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How do the three categories of performance in the Natya Shastra, namely Nritta, Nritya, and Natya, contribute to the dynamic and expressive nature of all major classical Indian dance forms? Discuss with examples.

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2. How do the three categories of performance in the Natya Shastra, namely Nritta, Nritya, and Natya, contribute to the dynamic and expressive nature of all major classical Indian dance forms? Discuss with examples. (250 words).

Difficulty level: Easy

Reference: Insights on India

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1 and mentioned as part of Mission-2024 Secure timetable.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the classical Indian dance forms and the Natya, Nritya and Natya aspects of it.

Directive word: 

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context regarding the classical dance forms and list of the dances.

Body:

In the first part, write about the Nritta aspects of classical dance – an abstract, fast and rhythmic aspect of the dance.

Next, write about Nritya – slower and expressive aspect of the dance that attempts to communicate feelings, storyline particularly with spiritual themes in Hindu dance traditions.

Next, write about Natyam – a play, typically a team performance but can be acted out by a solo performer where the dancer uses certain standardized body movements. Cite examples to substantiate.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising.