'Sangeet Natak Akadami', the national academy for performing arts organizes dance festivals around India and 'National Classical Dance Festival' is one of them which is a very well known and dignified dance festival of the country.
India is a land of diverse cultures. Dance in India comprises variety of styles. With other aspects of Indian culture, different forms of dances originated in different parts of the country. They developed according to local traditions and imbibed elements from other parts of the country. 'Sangeet Natak Akadami' recognizes eight distinctive traditional dances as 'Indian classical dances'. Bharatanatyam (Tamil Nadu), Kathak (North India), Kathakali (Kerala), Kuchipudi (Andhra Pradesh), Manipuri (Manipur), Mohiniyattam(Kerala), Odissi (Orissa) and Sattariya (Assam).