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Burmese Wedding Rituals

3/4/2013 12:17:00 AM

  The Burmese are very jolly in nature. It is their natural characteristics. Arranged marriage is not a custom of the Burmese. Weddings are avoided from July to October. Getting married in Burmese is known as “ein htaung chya deir”. It means getting into jail or getting imprisoned. It is a mutual agreement to live as wife and husband. Women regard the wedding ceremony very seriously because it is a once in a life time occasion. Depending on financial status of the families concerned, the wedding ceremony may be simple or elaborated or modified. Myanmar does not have a custom to give dowry.   Traditional alliance When a boy and a girl come of age and, love one another and will want to marry and live happy ever after, a wedding ceremony will be performed for them where their parents, relatives, honourable guests and friends are invited, so that they will be recognized as a newly married couple. A traditional alliance is full of strict rituals.   First

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Sri Lankan Wedding

3/4/2013 11:20:00 PM

  In Sri Lanka you can have a civil wedding, Christian wedding, Buddhist wedding or Muslim wedding. There are varying styles of Sri Lankan wedding and these change in accordance with the region. Here we are going to get familiar with a traditional Buddhist marriage. The stages of the entire marriage take about 45 minutes. The boy’s parents present the formal proposal of marriage to the girl's parent. If both sides agree the horoscopes are matched. If matched the boy visits the girl’s family for the first time where he gets a chance a meet the girl. Rings are exchanged on this occasion.   Nekath  - The auspicious time   ‘Nekath’ is the auspicious times when the wedding would be conducted. It is derived from the horoscopes of the Bride and the Groom which is created based on their dates and times of birth. The events conducted during the wedding are guided by ‘Nekath’.   Poruwa  ceremony   The Por

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Kashmiri wedding rituals

3/6/2013 12:31:00 AM

    Kashmiri wedding ceremonies are also quite simple and conducted in accordance with their own customs and rituals. Kashmiri Weddings are full of joyful and traditional ceremonies. First step towards a Kashmiri wedding is the matching of the horoscopes or teknis of the prospective bride and groom. If the horoscopes match the alliance is finalized. It is a tradition that an auspicious day is chosen for almost every occasion. The wedding can take place in the morning or in the night. Some important wedding rituals are given below.   Formal Engagement or Kasamdry Once the two families agree to the alliance, the elders of both the families meet in a temple and exchange flowers to formalize the wedding alliance. The ceremony takes place in front of an idol.   Livun In this ritual the house is cleaned before the wedding. This occurs at the bride and groom places but they can choose the date and time for performing the ritual. In addition to that the fami

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Bharatanatyam: An Indian classical Dance

3/11/2013 12:53:00 AM

  Bharatanatyam is a classical Indian dance which has roots attached to southern state of Indian Tamil Nadu. It is one of the oldest dance forms of India. Bharatanatya gets its name from the initial of the following words 'Bha' - Bhavam (means expression), 'Ra' - Ragam (means music), 'Ta - Talam (means beat or rhythm) and Natyam (means dance). Bharatanatyam is knwon for its grace, purity, tenderness, and poses.It was known as "Daasiyattam" since performed by Devadasies in temples of Tamil Nadu long ago.Today, it is one of the most popular and widely performed dance styles and is practiced by male and female dancers all over the world.Bharatnatyam can be found out in many scriptures in which apsaras are found out to perform Bharatanatyam the heavenly dance. It is based on Natya Shastra, the Bible of the classical Indian dance.It is a dance which pleases the senses. It is a dance which is realated to Bhakti. It was brought to the stage for public performance after 1930.

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Kathak: A classical dance form

3/12/2013 12:26:00 AM

  Kathak is the major classical dance form of northern India. The word Kathak is derived from the Sanskrit word “katha” meaning story. This dance form reflects the art of storytelling. Kathak has roots attached to the ancient times where professional known as kathakas or story tellers used to show their dancing skills. They used to recite or sing stories from epics and mythology with some elements of dance. They used their dancing and acting skill to present some parts of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, the Puranas of Sanskrit literature. In the 15th-16th century at the time the Bhakti movement, Rasalilas had a tremendous impact on Kathak. Kathak was used to narrate tales from the lives of Radha-Krishna. In addition to that these as kathakas or story tellers included the tales of Radha-Krishna childhood. In this times Kathak was related to devotional performances.   There was a major shift in Kathak during the mugal period. Before this period it was used

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Kathakali: A Classical Art

3/13/2013 4:28:00 AM

  Kathakali belongs to south Indian state of Kerala where it originated in the 17th century. This dance form has its roots related to the Hindu mythology. It means a story play or a dance drama. The prominent features of this dance form is attractive make-up of characters, elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music. It is a popular belief that kathakali originated from "Krishnanattam".Now a days it has improved by the addition of new looks, refined gestures and added themes.   Kathakali is a classical art form which is characterise by the movements of the hands, facial expressions and bodily movements. The movements of the hands are called mudras. It is a sign language used to tell the story.     The dance performances are religious in nature. They are typically influenced by Mahabharata, the Ramayana and the ancient scriptures known as the Puranas. The dancers wear

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Kuchipudi: A classical dance form

3/14/2013 1:13:00 AM

Kuchipudi is the classical dance form which belongs to Andhra Pradesh, India. It derived it name from the village of Kuchelapuram, a small village about 65 kilometres from Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh. A legend is related to the association with the origin of Kuchipudi. He was an orphan and was raised by the villagers. He was married in the childhood. Later he went to Udipi for Vedic studies.  During his study he acquired the name Sidhendra Yogi. When he returned to village the villagers told him to take the family responsibilities on his shoulder. He has to swim to reach the village where his family was staying. As he was swimming he realised that he is tired and can't swim any further. He prayed to the god for strength. Somehow he reached the shore of the river and thanked God. Latter he devoted his life to the service of God. He then settled in the village of Kuchelapuram and started teaching. Kuchipudi is group performance which requires a troop of dancers and ac

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Manipuri: A temple traditional dance style

3/15/2013 5:04:00 AM

Manipuri is a very beautiful classical dance which has strings attached to the state of Manipur. It is an integral part of the people living in the mountains. It has become a custom to keep a dance performance during weddings and homage to ancestors.  The origin of this dance relates to a ritual dance Lai Haroba but in the present scenario it has gained more popularity than it pre successor because of high artistic and technical standards. Latter it gained popularity in other parts of India by the efforts of Guru Rabindranath Tagore. This dance is truly devotional in nature. Watching this dance gives a spiritual experience. It is also one of the most meaningful dances of the world. In addition to that it is mostly performed in groups but solo performances are limited in number. Two dance styles of Manipuri are very popular. First is Lasya – the female style and second is tandava – the male style. There are different form

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Mohiniyattam: A dance of the enchantress

3/18/2013 1:17:00 AM

  Mohiniyattam which originated in 16th century is a classical dance form which has strings attached to the southern state of Kerala India. It is thought to be closely related to ' Bharathanatyam ' and ' Kathakali '. Some say that it is a fusion of these two classical dance forms. History also describes that it originated as temple dance.   Mohiniyattam is composed of two words “Mohini” and “attam”. “Mohini” mean a woman who enchants onlookers and “attam” graceful and sensuous body movements. The combination of these two words says that it is the “dance of an enchantress”. It is clear from it name that it is performed by females only.  There are two mythological stories associated with this classical dance. In the first story Lord Vishnu changed himself into a very beautiful dancer named Mohini and attracted the demons away from the nectar which was obtained by the proce

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Odissi: The oldest dance form of Indian

3/19/2013 2:07:00 AM

  Odisha which is an eastern state of India is known as the home of Odissi, is acknowledge as the eight classical dance forms. On the basis of archaeological evidences found in the caves of Udayagiri and Khandagiri near Bhubaneshwar it is evident that it originated 2nd century B.C. This fact makes it the oldest surviving dance of the modern India. Evidences also suggest that it originated as a court dance. This dance form influenced other communities like Jain’s and Buddhism. Initially it was performed as a temple dance. It was performed by a community called Maharis who dedicated their lives in the services of God.  This dance was used to worship Lord Shiva who is known as master dancer himself. He is also known as Nataraj, the Cosmic Lord of Dance.   Facial expressions, hand gestures and body movements are the main constituents of this dance form which reflects certain form of feelings. The torso movement is very important and is an uni

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