backbone of rhythmic dance or Nritta in classical dance?

Hand gestures, dance patterns, and concluding dance movements

What is the pure technique of dance according to the Natya Shastra?

Nritta

What is the significance of Nritya in classical dance?

Illustrating poetry through graceful and designed movements or dance

______ is an ancient Indian text on the performing arts, encompassing theatre, dance and music. It was written during the period between 200 BCE and 200 CE and is traditionally attributed to the Sage Bharata.

Natya Shastra

It emphasizes the significance of acute synchronization between rhythm and time, with dance movements.

Nritta

______ is achieving a story through speech, music, and expressions.

Natya

With respect to dance assembly, ______ is equivalent to an imitator.

Natya

______ is the illustration of poetry through graceful and designed movements or dance.

Nritya

Classical dance has ______ main aspects namely Nritta, Nritya, and Natya.

three

______ is thus an excellent element of classical dancing through which a dancer can express every known human emotion and feeling.

Natya

______ is the illustration of rhythm through graceful body movements.

Nritta

______ is effectively used when performing big storylines like the great Indian, Hindu epics Ramayana, and the Mahabharata.

Natya

______ consists of only rhythmic and graceful movements, or abstract dance, and has no poetic meaning to illustrate.

Nritta

Study Notes

Natya Shastra

  • Ancient Indian text on performing arts, including theatre, dance, and music
  • Written between 200 BCE and 200 CE and traditionally attributed to Sage Bharata

Classical Dance Aspects

  • Nritta: illustration of rhythm through graceful body movements
    • Emphasizes synchronization between rhythm and time
    • Comprises only rhythmic and graceful movements (abstract dance)
    • No poetic meaning, focuses on technique
    • Hand gestures, dance patterns, and concluding dance movements are key
    • Footwork and dance poses add essence to Nritta
  • Natya: achieving a story through speech, music, and expressions
    • Used for performing big storylines like Ramayana and Mahabharata
    • Excellent element for expressing human emotions and feelings
    • Equivalent to an imitator in dance assembly
  • Nritya: illustration of poetry through graceful and designed movements or dance

Test your knowledge of the classical Indian performing arts with this quiz on the Natya Shastra. Explore the three main aspects of classical dance and their significance according to the ancient text by Sage Bharata.

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