With reference to Natya Dharmi and Lok Dharmi traditions in Indian performing arts, consider the following statements:
1. While Natya Dharmi refers to symbolic representation, Lok Dharmi is the natural representation
2. While Natya Dharmi is mainly used in classical dances, Lok Dharmi is used in Drama
Which among the above is / are correct?

Answer: [C] Both 1 & 2

With reference to ancient Indian dances, Dharmi refers to the “mode” of dramatic representation. There are two types of Dharmis viz. Natya Dharmi and Lok Dharmi. Lok Dharmi representation follows practice of people, while Natya Dharmi follows the theatrical mode or symbolic representation. Natyadharmi is a stylized way of presentation used mainly in classical dance. It is suggestive way of stage presentation. Lokdharmi is used in proper drama, which is a direct mode of presentation. It is the way of the world (Loka).

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