Thursday, August 09, 2012

Origin, Popularity & Technique - Kathak, North Indian Classical Dance

Origin, Popularity & Technique - Kathak, North Indian Classical Dance

Kathak is a very well known and important, classical Indian dance form of North India. The term "Kathak" is derived from the word 'Katha' or "story telling".

Origin of Kathak Dance If we were to trace the origin of this beautiful and elegant dance, we would go back to the times of ancient India when nomadic bards or 'Kathakars' travelled between different villages, reciting and performing tales from mythology & the scriptures. Usually, these performances were accompanied by live music, dance, dramatic facial expressions, hand gestures and acts of mime. Some of the most popular themes included Radha, Krishna, Shiva, Parvati as well as scenes from daily life and historical events.

Evolution & Popularity When the Mughals came to India, this art form found a place in the King's courts. Hence, with time, Kathak became a significant form of entertainment (and was called "Nautch") instead of just pure devotion. From then on, the Kathak dance form started getting its true structure, evolving through the years. What began as a solo dance performance later diversified into group performances by troupe of Kathak dancers.

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