Indian Dance: With permission from Bela who is from Bombay India.
Growing up in India as a young girl. Bela remembers Helen. A famous dancer, also a queen of silent movies. Recently Helen was honored with a lifetime achievement award. She captivated audiences for nearly five years. Other queens of Hindi films Aishwarya Rai, Raveena Tandon, Urmila Matondkar and Shilpa Shetty danced various sequences from Helen's films (from the fifties), up to her last performance in a musical called "Khamoshi". Everyone loved Helen! She was a sweetheart to the whole world. Helen was larger than life. More than a movie star, she was slim, with a petite figure and a very graceful/excellent dancer. Perfect in her cabaret costume.. Also a mystery of a thousand disguises. Always being herself. Yet a mixture of playfullness, and very glamorous. A perfect mix of "English and Indo-Burmese".background. Helen will always be the orginal "Bollywood" - A Legend.
Chaya Chaya is a song that the culture dances a village type of dance. The meaning of the dance is about love. Males perform for females expressing a sign of love and affection. As well as females performing for the male. Other folk dances are Dandia, Garba and Ras. The more popular dances of the different styles are Bharatanatyam, Chakiarkoothu Kathak, Kathakali, Krishnanattam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Mohiniattam, Odissi, Ottanthullal and Yakshagana.Indian dance movements are graceful using both hands and feet to a specific song. The very strong facial expressions (bhavam)that we see, are used in more of the traditional forms of their dance.
All Indian dance touches our center of emotions: (rasas): Love (sringara), Heroic (roudra), Humor (hasya) Fear (bhibasta,bhayanak), Courage (viram), Compassion (karuna) Wonder (adbhuta) and Peace (shanta)