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How many dance forms have been acknowledged by Sangeet Natak Akademi as classical dance forms of India as on November 2020?
1. Six
2. Eight
3. Ten
4. Four

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Correct Answer - Option 2 : Eight

The correct answer is Eight.

  • Eight dance forms have been acknowledged by Sangeet Natak Akademi as classical dance forms of India as of November 2020.
    • The classical dance form originated from the Natya Shastra.
    • Classical dance has a deep-rooted relationship with the Natya Shastra where the specific features of each of the Classical dance forms have been mentioned.
    • There are 8 classical dance forms in India as per the source and scholar :
      •  Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Kathakali, Sattriya, Manipuri and Mohiniyattam. 
    • The Cultural Ministry of India has included Chhau into the list of classical dances that make a total of 9 classical dance forms.
    • The 8 basic technicalities that are expressed in classical dance are given below:
      • Shringar: Love
      • Hasya: Humorous
      • Karuna: Sorrow
      • Raudra: Anger
      • Veer: Heroism
      • Bhayanak: Fear
      • Bibhats: Disgust
      • Adbhoot: Wonder

  • In India, dance forms can be broadly classified into 2 categories: 
    •  classical and folk dance form
  • These dance forms have been originated from different parts of India as per the local tradition.
  •  Folk dance, on the other hand, emerged from the local tradition of the respective state, ethnic or geographic regions.

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