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Kathak Nritya

Kathak Dance


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(from left)
- Kathak Dancers in a group dance
-Saswati Sen, an eminent Kathak solo dancer
(c) Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi.

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Kathak Dance is a classical dance which is mainly prevalent in Northern India. It is considered that the dance has its origin from the temples.


Reasons for selection

Kathak Dance is a classical dance which is mainly prevalent in Northern India. It is considered that the dance has its origin from the temples.


Area where performed

In North, East, West and up to Central India.


Essential elements of the performing art

Music, Dance


Detailed explanation

The Kathak Dance is considered as a classical form of Indian dances. As other dances, this dance form was also born in temples but later flourished in Mughal courts. The name Kathak is derived from the community of Kathak the story-tellers. The class of story-tellers have been in existence in Bengal since early times. The present form of Kathak dance seems to have carried the imprint of both the temple and court. The tales of Krishna and Radha in Kathak Dance survive more as symbols of love than of worshipping deities.

In India, there are three main gharana of Kathak namely Jaipur, Lucknow and Banaras. The dance is performed in a typical style of the particular gharana. The music accompaniment for dance is given by a vocal singer and musical instruments tabla, pakhwaj, sarangi, flute, sitar. ghungroos (bells)worn around the ankles play an important role in Kathak Dance.


Publication and textual documentation

N/A


Audio documentation

No audio cassette has been produced on Kathak Dance, but a lot of audio recording on tape are available in Akademi.


Visual documentation

No video programme has been produced by Akademi, but a lot of photographs, slides and video recordings and silent film material is available in Akademi.


Institution/organisation involved in preservation and promotion

Sangeet Natak Akademi, Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi.


Data provider

Mr. Sharbari Mukherjee
Secretary
Sangeet Natak Akademi
Address: Rabindra Bhawan, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi - 110001, India