Dance

Apart from Kathak which is the only classical dance of north Indian origin, all other classsical dances took root in the south. But that hasn't kept India's leading dancers from setting up home and dance centres in Delhi. Yamini Krishnamurthy, Leela Samson, Geeta Chandran, Raja and Radha Reddy, Swapna Sundari, Uma Sharma, Birju Maharaj, Shovana Narayan, Sonal Mansingh and Singhajit Singh are only some of the leading artistes who have settled down in Delhi. Celebrated dancers from the entire country perform in Delhi and the good news is that entry is usually free.

Delhi is also known for two beautifully choreographed ballets, Krishna Katha and Ram Lila, organized every year by the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra to celebrate the Hindu festivals of Janmashtami and Dusshera. If you happen to be in Delhi in January, do catch the folk dances from each state of the country performed at Talkatora Stadium every year, just after the Republic day celebrations. Some of the other important events on the dance calendar of Delhi are the Qutub Festival organized by Delhi Tourism in October; the Folk Dance and Music Festival put up by the Indian Trade Promotion Organization in November and the Kathak Utsav celebrated by the Kathak Kendra in December.

(Note : The following information about dancers and dance schools schools is correct to the best of our knowledge. We do not claim that this is an exhaustive list because only those who responded to our queries have been included here.)