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Tamil Cinema adulterates pure dance


Bharatha Natyam Dancer Kamala

Cinema is a medium for the common masses. Different artistes like producers, story writers, and script writers, actors, numerous technicians, music composers, music directors, dance directors, playback singers and others in the background are involved in the film industry.

In the cinema, it is essential for the actors to maintain the body by learning the dance. This helped them to use the facial expressions to express
different emotional feelings in the acting career. Most of the earlier female actors were good classical dancers. Later they turned out as attractive female cinema actresses in the Indian cinema world, and they were also natural beauties. Learning dance provided much more opportunity for them to become leading actresses

The story and music, naturally play a major role to attract the average public. The approach and the attitude of the audience today and the producers too have changed.

The ingredients of cinema generally include songs, music, dance, a story and a theme. Earlier the films screened were based on puranes and epics. Yet a social theme, ‘Thillana Mohanambal’ contained many classical dances, based on classical music. Most of the actors of yesteryear became film stars.

Today most of the film stories are not realistic unbelievable themes. They don’t remain in our memory for long. Presently people view the teledrama series. They are more story oriented than the present cinema.

Earlier the females who wanted to enter in the Indian silver screen should study any classical dance form. It must be a must for them to learn the classical dances, under different outstanding Gurus.

In the cinema, it is essential for the actors to maintain the body by learning the dance. This helped them to use the facial expressions to express different emotional feelings in the acting career.

Most of the earlier female actors were good classical dancers. Later they turned out as attractive female cinema actresses in the Indian cinema world, and they were also natural beauties. Learning dance provided much more opportunity for them to become leading actresses.

One must realize that the cinema field is not purely a classical art field. It is a media to attract the common masses, and it is a business based venture. We cannot expect very pure classical aspects in cinema. Even the classical music used in cinema, is not strictly adhered to the classical mode. But in the film the music, is often based on rhythm.

Even to attract the common masses numerous western and eastern musical instruments are used for background music. Therefore according to the musical rhythm the steps for the songs are adopted. Hence, pure classical dance steps (adavus) could not be found in these dance scenes.

Unfortunately for now no puranic story based movies are made. Earlier in the cinema various classical dance scenes were included, and interwoven with the stories. Beautifully designed costumes, and attractive ornaments were worn in these dance scenes. These were the main attractive features which influenced the younger generation of that era.

To train the dancers for the cinema, the producers, engaged the traditional Gurus, to teach and train the actors. Among the traditional Gurus Vazhvoor Ramiahpillai, was one of the outstanding choreographers.

Among the actresses who were successfully moulded by Vazhvoor Ramiahpillai were Lalitha, Padmini, Rahini, Vyjayanthimala, Hemamalini, and Kamala Lakshmanan. Even Jayalalitha was trained in classical Bharatha Natyam by Thandauthapanipillai one of the outstanding Gurus. Kamalakasan learnt Bharatha Natyam under Vazhvoor Ramiahpillai.

The classical dances in cinema, mainly Bharatha Natyam received worldwide recognition and fame.

Tragically by the end of 20th century the Indian cinema introduced razzle dazzle, dances, and fusion dances by using the classical dance costumes to stimulate the interest of the younger generation. It affects the classical dance forms of India generally.

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