By Mallika Sarabhai

Dance, music and the visual arts seem to have existed ever since the birth of Homo sapiens. The earliest cave paintings are testaments. As a child learned to control her limbs and voice, she seemed to have experimented with her body and sound in what must have developed as the earliest forms of movement and song, and then dance. In most ancient cultures dance is connected to rituals, be they religious ones or social ones like the rites of passage, or those in celebration and thanksgiving for bountiful rain or harvests. No civilization has yet been documented that has had no form of these arts.

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