The Dance of India; BOLLYWOOD

What is Bollywood? Bollywood is a Mumbai based Hindi language Film Company in India. The word Bollywood was made by combining Bombay (the city now called Mumbai) and Hollywood (the famous center of the United States film industry). Very few Bollywood movies do not have at least one dance scene or song performed by every actor or actress involved, so one can very easily refer to Bollywood productions as musicals. Bollywood productions can be about anything from love triangles, to comedy and thrill, but will more than likely have songs and dancing as well as an intermission.

Bollywood dancing is Indian dance: classical dance styles, dances of historic northern Indian courtesans (tawaif), or folk dances. In more recent films, Indian dance elements often blend with Western dance styles (as seen on our MTV channel or in Broadway musicals), though it is not unusual to see Western pop and pure classical dance numbers side by side in the same film. The hero or heroine will sometimes perform with a troupe of supporting dancers, usually of the same sex. If the hero and heroine dance and sing a pas-de-deux (a dance and ballet term, meaning “dance of two”), it is often staged in beautiful natural surroundings or architecturally grand settings. Every body movement has a significant meaning, so the movements down to the fingers are extremely precise.

Bollywood is very colorful, and extremely coordinated. When one says it is precise, it is so precise that the fingers must move in a particular way than every other part of the body. While Bollywood is extremely popular in India, they too have their issues.Piracy happens to be a huge problem that producer and their crew faces. This leads to monetary issues and debts, just as they do here in America. Some Bollywood films are as follows; Bobby, Sangam, Mughal-e-Azam.

 

World’s Largest Market for Metal; India and Gold

Families work for months to buy a quarter sized piece of Gold in India. Why? There a few very key reasons for every family of India owning gold. One, gold is used as a form of money in India. If a person is having an emergency and needs money, they can very well turn in the gold in exchange for cash and get what they need to get done completed. Another reason gold is so important is because it has high religious background and significance. Gold represents the Goddess of wealth, and prosperity. Gold in India is considered a status symbol as well. The more gold a person has, the wealthier a person is. Middle class and wealthier families are recently outnumbering the poor, as India has an economic boost, becoming the world’s largest market for metal, which is gold.

India has a population of 1.2 million, and imports of gold rose 34.9 percent (553 tons) as of 2011. There are more than 300,000 jewelers that specialize in gold, while gold sold for $6.65 per 10 grams.

“In India, it always was and still is, much more than just a precious metal. It is part of the fabric of our culture and an inseparable part of our belief system. It is the essence from which the universe was created. In a dark and lifeless universe, the Creator deposited a seed in the waters he had made from his own body. The seed became a golden egg, bright and radiant as the sun. From this cosmic egg of gold was born the incarnation of the Creator Himself – Brahma. From the root word Hri meaning imperishable, comes Hiranya, the ancient name for gold. Brahma is referred to as Hiranyagarbha – the one born of gold”, (Pinank Mehta, Bombay Times – October 27, 2001).

Gold is India is more than just a metal, or even a precious metal. It is a way of life and being. It is a sacredness, religious way of living.

Indian communication facts, namaste, yoga, Indian culture for kids

Namaste is a common form of greeting used by most Indians with both hands joined together as in prayer. Touching the feet of elders is considered a form of paying respect. India is the birthplace of Yoga. Yoga is the oldest and most popular form of meditation now practiced all over the world. It involves making a series of postures that are good for the body and mind.

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Famous stories in India, Ramayana and Mahabharata, Indian culture for kids

Ramayana and Mahabharata are the oldest and most well known religious epics of India. Ramayana is the story of Lord Rama and his heroic deeds. Mahabharata is a tale of two families, namely the Pandavas and the Kauravas who fight a battle against one another to be the next king. Both stories are extremely long and detailed filled with drama, action and a moral that explains karma, which means, good things happen to people who do good to others and bad things happen to those who do bad to others.

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Traditional Indian clothing, sari, kurta-pajama, salwaar-kamez, Indian culture for kids

The sari is the most traditional piece of clothing worn in India. It is 9 yards of cloth elegantly draped by most Indian women. It comes in a variety of colors, design and fabric so it can be worn on all occasions as well as weddings.
Kurta-pajama or salwaar-kameez is a traditional two-piece set of tunic with pants and a scarf worn casually by many Indian men and women. Children and younger adults usually wear western outfits.

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