India has many dance forms. The art of dance has always been a strong part of the Indian culture. This art of dance is based on ancient texts and is an expression of beauty within and the divine in human beings. The gestures used during a performance of this art form communicate ideas, expressions, and emotions. It incorporates eight formal classical dance types in narrative form. It also includes folk dance, modern dance, and incorporates many international dance forms. There is also a dance art form used to depict Biblical stories by the Christian community of the south Indian state of Kerala.