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Emotional responses to stimuli presented to one perceptive modality (say audio) are modulated by the concurrent presentation of affective information to another modality (say visual)- this effect known as the cross–modal bias which is yet to be understood properly. No clear picture has come up, to what extent cross modal influences impacted not only our perception but also our emotional response domain. In order to address this issue we made a study on Indian Classical Dance and subjective emotional responses in single mode (audio) and cross modal mode are recorded. The communication of different emotions (Nine Rasas - shringara, hasya ,karuna, roudra, bhaya, veera, Bhibatsya, advuta, shanta) in cross modal scenario has been studied with human response. The emotion mentioned above has been depicted with performance of dance in three forms, namely, Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, and Tagore dance. 100 volunteers were involved in witnessing the dance and a questionnaire was filled up where for all presentation each emotion felt were recorded. The whole experiment was repeated with the music (used in Dance) and a similar questionnaire were answered by same volunteers . Results revealed new and highly interesting information in this domain. Emotion communication is dependent on Dance form (e.g. Bharatanatyam) and this dependence becomes enhanced with addition of visual stimuli to audio stimuli in some cases but in other cases emotion communication become less. This is a new kind of study with Indian Classical Dance and the result is suggestive of neuro-entraintment effect which needs detailed investigation.
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