Before it really made its mark on the international film scene with many a western homage to the genre, I wrote ‘Bollywood’ off as nothing more than a transposed version of American film star culture with a bit more dancing. After all, I thought, what kind of a name is ‘Bollywood’?
I soon found that as far as mimicry issue goes, Indian cinema has influenced western cinema more than we might think at first. The fact is, people all over the world love Bollywood, and Indian cinema in general. (And yes, there is a difference.) Fast-forward a few years (post-Slumdog Millionaire) and it’s clear that this is a massive self-sufficient industry with its own style, and it deserves some recognition at least for the sheer scale of the industry. India has been the world’s largest producer of films since the 70s, and even as far back as the 1930s there were upwards of 200 films a year being made and released on the subcontinent.
If you’ve ever seen one, you’ll know that Bollywood films are distinctive. The bright colours and synchronised dance sequences might seem a bit odd at first to the western viewer, but you’ll find that traditional Indian festivals are mostly about music, poetry, dancing, singing and chanting. Dance and music were an important part of Indian courtly tradition, so it’s entirely fitting that these traditions continue in a modern setting. Like any creative industry, Indian cinema naturally draws on traditional cultural elements that make it look and feel the way it does.
If you’re interested in learning a little bit more about Bollywood dancing, why not add a Bollywood dancing bolt-on to your next tour? Taking place at the Delhi Dance Academy, the course includes a 10 minute introduction and 15 minute warm-up, followed by three dancing sessions (the first is 40 minutes, the next two are 20 minutes each, with breaks in between) intended to teach you some of the most popular moves in the Bollywood dancing tradition. Designed to give an introduction to the Bollywood style of dancing, our course has something for everyone. The course also includes transport to and from our hotel.
If you’re interested in seeing even more of the traditional side of Indian culture, take a look at these festivals on the subcontinent that show off some of the best that India has to offer:
Khajuraho Music Festival – Chitragupta Temple at the Khajuraho temple complex, Madhya Pradesh
A whole week of traditional classical dance highlights just how rich and diverse these traditions are. Artists from all over the country perform various styles against the backdrop of the temples. Sculptures at the temples in Khajuraho reveal just how important dance and music are to the Indian culture.
Diwali Festival – Northern India
Diwali is one of the highlights in the Indian Festival calendar. Probably the most joyous and well-known of the Indian festivals, Diwali is a five-day festival of lights and a time for decoration and celebration.
Diwali commemorates different deities and events depending on the area in which you find yourself. Whichever their preference, celebrants decorate their homes with flowers and mango leaves, deck themselves out in new clothes, light clay lamps, set off fireworks and exchange sweets and gifts with friends and relatives. To westerners, Diwali will probably seem a bit like Christmas, with fireworks.
Taj Mahotsav: Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Home also to the world-famous Taj Mahal, Agra hosts this annual celebration of culture and heritage through local folk music, classical dances, arts and crafts. Ride elephants and camels, eat local cuisine, see traditional music performances and get a real sense of Indian culture on the doorstep of one of the world’s most recognisable buildings.
Opened by a procession of bejewelled elephants and camels, drummers, artists, musicians and craftsmen, this annual festival lasts for ten days, drawing craftsmen from all over India to the country’s most famous landmark.how much system 7 toto how many teaching positions are open in texas how startup stock options work how tech savvy are you interview answer how much solution for vax carpet cleaner where is product key why product photography is important where teachers work how many startup in usa why science is important for students why engineering is so hard how much start up startup where to watch how long science museum london where to find system 32 how to know when the product was made how much project zomboid from where the mansabdari system was borrowed how start up who development goals who workers health which engineering major should i choose how much business class qatar airways how many development cards per turn why equipment should be calibrated in lab where to find solutions manuals for textbooks why project fail how many technology parks are in india who devised the trojan horse who technology transfer ppt what start up means why start up business fail how often technological hazard happen where system earthing is done how much management consultants make what technological development weegy how start up your own business how much business permit in quezon city how much solution for vax carpet cleaner how management principles are derived who am i science worksheet how much tech youtube how to find a co founder for startup in india what device is 7000x where manufacture moderna vaccine when project price should be discussed where science ends religion begins how devices in network what solutions are isotonic who development goals where is leeds manager from which solutions are isotonic how many manufacturing companies in the uk how development relates to how you learn which project element was liam monitoring where does engineers work how many system of a down albums are there what teaching looks like where to teach driving near me why manufacturing execution system how tech will change the world where to find solutions for textbooks startup show who devised the fundamental constitutions of carolina where task manager in windows 10 where manufacture moderna vaccine how business loans work where to business listing what technology is most popular today where science and magic meet why products fail why teaching is the hardest job where to find system properties in windows 10 what technological age are we in where to download project sekai when company buy back shares what management consultants do who workers comp how much london trip cost from india how equipment should be cleaned and stored why manager is important how much startup pay where is origins product from how technology has changed our lives what start up business how often do you use acapella device how much start up capital is required to start a business how much management reserve how device storage how development happens what company has the most employees how many entrepreneur are there how often does waste management bill when was startup filmed where is apple research and development located which manager has the most trophies when entrepreneurs develop new products where to find device name on laptop which science degree is easiest which management ports are available how much start up money for garage sale what science is taught in 8th grade how many startup fails in india where company number where to get technology news who technology invented where was elvis manager from where to teach online classes how many management colleges in india what company makes plan b how much company do cats need where to go from teaching why product design where is mgmt how much phone repair how often does working solutions pay how to roadmap a product why solution of na2co3 is alkaline