1. Origin and Tradition: Folk dances have their roots in the customs and traditions of a specific community, whereas classical dances are typically associated with courtly or temple traditions.
2. Complexity and Technique: Folk dances are simple in terms of choreography and technique while classical dances are highly structured, require advanced technical skills, and demand years of training and practice to master.
3. Performance Context: Folk dances are often performed in social settings, community gatherings, or cultural festivals. They are intended for general entertainment, celebration, and cultural expression. Classical dances, however, are primarily performed on formal stages with professional dancers and are often presented as standalone performances or part of larger productions. They are intended for appreciation of skills of performers.
4. Costumes and Music: Folk dances often incorporate traditional costumes and music that is indigenous to the region or community. Classical dances have distinctive costumes that reflect the historical or mythological context of the dance form. They are usually accompanied by classical music compositions specific to the dance style.
5. Adaptability and Variation: Folk dances have a higher degree of adaptability and regional variations. They evolve and change over time, influenced by the community's customs and contemporary trends. Classical dances, in contrast, are more conservative and have strict adherence to specific techniques, gestures, and compositions, limiting the scope for individual variations.
|Purulia Chau||West Bengal|
|Rouff||Jammu and Kashmir|
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|Kathak||North India mainly U.P.|
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