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What do you understand by Tandava and Laasya dance? Explain

Topic : Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

2. What do you understand by Tandava and Laasya dance? Explain (250 words )

Reference: Indian Art and culture by Nitin Singhania

Why the question:

The question is very much straightforward and aims to deliberate upon the dance forms of Tandava and Laasya.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain in detail the two Indian dance forms – Tandava and Laasya.


Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:


Start by talking about Indian classical dance forms; Excavations, inscriptions, chronicles, genealogies of kings and artists, literary sources, sculpture and painting of different periods provide extensive evidence on dance in India.


In the answer body discuss in detail the origin, features and region from which the two dance forms originated and are popular in.

Explain the key features of each of them.

Discuss how they are different from other dance forms.


Conclude with their importance to Indian art and culture.