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This video gives a short overview over the commonly accepted dance forms ( 7 in number ) :
Bhratnatyam , Kathak , Mohiniyattam , Odissi , Kuchipudi , Kathakali , Manipuri .

Of course it´s very practical to take advantage of David´s own article at this site :

Here , only 6 styles are mentioned ( Mohiniyattam is lacking , compared to the first link ) :
Over the centuries different areas have given their own colour to the ancient classical tradition. Today the acknowledged classical styles are: Bharatnatyam of Tamil Nadu, Kathakali of Kerala, Kuchipudi of Andhra Pradesh, Manipuri of Northeast India, Orissi from Orissa, and Kathak from north India and Pakistan. Each of these styles has a strong regional connection and none can claim to be representative of the entire Indian subcontinent.
Concerning the differing numbers of classical dances ( 6 or 7 ) , I found out that the number of accepted classical dances is increasing from decade to decade ; and the major promoting institution of these inclusions is the " Sangeet Natak Akademi "
The Sangeet Natak Akademi currently confers classical status on eight other Indian dance forms:

1.Bharatanatyam: originating in Tamil Nadu
2.Odissi: originating in Orissa
3.Kuchipudi: originating in Andhra Pradesh
4.Mohiniaattam: originating in Kerala, performed by women
5.Sattriya: originating in Assam, conferred classical status most recently
6.Kathakali: originating in Kerala, performed by men
7.Kathak: originating in Northern Indian
8.Manipuri: originating in Manipur
So here we notice the addition of an eight dance form : Sattriya .

But now there exists an enigma surrounding an even newer addition , totalling 9 classical styles :
Many different sites include Gaudiya Nritya , which is a Bengali classical dance style , that is being rediscovered ( Some say reconstructed ) :
Gaudiya Nritya (or Gauriya Nritya) originated in the Western Indian state of Bengal. The word “Gaudiya” itself means old Bengal. The dance form can trace its roots back to the Natya Shatra. The ancient traditions declined in the centuries leading up to the British Raj in India. Then in the 20th century, the traditions were revived and Gaudiya Nritya developed from the Audramagadhi tradition.

Traces of the dance form can also be noted in temple sculptures as early as the 4th century B.C. Similar to other classical Indian dances, Gaudiya Nritya was passed down through the devadasi system of Gauda Banga, the Vaishnavite Sevadasis, and nachnis of Western Bengal. The dance is a unique combination of history, literature, poetry, drama, music, and rhythm. Gaudiya Nritya has elements ofChhau (heroic dance), Nachni (aspects of Shringara Rasa), Kushan (depicting stories of Lav and Kush from the Ramayana), and Keerthan (devotional aspect).
Some of the sources even claim that Gaudiya Nritya has been accepted by the Sangeet Natak Akademi , but this is not backed up by hard facts :
On the official site of this academy , Gaudiya Nritya is nowhere to be found ... :?

There is even an article on Wikipedia about Gaudiya Nritya , but it is being critiziced because of not complying to many of the quality standards of wiki .
Lots of sites even give this link or the link of the aformentioned academy to back up their claim that Gaudiya Nritya has been accepted officialy , but again - Wikipedia does not include it either ... So I don´t understand why people give these links :|

On subsequent posts I will get into some " waiting candidates " for being accepted as a classical dance form . ( Styles from Andhra and Kerala )

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