KATHAK

Spread information about classical dance form KATHAK .


KATHAK , classical dance form 

Spread information about classical dance form KATHAK .
Dance to express , not to impress . Image source – encoresway.com


ORIGIN

KATHAK  is one of the 8th classical dance forms . The origin of KATHAK is traditionally from traveling bards of ancient northern Indian known as KATHAKARS . The narrator of a story is called KATHAKAR in Sanskrit . This dance form which narrates a story through the expressions and body movements is known as KATHAK . It originated within Hindu Temples as portraying the epic tales like MAHABHARATA and RAMAYANA .

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HISTORY

 

The roots of this dance form trace back to Sanskrit Hindu text on performing arts called ‘ NATYA SHASTRA ‘  written by Bharata Muni . It was during the Mughal era ; in 16th century that KATHAK received Royal patronage and was performed in the courts to entertain the Royals . During this period , KATHAK received elements of fusion from other dance forms like the Persian Dance . 

KATHAK DANCERS tell various stories through their hand movements and extensive footwork , their facial expressions and their body movements . KATHAK is unique in having both Hindu and Muslim Gharanas and includes Urdu Ghazals also .

Spread information about classical dance form KATHAK .
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GHARANAS

The schools of this dance form , ” KATHAK ”  is known as GHARANAS . Three specific forms of this genre that is three Gharanas which mostly differ in emphasis given to footwork versus acting , are more famous namely , the Jaipur Gharana , the Banaras Gharana and the Lucknow Gharana .

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