29/04/2016 4:06 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

21 Photos That Reflect The Beauty Of Different Indian Dance Forms

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While the world has vigorously embraced (no puns here) salsa and tango, on International Dance Day here's a tribute to India's glorious dance forms from the states -- as colourful and varied as their topography.

Celebrated every year on April 30, since 1982, International Dance Day not only draws the attention of the wider public to the performing art, it also marks the birthday of French dancer and ballet master Jean-Georges Noverre.

Not just bhangra, bharatnatyam or kathakali, there are many other folk and classical dance forms that need your love.

Write in to us in the comments section if we've missed any.

  • Bhangra, Punjab
    Bhangra, Punjab
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  • Kuchipudi, Andhra Pradesh
    Kuchipudi, Andhra Pradesh
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  • Chhau, Orissa and West Bengal
    Chhau, Orissa and West Bengal
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  • Bharatnatyam, Tamil Nadu
    Bharatnatyam, Tamil Nadu
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  • Dandiya, Gujarat
    Dandiya, Gujarat
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  • Garba, Gujarat
    Garba, Gujarat
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  • Bihu, Assam
    Bihu, Assam
    Assamese girls perform Bihu, a traditional folk dance of Assam, during India's Independence Day celebrations in Gauhati, India, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. India marked 64 years of independence from British rule. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
  • Lavani, Maharashtra
    Lavani, Maharashtra
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  • Giddha, Punjab
    Giddha, Punjab
  • Ghoomar, Rajasthan
    Ghoomar, Rajasthan
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  • Odissi, Odisha
    Odissi, Odisha
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  • Kathak
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  • Kathakali, Kerala
    Kathakali, Kerala
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  • Bagurumba, Assam
    Bagurumba, Assam
  • Bathukamma, Telengana
    Bathukamma, Telengana
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  • Dhemsa, Odisha
    Dhemsa, Odisha
  • Mohiniyattam, Kerala
    Mohiniyattam, Kerala
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  • Manipuri, Manipur
    Manipuri, Manipur
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  • Panthi, Chattisgarh
    Panthi, Chattisgarh
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  • Sattriya, Assam
    Sattriya, Assam
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  • Yakshagana, Karnataka
    Yakshagana, Karnataka
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