Different types of classical dance were well established. In the north,Kathak had developed, with a mixture of Indian And Persian elements. In the south there was Bharat Natyam, Kathakali, Kuchipudi and other styles. Some of the forms described in the Natya shastra, the text of the first century were retained in these. Folk dances exist all over India.
The origin of this dance of kerala is not clear. it is generally held that it was created in the reign of Maharaja Swati Thirunal of Travancore in early 19th century. Most of the songs in its repertory are, indeed, composed by Swati Thirunal. The dance of an enchantress.Mohiniattam has elements of Bharatnatyam as well as kathakali- the grace and elegance of the former and the vigour of the latter. Danced solo by the girls, it is more erotic, lyrical and delicate than the other two.
Rather different from the other classical dance form of india, the Manipuri style emphasises on bhakti on devotion and not at all on the sensuous. Manipuri too traces its origin to mythology it flourished especially with the advent of Vaishnavism. Characterised by lyrical grace and soft undulating movements and serene expression the Manipuri