History of Indo Western Dance

Indian Fusion that paved the way for Indo western Dance form

Indo western dance form is intricate and it is indeed one of the most admired dance forms in the world but, way before it came into being, the fusion dance style already paved its way in the Indian art galoremarking the initiating change in the classical folk dance forms of India. So, before we bend towards the Indo western dance form, let’s talk about the fusion dance style. The fusion style of dance is definitely adaptable to different themes, different types of music and different moods but above all, this style of dance started giving scope for individual spontaneity, experimentation and creativity.  Since its advent, this dance form became well accepted all over the world and it easily seeped into various other realms of arts such as theatre and music.

How it evolved?

During the British rule in India, all the performing Indian art forms suffered severely especially the art of dance. This fact motivated the noble laureate, poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore to revive the dance forms of India and hence first ever Indian fusion dance was initiated in Bengal in the 19th century with a synthesis of Indian classical dances and Indian folk dances together. With this onset, the fusion dance form gradually became a popular vocation and entertaining mode enthusiastically accepted by the Indian and global audiences slowly and steadily paving way for indo western dance form, which appeared in the 1970s and 80s by blending western ballet with Indian Classical Dance forms.

The basic concept of Indian fusion Dance

indo western dance

The impromptu dancing without strictly defined dance aesthetics to any music style is the basic concept of Indian fusion dance. Fusion is pretty much like creating a new and unique dance style by combining multiple already established dance aesthetics into a single dance form that could match up the sound of the song that has been created by combining multiple influences. Depending on the dancers and music, new movements were created by finding the commonalities among the various dance styles. Moreover, the dancers were free to actively improvise and adapt the dance styles to the music of various influences.

Famous maestros of the early years of fusion music

Pandit UdayShankeris one of the pioneers of the traditional Indian fusion dance style who took it to an altogether new height and that’s why he is often regarded as the “father of modern dance”. He was a very well-known dancer who combined classical and folk music with classical and folk dance along with martial arts. The list of other eminent fusion style dancers includes Shanti Bose, Mamata Shankar and ManjushriChakisarkar. It is from the Indian fusion dance style the genre of Navannritya, Indo western dance arrived in the panorama of dancing.

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