Alta- It is a red dye which women in India apply with cotton on the border of their feet and hands for marriages,religious festivals and various dance forms. The specific designs can be very subtle, taking all of five minutes to create.It symbolises beauty,and in dance the red awakens the prana in ones body as well as the space in which one is dancing, thus infusing the ritual with more sanctity.' .Alta is simplistic and impactful.
Dance in India has an unbroken tradition of over 2,000 years. Its themes are derived from mythology, legends and classical literature, two main divisions being classical and folk. Classical dance forms are based on ancient dance discipline and have rigid rules of presentation. Important among them are Bharat Natyam, Khathakali, Kathak, Manipur, Kuchipudi and Odissi.