gaudiya Nritya Bharati 5

Unrecognized Classical Dance of Bengal.

Gaudiya Nritya is a classical Bengali school of Indian classical dance.

THE CLASSICAL TEXT ON INDIAN DRAMATURGY, THE NATYASHASTRA OF BHARATA, DOES NOT MENTION ANY OF THE CLASSICAL DANCE FORMS RECOGNIZED TODAY, BUT IN IT’S FOURTEENTH CHAPTER ARE THE FOUR PRAVITTIS: DAKSHINATYA, AUDRAMAGADHI, AVANTI AND PUNCHALI.

During British colonial rule, all these traditional forms declined. It was only around the middle of the 20th century that attention came to be drawn to these dance forms, and they were then gradually revived and re-established on the foundation of their traditional heritage.