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Like many Indian arts Indian dance also has its root in religion Without the religious and cultural background of India the growth and beauty of Indian dance is not possible In Natya Shastra there is a small story about the origin of Indian dance According to Hindu mythology dance first existed in heaven There was always a constant conflict between the Asuras and the Devas for wealth and power The Devas were tired of the Asuras greediness and jealousy It was during this long period of tedium that all the Devas approached Lord Indra too find good ways and means of entertainment Lord Indra who was also tired of the Asuras approached Lord Brahma believed to be the creator of the Universe and asked him to help them They made a request to Lord Brahma that this method of entertainment should be pleasing to both the eye as well as the ear and that it should be enjoyed by the masses of both higher and lower classes Lord Brahma gave a long thought to the request of Lord Indra and finally decided to help them Lord Brahma went into a state of deep meditation He called to mind the four Vedas Vedas are the earliest scriptures of the Hindus He distilled the essence from each of the Vedas From Rigveda he derived the words from Sama Veda he derived the music from Yojurve Veda the code of gesture and from Atherva Veda the element of sentiment or flavor He blended all of these ingredients and added his own divine genious Thus he created an entirely new activity Brahma named this activity Natya which was later renamed Natya Veda Brahma had simply created a technique but someone was needed for putting it into practice Lord Brahma sought the cooperation of Bharat a trusted sage Bharat with the help of his sons started working Vishvakarma the supreme architect of heaven then created a
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