Piṇḍībandha, aka: Pindi-bandha; 3 Definition(s)
Piṇḍībandha (पिण्डीबन्ध) is a Sanskrit technical term referring to “group dances” according to the Nāṭyaśāstra, chapter 4. The term is used throughout nāṭyaśāstra, which is the name of the ancient Indian tradition of performing arts, (e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects.
The Piṇḍībandha (पिण्डीबन्ध) was understood as dances which involved more than one dancer. In short, the piṇḍī-bandha is the technique of group formations. Bharata’s classification of these reveal the most modern concept of group choreography, which is especially studied in the Western schools. In the last few centuries, many of the classical dances of India emerged as solo dance performances. Though the idea of group dance still continued to exist in the folk dances like the Daṇḍaras, Raslīlā, Kolāṭṭam, Kummi, Pinnal Kolāṭṭam and similar other dances in many parts of India, the classical traditions like Sadir, Odissi, and Kathak remained as solo programs only.
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