Indian dance trivia quiz

So, you LOVE Indian dances? Let’s find out how much you know about them!

• Asamyutha Hastas, Pataka, Mayura, Hamsasya, Alapadma and Suchi are in fact
Which dance form is NOT among classical

1. Kolattam is a folk dance of Andhra Pradesh

How many dance forms exist in India (approximately)

1. The exact number cannot be determined, but giving that there are 28 states, and if each state has only 3-4 dance forms, that is already more than 100. Of course, some states have up to 10 dance forms, and do not forget about contemporary styles, which are also various....

Which is NOT an Indian musical instrument

1. Even though ghungroos are used as a dance prop, they are considered to be an instrument. Chhau is a dance form, derived from martial arts.

What is Abhinaya?

1. Abhinaya is the art of expression in Indian aesthetics, derived from Natya Shastra

What is Carnatic?

1. Carnatic is a system of music commonly associated with southern India, with a main emphasis on vocal music and improvising.

• What is the diffrence between Bharatanatyam and Kathak ghungroos?

1. They differ in shape and materials, since Kathak ghungroos are only bells on a string/rope, while for Bharat a soft cloth (usually velvet) pads are used.

Which dance forms men cannot perform?
Ghoomar and Kalbelia have female performers only
Who were Mujra girls?

1. Mujra girls were courtesans, who entertained the Mughal royalty

The name of a dance is usually derived from a Hindi word, meaning something that describes the dance. Only one statement is false, guess which?

1. Kathak derives from a word „story“ and it translates as "the one who tells a story"


Once you fall in love with Indian dances, you will always want to learn more! It takes time and patience, but soon you will be amazed how easily you have gained the knowledge, just by doing the thing you love – going to dance classes!

You are on the right path, so keep on discovering more and more about diverse world of Indian dances! Your passion for Indian dances will certainly show on stage.

You are an expert on Indian dances! Researching the origin and history of dances will certainly help you perform more authentically. Never stop dancing, and sharing your knowledge!